Is the President of the United States given that kind of moral authority?
Public opinion of the majority in a democracy?
When Obama was a state senator in Illinois, he opposed a bill that would have simply defined born babies as "persons."
More recently, he has been waging war with Catholics and other conservative, pro-life Christians, requiring them to act against their faith by buying or providing health care plans that cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
Now, by decree, he is standing against natural moral law in regard to military policy. And he is mocking "equality." Something he has vowed to support.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has executed a directive from the President that requires the military to treat co-habitating homosexuals as if they are "married" couples.
Is this "equality?" Are co-habitating heterosexuals given the same rights? I'm not advocating for it, I'm merely asking.
But that's not the point. The point is that the President is, by decree, deciding what is and is not moral.
Panetta's memo says:
"At the direction of the president, the department has conducted a careful and deliberative review of the benefits currently provided to the families of service members. We have now identified additional family member and dependent benefits that we can lawfully provide to same-sex domestic partners of Military Service members and their children through changes in Department of Defense policies and regulations."
"These benefits shall be extended to the same-sex domestic partners and, where applicable, children of same-sex domestic partners, once the service member and their same-sex domestic partner have signed a declaration attesting to the existence of their committed relationship."
So, how is the relationship verified? What if this co-habitating twosome split? Is a similar arrangement offered to heterosexuals who are sleeping together?
And more importantly, is the President the moral arbiter of this country and its citizens? Have we so embraced relativism, that we accept there are no absolutes?
The decree defines the requirements. It says, "Neither of us is married (legally or by common law), joined in civil union with or domestic partners with anyone else."
The President is asking them to attest that they are sleeping together and that they are of the same sex.
Then they get "nearly" all the benefits available to "natural marriage" couples. The only thing left standing in the way is the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal law which the President has decreed to be unconstitutional. And has refused to defend. And has promised to abolish.
There is a long list of benefits, one of which is to participate in surveys as a "military family."
Terrance Jeffery is asking a number of questions this week including, "What if these two co-habitators decide to split up?"
Panetta says implementation of all this will require "substantial policy revision and training."
Indeed. But then these folks are highly skilled in revisionism.
Jeffery points out that military personnel will then be required to treat co-habitating homosexuals as if they were married heads of families.
The President has once again put himself in direct conflict with moral natural law. How far will this go?
Jeffery, a Catholic, makes reference to a 1937, Pope Pius XI, encyclical letter condemning the German Reich for standing in direct conflict with natural moral law.
It is worthy of review by all.
"To hand over the moral law to man's subjective opinion, which changes with the times, instead of anchoring it in the holy will of the eternal God and His commandments, is to open wide every door to the forces of destruction. The resulting dereliction of the eternal principles of an objective morality, which educates conscience and ennobles every department and organization of life, is a sin against the destiny of a nation, a sin whose bitter fruit will poison future generations."
"We are especially referring to what is called the natural law, written by the Creator's hand on the tablet of the heart and which reason, not blinded by sin or passion, can easily read. It is in the light of the commands of this natural law, that all positive law, whoever be the lawgiver, can be gauged in its moral content, and hence, in the authority it wields over conscience. Human laws in flagrant contradiction with the natural law are vitiated with a taint which no force, no power can mend."
Abraham Lincoln said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
Lincoln also said, "Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step over the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never!...All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years...If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."
Our nation has lost its way. We have forgotten God. We have opened every door to the forces of destruction. We are sinning against God and the destiny of our nation. And future generations.
And some say pastors, churches and Christians should not be engaged in the culture.
God help us.
Be Vigilant. Be faithful. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.