Wednesday, June 26, as the National Cathedral pealed in celebration of gay marriage, the religious right's reaction to dual rulings by the Supreme Court erupted. One gut response was tweeted by Todd Starnes of FOX Radio in only four words, 21 characters: "Supreme court overrules God." However, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was more succinct, quoting the Bible to express his thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling via his FaceBook page: "Jesus wept."
Dean of the National Cathedral, Reverend Gary Hall, stated that "the extension of federal marriage equality to all the same-sex couples," modeled "God's love in lifelong covenants." Though Hall added his hopes that all churches would embrace religious marriage equality, from the dismay registered in online religious responses, his influence appears limited. Across the nation, the reaction of Christian leaders and Christian politicians echoed Starnes' second sentiment: "Christians answer to a Higher Court."
Although the dissenting justices took no political, moral nor religious stance, Justice Antonin Scalia warned the only thing to hold back the unchecked power of the current Supreme Court was "a sense of what they can get away with." What many feel they have gotten away with today threatens all of the religious tenets of marriage as a state of holy matrimony that most Christians hold sacred.
Many in the religious right are echoing Scalia's fear that this ruling will open the way to further perversions, just as Scalia once predicted that the ruling on sodomy in the case of Lawrence vs. Texas would lead to gay marriage. (Read: "DOMA dissent: Scalia warns of rogue Supreme Court's unchecked power")
Bryan Fischer, director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, stated, "The DOMA ruling has now made the normalization of pedophilia, incest and bestiality inevitable." On Twitter, Fischer also quoted Abraham Lincoln, writing, "If policy is "irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court...the people will have ceased to be their own rulers."
Others fear today's rulings herald more than future perversions of their life-held religious beliefs; they fear these rulings signal "the end of time." Over on "Charisma," news editor Jennifer LeClaire predicts marriage itself may soon be outlawed. She wrote today:
"Today’s rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court are about more than allowing gays to tap into federal benefits that, until now, were reserved for couples in traditional marriages. Today’s rulings set into motion a dynamic that could mainstream gay marriage in this nation sooner than later—and forward the satanic agenda to eventually end a Godly institution that’s almost as old as the world itself."
Whether these leaders are now gearing up to protect the states who have vowed to defend marriage, between a man and a woman only, will or can prevail remains to be seen. In the meantime, religious voices are being lifted to the heavens where if Jesus isn't weeping, in America, those who consider themselves faithful to biblical teachings, are praying, "God have mercy."