Notable Quotable: “Supreme Court’s Decision to Strike Down DOMA Means Open Season for Marriage Traditionalists” – Rod Dreher

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“(Supreme Court Justice Anthony) Scalia has chillingly illuminated the future for marriage traditionalists: the only reason to oppose same-sex marriage is hate. In constitutional law, there is no rational basis for supporting traditional marriage. Henceforth, the Court has declared open season on religious and social conservatives and their institutions. Given the majority’s holding that hatred is the only plausible explanation for denying same-sex marriage, I see no reason why the Supreme Court will not declare same-sex marriage a constitutional right.

“And the logic of the Court’s language here ought to put fear into the hearts of anyone who does not share the belief that homosexuality is morally neutral, or morally good. The Supreme Court says we are haters, full stop. You know the liberal mind: thoughtcrime cannot be allowed to exist. How can the federal government maintain a tax exemption for churches that hew to the Biblical teaching on homosexuality, given that the Supreme Court now has put opposition to homosexuality in the same category as racism? We live in interesting times.”

(Rod Dreher on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia’s dissenting opinion to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down DOMA, “Scalia: ‘Open Season On Marriage Traditionalists’”, The American Conservative)

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News of Note: The Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA; Same Sex Marriage Legal in California (UPDATED: Al Mohler, Jesse Johnson, and Peter Jones’ Commentaries; Rod Dreher on Justice Anthony Scalia’s Dissenting Opinion; Polygamists Celebrate Gay Marriage Decision)

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1. Decisions by U.S. Supreme Court on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 (UPDATED: June 27)

“Pastors Hesitant to Comment on SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling” – Most Evangelical Pastors are hesitant to comment about Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. (Christian Post)

“Public reaction from pastors to the United States Supreme Court’s decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 was sparse and came slowly on Wednesday and did not include as many opinions as seen in the rapid-fire response by the general conservative Christian population.” – Alex Murashko, Christian Post

“Scotus Scotches the Scriptures.” – Dr. Peter Jones on the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Christian church. (truthxchange)

“This action by the Supreme Court will create major divisions with the Body of Christ. The cracks have appeared but now they will becomes canyons. Some churches will be silent on the whole issue of sexual sin. Some will even justify homosexuality as a “good” thing. Others will seek to follow the clear teaching of Scripture and say what Paul said as he wrote to gay Rome: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed…” (Rom 1:16-17) – Peter Jones

“Polygamists Celebrate Supreme Court’s Marriage Rulings” (Christian Post)

“While some same-sex marriage advocates have attempted to distance themselves from polygamists by saying the “slippery slope” argument is a myth, others have abandoned all pretense. Slate writer Jillian Keenan argued in her article “Legalize Polygamy!” that the practice is “no better or worse than homosexual marriage.” “Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist and sex-positive choice,” she wrote.” – Daniel Distant, Christian Post

“Polygamists Celebrate Supreme Court’s Marriage Rulings” (Buzz Feed)

“Anne Wilde, a vocal advocate for polygamist rights who practiced the lifestyle herself until her husband died in 2003, praised the court’s decision as a sign that society’s stringent attachment to traditional “family values” is evolving. “I was very glad… The nuclear family, with a dad and a mom and two or three kids, is not the majority anymore,” said Wilde. “Now it’s grandparents taking care of kids, single parents, gay parents. I think people are more and more understanding that as consenting adults, we should be able to raise a family however we choose.” “We’re very happy with it,” said Joe Darger, a Utah-based polygamist who has three wives. “I think [the court] has taken a step in correcting some inequality, and that’s certainly something that’s going to trickle down and impact us.” – McKay Coppins, Buzz Feed

“Christian Groups React to Supreme Court’s Ruling in Favor of Homosexual ‘Marriage’” – Christian News reports Christian groups reaction to Supreme Court decisions. (Christian News)

“Michael Marcavage of the Philadelphia-based evangelistic ministry Repent America called the ruling “an act of high treason against the holy, Most High God.” “The reason why Christians fought to oppose attempts to redefine the Biblical institution of marriage is because we love God and our neighbor,” he said. “We love children and don’t want them to be raised in a nation that teaches them that it is permissible to live however one pleases. If God is not the standard of absolute truth, then who is?” “Romans 13 declares that those in civil government are to be ministers of God for good, not evil,” Marcavage continued. “Despite the court’s ruling, it is not — and never will be — a marriage before God, but only a mirage.” – Heather Clark, Christian News

“Where the Prop 8 ruling leaves us:” – Jesse Johnson on the Supreme Court’s decision on California’s Proposition 8, and the failure of the legal system. (The Cripplegate)

“2 lies behind the Prop 8 challenge” – (The Cripplegate)

“Waiting for the Other Shoe” — The Supreme Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriage – Al Mohler’s commentary on the Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage. (AlbertMohler.com)

“How Should Same-Sex Marriage Change the Church’s Witness?” – How the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage should change the church is our gospel witness and our marriage witness to the world. (Moore to the Point)

“Scalia: ‘Open Season On Marriage Traditionalists’” – Rod Dreher comments on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia’s dissenting opinion on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down DOMA, and to uphold the California Supreme Court’s decision on Proposition 8. (The American Conservative)

“A sweeping decision in the DOMA case” – Denny Burk on the DOMA and Proposition 8 rulings by the Supreme Court. (DennyBurk.com)

“9 Things You Should Know About the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Cases” – Joe Carter on 9 things we should know about the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and gay marriage. (The Gospel Coalition)

“In Landmark Ruling, Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act” (Time Magazine)

“In a landmark 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed by bipartisan majorities and signed by President Bill Clinton, is an unconstitutional violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

“In a separate 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California, ruling that those appealing to uphold the ban known as “Proposition 8″ did not have legal standing. The Court’s technical ruling — that outside appellants don’t have standing to defend a law if the state declines to defend it — is narrowly tailored and avoids a ruling on the constitutionality of all same-sex-marriage bans.”

“The Heart of the Issue on Legal Gay Marriage” – Denny Burk on Ben Domenech’s article “The Future of Religious Liberty”. (DennyBurk.com)

2. “Surge in ‘digital dementia” – South Korean doctors are warning of the affects of digital dementia in young people as a result of overuse of smartphones and computers. (Telegraph U.K.)

3. “Nature Deficit Disorder — Is Your Child at Risk?” – Al Mohler reposts a 2005 article on children who no longer have a connection with the outdoors and nature due to the digital age. (AlbertMohler.com)

News of Note: Cy Young Award Winner R.A. Dickey on Baseball, Suicide, Dealing with Sexual Abuse, and His Relationship with Christ

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1. “R.A. Dickey Feature” – Interview with Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey about his baseball career, sexual abuse, suicide, and how he dealt with it all by trusting in Christ. (YouTube)

2. “Can Christianity survive gay marriage?” – Gene Edward Veith comments on Rod Dreher’s American Conservative article “Sex After Christianity” . (Cranach)

3. “Death, Revolt, and Resurrection: A Tribute to Edith Schaeffer” – Richard and Nancy Pearcey’s tribute to Edith Schaeffer (The Pearcey Report)

4. “Boy Scout Pledge: Morally Straight Has Become Crooked” – Janet Parshall reflects on Boy Scouts of America founder Robert Baden-Powell’s original intent for the scouting movement. (Christian Post)

5. “ESPN on Jason Collins” – ESPN’s Chris Boussard calls pro basketball player Jason Collins’ homosexuality sinful and not reflective of a Christian life style. Here is Chris Broussard’s ESPN Segment. (YouTube)

Notable Quotable: “Gay Marriage Will Make America a Far Less Christian Culture” – Rod Dreher

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“. . .The struggle for the rights of “a small and despised sexual minority” would not have succeeded if the old Christian cosmology had held: put bluntly, the gay-rights cause has succeeded precisely because the Christian cosmology has dissipated in the mind of the West.

“Same-sex marriage strikes the decisive blow against the old order. The Nation’s triumphalist rhetoric from two decades ago is not overripe; the radicals appreciated what was at stake far better than did many—especially bourgeois apologists for same-sex marriage as a conservative phenomenon. Gay marriage will indeed change America forever, in ways that are only now becoming visible. For better or for worse, it will make ours a far less Christian culture. It already is doing exactly that.”

(Rod Dreher, “Sex After Christianity”, The American Conservative)

News of Note: “Video Preview of Rob Bell’s New Book Compares God to an Oldsmobile”

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1. Preview of Rob Bell’s New Book

“Rob Bell: In Modern World, God Is Becoming Irrelevant Like Oldsmobiles” – Report on Rob Bell’s new video preview of his upcoming book. (Christian Post)

“What we talk about when we talk about Oldsmobiles” – Rob Bell compares God to an Oldsmobile? (utter blasphemy) Denny Burk explains. Here is Bell’s YouTube promo for the book.

2. “‘Lifestyle Liberalism’ & Its Consequences” – A liberal family learns the consequences of living a liberal lifestyle. (The American Conservative)

3. “R.C. Sproul Jr. – The Church’s Silence on the Abortion Issue” – YouTube video from 2010 with R.C. Sproul, Jr. explaining the church’s silence on the abortion issue.

4. Two Gospel Coalition Articles by Jonathan Leeman and Joe Carter

“Create a Contrast Culture in Your Church” – Jonathan Leeman explains how a church can develop and cultivate a culture of discipling, of evangelism, of mutual care and hospitality.

“Canadian Supreme Court Ruling Has Implications for Christian Witness” – What are the implications of the Canadian Court’s ruling on hate speech? Joe Carter explains.

“Although Jesus said “the truth will set you free,” in Canada speaking the same truths proclaimed in God’s Word could potentially land Christians in jail.” – Joe Carter