This is a mysterious curve, that I wear every day. My wedding ring, by jewelry artist Margaret Brooks, is a “Mini-Moebius”. By definition, a Moebius strip has only one surface. A circle, with no end, somewhat like Marriage.
This is a mysterious curve, that I wear every day. My wedding ring, by jewelry artist Margaret Brooks, is a “Mini-Moebius”. By definition, a Moebius strip has only one surface. A circle, with no end, somewhat like Marriage.
For the past week, homosexuals and their advocates and supporters have been literally dancing in the streets, since five lawyers in black robes “gave” them the “right” to government-sanctioned “marriage”. That ruling, and a couple before it, has taken the issue out of the hands of the People, and in the case of Proposition 8 in California, has gone against the express will of the people. Even before the momentous ruling from On High in Washington DC, the effects were already being seen, and they aren’t pretty (small-town bakers fined $135,000 for declining to bake a cake for a homosexual “wedding”, etc.). One thing the homosexual activists are NOT is gracious in victory. The very next day, a city newspaper, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, issued a directive worded like this: “As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-Eds and letters to the Editor in opposition to same-sex marriage”. [Many thanks to James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal for bringing this and following comments to our attention-he is a true patriot] In the paper’s opinion, letters to the editor opposing same-sex “marriage” are the equivalent of “hate speech”, or sexist or racist opinions that they refuse to publish (which is their right). Does this sound like love to you? These are the folks to tell you to “teach tolerance”.
First Amendment to Fall: Freedom of Speech.
For the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, same-sex “marriage” is an issue that does not have two sides. He tells a media blog that “We firmly believe that for a number of issues, including civil rights, women’s rights, anti-racism, and LGBT equality, there are not two sides”. Ridiculous. Taranto says, “But how could there have been a decision without an alternative to decide against?” Sounds a lot like “my way or the highway” to me.
In the months ahead, religious believers in the US are going to find their freedoms severely curtailed as a result of this ruling. There has already been extensive talk of denying religious institutions their tax-exempt status if they decline to officiate at homosexual “weddings”. Rod Dreher of Time.com says “Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn to Live as Exiles in Our Own Country”. That doesn’t sound much like love to me.
The ACLU (always a very liberal institution) has already declared that it no longer favors religious freedom, in a statement about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act this op-ed in the Washington Post:
“The ACLU supported the RFRA’s passage at the time because it didn’t believe the Constitution, as newly interpreted by the Supreme Court, would protect people such as Iknoor Singh, whose religious expression does not harm anyone else. But we can no longer support the law in its current form.”
This from my friend Nick Stuart on Ricochet, about what’s next for churches:
“What if we lose our 501c3 status? What does that mean for the ministry, for our contributors? Are our finances in good enough shape that we can meet that challenge? What’s the plan if that does happen? What’s the plan if we lose our property?
How do we support members who face losing their livelihoods in consequence of standing for biblical teaching?
How do we support the pastor and/or members who find themselves facing criminal charges for standing for biblical teaching?
Are we prepared to be named as defendants in a lawsuit for discriminating against homosexuals?
How do we support students who will be subjected to false teaching on the subject of marriage in their public school, and likely face ostracism, and possibly suspension or expulsion, if they speak up for biblical marriage? How do we support their parents? Is it time to get serious about starting a Christian school and/or supporting families who choose to homeschool?
How do we support families with children who claim they are homosexual, pansexual, transsexual, and who want to procure a same-sex marriage, or live together in a polyamorous grouping? If the kid is a church member and wants the ceremony in the church what’s our position?
What effort do we make to educate our members and attenders on biblical teaching on marriage? What about members and attenders who are offended by biblical teaching on marriage?”
There has already been talk of polygamy (a polygamous group has already applied for a marriage license in Montana), and there’s a story of a young woman boasting about marrying her biological father. No limits, now.
Second part of the First Amendment to Fall: Freedom of Religion
It seems that there will no longer be simple differences of opinion on the subject of homosexual “marriage”. If you are against it, and in favor of Traditional Marriage (the NORM for the past 5,000 years of human history), be prepared to be persecuted, hounded out of your job, dropped by your Facebook “friends”, silenced in the public square and the media, and sued for everything you are worth as a “bigot, homophobe”. Well, we Christians and Jews have been persecuted before, and we have survived.
My brain seems to be a tangle of thoughts, concerns, and emotions, given the momentous rulings handed down by the nine Ivy League lawyers in black robes in Washington, D.C. Over the experience of humanity, for the last 5,000 years of recorded human history, those nine people have in one stroke, deemed that two people of the same sex are entitled to describe their relationship as “marriage”. The institution that has contributed the most to the survival of civilization; the family consisting of a married man and woman and their natural children, has now, in one fell swoop, been reduced to just another “lifestyle choice”. This decision, which overrules the express wishes of the people to define marriage as between one man and one woman (see Proposition 8 in California), changes the institution of marriage into a union of any two adults who want to call themselves “married”. This promotes the lie that two men or two women are exactly equivalent to a man and a woman; what follows is that any children added to the relationship (NOT born to it, as that is impossible) have no need of a mother or father-two mommies or two daddies are just the same. As Ryan Anderson says: “It makes the relationship more about the desires of adults than about the needs—or rights—of children.”
We have already seen the effects in states that have made homosexual “marriage” legal. Christian small businesses forced to close their doors when they refused to serve homosexual “weddings”. Christian adoption agencies forced to quit serving their communities when they attempted to uphold their religious beliefs by not placing children with homosexual couples. So what’s next? Christian and Jewish schools forced to close when they are not allowed to teach their students that homosexual behavior is wrong? Churches and Synagogues stripped of their tax-exempt status if they decline to preside over homosexual “marriage” ceremonies? Parents who home-school their own children forced to use the state-mandated curriculum that celebrates homosexual behavior? Web sites of Christian or Social-conservative groups sued for “hate speech” of authors who post there? The more-rapid bankruptcy of Social Security and Medicare when homosexual “spouses” become eligible to collect on their “spouses'” accounts? The removal from polite language of the terms “mother”,”father”, “husband”, “wife”? Since most of this is already happening, expect it to accelerate.
Then, there’s the Obamacare ruling, where SIX Supreme Court justices agreed that words in plain language (“established by the state”) do not mean what they say in plain language. If a court can simply deem that words do not, in fact, mean what they say, then no law, ever, will ever mean anything. That ruling has completely upended the rule of Law in this country, in favor of the Rule of Lawyers. What is now to stop anyone from challenging the wording of any law, claiming that its meaning is exactly opposite to what the law explicitly states? In his dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia says: “The Court interprets §36B to award tax credits on both federal and state Exchanges. It accepts that the ‘most natural sense’ of the phrase ‘Exchange established by the State’ is an Exchange established by a State. (Understatement, thy name is an opinion on the Affordable Care Act!) Yet the opinion continues, with no semblance of shame, that ‘it is also possible that the phrase refers to all Exchanges—both State and Federal. (Impossible possibility, thy name is an opinion on the Affordable Care Act!)’”
Your Liberty has just been abridged even more than it was already by the totalitarians in the Obama Regulatory State. Alexander Hamilton said, in Federalist No.1:
Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.
…and, for that matter, like most big Liberal groups and organizations.
If someone disagrees with them, or seems to threaten them in any way, they try to (and sometimes do) destroy them. They can’t simply write an op-ed in the New York Times or Washington Post. No, they undertake boycott campaigns against businesses which deny their services to same-sex “weddings” [see, Arlene’s Flowers and Memories Pizza]. They put up Facebook pages devoted to such boycotts (yes, there is really a Facebook page entitled Boycott Arlene’s Flowers, which I will not link to). They file lawsuits, the intent of which is to drive out of business Christian small firms like the flower shop, bakery, and photographer who dare to not serve ceremonies which violate their religious beliefs. They drive CEOs of tech companies out of their jobs, for supporting the peoples’ initiative affirming traditional marriage as the norm.
The homosexual activists’ latest target is the Boy Scouts of America. For quite a while, the news has been of the strife within and outside of the BSA, relating to their rules against homosexual male leaders. The homosexual lobby will not be appeased until the Boy Scouts, the majority of whose troops are sponsored by churches, agree to admit homosexual scouts and leaders. Since this would violate the scouts’ pledge to remain “morally straight”, it puts the national and local leadership into quite a bind. One of my fellow Ricochet members put it this way “The BSA fears the anger of the gay lobby more than it fears the anger of its membership and the churches”. Yes, many parts of society these days fear the anger of the homosexual lobby.
Almost as much as people in the Middle East and elsewhere fear the anger of Islamist Terrorists like Islamic State, and Al Qaeda. It is nearly impossible for any Muslim to leave Islam, because that puts a target on their back. Apostates are regularly gunned down or otherwise murdered. When they take over a place, the first thing the Islamic State terrorists do is murder Christians. And, they are HERE, in the USA. I’m betting you didn’t hear of what happened in Jersey City, NJ. Get a load of this story. If you dare to draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, this is what happens to you. Or this.
The reason? Homosexuals, Muslims, and Liberals are that first, everything else later. Liberal Jews often disparage the State of Israel, because their Liberal ideology urges them to support the so-called Palestinians over their own people. Homosexuals are homosexual first, even “freedom-lover” later. They are so invested in being thought “normal” that they will attempt to tear down civil society, starting with the institution of Marriage, moving on to the Boy Scouts, and … What’s next? Religion, of course. Muslims demand total obedience from their followers, and murder those who don’t conform. If the world’s great religions teach that homosexual behavior is “an abomination unto the Lord”, well then those religions need to be brought to their knees. And the homosexual lobby has made a good start at that.
The big question is, who will stand up to them? Not the leadership of the Catholic Church in Ireland, which stood by while the population voted overwhelmingly in favor of homosexual “marriage”. Will you have the courage to stand up to the rabid homosexual lobby? Will YOU?
It has been very disheartening this week, reading about all the good people whose lives and livelihoods have been under murderous assault, both in the USA and abroad. In Kenya, many Christian students were murdered by ruthless terrorists, at their school. The death toll is nearly 150! These students were studying, bothering no one. This was their reward. Nearly 150 innocent people met their deaths in the French Alps, as the suicidal co-pilot deliberately crashed the airliner. Two women were arrested in New York City, accused of planning a bomb plot, to explode pressure-cooker bombs in support of ISIS, and Muslim Jihad. The Obama administration is about to make a (non-binding, verbal) agreement with the mullahs of Iran, that will allow them to finish the job of building a nuclear weapon, thus beginning a nuclear arms race in a part of the world populated by madmen who “love death more than you love life”. And this, after slandering and denigrating the Prime Minister of Israel, the only functioning democracy in the Middle East, and up until now, our greatest ally there.
Perhaps the worst, and closest to home, is the despicable behavior of Americans who, in pursuit of the holy grail of Same-Sex “Marriage”, destroy the lives of a grandfather and his granddaughter, owners of a small-town pizzeria. This from people who purport to preach “tolerance”. These people are the biggest bullies, and find it impossible to tolerate anyone who does not bow to their way of thinking and living. And the worst part of it is they are supported and egged on by the very powerful mainstream media. We have heard multiple stories lately of small businesses literally destroyed by the mobs of internet terrorists, spreading their hate via social media.
This is Holy Week for Christians, and Passover week for Jews. The above are reminders of what we are fighting in this world; multiple manifestations of the Dark Side of humanity.
A couple of weeks ago, couture fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana gave an interview to an Italian magazine. In that interview (excerpted here by the UK Daily Telegraph, by way of TruthRevolt), the two homosexual designers expressed their view that the nuclear family of a married man and woman was the best for raising children. They stated that homosexual couples should not be raising kids. This view has brought down upon them a flood of angry invective, and a boycott of their designs by celebrities like Elton John, Courtney Love, Ricky Martin, and Martina Navratilova. It takes guts to go against the flow of modern society, and support the traditional family. My kudos to Dolce and Gabbana, and I hope someday to be able to afford their clothes!
It started with an essay in the (supposedly) high-minded publication for Wall Street Journal subscribers, WSJ Magazine. This comes out every other month in the print edition, and is a slick magazine designed to appeal to high-income readers. It is filled with ads for expensive clothing, watches, and jewelry, and features stories about people and trends in fashion, art, travel, and other cultural aspects of life. Each issue features short paragraphs by a selection of “luminaries” on a selected topic. The most recent issue’s topic was Success. Reading from left to right, I read with interest the thoughts on success from a billionaire private-equity investor, a model, etc. However, I had to stop reading when I came to the column by a woman who I had never heard of, described as the co-founder of a “charity” dedicated to cancer prevention. The name of this organization contains a word that, simply, is taboo in polite society. Is there any such thing any more as polite society, I wondered? Would you donate to a charity named “F**k Cancer”? Would you tell your spouse or children about that charity? I certainly would not, and it makes me slightly ill even thinking about it, and I will not spell it out on this blog. It did get me to thinking about how our culture has been coarsened, and debased, by those in public life who choose to act and speak like they are from the gutter. Actually, many really are.
I believe that the debasement of our culture probably began with my age cohort, called Baby Boomers, in the late 1960s. We threw off the shackles of mainstream society, grew our hair long, threw away our bras, stopped shaving our legs and underarms, burned our draft cards, and stopped trusting anyone over 30. Part of this process involved the constant use of filthy language to go along with our long, filthy hair. We encouraged sex and drug use for fun, “open” marriages, and defiance of all authority. Our rock star role models regularly trashed hotel rooms, smashed their expensive electric guitars both on and off stage, and died of drug overdoses in filthy motel rooms.
So, where are we now? Well, we have a culture that spawns COSMETIC companies named Smashbox,
Do those names suggest beauty to you? They certainly do not suggest beauty to me. In fact, if I didn’t know they were names of cosmetic companies, I’d think they were rock bands.
We get “artists” like Lady Gaga.
How anyone can call this sorry excuse for a human being an artist is way beyond me (my nickname for her is Lady Gag-me). We get “fine art” works like “Piss Christ” by someone who debases the culture by his work. Is there any way this kind of work elevates anyone’s thinking? Not in my book, and I hope not in yours. We get “artists” whose medium is cow dung, and whose work commands huge sums from (not) discerning buyers. We get wholesome teeny-boppers like Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana, descending into being a disgusting slut on stage and YouTube. We get the elevation of self-mutilation by tattoos and distasteful facial piercings, on youngsters who serve food to the public.
We get this as a “holiday display” next to a Nativity Scene:
We get Hip-hop “music” with filthy, degrading lyrics that advocate rape and murder. We get this kind of behavior from gangs of youth. We get “social media” posts from people advocating the murder of police officers.
We get a society where legitimate businesses are literally run out of town when the Christian proprietors decline to photograph, or bake a cake for, a “wedding” of homosexuals, that conflicts with their deeply-held religious views on the sanctity of marriage. We get a president who shamelessly admits to smoking marijuana as a college student, and associates with a series of race-baiters and a pastor who advocated for denigrating white people simply for being white; who displaces a couple whose Hawaii wedding has been planned far in advance, because it conflicted with his desire to play golf!
We get a “political correctness” that results in the only groups that can be made fun of in polite society being white, male Christians. Marriage itself is debased, and traditional families with a mother, father, and their children being increasingly lonely. Where children as young as first grade are taught about homosexuality, and Planned Parenthood advocates sex and free abortions for teenagers, without the knowledge or permission of their parents. We get a society where over 50% of black babies are aborted, and over 75% of black babies are born out of wedlock. We get a society where prostitutes are called “sex workers”, and groups advocate for the reduction of stigma surrounding them. Truly, nothing is really sacred any more.
I am sorry for the state of our culture, but it does not have to be this way. In our public, and private lives, we can refuse to use nasty language, and decline to take part in male-bashing when we hear it. We can dress nicely for church and work, get married and stay married, listen to beautiful music, and visit art museums who display tasteful art. Sometimes it will take home-schooling our children, or digging deep into our wallets to send them to private schools to avoid the public schools teaching sex in kindergarten and “white privilege” in third grade. If we want to bring our culture back from the abyss, we can do it by behaving better every day, and teaching our children to do the same.
Dear Mr. Obama,
Please STOP tearing down all the Traditions and Institutions the majority of the American People hold near and dear, starting with the institution of MARRIAGE. The president takes an oath of office (obviously simply a charade with you and the rest of your party) to PROTECT AND DEFEND the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America. YOU, on the other hand, have done your level best to tear down, and disrespect the laws of the United States. It is despicable of you to insist that the Supreme Court strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines Marriage as the union of One Man and One Woman. Your allied Feminists and Gay Rights activists have already diminished the institution that ensures that children will grow up with an intact set of parents to guide them into being productive members of society.
Then, STOP being a Dictator, with your minions at the EPA doing their level best to destroy industries that employ thousands of Americans, to feed your environmentalist campaign donors, whose dearest wish is to take America back to the 19th century of horse-drawn wagons. The USA is founded on the RULE OF LAW, not the whim of one man.
And STOP diminishing the role of the USA, the world’s most benevolent Superpower, on the world stage, leaving a leadership vacuum for China, North Korea, Russia, and Iran to fill. STOP dissing our ALLIES and encouraging our ENEMIES, who will surely do what they have always threatened to do-try and destroy us. You have single-handedly abandoned the idea of Victory in War, and replaced it with pulling out with our tail between our legs. I can assure you that the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel will NOT thank you for leaving them at the mercies of their age-old enemies who wish, and now have leave to destroy them.
Lastly, don’t even THINK of trying to take away our guns, which are the last line of self-defense we have against the tyrannical government you intend to build in this country. In the final instance, WE are more powerful than YOU are, and I can be pretty certain that OUR military won’t fire on US, the citizens of the United States of America.
In case you have not noticed, more states in the USA are re-defining Marriage to include two people of the same sex. For approximately 5,000 years, the concept of Marriage has meant one Man and one Woman, joined by a ceremony in either a civil setting or a religious one, and sometimes both. When one man and one woman are joined in marriage, this forms the start of a new Family, which in most cases leads to their having biological offspring (their children), whom they raise in their household, and bring up according to their beliefs.
The institution of the Family (man,woman,children) has been threatened for many years in Western society, broken apart by Feminism, No-fault Divorce, the Welfare State, and many government programs designed to support single-parent families (thus making marriage not as necessary for economic support of children).
We have seen the deleterious effects of this breakdown of the family: formation of gangs, high crime rates among children from fatherless homes, increased poverty, and multi-generation families with none of their members gainfully employed. The Public Schools have actually encouraged this breakdown by celebrating all family structures as equally desirable, and inculcating children with the belief that they really do not need both a father and a mother in the home (Heather Has Two Mommies). And the most recent manifestation of this breakdown is the acceptance of homosexuals’ “right to marry”. If it spreads to a majority of States, or if our Supreme Court strikes down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, that will be the final nail in the coffin of the traditional family in the US. Most social scientists agree that the Family is the core institution of a Civil Society, and if that core institution fails, Civil Society is threatened. No matter how homosexuals and their advocates try to play it down, or claim that it does not exist, Human Nature is real, and directs all human behavior. Feminists who tried to raise their male children in a completely non-violent way, denying them building toys or toy weapons, found out, to their chagrin, that their boys “will be boys”, and they found a way to play with whatever they could pretend were weapons. Men and Women ARE different by nature, and they were designed, on purpose, to be complementary, in order to create children to perpetuate the Human Race. We should be VERY careful when we try to tamper with Nature, because the consequences might just not be very pleasant.
And Society, when it tries to re-define Marriage and Family, might end up contributing to its own demise. Remember Ancient Greece? That society glorified homosexuality. Look where they are now.
I changed the title of this post to use the real word for the concept. I will not let the mainstream media or homosexual lobby dictate my terminology.