I can’t believe in the year 2015 I have to go over this again. I remember serving two tours in the US military back in my young days and this was clear to us then. How did ego and stupidity move in so completely. I posted two excerpts below and I underlined what I thought was the important parts, such as you can not legislate on the basis of religion. It totally ruins the entire idea our government was founded on. It is not constitutional and it denies freedom and pursuit of happiness to everyone except that religious leader that suddenly has become the law. That is a theocracy and we are not one of those. Isis is, the Taliban is, we are not. So can the people pushing your GOD as all the law please stop. You are not even honoring all the laws of your holy book. On the second point, the courts power and authority do not come from GOD, nor any religion, despite how powerful old Pat thinks he is. The court gets its authority from the Constitution. Now the people who came here in the beginning wanted away from others telling them how to worship, they wanted freedom of their religion but also freedom FROM other peoples religion. There were many different religious groups and we even quickly grew a few home grown ones. States were founded because groups moved apart to be able to practice what they saw as their one true religion separate from the others. Pennsylvania mean anything to anyone, or how about Utah. Speaking of Utah that alone should show that marriage has changed over time and often just for political reasons. Old man smith wanted more than one woman to be having sex with and he liked them young, they don’t talk back so much that way, so multiple wives came in to being, just that quick and easy. Oh but after a while they wanted to join the union of the states, and even though it was a holy edict to have them as many young girls in their bed as possible, they just up and said, “hey not anymore, we changed the meaning and definition of marriage AGAIN”! So unless you are willing to research and admit the truth of history, please stop demanding your personal dream ideas are the truth and way of life. Hugs
Antigay Group’s Ad Tells Supreme Court: Marriage ‘God’s Alone to Decide’ | Advocate.com.
The AFA’s president, Tim Wildmon — who the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as continuing “the group’s long tradition of anti-gay propagandizing and activism” — elaborated on the ad on the AFA’s website: “Our message is one of truth, yet very simple: God, in His great wisdom, profoundly established the institution of marriage as only between one man and one woman.”
Not so, claims Hrafnkell Haraldsson on Politics USA.“The only problem with all this is that it is not true. And if the Religious Right is free to believe that their god invented marriage, they are not free to legislate it on the basis of that belief. The First Amendment, not the Bible, is the law of the land, and it prohibits such lawmaking, regardless of how many Christians there might be who think this way (and there are fewer every day).”
Haraldsson, whose bio says he has degrees in history and philosophy and considers himself a “modern-day heathen,” is a columnist for Jason Easley’s website, which brags its mission is “real liberal politics.” He goes on to write, “Factually, marriage was in existence as a social contract for many centuries before anyone heard of little Israel.”
Haraldsson also takes issue with the AFA’s claim that marriage “was God’s plan and purpose for civilization from the beginning. He created man and woman as distinctly separate but inherently compatible; each unique yet sexually complementary — providing both the means for and the ideal relationship within which to raise children from that union.”
His counterargument is that “people had been getting married for many centuries and without regard for the god of the Bible. Ancient cultures, like the Romans, viewed child-bearing as a means of combating death by leaving a copy of yourself after you were gone.”
You would be saying that God has no place in our public square and, in a nation founded to secure freedom for those being persecuted for their faith, such a decision would be a tragic irony. In so doing you would not only risk another Roe v. Wade tear in our cultural fabric, but also effectively delegitimize the very power of the court itself to rule justly.”