Written after Obama won the presidency.


December 1, 2008

“Your political party affiliation does not concern me. Your responsibility to God and government does. The opportunity presented to you as a citizen of Heaven first, and of this state and nation second, to embrace the sanctity of human life, enrich marriage and safeguard religious freedom excites me.” From “Evangelicals have a duty to culture” by Jeremiah Dys, president of the Family Council Policy of West Virginia.

Translated: “Your opportunity as a citizen of Heaven and your responsibility to God and to whatever party is pro-life, pro-heterosexual marriage and pro-religious fundamentalism—is elating.” The emphasis that a person’s first responsibility is to God— an entity the existence of which is doubtful—and not to his government is an intimation of theocracy. The intimation is the more egregious since the government in question is bound by a constitutional amendment that prohibits the establishment of religion.

Dys: “Our Declaration of Independence reminds us of the ‘self-evident’ truth, namely, that any right we possess was given to us by ‘our Creator.’” Of course, Dys translates Creator as God, his God. But what the Founders had in mind by the use of Creator could be the God of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration. And Jefferson did not believe in a personal God, a God that finds homosexuality an abomination. On the contrary, he believed that a First Cause created the Laws of Nature and then retired. Jefferson even used the phrase “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” in the document. Jefferson was a deist and he scorned fundamentalists’ conception of God.

One of the self-evident truths Jefferson had in mind was that “all men are created equal.” When this was written Negroes were slaves and homosexuals were less than equal and still are owing to homophobic hysteria provoked by gays desiring to be equal with regard to marriage and other rights and working persistently to that end.

Dys: “Leading up to Nov. 4, editorial pages ran scurrilous commentaries attacking as ‘clever ploys to elect Republicans’ the democratic process used to define and defend marriage against those who feign tolerance and advance an agenda of familial redefinition.”

His indefensible use of the word “scurrilous” reveals how deep is his antipathy toward gays. And His claim of using the democratic process to define and defend marriage glosses and redefines the actual homophobic process, which simply is to keep gays second-class citizens and prevent their social acceptance. He further, in his frustration over a Democrat victory, resorts to questioning his opponents’ sincerity and motive. He judges them as “those who feign tolerance and advance an agenda of familial redefinition.”

Dys: “The modern notion of evangelicalism has overemphasized grace to the point that many no longer recognize truth. … According to exit polls 44 percent of voters identified themselves as ‘moderates’ and only 34 percent self-identified as ‘conservatives’….That there is such a moderate middle reflects the failure of evangelicalism to equip their adherents with a Biblical worldview.”

He is bothered that evangelicals have become prey to grace, that is, to a softening of their hearts with respect to gays. He chides the leaders for not equipping evangelicals with a Biblical worldview or the truth as he sees it. And his truth is that God is a heterosexual who considers homosexuality an abomination. He deplores that evangelicals are allowing grace to subvert their homophobic aggressiveness and their cultural war against liberal culture: to wit, pro-choice, same-sex marriage and secularism.

Mr. Dys and his followers have lost the 2008 election, except for the approval of so-called marriage protection amendments in a few states. Thus, he is exhorting the faithful to use their voices as voting citizens to support the culture of homophobia and to work against the culture of same-sex marriage, et cetera.

Dys: “Scripture makes it abundantly clear that those identifying with Christ must understand the totality of their worldview. When that is fully grasped, the Christian’s duty to submit to government becomes a responsibility to speak truth to culture, so that culture will ultimately speak the truth.”

Translated: “Those identifying with Christ must understand that abortion, homosexuality and same-sex marriage are un-Christian. And that they must speak the truth and the truth is what the Scriptures tell them.”

Dys nor any other homophobe will find comfort in the Gospels. On the contrary, they will find nothing in Christ words or his works or his acts that will support their “truth.” If truth and reality are kin, then the truth is that opponents of abortion, same-sex marriage and secularism are on the defensive on all fronts and history should tell them the truth; that is, they will lose the culture war eventually.

Blacks were once slaves and then were denied the franchise and prohibited from marrying whites. They now are free, have the vote and can, by virtue of a Supreme Court decision, marry whites. (See Loving v. Virginia, 1967.) It is inevitable, so history attests, that soon gays will marry with the blessing of the Supreme Court, notwithstanding evangelicals “speaking truth to culture, so that culture will ultimately speak the truth.”

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (, and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation ( I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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