Al Mohler on Marriage as a Civil Right
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote in April about “same-sex marriage as a civil right — are wrongs rights?” The article noted that activists decades ago made an intentional effort to move the discussion away from “homosexual sex,” which was considered impolite conversation at best, to “civil rights,” which many supported.
Mohler’s discussion is enlightening:
At this point Christians have to think very carefully. We do not want to deny anyone his or her civil rights. To do so would not only violate the Constitution but also deny the rights that are granted, not by the government, but by the Creator. But is same-sex marriage such a right?
The answer to that question must be no…
While recognizing the complexity of issues related to sexual orientation, we cannot define a behavior as an intrinsic characteristic. On that basis, why not grant theft or other sinful behavior the same civil rights protection?
Mohler says that homosexuality is becoming not only “normalized” in American society, but actually protected. Even making the same statement as Mohler did — questioning the moral difference between allowing same-gender protections but not protections for other conduct — has been called bigotry. Even if one grants the presence of intrinsic characteristics, Mohler objects to the argument of intrinsic behavior — something also highlighted at the Witherspoon Institute.
The severe reaction has caused some to note with irony that sexuality has been pushed out of the closet in the post-DADT environment, but Christianity is being forced into the closet.
For example, following a spate of high-profile YouTube invitations to dances by military members, an apparently homosexual US Air Force Academy cadet invited Ellen Degeneres to her USAFA Ring Dance. The AP and other news agencies routinely cover stories of the “non-event” of homosexuality in the military, while issues of controversy are either ignored or quickly forgotten. When Christian ESPN commentator Chris Broussard noted a self-professed Christian athlete who “came out” as homosexual was living in unrepentant sin, he was demonized. When homosexuals demanded Greg Laurie be banned from a National Day of Prayer event, no one defended his rights to hold views with which they might disagree — they preferred to have those disagreeable views silenced.