You don’t need to be a lawyer to answer the foolish argument put forth by liberal CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin regarding Freedom of Religion laws passed in 20 states:
“Jeffrey Toobin likened social conservative Christian business owners who refuse to participate in same-sex ‘marriages’ to advocates of racial segregation during a Monday special on CNN: “This is, I think, precisely parallel to the people in the ’50s and ’60s, who thought there was a religious obligation to keep the races separate – and they really believed that.’”
Precisely? In every single way? I don’t think so.
First, there is nothing in the Bible about keeping the races separate — not a single verse. Paul makes it clear that God “made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth. . .” (Acts 17:26). There are passages that state unequivocally that same-sex sexuality is immoral for EVERYBODY.
Second, a lot of racial bias was based on Charles Darwin’s view that there were certain “favored races.” A similar point was made in George William Hunter’s A Civic Biology, the textbook that was part of the 1925 Scopes Trial. Hunter’s work was “heavily laced with the scientific racism of the day. According to Hunter, ‘simple life forms of life on earth slowly and gradually gave rise to those more complex.’ Humans appeared as a progressive result of this evolutionary process, with the Caucasian race being ‘finally, the highest type of all.’”1
Third, race is a modern-day construct. R. J. Rushdoony writes the following in his article “The New Racism”:
“In the modern era, as Christianity’s influence receded, and science began to govern together with humanism, biology came to predominate over theology. The differences between men were seen increasingly as biological and racial rather than religious. . . . Whereas in Scripture all men are descendants of Adam, in evolutionary thought, all men are possibly descendants of very differing evolutionary sources. Common descent in Adam meant a common creation, nature, and responsibility under God. The idea of multiple origins proved divisive. The human race was no longer the human race! It was a collection of possibly human races, a very different doctrine.”
Fourth, black people are black by nature, so much so that when you run into 99 percent of black people you know they’re black. How does anybody know if a person engages in same-sex sexuality if he or she were to walk into a restaurant? You wouldn’t unless they engaged in a sex act in front of everybody or that they shout out “I’m a homosexual!” I suspect that the owner of the restaurant would ask heterosexuals and homosexuals to stop or leave if public displays took place.
Fifth, the only reason same-sex couples were denied cakes, flowers, and photographs was because they wanted to get married as homosexuals not because they were homosexuals. It was the message that was denied service, and this is the point that homosexuals and their supporters refuse to discuss.
It’s ironic and hypocritical that those who are protesting Indiana’s law are doing so based on a message they disagree with. They are discriminating against the business community by calling for a boycott. How is this different from people calling for a personal boycott of same-sex weddings?
Sixth, homosexuality is a behavior like adultery, fornication, pedophilia, and bestiality. It’s the behavior and the fiction of same-sex marriage that is opposed, and it’s not just whites who oppose it. Just recently 34,000 black and Hispanic churches broke off their affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA) because of the denomination’s approval of same-sex marriage. That’s a huge number.
Seventh, there was a time when in some places blacks were forbidden to marry whites. But they were not forbidden to marry other blacks and those of other races. Among blacks and whites in the United States same-sex marriage was never sanctioned, and many blacks resent homosexuals trying to hitch their wagon to the cause of civil and voting rights that blacks struggled long and hard to secure. Homosexuals were never slaves, and no one ever denied them the right to vote.
- George William Hunter, A Civic Biology: Presented in Problems (New York: American, 1914), 194-96, 405. Quoted in Edward J. Larson, Summer for the God’s: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion (New York: Basic Books, 1997), 23-24. [↩]