Air Date: July 30, 2015
Host : Jim Schneider
Guest: Mat Staver
One month ago, 5 lawyers on the Supreme Court created a constitutional right to so-called same-sex marriage. The four that dissented in essence were issuing a warning that trouble is coming. The result? Religious liberty is under attack.
Joining Jim to discuss this was Mat Staver. Mat is the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit, litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life and the family.
Mat began by commenting on undercover video footage featuring a high-level Planned Parenthood representative. The organization is now backtracking to try and explain comments that point to the alleged practice of dissection and body parts trafficking. Mat believes they should not only be defunded at the state and federal levels but criminal prosecution charges should be brought about as well.
The first Monday after June 26th, county clerks were on the firing line because they were to provide same-sex marriage licenses. He described one instance in Kentucky where the ACLU is not only asking the clerk to issue the licenses, but for her to face punitive, monetary damages.
Mat also described the plight of David Wells. Dave is an ordained minister and volunteer in the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. He had his volunteer credentials revoked because he wouldn’t sign a statement promising to refrain from ever telling any of the juvenile inmates that homosexuality is sinful.
Discussion then moved to Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin who explained in comments on MSNBC that the 1st Amendment right to observe deeply held religious beliefs doesn’t extend far beyond one’s institution of faith. In other words, you can believe in one-man, one-woman marriage while in your church, just don’t express that outside in public life.
Mat responded by noting that this shows her ignorance of the 1st Amendment and the free exercise of religion. He went on to explain that the 1st Amendment applies not only to churches and synagogues but to individuals as well. In fact, the 1st Amendment protects the individual from the government should they want to intrude on the free exercise of religion.
This Crosstalk also looked at the call for churches throughout America to lose their tax exempt status due to the Supreme Court ruling; the religious capitulation taking place nationwide; the University of California’s offering of six choices for gender identity; downtown Reno replaced the American flag with the LGBT pride flag; executive action by the President to expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include LGBT individuals and more.