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Friday, November 03, 2006

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.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does Brad Warthen look like Ted Kazinski?

7:08 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did ya like how they figured out a way to slam Sanford while non-endorsing-endorsing the ammendment.

10:04 PM

 
Blogger Mike Reino said...

Warthen looks like a Cubs fan who's decided not to shave until they win the Series.... or SC turns Democrat!

11:13 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's a pretty dumb amendment.

10:55 AM

 
Blogger J A Greer said...

Just in case anyone is keeping score, this amendment is not entirely a "gay Marriage ban", it would ban polygamy and bigamy just as well.

8:55 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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.

Um, I'm going to have to call a flagrant foul against logic here.

This is a statement of the form: Adolph Hitler was a notorious murderer. Adolph Hitler, incidentally, also had brown hair.

or

At 5'6", Mao Zedong was shorter than average. Mao Zedong was also responsible for the deaths of approximately 60 million Chinamen.

Make up your own: it's fun!

There are a number of logical fallacies here. There's the non-sequiter. There's guilt by association. There's even a Godwin's Law violation.

More disturbing than the brutal assault on logic is the calumny against homosexuals.

You say that God will judge Rohm for his sins. Are you really implying that being attracted to men is a sin in the same way that killing another human being is a sin?

Really?

Thought experiment: You have two brothers. One goes on a murder spree. The other one likes boys.

Are they both sinners of a similar sort?

Sic Willie, I know that you're trying to oppose this dumb amendment while keeping the trolls, morons, and haters from casting aspersions on your sexuality. I get it.

But there's enough intolerance in the world. The time has come to take this stand: It's no one's business who your local neighborhood homo is effing, provided it's adult and consensual. We need to tell the bigots to quit focusing on other people's bedrooms.

There's too much hatred in this world, in our nation, in our state. Hatred is un-Christian and immoral.

The bigots need to quit using government to target the gays. It's immoral and it distracts from the real problems in this state: there's just no time for gay-bashing when we ought to be cutting taxes, fixing schools, ending eminent domain, ending our expensive/destructive/ineffectual Drug War etc. etc.

Let's not pander to the homophobes. It only encourages them.

8:57 AM

 
Blogger KNH said...

Finally. I've found a blog that takes issue with both major parties and their dabbling in control of private lives. While you may disagree with what people do, you choose to allow them to do it in our free society.

Thanks for your intelligent post on a difficult, polarizing issue.

3:08 PM

 

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