Louie Gohmert is both a Biblical and Constitutional scholar:
“It is a tragic and ominous day for the United States when a decision by five unelected justices of the U.S. Supreme Court blatantly violates the law in order to destroy the foundational building block for society provided by Nature and Nature’s God – that was stated as divine law by Moses and Jesus. Our nation has been blessed with liberty, opportunity, power, and individual prosperity beyond any other nation in history. Both Moses and Jesus stated that it was God’s law that ‘a man will leave his father and mother and a woman will leave her home and the two will come together as one.’ That defined marriage. Jesus even added that the defined marriage that God brought together should not be divided by anyone. The Supreme Court ruling is heartbreaking for the turmoil it will mean for our nation’s future.I'm not sure, but I think he just said that county clerks shouldn't be forced to issue marriage licenses to people who have been divorced. Or maybe he wants to repeal Texas' divorce laws. It's a little vague. And I'm quite sure the divine law of Moses forbade the eating of cheeseburgers or milk shakes with hamburgers, and certainly no one should be eating shrimp po'boys or shrimp creole or crab cakes. I'm not sure why those things haven't already meant turmoil for our nation, but then, I'm not the Biblical or Constitutional scholar Rep. Gohmert is.
The U.S. Constitution gives neither Congress nor federal Courts any authority over marriage.
Except in the 14 cases since 1888 to 2003 where the Court has ruled on marriage, that is. Including this bit from Lawrence v. Texas:
[O]ur laws and tradition afford constitutional protection to personal decisions relating to marriage, procreation, contraception, family relationships, and education. … Persons in a homosexual relationship may seek autonomy for these purposes, just as heterosexual persons do.”
Which apparently wasn't enough to make Jesus weep.
After that, the Congressman's statement just gets weird.....
Judge Roy Moore and his attorney Win Johnson have gone Louie Gohmert one better:ReplyDelete
Johnson begins the letter [to the governor and state officials]: "Jesus Christ is Lord of all."
That is followed soon thereafter with: "Public officials are ministers of God assigned the duty of punishing the wicked and protecting the righteous. You cannot serve two masters: you must pick -- God or Satan."
So their legal theory is that public officials are actually priests in a theocracy and gay marriage is the new Holocaust brought on by Satan:
When an AL.com reporter reminded Alabama's top jurist that the Nuremberg trials were about "killing human beings, not gay marriage," Moore reportedly responded with a question: "Is there a difference?"
Once again I am disabused of the notion that we live in a rational society and reminded that we are always but one natural catastrophe or social change away from witch trials.