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June 26th, 2013
11:53 AM ET

`Jesus wept' or tears of joy? Faithful react to gay marriage rulings

By Daniel Burke, CNN

(CNN) As news broke of the big Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage, religious leaders took to Twitter to express joyous praise or strong condemnation.

http://storify.com/danielsburke/religious-reaction-to-scotus-decisions

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Church • Culture wars • Gay marriage • Gay rights • Homosexuality • Politics

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  1. bostontola

    "Supreme Court overrules God."

    The majority conservative supreme court.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
    • sam

      That is a pesky, inconvenient point, isn't it.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
  2. Science

    Hey topher you silent too ?

    June 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  3. bostontola

    Reading the tweets above, Christians needs a remedial US Government class.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Just a remedial 'any' class would be a start. From the way some of them speak you'd swear they never made it past 2nd grade.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • JMEF

      The trouble is, bostontola, is the likes of Bill Deacon want the Canon law of the RCC to over ride the laws made by the three branches of government. Let us hope that the Christian right continue to fail in their attempts to influence the rights of all citizens.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
    • Damia Savon

      Home schooling does not cover civics. It was replaced by "We hate gays 101"

      June 26, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
  4. cgmcle

    If indeed Jesus wept, His tears were tears of joy. At long last, Jesus must be thinking, some measure of justice for a long oppressed group of people, people who are as much God's children as are those who hate them. If only the people who hate could be more like the Jesus they purport to worship.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
    • Cherries

      Inasmuch as Jesus was all inclusive and never said a word about gay people, I think you're right.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
  5. bostontola

    I'm proud of our Government today, so glad we live in a secular society rather than under the tyranny of the majority.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
    • sam

      You'd think all these constitution-loving gun owners would be happy that something unconstitutional was struck down.

      Oh, I forgot. They only care about the parts they like.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • wer

      @ sam

      Much like the bible!

      June 26, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Of course! They're all about personal rights when it comes to gun ownership, but body ownership for women? Not so much.

      June 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  6. pbernasc

    Jesus is dead .. so he can't weep .. his sol might cry by can't make tears .. so
    take it easy, he will get over it

    June 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • { ! }

      In courts of law, accused murders are acquitted when there's not a corpse. Produce Jesus' body so we'll know he's dead. The actual witnesses say that Jesus was NOT dead. You might do more work on this.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
      • pbernasc

        ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
        Jesus is dead, because he died, .. they all saw it
        or it's a big lie and he didn't die where the Bible claims it did.
        At best, Jesus is an alien from outer space and he fooled the entire human kind
        HA AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH h HA H

        June 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
      • pbernasc

        Jesus is dead ... his corp was buried .. the fact the body disappeared doesn't mean he walked away

        October 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • The real Tom

      You are a dunce. Don't pretend to know what happens in a court of law, you pea-brain.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
      • pbernasc

        take your dick with your right hand (or left one if you are left handed, what ever you prefer) and jerk it really hard .. yes that's onanism

        Please, focus on it .. that's all you need to do

        June 27, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
      • pbernasc

        screw you idlot

        October 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
  7. David

    Roberts dissents. Scalia disserts. Alito dissents. Thomas follows like the sheep he is...

    June 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • { ! }

      These guys are infallible under only two conditions: 1) when they are wearing robes, 2) when they rule according to the prevailing taste of society.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • Judas Priest

      Thomas typically has well-thought-out decisions, I'll have to look up his dissent to see what he's basing it on.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
    • sam

      What part of 'it was unconstitutional' do you dumbasses not understand? It has NOTHING to do with what society wants, except that society wants fair adherence to the constitution. Stop crying.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
  8. rwroten

    Jesus wept...Christians are not the example expected...love, even your enemies, don't vilify them, be a witness not a bull horn of hate. Perhaps God meant this to be so Christians can begin relying on Him then on government and the republican party. The most genuine Christian examples are in China, Indonesia, Nigeria, and North Korea where they are not caught up in materialism, megachurch membership with basketball courts, golf outings, and big band worship music. They worship me with their lips but their hearts are far from me: American Christianity?

    June 26, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • landofodin

      Jesus wasn't a real person, no historical evidence of the man ever existing, just a made up figue from the 44 previous saviors/kings! look it up. you won't though, you're too scared i might be right. I've gotten closer to God because I stopped following jesus!!!!!

      June 26, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
  9. Jack

    Jesus is coming back with a sword to avenge all man's willful sins againt him and his Father's words. Your celebration is short lived. Repent.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • Non-Heteronormative Catholic

      If I have to die by some sky pixie's avenging sword, let me do it while partying with my fellow non-breeders. Of course, that'll never happen, since the sky pixie doesn't exist, nor do things like "sin" and "the afterlife".

      June 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • landofodin

      Jesus wasn't a real person, no historical evidence of the man ever existing, just a made up figue from the 44 previous saviors/kings! look it up. you won't though, you're too scared i might be right. I've gotten closer to God because I stopped following jesus!!!!!

      June 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • David

      I have many guns to protect myself. Don't bring a sword to a gun fight...

      June 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Oh that's fricking funny.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • sam

      Sure he is. Your ass will be the first he jams that sword into.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
  10. Ken Margo

    It's still scary that the ruling was only 5 – 4. You'd think equality would be 9 – 0.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • Athy

      Agreed. Wonder what the reasoning was for the dissenters.

      June 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      Religion and Bigotry

      June 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
  11. relmfoxdale

    If Jesus wept, then Jesus is a bigot. Even he understood–better than many–that the rules of the game can and do and will change, and you've got to roll with it. Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's and all that. I seriously doubt he wants us all living exactly as put forth in the Bible–not mixing fabrics or eating shellfish, say, or having our brothers marry our wives when we die–if that's not the current standard. And if he does want that, well, he's been weeping for a while.

    I am Christian, BTW, and I hate that people try to hide behind religion. Racists did it, too, when interracial marriage was the topic of the day. It took a lot for right-wing white men to accept that (gasp!) black men might marry their daughters.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • landofodin

      Jesus wasn't a real person, no historical evidence of the man ever existing, just a made up figue from the 44 previous saviors/kings! look it up. you won't though, you're too scared i might be right. I've gotten closer to God because I stopped following jesus!!!!!

      June 26, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
  12. Wendy

    If you claim to be of God (Christian) and yet support the LGBT lifestyle, then you are a liar. True Christians will never support this lifestyle. It is totally wrong. I don't hate the LGBT personally, but I really hate the sin and so does God. If you don't believe that, then you are fooling yourself thinking you are a Christian.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      True Christians are becoming more irrelevant.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • David

      Wendy... take the gas pipe.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • The real Tom

      It's not a "lifestyle," you moron. If your gawd made everything, then he made some people gay. Get over it.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • Non-Heteronormative Catholic

      Well, Wendy, I believe that the only true Christianity is Roman Catholicism. I hate the sin and the sinners, since all the so-called "protestant Christians" disobey the Word of God and blaspheme by daring to call themselves "Christian". You are committing heresy. You can repent and accept the One True Church and the authority of the bishop of Rome as head of that church, or you can go burn in Hell for displeasing God.

      Repent, Wendy. It's your only chance.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • Jack

      Amen!

      June 26, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      There's a few contradictions...you don't hate them but you hate the sin and don't approve of the lifestyle. First off, it's not a sin. Sin is strictly biblical and does not exist outside of christardation. Second, it is not a lifestyle. People are naturally born gay.
      You are a hateful bigot no matter how one spins it. Educate yourself outside of the church.
      Without using your buybull, what is your true issue with the LGBT? What business is it of yours or your imaginary friends who sleeps with who?? No-one tells you who to sleep with, so why do you think it is your place to tell others (try not using the excuse of your imaginary friend)?

      June 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • Mike

      Romans 14:1-4
      Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • David

      @ Non-Heteronormative Catholic – who you kidding... all you really care about is BINGO!

      June 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      'but I really hate the sin and so does God'

      Is this the same god that has no trouble with slaughtering men, women and children?
      Not exactly a great role model there.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
    • sam

      I've decided that your 'lifestyle' is wrong. There, are you happy?

      June 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
    • Chester

      Jesus was only about love. Not hate. If LGBT couples love each other and want to openly express and commit to their love, Jesus would be all for it!!!!

      June 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • Interesting

      Isn't Christianity suppose to be about unconditional love and acceptance? I don't think Jesus left you or any other human in charge of judging others. I'm sure you have a few things that don't sit well with the bible in your pockets along with every other human being on Earth.

      "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven" ~
      Luke 6:37 , Matthew, and pretty much everyone else in the bible.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
    • Damia Savon

      IF you hate then you are not a Christian.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
  13. ShawnDH

    Somebody should tell these religious leaders that the United States is a free, secular, democratic republic and not a theocracy. Don't like it? Too bad. Move to Saudi Arabia, Iran or Afghanistan where they share your values and views on the government being the morality police. We prefer freedom, thanks.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
  14. Aimhere

    "Jesus wept"? Please. Jesus is supposed to be about unconditional love for one's fellow man, not intolerance.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
  15. ed dugan

    Jesus wept becasue Mke Huckabee was still among the living. What an arrogant phony that guy is. He does know how to get rich off of mediocre celebrity though.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  16. Don

    Welcome to the 21st century. Congratulation to the gay community.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
  17. ShawnDH

    Yeah, well. Your goofy religion and how you've twisted the views of a liberal carpenter who lived 2,000 years ago is irrelevant to equal rights under the law in a free, 21st-century nation. It's pretty easy to understand.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  18. Travis

    Mr. Huckabee...I completely agree that Jesus would weep if he saw today's events. If it were my name, my legacy, and my teachings that were used by a bunch of self-serving fundamentalists to justify their hatred of anything they deem different, or sinful, or otherwise unworthy of respect, I would cry bitter tears. Do you Bible-thumpers seriously believe that if Jesus Christ were alive today, he would be standing alongside the like of you, supporting a position that grants a certain right to one group of people, but deny it to others? If I learned anything in Sunday School (yes, I went to Sunday School), it was that Jesus preached love over hate and compassion over injustice. That Bible you're all so fond of was written centuries ago several decades after the time of Christ, and it was authored by men who each had his own agenda. Too many people have twisted his message into something that Jesus wouldn't even recognize, let alone advocate. So the next time you feel the need to scream blasphemy in the face of someone who only wants to show their love for another human being, you may want to look inward and ask yourself if this is truly what Jesus would have wanted.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • Judas Priest

      Thank you for being a decent human being.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
  19. Apple Bush

    I started to write a lovely poem about the outdoors. The smell of grass and pine trees; mildew and spice. Birds overhead dodging at squirrels (who always start their day early!).

    Then my eye started to burn. I was pouring scalp medicine into my eyes like eye drops.

    Blind for sure now.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
  20. anahadwolves

    All the comments from the haters prove is that they are evil, have no desire to accept others as equals and revel in their hate. They don't speak for God or Jesus...just Satan.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • { ! }

      We live in an age of easy "love". When things get tough, we look for a divorce lawyer or abortionist. In this environment, where do we find hate? Anywhere we feel like it.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • The real Tom

      I just look at your posts.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • sam

      Then thank goodness none of those guys are real.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      'When things get tough, we look for a divorce lawyer or abortionist.'

      When things get tough they also fight for the right to marry.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
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