Definitive Speeches on Marriage and Religious Liberty

Today is Sunday, July 27, 2014. I was home missing church this morning due to feeling under the weather, a rare occasion. I chose to be inspired anyway, and so I am sharing some words of inspiration with you. Incredible words. Amazing and powerful words.

These words are speaking to you and me, not just representing one religion, but the voices of four different religions that share different versions of Judeo-Christian traditions of Marriage and our fight for preserving these traditions.  They are Catholic, African-American Protestant and Evangelical, Jewish and Mormon.

The voices are different, but they are speaking Truth. The U.S. Constitution First Amendment protects these faiths and their voices and their self-determination to keep these traditions and share their beliefs publicly without punishment by government.

Please take time today – after church, mass or whatever you call your religious service, and watch and listen. Toward the end, I have found two videos of some spectacular Orthodox Jewish weddings that celebrate this sacred occasion in a way, frankly, that most religions have lost in today’s world. And finally, a moving video that calls for strengthening every Marriage.  You MUST watch!

These religious leaders are giving us a call to action because these traditions of Marriage are being seriously challenged and this nation under unrighteous and activist judges is losing its respect for the First Amendment protections.

Please join us today by subscribing and volunteering.  Join their calls to action. Watch each of these videos and you will be inspired! This is our childrens’ future and their religious liberty at stake.

Professor Robert George

Princeton University
2014 National Catholic Breakfast – 20 minutes

A real wake up call for all religious adherents and what our challenge will be if we stand for Marriage.

Reverend Bill Owens

President of the National Coalition for African-American Pastors
2014 March for Marriage Speech – 5 minutes
This fiery speech puts LGBT activists in their place! He knows what the real civil rights movement was all about, he was there. He calls the gay “civil rights movement” something you need to hear…and what his plan of action is for all of us.

New York City Orthodox Jewish Rabbis Protest Gay Marriage

This protest shows us what passion these good people have. I know from experience that it takes dramatic measures to win these tough battles. Do you have this kind of courage?

Do You Have This Kind Of Courage?

I am observing a slippery slope in the clergy across several denominations.  Some have already abandoned Marriage between a man and a woman.  Others are wavering.  Many business leaders of devout faith would rather not engage and are choosing to remain silent because the Bottom Line could be negatively affected.  Others are actually coming to the defense of gay “marriage” to protect their Bottom Line in a preventative fashion.

Is silence or neutrality courage?  John F. Kennedy once reflected on Dante’s Inferno when he said,

“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those that maintain neutrality in times of moral crisis.”

We are in a moral crisis. Are you willing to engage?

The “Title of Liberty” – A Parallel from Ancient Religious History

In Mormon theology there is a famous story in The Book of Mormon of a courageous man who lived in the ancient Americas. He wasn’t the religious leader, but he was a skilled military man, the chief captain of all the Nephite armies. They lived in similar times as we face today, about 73 B.C.: their religious liberty and their families were being threatened by godless leaders and judges who were imposing punitive laws.  His name was Moroni (pronounced with a long “i”).

Captain Moroni took his coat and tore a piece and wrote on it:

“In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children.”

He called it the “title of liberty.”

He then knelt down “and he prayed to God for the blessings of liberty…, “as long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land.”

[These were descendants of the ancient Hebrew culture that emigrated from Jerusalem to the Americas that believed in the coming of a Messiah – the Christ, similar to the God of the Old Testament Jehovah.]

Then he called the people together to “enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them.”

And the people didn’t say, “This is the prophecy of the times, and we know we’re going to lose, so let us just stay home and take care of our families.”

No, in the last days of their fight for liberty (which is always the last fight for any civilization) they didn’t go silent. They didn’t allow themselves to be intimidated. They “came running together,” following this courageous leader, tearing their own coats as a covenant and laying them at their leader’s feat, covenanting that if they should ever fall into transgression and “be ashamed to take upon them the name of Christ,” the Lord would take their lives.

Will the Courts continue to fail us? Yes, they will, if we do not set aside our day-to-day activities long enough to learn who should be elected. We the People are responsible for what has happened to our government. We have elected the leaders who have appointed and confirmed the judges that are overturning our Marriage and religious liberty laws.

Are those times described above not the times in which we now live?  Who will stand with children?  Who will stand with Marriage? Who will stand with religious liberty?  Are we so ashamed that we would not do the same?

This is the very message from Professor Robert George above in this post.  We must have the same courage.  If we don’t have it – if we would be embarrassed to join in a protest and to carry a sign and march and chant along with Reverend Bill Owens or with these Rabbis in New York City, then we must find a way to get some.

I’ve been through Round One many years ago – fighting the Equal Rights Amendment – and that’s exactly what it took to defeat that proposed constitutional amendment.   If we had not gone to those “extreme” measures, everything we are facing today would have been enshrined in the Constitution and we would have destroyed this nation long ago.

But this appears to be the final chapter in this long struggle.  We are risking losing everything, if we don’t get that courage soon.

Dallin Oaks – Former member Utah Supreme Court
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Here are the highlights for your review:

Now feel the joyful celebrations, diverse as they are, of some beautiful Marriages and the beauty of the most sacred bond known to the human race.

Celebrating Marriage

The Beauty of the Traditional Orthodox Jewish Wedding

This is the most comprehensive video I could find that shows the entire tradition behind the Orthodox Jewish wedding, which will explain why those rabbis above are so passionate about their religious beliefs and protecting this institution.

I not only respect their views, I applaud them for being so outspoken as leaders to preserve a the honor and respect that even some Christian religions have lost for the most sacred ordinance of all.

I am especially impressed with the ceremony before the wedding to prepare both the bride and groom for the seriousness of their vows. The men cover their heads with their traditional black hats and the groom honors the bride by placing the veil over her face.

In addition, I love the respect shown for both the fathers and mothers. Most Christian religions place the father in the sole position of honor at a wedding – where the father of the bride stands and the first dance, etc.

In the orthodox Jewish wedding, both mothers (when they are both able to be there) walk the bride down the aisle and both fathers walk the groom. In the celebration to follow, the men and women are separated by a thin veil for traditional dancing, with the bride and groom raised up on an overturned table for traditional tossing of hankerchief and bouquet.

This is truly a beautiful event.

The Traditional Orthodox Jewish Wedding – Beginning to End (visual only)
Chaish and Levi Mentz

In this video, with sound, Rikki and Moshe Gross share their music and sound in a more summarized version, but you can see the thin veil. After this traditional celebration, the entire party gathers for a sit-down dinner.  Mazel tov!

Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Former member Utah Supreme Court
Recipient of the Canterbury Award for Religious Freedom
Member Quorum of Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
And now the tear jerker. This video narrated by Elder Oaks focuses on saving the institution of Marriage itself. Powerful and short. Get your Kleenex!

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Lies of the Left and Why Conservatives Are Losing: We Must Unite!

Utah’s Sovereignty and Marriage Law:  The Left Resorts – Again – to Lies and Distortions

Remember, don’t believe everything you read.  It is an Alinksy tactic in Rules for Radicals to mock and ridicule and to deliberately lie and label and use guilt by association.

We are astonished at the distortions and lies surrounding the event with Sheriff Mack held in Utah on January 4, 2014.  The Left has been trying to discredit this Sheriff for years, when in fact he is giving a logical and inspiring presentation that just makes sense.  He is now leading Sheriffs all across the country successfully.

And the truth is, that’s what they’re so afraid of: the truth.

Twitter Lies Continue reading Lies of the Left and Why Conservatives Are Losing: We Must Unite!

How A Decade of Same Sex Marriage In Massachusetts Has Damaged Marriage, Family and Religious Liberty

If you are among those who believe that legalizing same sex marriage will have no impact on you, your family, your marriage, your children, your religious liberty – please watch this powerful video produced by those who know and have experienced society post-gay marriage for a decade now. Led by Orthodox Jew Brian Camenker, MassResistance has produced this eye-opening video that every citizen of Utah and the United States must see – before it’s too late.

Here is a summary of what Brian Camenker has compiled. Please share this with your family and friends so that they can become better informed. Continue reading How A Decade of Same Sex Marriage In Massachusetts Has Damaged Marriage, Family and Religious Liberty

Obama’s War On Utah and Marriage: Time to Just Say NO!

January 2, 2013 Report
The year 2013 did not end without a typical Obama-style surprise Christmas “present” the Friday before Christmas when U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby issued an unconstitutional ruling overturning Utah’s marriage Amendment 3. Continue reading Obama’s War On Utah and Marriage: Time to Just Say NO!

Federal Judge Declares Utah’s Marriage Law Unconstitutional

I sent this email to my list yesterday. I’m following up with more information today. This is urgently critical. Please help us continue to represent our values in Utah and across this nation. Utah was cherry-picked as the first state, even though it was broadly considered to be the last bastion of defense of marriage in the nation. More to come soon…

Federal Court Declares Utah’s Marriage Amendment Unconstitutional

It seems the Obama Administration likes to use the Friday before Christmas to deliver his “lovely” Christmas presents to us.

Remember 2010?  Yes, it was ObamaCare wrapped up in a glittering, beautifully-wrapped package all tied up with a pretty bow.

Well, now that bow has unraveled and what’s inside is not so glittering, beautiful or pretty.

Today, again the Friday before Christmas, Utahns received their “Christmas” present from the Obama Administration:  An Obama-appointed Federal district judge named Robert Shelby single-handedly declared that Utah’s Amendment 3 is unconstitutional in a 53-page opinion.

In that opinion he also proclaimed that the will of the people is irrelevant.  He said so.

This is judicial activism in its “finest” hour.

The Attorney General’s office is going to appeal and will call for a stay.

We are actively engaged in this fight, as you know, and will be at the next legislative session in 2014 where we anticipate other challenges to marriage and family.

Christmas is right around the corner. Everyone is busy, but marriage and our children are most important to the future of our society.

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Utah Is Targeted to Bring the Nation Down

I don’t know about you, but I’m disgusted by the nerve, the audacity, the absolute power that our Courts, this administration and our current President believe they have. 

Utah is the number 1 targeted state in the nation for overturning constitutional amendments defining marriage between a man and a woman.

If Utah goes down, a strongly-conservative state on the marriage and family issues, the entire nation will follow.

We network with many other family issues groups at the legislature to educate our elected officials on a variety of topics.  We have assisted with major events to bring the research to elected officials and to you showing that marriage between a man and a woman is the number 1 and best protection for the well-being of children.

Marriage Is Not About Adults – It’s About Children

Marriage is not about adults wanting a pleasurable relationship.  Marriage is about children who deserve both a mom and a dad.  It’s about creating the best environment for children.

Virtually every credible study shows that children are better off in every way in a home with both a mother and father who are married.

Marital “equality” is not about civil rights. 
Judges who declare state marriage amendments unconstitutional because of “discrimination” are ignoring their own strict scrutiny standards for suspect classification, which are: it must be inborn, involuntary and immutable.

Based on these standards, gay marriage defenders have no constitutional leg upon which to stand.

Religious Liberties Undermined
We know that many businesses and individuals have been punished, fired, fined or shut down because of religious beliefs.  Companies that provide wedding photography, cakes, flowers and Catholic charities’ adoption services have been the prime targets.  Catholic Charities in some states have been shut down altogether because of their religious beliefs.

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“It Won’t Affect Me – What’s the Big Deal?”
Some say that making same-sex marriage legal won’t affect them or their families. “Why not just live and let live?” they ask.

Think again.

In other states that have legalized same sex marriage, the public schools are required to teach that same sex marriage and homosexual relationships are legal and no different from marriage between a man and a woman.

Frankly, children are being taught LIES in school.  In fact, if you aren’t for “equality” you must be a bigot – or a “bully.”

If you are concerned that your children are being – or will be – indoctrinated or their religious beliefs challenged, you should be concerned about this challenge and others that Utah will face in the next legislative session.

Thank you so much for your kindness in the past and for your help today.


Cherilyn Eagar

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