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Supreme Court Opens the Door to an Uninvited Gay Agenda

Idaho Statesman, July 16, 2003
P. O. Box 40, Boise, ID 83707
Fax: 208-377-6449

By Dennis Mansfield

Welcome to the first month of Sodom America. ...

For those whose early Sunday school memories are a little vague . Sodom was one of many cities located in ancient Jewish times on the shores of a beautifully huge body of fresh water that is now the Dead Sea. Its citizenry accepted gays and, ultimately, encouraged and participated in an aggressive brand of sexuality, soon called sodomy. All who entered its city gates were targets of this chaos, much of which was sexual and violent. Men breaking down a door to rape them accosted two visiting angels. The angels blinded the gays and an exit strategy was implemented, to help rescue a few souls who were strategic to God. The rescue was successful and God released destruction from above that, in today’s language, “nuked” the several cities of that formerly beautiful valley. Today, four thousand years later, the area is still virtually uninhabitable. The “sea” is, in fact, “dead.” The term sodomy, however, lives.

Or does it? How long this legal term will live is now questionable. In the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Lawrence v. Texas, six members of the court struck down a Texas statute that outlawed “sodomy.” The reasoning was similar to abortion: Americans, it now seems, have “a right to privacy” in all things sexual. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “Our obligation is to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral code.” Five American justices joined him in striking down Bowers v. Hardwick, a previous decision by the Supreme Court that supported outlawing sodomy. In one day, the Supreme Court broke down a similar door in America.

The blinding is equally evident. Justice Antonin Scalia brilliantly dissented: “This effectively decrees the end of all morals legislation. If. the court asserts that the promotion of majoritarian sexual morality is not even a legitimate state interest, none of the above-mentioned laws (prohibiting fornication, bigamy, adultery, adult incest, bestiality and obscenity) can survive rational basis-review.”

Cal Thomas put it this way: “Has the end of the world arrived because the Supreme Court ruled no state may prohibit private, consensual homosexual conduct? No, the end of the world is being handled by the Supreme Judge. But the end of the Constitution has arrived .”

Bill Murchison opined, “In rushes the court at this point, creating that which the social peace hates—uncertainty, fear and distrust. We are likely as a people to end up hating and despising each other in ways we cannot now imagine.”

Is this sounding like an ancient-future musing? Possibly. Prior to this decision, most Americans have had a “live-and-let-live” attitude about gays. Although most citizens have not favored same-sex marriage, many Americans have been kind and compassionate towards men and women in this lifestyle.

Now what? Like an uninvited, self-centered and self-important guest at a family’s private wedding, the Gay Agenda will force itself into every part of our new life. The court’s decision to overturn Bowers v. Hardwick has now certainly opened the door for a stronghold for gays as they advance their agenda for marriage.

The decision has, possibly even more importantly, begun the full scale eroding of other key legal precedents that must, in light of the overturning, be revisited in the courts. Bowers was the foundation to many of these other court decisions. Now it is no more.

Idaho will see an advancement of the Gay Agenda in public education. The accepted and beneficial logic accorded to the introduction of Black History month will now be erroneously applied to a “Gay History” month. “Gay is OK,” regardless of how moms and dads feel. Employees will begin testing the courts on discrimination issues based on being gay. Lawsuits will increase ad nauseam. Homosexual influence in corporate Idaho will continue to rise, only at a more rapid rate. Last but not least, the pulpits of Idaho will either be silenced on the sin of Sodom or their pastors will be prosecuted for “hate speech.”

Canada’s legal embracing of homosexuality has demanded this prosecution. We will share more than a border with them. All very chic, all very wise and all very legal. This is what we face. However, that Supreme Judge that Cal Thomas mentioned (the one who sent angels to Sodom four millenniums ago) spoke through the Apostle Paul: “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools.”

God forgive us as we enter into this ancient-future territory.

Dennis Mansfield, founder of the Idaho Family Forum and a former candidate for U.S. Congress, is a writer, speaker and consultant on issues with Israel. He is a co-commentator with Andy Hedden-Nicely on “Point2Point” each Thursday during the 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. news on KBCI-TV Channel 2.

Idaho Statesman, July 22, 2003
P. O. Box 40, Boise, ID 83707
Fax: 208-377-6449

Letter: Laws and Morality

 The Supreme Court has put a roadblock in front of our bedroom doors. Dennis Mansfield exploits Bible stories to justify discrimination against our neighbors and friends.

Sodomy laws have always been silly things by nature. They have always been easy to pass because elected politicians will vote for them for fear that they be marked as favoring sodomy. These are impossible laws to enforce, short of assigning peeping Toms to report what goes on behind closed doors.

Back to Bible stories. I seem to recall two cities, Sodom and Gomorrah. The cities were very corrupt and not nice places to live. God offered Abraham a couple of chances to find good people to save but Abe came up empty-handed.

It doesn’t go into detail as to how Abraham looked for these good people, but does Mr. Mansfield really think Abe did it by barging into bedrooms to see what people were up to? Or does he believe that if Sodom had the right laws on the books about how people should behave the city wouldn’t have been flattened?

—Greg Duffy, Boise

Letter: Time to Repent

 I appreciate both the wisdom and the candor of Dennis Mansfield in speaking out on the Supreme Court’s role in advancing the gay agenda. He is a brave man to take a public stand for righteousness in exposing the vile and manipulative force that is about to threaten the safety and honor of all Americans.

Truly, the only option that we have left is to spend time on our faces before God repenting for our individual sins, and our corporate sins as a nation. It would not have ultimately spared Sodom, as it will not ultimately spare us.

Our judgment as a nation is racing towards us. However, like Nineveh, perhaps we could be spared for just one or two more generations. Lot was not able to save Sodom by being an elder at the gate of his city; Sodom had deteriorated too much spiritually for them to accept his political leadership.

What we need at this point is a generation of Jonahs who will continue to preach in unfavorable and dangerous conditions. Maybe our hearts will turn.

—Mindi Wilhelm, Boise

Letter: Court Makes the Law

 Is America independent, or do others lead us? Are Americans self-governing, or are we under the heel of an elite group?

Tyranny is the centralization of legislative, executive, and judicial powers in one source. Our founders fought for freedom from tyranny of judges. They separated legislative, executive and judicial powers, intending the judicial be the weakest.

Today liberal judges are assuming legislative powers. They are nearly running our society. Since 1947, with no legal precedent, they have overridden legislation, even reversing previous decisions (e.g., the Texas sodomy decision). They are not interpreting and applying law, they are making it (legislating).

Justice Breyer believes there is no justification for interpreting the Constitution based on language, history, tradition and precedent. The Constitution means what the court says it means. Even worse, Justices Kennedy and Breyer said it was appropriate for the court to cite European Union and U.N. precedents to strike down a law passed by the elected officials of Texas.

What about future decisions? Are we a self-governing people? To be an independent nation with a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, we must have judges who will follow the Constitution. Insist on judges who are constitutionalists.

—Allen Marsh, Nampa

Letter: Justifying Hatred

 Can Dennis Mansfield really believe that the Dead Sea region of Israel is like it is today because of what gay men did 4,000 years ago? (Op-ed piece, Sunday, July 13.) Or is he clutching at (imaginary) straws to justify his hatred of people who are different from him and his values? Remember Dennis, hatred is not a family value.

—Bob Smith, Boise

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