http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/3/11/94106.shtml Gay Marriage & Fear
Steve Farrell Thursday, Mar. 11, 2004
With an air of 'moral' superiority, a scripted question is being parroted at the defend marriage lobby — what are you afraid of?
I suppose the smug media and their radical gay activist 'friends' believe you and I really don't have the guts to give the frank answer we must give and will give.
What are we afraid of? Much. In moral, religious, political, physical, and mental terms, gay marriage spells trouble.
As to morality and religion, one recalls Founder John Adam's conviction that "our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people", that "it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." And what Patrick Henry echoed, "A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience are incompatible with freedom."
This is a little bit hard to swallow for some today. But let's not discount the advice of the very men who gave us the free government we enjoy—that would be foolishness.
These founders advice is on target. They are saying, when there is no moral compass, no fixed vantage point, people, under the banner of freedom of choice, will create counterfeit definitions of equality and freedom and justice and even love, which in turn spawn self-centered mobs and minorities, who driven by their extreme individualism, their extreme lusts, sacrifice everything which really matters, family, friends, and fatherland.
How bad can it get? Adams answers, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion." Vice unchecked "would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net."
Please think about this. Why do we have corrupt men in government? Why are our freedom's on the wane? Maybe the answer is found in the mirror. In free countries, leadership at the top generally reflects morality at the bottom.
And then there is Ben Franklin's angle on the subject. "As nations become more corrupt, they have more need of masters" (and, perhaps, marriage amendments too). He has a point. The unfortunate truth is, as corruption mounts, a nation has two choices: 1. Let corruption run its course, unmolested, and where will that take us? 2. Tighten up some of the laws, in hopes of saving most of our liberties.
Both strategies can be risky. But for those who think their vices don't matter to others, they need to think again. Bad choices, made by enough people, have national consequences.
There are other reasons why becoming an amoral nation is 'scary.' There is that little matter about where our rights come from. I listened with interest as a caller queried an immensely popular Fox News talk show host in regards to that very question.
The host's shocking answer was that our rights were granted by the Constitution — that is, by the state. If that is so, then can't they be taken away by the state? Just ask Marx. He knows.
But our Founders had a better answer. Our rights come from God. Our rights exist because we are the children of God and as his children, each of us possesses a common inheritance. This is about the existence of higher laws, eternal laws to which all men, and all governments must be subject regardless of how majorities vote, regardless of how loudly 'left-out' minorities object, regardless of how mayors and judicial tyrants decree.
Further, how can we forget, it is the belief in this principle, sustained by a nation which by in large has the moral fiber to live it, which brings stability to our laws, and longevity to our freedoms. Make our rights the gift of the state, make the law subject to nothing higher than the current man in power, let the shifting sands of amorality be the foundation of our laws, and the Marxists and tyrants of the world have won, and liberty will wash away in a storm.
I ask you, do we really believe we can take moral extremes, convert them from exceptions to rules, and do no harm? Do we really think we can overthrow the Law of the Harvest, ordained by the Lord of the Harvest?
George Mason, a Virginia delegate at the Constitutional Convention reminds us of something every activist, for or against gay marriage, ought to consider: "As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes & effects providence punishes national sins, by national calamities."
Yes. Right this down and call it law. If this nation legalizes, protects, favors, teaches to our children the unnatural extreme of gay marriage, national calamities will follow.
Something to fear? I'd say so.
NewsMax pundit Steve Farrell is associate professor of Political Economy at George Wythe College, the press director for Defend Marriage (a project of United Families International), and the author of the highly praised inspirational novel, "Dark Rose." To sign the United States petition to save traditional marriage, visit www.defendmarriage.org.
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