ERICKSON: You will be made to care

June 28, 2013 

You may think gay marriage does not affect you or will not affect you. You can support it and leave well enough alone, but you cannot. The secular left and aggressive gay rights activists will not allow you to.

You must either fully embrace it or be shunned. You will be made to care. You will not be allowed to accept that others can disagree on the issue due to their faith and walk away. The slow march toward the destruction of the marital institution now picks up pace with Anthony Kennedy’s decision on Wednesday. What is, at its heart, a tax case, became a vehicle for Kennedy to declare malicious intent on the preservation of marriage.

In 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act was enacted to preserve and recognize the traditional marital structure that the United States had had since its founding. But Kennedy declared that the purpose was ill will toward gays -- ignoring that activists were seeking to upend the order of things as they had been.

This decision will be used to advance on the states. A muddled equal protection message will be used to force accommodations some are not willing to make and some cannot make because of their religion.

That is why so many Christians are fighting. Because we see in Europe and Canada what will happen here. Christianity is a religion of the city square. Christ compels us to “go forth and teach.” It is the Great Commission. We cannot go forth and teach when the left bars us from the town square. While you or I may think that our faith defines us and our sexuality is something done in private, the left has decided our sexuality defines us and religion must be something done in private.

Luckily, we have been given time to erect firewalls. The court’s decision leaves in place the portion of DOMA that allows states to refuse recognition to gay marriages performed in other states. That will fall in the next few years. Right now, governments should start codifying protections for religious institutions -- from churches to schools.

Those protections should include protections for the tax exempt status of organizations that refuse to recognize gay marriage and protections for Christian schools that do not want to treat gay marriage as an acceptable alternative to normal.

As I have written before, gay marriage and religion are not compatible. The left cannot take marriage out of government because for so long it has been government through which marriages were legitimized to the public and the left must also use government to silence those, particularly the religious, who refuse to play along.

The gay rights movement has been very, very successful. But they have failed on the religious front. So in their thinking, the religious front cannot be accommodated. It must be made to yield.

There is one bright spot for Christians in America, though it will not appear so. Christianity in America has become soft. Persecution of the faithful will strengthen it as it has done for centuries. It will happen. We best prepare.

Those of you who are Christians who support gay marriage will one day have Archbishop Chaput burning in your ears. He said that evil peddles tolerance until it is dominant then seeks to silence good. That’s why Christians fight on this issue. It is not to force themselves on others, but to protect themselves from others being forced on them.

You will be made to care.

Erick Erickson is a Fox News contributor and radio talk show host in Atlanta.

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