Published: July 4, 2013
Might be proud of their offspring
Responding to Star Parker's opinion - "Same-sex marriage is an attack on religion, values," July 1.
Ms. Parker evidently believes that America's pride (haughty spirit) is certainly leading to our doom - the latest step in that direction being the Supreme Court's decision declaring part of DOMA unconstitutional. She perceives this decision, which supports same-sex marriage, as an attack on religion. I cannot speak for her religion, but as a committed, life-long Christian, this decision supports my view that the Holy Spirit is working something new here, as was the case in Supreme Court decisions related to ending racial segregation laws, and the 1967 ruling striking down many state laws that still made it a crime for blacks and whites to inter-marry.
Quoting Parker, "Can there be any doubt that the grandparents and great-grandparents of these Supreme Court justices (ruling against DOMA) would be appalled by the decisions of their offspring."
Perhaps then they'd also be appalled by the earlier rulings I referred to above? Perhaps, if they were living today however, they would be very proud of their offspring! America can take pride that tens of thousands of children being raised by same-sex couples in states that allow such marriages are now better protected and more secure. As has been said by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others, "the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice." As we celebrate this July 4th, let freedom ring, let justice ring.
Doesn't have a leg to stand on
Star Parker's editorial ("Same-sex marriage is an attack on religion, values," July 1), makes grand assumptions about which values this nation should be aligning itself with. Values do not get to belong to just those who ascribe to a particular religion. Those of us who are not religious or who support same-sex marriage also have strongly held values, values that this nation were built upon: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, to name a few. Equality is also an important value that should not be reserved for only an elite few: equality, by its very nature, should apply to everyone, regardless of how they are born. When you remove religion from the same-sex marriage debate, it doesn't have a leg to stand on.
We as a country cannot allow one set of religious beliefs to dictate life for the rest of us. There are no good reasons to oppose same-sex marriage once you remove the aspect of religion - and our country is built upon separation of church and state, so that leaves those against it floundering for a logical reason to oppose it.
She also addresses how same-sex marriage will hurt children because children need a mother and a father. What about all of the children raised by single parents? Are they doomed as well? My sister is an amazing single mother raising an astounding young boy. Denying marriage to two committed, loving people who want children is as ridiculous as saying that single parents shouldn't raise children because it's "harmful" to them. Equality for same-sex couples is inevitable; and it doesn't destroy our nation, it builds it up and makes us a nation that supports everyone - regardless of how they are born.
Take religion out of the equation
It's a good thing Star Parker was not the drafter of our Constitution, given that she cannot separate religious dictates from principles of liberty-preserving governance, the way our founders saw fit to do. ("Same-sex marriage is an attack on religion, values," July 1).
The genius of men like Madison and Jefferson was that, while they held religious beliefs personally (primarily deism), they insisted these beliefs could not be imposed publicly if America was to protect its revolutionary ideal of government neither favoring one religion over another nor binding citizens of varied beliefs or no belief to selected religious tenets.
Parker inverts this ideal by insisting that "biblical tradition" is the sole feasible source of rules that must undergird the "free society" that is America. She laments that the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA is, in her mind, one more step in the progression of a culture that "answer(s) to no higher authority." The implication is that our legislatures and courts should be subservient to that religious higher authority, presumably whatever religion Parker would deem appropriate (we can suppose this would rule out any that bless same-sex marriages.)
But, thankfully, the Constitution draws its authority directly from "We the people" and goes on to guarantee various freedoms on that basis. Parker apparently sees that as ultimately, in her words, prideful, haughty, and meaningless because it leads to decisions like that on DOMA that expand liberty but trouble her religious sensibilities.
She says we must "turn back to where we belong." Sounds ominously like she means back to the religious domination our founders freed us from.
Then it becomes our business
Re: Same-sex marriage. I thought about this for a long, long time. How anyone lives "privately" is their business. When it affects everyone, then it becomes our business. The courts have legalized "sodomy." The effect of tampering with nature, by word or deed, will promote deadly consequences on mankind. Even though sodomy has existed since the beginning of time, it will never be accepted as normal. And same-sex marriage will never make it so.
All the courts have done and the people who live that way, is to make the lives of children so confusing, so difficult, especially for adoptive children by those couples who will constantly be defending them and crippling them emotionally. Life is so difficult to begin with. You all have crossed nature's boundary.
What a "tragic" mistake!