February 2011

WARNING – This is a long post. It is in two parts with an intermission.

Marriage is the bedrock institution of American life. Marriage is the sacred union of one man and one woman. Traditional marriage is between one man and one woman. Gay marriage destroys the institution of marriage. Cultures that embrace gay marriage are doomed to failure. Atheistic societies discourage marriage. Homosexual marriage leads to polygamy, pedophilia and bestiality. Homosexual unions are antithetical to procreation. All of this and more is claimed by Jeffrey Kuhner, in the Washington Times.

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These claims are gravely made to rally true believers in ‘Defense of Marriage’. But these claims survive only if they are swaddled in the soft wrap of arbitrary morality and shielded from the facts.

For example, the fact that marriage is a bedrock institution does nothing to argue against gay marriage. In fact, it supports it.

‘Sacred union’ is the language of religion – fundamental Christianity, Sharia Law and Orthodox Judaism and is therefore prohibited by the Constitution.

The claim that ‘traditional marriage’ is between one man and one woman is unsupportable. A brief survey of cultures both historical and contemporary, show that marriage between one man and many women (and more rarely, between one woman and more than one man) is hardly the exception.

Even the bible allows multiple partners in a marriage.  Deuteronomy 21:15-17, for example, covers the rules of inheritance for a man with two wives.

The claim that gay marriage will destroy the institution of marriage is made without evidence. It is as invalid as the claim that admitting Jews would ruin the club or that electing a Catholic would destroy the Presidency.

Think about it. How do people wanting to get married, destroy marriage?

Same-sex marriage is legal in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Sweden, hardly failed states. Contrast this with the virulent homomphobia of the Arab world and sub-Saharan Africa, exemplars of second-rate societies.  

What about the claim that Atheist societies discourage marriage? In a study by NationMaster, America has the highest rate of marriage. Score one for the good guys. But gainsaying the claim, Russia was in second place. Poland and Ireland, even with their  Catholic traditions were way down the list.

If gay marriage leads to polygamy, pedophilia and bestiality then the states that have legalized it would have seen an increase in these behaviors. They haven’t. In fact, the only group that has ever made polygamy and pedophilia part of its cultural and moral code, the Mormons, are completely opposed to gay marriage. (I have no evidence that they condoned bestiality).  

Homosexuals cannot conceive children the usual way, but if that were the only moral route to parenthood, then logic would demand that In Vitro Fertilization and other fertility techniques would be suspect.

 The desire to be a parent is strong in many gays and is only thwarted because of the ban, by many states, of adoption by gay couples.

In the autobiography posted on his website Jeffrey Kuhner celebrates a 15 year marriage to his high school sweet heart, Grace Vuoto. But no mention is made of any children. But I wouldn’t suggest that therefore his union is ‘a socially barren act’. I am sure that God does not sneer at the strength and companionship he receives from his spouse.


The bigger issue with Kuhner and his like minded Zealots is that their agenda is driven by a belief that they know the way things ‘ought to be’. But ‘ought to be’ is not a rational argument. So to sell it in the ‘market place of ideas’ they resort to fear, superstition, ignorance and anger.

‘Piling-on’ is the best description of their rhetoric. In the article ‘Obama’s Homosexual America’, Democrats are accused of attacks on marriage, society and tradition, disregard for Congress and the Constitution, surrender to the ‘homosexual lobby’, and attempts to breach the firewall holding back the ‘most radical social-engineering experiment of our time’.

Then there is Obama’s (radical social liberal) endorsement of partial birth abortion on demand, stem cell research, euthanasia and a culture of death.

The repeal of DADT has crippled the military and the ‘traditional family’ is being assaulted. Bolsheviks are promoting free love, abortion, open marriage, promiscuity and sexual permissiveness.

1960s campus radicals, hippies, the new left and feminists are promoting sexual revolution, personal liberation, hedonism and moral relativism, attacking self-control, personal responsibility, patriotism and God.

Next: ‘neo-pagan Epicureanism’, socially barren acts and extinction; then polygamy, “transgender unions”, bestiality, pedophilia, moral anarchy, decadence, decline and fall of civilizations and internal moral rot.

All in a page and a half.

This is not an argument. It is a regurgitation of primitive fears, a vile expectoration of atavistic dreads. It is hatred. There is no compassion, no empathy, no thought, no Christianity. Mr. Kuhner is not a nice man.


Originalism sin: Why it’s hard to know what they meant.

February 26, 2011

Much is made of ‘Originalism’. “We have to go back the original meaning”, we are told. And parenthetically implied is, “I know what that is”. Bur ‘Originalism’ is a slippery fish. Consider that you have both ‘textual originalism’ and ‘historical originalism’ and you begin to get the idea that there is something complex about the simple […]

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Really 2/25/11

February 25, 2011

Gingrich – Professor of History (the revised version) Newt Gingrich writes in an article for the Washington Post that the balanced budget in the final years of the Clinton administration was due to the courage the Republicans showed in shutting down the Government. What he doesn’t mention is that the top tax rate was increased. […]

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Fear and loathing in Madison

February 24, 2011

Much has been made of the government employees in Wisconsin protesting Republican plans to hamstring their union by banning collective bargaining. Proponents of the ban like to point out that government employees earn more and contribute less to their benefits than employees in the private sector Instead of using this to as a hammer to beat […]

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Really 2/23/11

February 23, 2011

A different kind of stimulus Harry Reid believes it is time to ban prostitution in Nevada. He thinks that doing so will improve the state’s economy. It is the first time I’ve heard that putting people out of work will benefit the economy. If Reid is serious about banning a profession that takes money for immoral […]

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The pillars of Conservatism

February 22, 2011

Matthew 7:3 “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”  Frank Cannon writes in the Washington Post that Conservatism stands on three pillars – finance, defense and religion. In his article, he states that for a conservative to compromise (or […]

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Look right in anger

February 21, 2011

Free speech is our most fundamental right. It allows us to identify the issues that face America and propose solutions. Following are posts from Breitbart.com that highlight some of these issues. To preserve the meaning of these posts I have not altered the spelling or grammar. The user names are in parentheses. On the Constitution Barry’s constitutionally invalid […]

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A tree grows in Washington

February 20, 2011

         The 47 foot National Christmas Tree was knocked over yesterday by strong winds, but plans have already been made to replace it. Dear readers, your intrepid reporter has managed to dig up a few facts. The 5 foot replacement tree will be supplied by Halliburton at a cost of $1.3 billion and KBR will be […]

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Really? 2/19/11

February 19, 2011

Not so much veritas in vino Big minded Bill O’Reilly warns that we take our cultural sensitivities too far. In the aftermath of Mayor Bloomberg’s crack that the Irish are a bunch of drunks he says that we shouldn’t be so sensitive to stereotypes, after all “alcohol is a problem for every society on earth”. […]

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