Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Last Monday morning I sat on the set of the prestigious Washington Journal program on C-SPAN. Most folks have seen this program which features phone calls and e-mails from the Democratic, Independent, or Republican perspective. In this way many points of view are aired. The topic was religion in politics. My fellow guest (opponent) was an ordained minister who runs a politically liberal non-profit organization. It was a great discussion, but I came away troubled about several things.

My opponent’s opening salvos attempted to say that same–sex marriage and abortion were wedge issues. He stated that conservatives were polarizing the country. He intimated that fair-minded folks, like himself, wanted to avoid these incendiary topics in order to “keep the political peace.” During the program, I thought that the rhetoric being used by the liberal clergy man was similar to some things I had heard before. Further research revealed that he was speaking from a “pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion script.”

Let me explain. The Washington Blade (a leading gay newspaper) reported that gay leaders from around the country planned to meet in Washington, D.C. September 8, 2006 in order to strategize how to enlist non-gay people into their cause. The Blade reported that 16 national organizations were expected along with state gay civil rights groups.

Gay rights attorney, Evan Wolfson, defined the purpose of the meeting as follows, ”It’s really less about a meeting and more about what we are doing to enlist non-gay people and to move public opinion.” They would like to get one million people to sign their petition which states, “I support the right of every American to marry, including gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender couples. I believe that marriage and other civil rights protections are essential to making all families safer and more secure.” The goal of the radical gay fringe is to receive “legal recognition for a wide range of relationships, households, and families, and for the children in all of those households and families, including same-sex marriage, domestic partner benefits, second-parent adoptions, and others”(according to Beyondmarriage.org).

Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.