To Sin By Silence
In case anyone missed it this morning, The State newspaper "endorsed" the gay marriage ban that appears on next Tuesday's statewide ballot.
After dismissing the amendment's moral and Constitutional legitimacy, the paper's argument boiled down to the fact that it wants the issue to "go away" and that voting "Yes" on the Amendment would accomplish that objective.
Oddly enough, so would voting "No."
Unlike The State, FITS took a clear and unambiguous position on this amendment months ago, and didn't hide behind Pringles-thin logic in an attempt to sidestep what we believed in the name of popular expediency.
You can read our column on the subject here.
Our argument then - and now - is that while we believe homosexuality to be a sin, we do not believe it falls under the purview of government to regulate that sin.
You can call us libertarian if you'd like, but on this issue - like eminent domain, flag burning, primary seat belt enforcement and other issues - we'll take that label gladly.
Incidentally, Ernst Rohm, the socialist head of Hitler's brown-shirted SA death squads, was a homosexual. Also a notorious murderer, Rohm was killed by Hitler during the "Night of the Long Knives" on June 30, 1934. Like his boss, it's our belief that if anyone deserves to perpetually roast for their sins, it's Rohm.
But that's not for us to judge. The holder of that responsibility has already exercised it in Rohm's case (and in Hitler's, for that matter, eleven years later), just as one day He will exercise it with respect to each one of our lives.
Our nation justifies itself to the world as a protector of freedom. And whatever our colleagues in conservative circles may think of us, we believe this amendment to be an unlawful infringement of those freedoms.
That position may not be popular - and it will likely not be the one that prevails Tuesday - but at least we're not afraid to say it.