May 06, 2016
"Enter His courts with praise," and enter the Supreme Court debate with prayer. That seemed to be the message of Alabama Supreme Court Justice Glenn Murdock, who spoke powerfully about the need for America to get on its knees about the empty seat in the U.S. Supreme Court at yesterday's National Day of Prayer. "Never, I submit, has there been a time as important as today to pray for our appellate court and especially our Supreme Court. [They] are the group of men and women who in the months and years to come are going be asked to decide more than likely the fate of the Second Amendment, the extent of unilateral presidential authority, and the fate of that which has defined us more than anything else for 240 years as America: religious liberty."
After blasting the Court for its legacy of activism starting with Roe v. Wade, Murdock talked about the present day threat, which was all too evident in the closing prayer of Army Chaplain Kenneth Williams. "Ten months ago, the United States Supreme Court undertook to redefine the institution of marriage upon which every civilization for 6,000 years has been based, prompting Chief Justice Roberts to remark 'just who do we think we are?'"
As if proving his point, the event was closed out by Chaplain Kenneth Williams, who offered one of the most politically correct prayers ever uttered in the event's history. Instead of ending the service in the spirit of the believers gathered, Chaplain Williams takes it upon himself to inject Islam, Judaism Hinduism, and Buddhism into the prayer, including the question: "Why can't we all, in our differences, work toward the cause of truth?" That would have been the perfect place for a Christian chaplain to provide -- not his opinion on the topic, but Jesus's, who said, "I am the way the truth and the life..." If that weren't enough, Williams ends the session by saying, "One day, I hope that there will be many faith groups represented here."
If anyone doubted the president's radical transformation of our Armed Forces, Williams's benediction was Exhibit A in how Obama has all but driven Christianity from the military. This is exactly what Justice Murdock warned about that same morning when he described what the courts would do to the broader society by redefining marriage and human sexuality. If we get the Supreme Court wrong, the only acceptable form of public prayer will be that which extols the virtues of every deity but Christ. If you want to preserve your freedom to pray -- start by exercising it!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.