Don't dismiss the idea. It is happening right now in the state of Iowa. It could be coming soon to the Tarheel State.
Already, we are seeing the religious liberty of magistrates and Registers of Deeds being taken away in North Carolina. Soon private businesses will be affected. And the political and cultural left, here in Greensboro and throughout the state, are cheering on these violations of religious liberty.
Adoptions by same sex couples are now inevitable in North Carolina unless something were to change very drastically, very quickly. And sooner or later, clergy and congregations will be forced to perform and host same sex marriages if the natural consequences of the actions taken by the political and cultural left are allowed to play out.
In fact, the inescapable implications of what we are observing are crystal clear. Liberal mainline "Christian" denominations-- and their accomplices within the media, within contemporary Judaism, and in the political and legal spheres-- have been working to rob more orthodox Christians, their clergy and congregations of their religious liberty. That is the net effect of what we have seen happening.
And of course, Kay Hagan is their girl. She has helped them make it happen.
The actions and positions of these "religious" organizations have a direct consequence. And it is being observed directly among the various magistrates and registers of deeds who are being told to violate their religious conscience, or get out. They are being told to violate their conscience, or perhaps even go to jail. That is the choice that the liberal faith traditions in North Carolina want to impose on Christians with orthodox beliefs. Regrettably, we have perhaps no greater enemies than those living right among us in our own neighborhoods and cities who claim some semblance of faith.
And of course, there are horribly mischievous things that have been happening in the political and legal communities that merit a separate discussion. We will get to that later.
The Alliance Defense Fund has already developed a memo for North Carolina Registers of Deeds outlining their rights of conscience. That is much appreciated.
I have previously argued that we need to begin a discussion regarding secession in those states that oppose the horrible things that are happening in this country.
But right now, more is needed. Consider the following:
1. Thom Tillis and Phil Berger, Sr. have been granted standing in federal court to represent the state of North Carolina and defend its marriage amendment. They need to exhaust all the remedies they have at their disposal to appeal within the federal courts the rulings of judicial activists like Cogburn and Osteen.
2. But Tillis and Berger also ought to advance actions in our state courts. We have a Republican majority on the North Carolina Supreme Court, and we are often told how they espouse a conservative judicial philosophy. These justices ought to be given the opportunity to show what they might do.
3. Specifically, we need actions in the state of North Carolina's judicial system to seek a stay or injunction on same sex marriages and adoptions within the state; and to counter the violations of religious liberty that are already occurring.
4. These conservative justices ought to be given the opportunity to assert the supremacy of North Carolina's constitution on matters related to marriage. They ought to assert that the foolish, recently developed legal precedents in federal court do not override the clear meaning of the United States Constitution, and how it relates to the ample substantive basis for state marriage laws.
5. The assistance of outside legal groups like the Alliance Defense Fund, and perhaps others, would be welcome to help develop and move these kinds of actions.
6. Chief Justice Mark Martin of the North Carolina Supreme Court ought to speak out publicly and intervene regarding the recent actions of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts to rob magistrates of their religious liberty. He ought to do this even though he is in the midst of election season. He has an administrative role in the North Carolina court system; and he needs to use his moral authority and a bully pulpit to challenge those sowing mischief in that office.
7. These things all needed to happen yesterday. And again-- Tillis, Berger, the various North Carolina judges and any other parties ought not allow the ongoing election season to interfere with getting to work on these various items.