Statement on Lawrence v. Texas

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The Supreme Court’s decision today to overturn a Texas sodomy law was part of a disturbing trend in American jurisprudence.

The issue is much bigger than the law itself.  Justice Clarence Thomas noted in his dissent that he would have voted against the law if he were a member of the Texas legislature. And that is precisely the point.  The United States Supreme Court is not a legislature, the very place where such decisions should be made.

Most disturbing, however, is the Court’s embrace of “gay rights” as a civil liberty protected under the Fourteenth Amendment.  One can almost imagine Abraham Lincoln’s reaction to such a reading of the Constitution. This is the kind of wild judicial activism that gave us Roe v. Wade and dozens of other constitutionally dubious decisions.  It is unclear exactly where the Court’s use of “privacy” rights will lead, but this decision may well be a bad omen of things yet to come.

Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).