On June 26 (6/26), the Supreme Court of the United States of America legalized same-sex marriage.

For some people the Supreme Court decision came as an apocalyptic moment.

64-year-old radio host, blogger and former Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, Bryan Fischer is among those citizens of the US who find the Supreme Court decision utterly unbearable.

Responding to the decision Bryan Fischer tweeted:

From a moral standpoint, 6/26 is now our 9/11.

The extraordinarily inappropriate comparison of the tragic deaths of 3,000 people on 9/11 with the Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage on 6/26 makes one wonder who Mr. Fischer is planning to bomb back into the stoneage in response to the error of their ways.

But in his indignation Mr. Fischer may have neglected to notice that his holy outrage is speaking to a shrinking audience.

According to Sally Kohn

Even before the court’s decision, 6 in 10 Americans supported the right of same-sex couples to marry—and over half of Americans said they would be less likely to support any 2016 presidential candidate who opposed marriage equality.


The anti-gay lobby in conservative church circles is out of touch even with their own communities. Surprisingly, perhaps shockingly to their out-of-touch leaders, Kohn also reports

64 percent of self-identified Millennial evangelicals support same-sex marriage.

Opponents of same-sex relationships can shout and rant all they want, but in the western world this ship has sailed.

The great gay debate is over.

The forces for inclusion, welcome, openness, and love have prevailed.

Tragically, rather than leading the way in this social revolution, the church had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern era. We have been playing catch-up all the way in this debate. We have championed the reactionary forces of exclusion, and prejudice in the face of a world that was calling for tolerance and welcome.

Often, in this conversation, the world has sounded more like Jesus than the church that claims to be his representative.

Once again the the church is left to slink quietly away in shame at our resistance to an unstoppable force of love that, whether we like it or not, has been sweeping through our social fabric.

Is it any wonder that the church is seen by many people today to be defined by its utter irrelevance. If we are going to regain a credible voice in the social discourse of our culture, we might begin by repenting of our prejudice, arrogance, and refusal to pay attention to the realities of the world we live in.

We need to ask ourselves what makes it so hard for us to hear people. Why are we so poor at listening to the life circumstances of people who appear different than those with whom we are most familiar and most comfortable?

Even the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby acknowledged a year ago,

We may or may not like it, but we must accept that there is a revolution in the area of sexuality and we have not fully heard it.


Why are we so determined that we, and we alone, are right even when the majority of our culture seems to have awakened to a new reality?

If 6/26 is Mr. Fischer’s 9/11, perhaps we can hope that the aftermath of his failure to pay attention to the lives of people who have been asking for nothing more dangerous than acceptance, might be that Mr. Fischer awakens to the possibility of the welcoming love that Jesus embodied. Perhaps moving forward from this apocalyptic moment in his faith’s clash with culture, Mr. Fischer may learn to discern more sensitively what the Spirit seems to be doing in spite of the opposition of so many faithful church-goers. One can only hope.