Endowed by Their Creator

In yesterday’s post Artemus shared a men’s group discussion regarding the recent Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, of the inevitable clash between those who follow the ‘dictatorship of relativism’ and those believing in objective moral truth. This came close to home yesterday when, during a phone call, my wife had a debate, at times heated, with her sister. At the heart of this exchange was the meaning of the word “dignity.” The uproar in media was about this word as well. After all of the celebrations, parades & euphoria subsided the media set its sights on Clarence Thomas and his dissenting opinion: “Human dignity has long been understood in this country to be innate. When the Framers proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” they referred to a vision of mankind in which all humans are created in the image of God and therefore of inherent worth. That vision is the foundation upon which this Nation was built.”
Contrastingly, Kennedy and the majority would have us believe that liberty and dignity have historically been extended to only heterosexual couples and with this decision the court has now extended these to homosexuals. As the Founders understood and continually stated, it is God who confers dignity & worth to all human beings; not government, not courts, not a marriage license.
The phone call ended in a stalemate with my sister-in-law adhering to subjective truth, sounding like Justice Kennedy, “liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity.”
My concern is that we are in a losing battle. A 2014 Pew Poll registered that 22.8% of the adult population responded “None” (atheist or agnostic) as to their religious affiliation. This is an astonishing increase from 16.1% in 2007. With this trend I’m afraid we are slipping into a country of Kennedys.

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