I’m spending some time reviewing It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the original post to get my overview of the book and the lowdown on the front matter. This is Chapter Three, titled “Marriage: It’s Not About Love.”
As always, I’m going to review this chapter by posting selected quotes from the book and adding my own comments. Here’s for starters:
The battle over marriage will determine the future survival of America.
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 59). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
Absolutely correct, Congressman Hice. The economy, threats of thermonuclear war, these are nothing compared to the threat of the battle over marriage.
No, wait. That can’t be true. There must more more to what the congressman from Georgia is saying. Let’s read further:
Those who oppose a traditional view of marriage would like us to believe that it is a modern debate with no historical backing other than tradition. Well, it is certainly true that marriage is steeped in tradition throughout the entire world, both from the perspective of religious teaching and from the manifest natural function of male and female. No scientific study or research is necessary in order to realize that even from the most simplistic understanding, none of us would exist without the natural and biological role of a marriage-like union.
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 60). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
No scientific study or research is necessary? I’m glad to hear that, because I was preparing to launch into a lengthy and expensive program to scientifically research the role of marriage-like unions have played in our origins. Politics and religion, combined, work wonders toward resolving crucial issues facing today’s society. Why we ever fooled around with science in the first place I will never know.
The commentary somehow morphs into a discussion of homosexuality:
Upon being accidentally ‘discovered’ in a sexual act, he was convicted by the state and in return, Michael Hardwick filed a lawsuit and actually won his case in federal court. The state of Georgia appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and there, Hardwick’s challenge was rejected. The Court concluded that there is no substantive due process right when it comes to acts of sodomy (478 U.S. 186). The Court, by a 5-4 decision, held that the Georgia statute was constitutional and that the U.S. Constitution does not protect the right of homosexual adults to engage in private, consensual sodomy. No doubt, the ruling was a blow to the homosexual agenda, but it also was a landmark challenge because it marked the beginning of homosexuals publicly ‘coming out of the closet’ and the beginning of organized attempts to dethrone the traditional view of marriage.
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 61). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
Yes, there was a time when the government could control things people did that concerned only their personal lives. Today we are hearing voices for a return to those times.
What has Congressman Hice so concerned is the more recent loss in government power over our lives. Imagine that! Here is a lengthy quote from the book:
The year 2003 will be remembered as a devastating year for marriage. It was then that a couple of cases rocked America’s cultural world. The first ‘shocker’ was a major judicial decision that reversed and confused a legal understanding of marriage. Further, it marked the beginning of a rapid departure from the heretofore, uncompromised legal commitment to protect America’s family unit. Highly recognized as a breakthrough case, Lawrence v. Texas produced a moral earthquake created by Supreme Court Justices who, out of thin air, contrived a constitutional basis for homosexual behavior and laid the groundwork for reshaping marriage, and for criminalizing those who support its traditional meaning. The case involved two men who were convicted of violating the sodomy laws of Texas. They appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and this time, the Bowers v. Hardwick ruling was overturned and the High Court held that the Texas statute violated the liberty interests of the 14th Amendment pertaining to substantive due process (123 S.Ct. 2472). In other words, with no previous precedent whatsoever and with an attitude set on vacating the Bowers decision, the Court determined that homosexual sodomy is a fundamental right with full protection under the U.S. Constitution. There is no doubt this was a massive departure from American jurisprudence and it transmitted indescribable damage to marriage as well as the culture as a whole. Homosexual advocates were now emboldened and constitutionally empowered to redefine marriage and American morality.
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 61-62). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
It is obvious to all who will see that government should not interfere with people’s daily lives, unless those people are doing something we find disgusting. I was momentarily confused on that point.
What else has Congressman Hice to tell and amaze us? How about the limits of government:
In other words, with no previous precedent whatsoever and with an attitude set on vacating the Bowers decision, the Court determined that homosexual sodomy is a fundamental right with full protection under the U.S. Constitution.
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 62). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
Yes, the Constitution contains no language similar to, “People will have the right to engage in homosexual behavior.” The Constitution does not have language allowing us to purchase apples, but we get by with it anyhow. Congressman Hice has missed the point that the Constitution allows people to do much of what they want unless there is a law restricting those actions, and the law needs to have a real reason for being. Disliking a particular activity does not amount to a legitimate reason for legal proscription. This should be a foundation conservative principle.
Eventually Congressman Hice gets around to what is really eating at him:
As is so evident by the facts, the people of America want marriage between one man and one woman to be protected. Largely, the onslaught that is taking place is derived through judicial activism and by so doing; they have been able to bypass the voice of the people.
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 66-67). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
Yes, it’s traditional marriage that is threatened by the homosexual agenda. And the mechanism is evident for all to see. Look, if two guys get married, and nobody objects, and they are not thrown in jail and prepped for hanging, then bad things are just down the road. Bill and Martha, happily (they think) married for 10 years are going to look at each other and start thinking. Bill is going to say, “Look at Fred and Ernie. They’re happily married. Is it possible we’ve been missing something all these years?” Divorce court is just a few steps away. Be warned, America.
The congressman points out the true danger and the intent of the homosexual agenda:
The Gay Rights Agenda: Destroying America
In 1987, Michael Swift wrote and [sic] article known as the ‘Gay Revolutionary.’ The article was submitted to the Gay Community News (GCN), an important magazine within the gay community. Although the views expressed by Swift may not represent everyone in the gay lifestyle, it certainly represents a significant number. These shocking words by Michael Swift have been considered part of the ‘gay manifesto’ by many, and reveal the radical agenda that is currently threatening our nation.
“We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all-male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together. Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us.
The family unit—spawning ground of lies, betrayals, mediocrity, hypocrisy, and violence—will be abolished. The family unit, which only dampens imagination and curbs free will, must be eliminated.
All churches who condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young men.” (Italics added for emphasis)
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 69-70). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
What a horrific indictment. And in the very words of homosexual activist Michael Swift. Is it possible Congressman Hice failed to notice this was a bit of 28-year-old satire?
Ironically, or maybe not ironically, this is the very text that caught my attention last May and motivated me to purchase Congressman Hice’s fabulous book:
That’s well and good, but what has the politician from Georgia said recently? For one, it’s not all that recent, and for another it’s not what the congressman said. It’s what he wrote. In 2012 the congressman published a book, It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America. That’s an interesting title, and it appears to speak to a worthwhile cause. Reclaim America. Like, America was pawned. I always suspected that, and Congressman Hice seems to be on the same page with me. In particular, Congressman Hice is terribly concerned, as we all are, about the gay rights agenda. Gay rights agenda, indeed! Gay, indeed! Rights, indeed! We can all concur there are just too many rights floating around.
Here is what the congressman had to say about the gay rights agenda:
There followed the above book quote, and the rest is history.
Hice points to the case of Julea Ward as an example of the homosexual agenda in action, although the connection is never made to any organized homosexual movement:
Through harassment and attempts to silence any opposing viewpoint, it is safe to say that the homosexual movement wants to eliminate free speech. Julea Ward’s case is but one of many yet, it represents dozens of similar attempts to silence opposing opinions. She was a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University’s (EMU) School of Counseling. Julea is a Christian and the counseling department at EMU, in contrast to Julea’s beliefs, required students to affirm homosexual behavior when counseling. For instance, the school forbids students from suggesting to gay clients that they can refrain from such conduct. When Julea enrolled in a counseling practicum class in January of 2009, the conflict came to a head.
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 71). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
The Huffington Post relates how the case was settled with a monetary award to Julea Ward:
The Eastern Michigan University (EMU) student who was reportedly expelled from a counseling program because of her views on gay and lesbian lifestyles has resolved her legal battle.
As the Detroit Free Press is reporting, EMU announced it had settled a 2009 lawsuit filed by Julea Ward, a former student who had been enrolled in a masters’ counseling program when she asked her superiors to refer a gay client to someone else.
“EMU has made the decision that is in the best interest of its students and the taxpayers of the state of Michigan to resolve the litigation rather than continue to spend money on a costly trial,” Walter Kraft, EMU’s vice president for communications, said in a written statement.
Ward will reportedly be given a $75,000 settlement from the university.
The congressman exhibits an amount of disconnect with established law. He cites additional cases that purport to show insult to religious liberty:
Other examples are abundant. Take for example Elaine Huguenin, a Christian photographer from New Mexico. Because of her religious convictions, she declined a request to photograph a lesbian ‘commitment’ ceremony. A complaint was filed with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission and Mrs. Huguenin was found guilty of ‘sexual orientation discrimination.’ She had to pay nearly $7,000.00 in fees. I suppose we are to conclude that a private company no longer has the right to decide the type of business they choose to do! This is like forcing a vegetarian to attend a ‘beef slaughtering convention’ or forcing an African American to participate in a KKK meeting! We would never think of making someone do something against his or her will, or in opposition to deeply held convictions. Apparently this is not true when it comes to the homosexual movement versus Christians. It now appears that gay rights ‘trump’ the constitutional right of religious liberty.
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 72). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
The New Mexico company was doing business publicly, and as such was subject to that state’s extension of the national public accommodations act of 1964. Please follow the link and read the text of the act. The 1964 federal law did not specify sexual orientation as one of the protected classes. Apparently the New Mexico law did. Being open for business to the public in New Mexico incurred the requirement not to discriminate. For example, this law could be used to force black people to participate in KKK meetings.
No, wait again.
The logic of Congressman Jody Hice of the Georgia 10th District is a wonder to behold. Allow me to pause for a moment until my breath comes back to me.
Congressman Hice, as I have noted before and will surely note many times in the future, has a curious view of our legal system:
One need look no further than Proposition 8 in California to see the frightening trend of judges overruling the people, even after they have followed the painstaking process to submit an Amendment to their state constitution.
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 73). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
No. What has happened here, in the eyes of the law, is that the people of California, in their infinite wisdom, have passed a law (by means of a proposition) that is in violation of a superseding law. The courts have ruled correctly. They must rule over which laws take precedence in case of a conflict. Else we would not need judges.
The congressman from Georgia next launches into an assessment of the homosexual life style, which assessment you will need to read for yourself by purchasing the book or checking it out from a library. Short of that I will email you the pertinent text on request.
Traditional marriage must be defended states Congressman Hice:
Why Marriage Must be Defended
The three key institutions of any healthy society include the family, the church and government. These three are ordained by God and have been recognized as the building blocks for the American experiment. Of the three, family is the basic building block. It is the foundation for society and if the family fails, the other two will collapse also. Taking this truth further, at the heart of ‘family’ is marriage; and if marriage is destroyed, the family is likewise ruined. Yet, for the past five or six decades a relentless attempt to weaken the family has ensued and we are now reaping the shocking results. In 1960 only 5% of babies born were to single mothers; today the figure is about 40%! The most recent figures from the CDC are from 2007. Births to single mothers in 2007 were 26% higher than in 2002; 2.5 times the number reported in 1980; and 19 times the estimate for 1940!
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 78). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
I may agree with the congressman’s three points, except for the part about needing the church. I understand the congressman is also pastor of a church and has devoted a lot of his life to that enterprise. However, this in no way voids the fact that society can get along very well without having people like Pastor Hice, with no superior knowledge in such matters, telling other people how to live their lives. Putting the word Pastor in front of your name does not instill in you with a magical resistance to human vice. I have known of too many such people who have committed murder and any number of lesser offenses. A person’s worth is what he can demonstrate, not what he pretends to be.
“[I]f marriage is destroyed, the family is likewise ruined.” [page 77] The premise is that marriage will be destroyed. Nobody has demonstrated how this mechanism works. A strong family absent marriage: this is an arguable point.
Congressman Hice cites the NARTH Institute:
Conversely, children reared in gay homes indicate that girls become more masculine and boys become more feminized behaviorally. They were also more likely to experiment with homosexuality than those reared in heterosexual households. Further, other significant physical and emotional health risks of gays including reduced lifespan, suicidal tendencies, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and domestic violence, makes for a potentially unsafe environment for children. He concluded by saying, “Regarding gender complementarity and child-rearing, tradition and science agree: mothers and fathers provide optimal development for children.”
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 78-79). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
The reference cited (74) is to an item from the NARTH Institute. The congressman picks as a reference an organization with dubious qualifications related to matters of sexual research:
The National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), also known as the NARTH Institute, is an organization that offers conversion therapy and other regimens that purport to change the sexual orientation of individuals who experience unwanted same-sex attraction. NARTH has been described by a Christian ministry group as a ministry partner that is “a multi-disciplinary professional and scientific organization dedicated to the service of persons who experience unwanted homosexual (same-sex) attractions (SSA)”. NARTH was founded in 1992 by Joseph Nicolosi, Benjamin Kaufman, and Charles Socarides. Its headquarters are in Encino, California, at the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic. Julie Hamilton is the current president of NARTH. NARTH’s leaders disagree with the holding of the world’s major mental health organizations that homosexuality is not a disorder.
The congressman does a lot of stuff like this throughout his book. His book is not to be taken as a reference source but rather as 229 pages (plus notes) of the author’s innermost wishes.
His opinions continually run afoul of the facts:
Marriage is defined as the uniting of a man and woman in the holy state of matrimony because that is in the best interest of society.
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 79). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
No, it is not. Marriage under United States law and under the law of most nations is a personal contract between people, said contract in recent history being recognized by civil government. Even in Bible stories people were not married in the church. Church involvement in Western civilization is less than 1000 years old. Especially in England, the place of my ancestors, the Catholic church got involved in marriage only after deciding there was some action going on there (marriage contracts) that could benefit church control and church coffers. Regardless of what Pastor Hice may think, “holy matrimony” is a recent invention and does not have a lot of history in the Christian or Jewish church.
After repeating that redefining marriage will produce disastrous results, Pastor Hice concludes Chapter Three with this:
Marriage is God-ordained and God-made; it is not a man-made creation but an ‘inalienable ordinance.’
Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 81). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
Again wrong. Absent God (a demonstrable truth) marriage cannot possibly be god-ordained. Something else demonstrable is that marriage is man-made. Marriage existed before God and still exists in places that never heard of the God of Abraham. And all the rest is bullshit.
Coming next, Chapter Four, “The Truth About Hate Crimes.” This should be interesting. Of course I already know, because I read the book.
Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.