SAN FRANCISCO (BP)--Southern Baptist Convention and Catholic belief statements on homosexuality and "gay marriage" were read Wednesday during the California Prop 8 trial as examples of prejudice and bias against homosexuals -- a courtroom moment conservative attorneys say underscores that religious liberty is at stake.Some of my regular readers may wonder why I don't limit discussion on this blog to those of us of like minds about this or other moral issues. Here's why: I don't think anything reveals the agenda of those who support abortion or gay marriage quite like reading what the supporters of these issues have to say. We can bury our heads in the sand all we want to, but the truth is that a post gay marriage America would be an America that is even more hostile to people of faith than we already see. The new way of framing the religious liberty issue, among both abortion and gay marriage supporters, has been this: You are perfectly free to go to your (hateful bigoted) churches and worship. You are perfectly free to keep your (hateful bigoted) beliefs. But you are not free to expect to live like a believer in society. If you can't, in good conscience, kill babies on the job or throw a wedding shower for your lesbian co-worker, you should expect to be treated like the hateful bigot you are. It would be extremely unwise to ignore the danger we face, those of us who refuse to throw out 2,000 years of Christian moral teaching to satisfy the whims of the latest challengers to it.
The exchange on day three of the federal trial occurred when San Francisco attorney Therese Stewart asked Yale University Professor George Chauncey -- both of whom support "gay marriage" -- to read the respective religious denomination documents. She then asked him if they derived from stereotypical and prejudice views of homosexuals, and he replied "yes." At Stewart's prodding, Chauncey then said views on racial segregation also were built upon deeply held religious views.
Alliance Defense Fund attorney Jordan Lorence, who was in the courtroom, called the exchange "chilling."
"This is further proof that this case, and the very definition of marriage, is about much more than the personal relationships and the inner feelings of people who choose same-sex relationships," he wrote on a blog. "It is about imposing a different and intolerant 'morality' on America and eradicating opposing ideas."
Lorence further wrote, "It's not hard to figure out what is so frightening about an attempt in federal court to attack and delegitimize the views of the two largest Christian denominations in America."
It would also be a mistake to underestimate the danger.