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Thank you to everyone who helped defeat the same-sex marriage ban in Minnesota and who contributed to passing marriage-equality legislation in Maryland and Maine and Washington.
The statement is clear: America is tired of division. America is tired of discrimination, of exclusion… of unthinking oppression.
Today’s children will grow up in a nation one step closer to tolerance, love, and equality.
Together, we made historic progress to enshrine the guiding principles of freedom and happiness for everyone.
Together, we can support the continuous fight for equality — to living your own life vs. someone else forcing their choices upon you.
Together, we can treat others the way we want to be treated, with dignity and respect.
There is work yet to be done, but we passed an important milestone today.
The Founding Fathers, Christianity & Deism
DEISM is a philosophy maintaining that reason and observation of the natural world, without the need for organized religion, can determine that the universe is the product of a creator. According to deists, the deity seldom, if ever, intervenes in human affairs or suspends the natural laws of the universe.
Deists typically reject supernatural events such as prophecy and miracles, tending instead to assert that a god (or “the Supreme Architect”) does not alter the universe by intervening in it. This idea is also known as the clockwork universe theory, in which a god designs and builds a universe, but steps aside to let it run on its own.
Deism became prominent in the 17th and 18th centuries during the Age of Enlightenment—especially in Britain, France, Germany and America among intellectuals raised as Christians who found they could not believe in supernatural miracles, the inerrancy of scriptures, or the Trinity… but who did believe in one God. Deistic ideas influenced many leaders of the American and French Revolutions.
Deism and the founding of The United States
In the United States, Enlightenment philosophy (which itself was heavily inspired by deist ideals) played a major role in creating the principle of religious freedom, expressed in Thomas Jefferson’s letters and included in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
American Founding Fathers, or Framers of the Constitution, who were especially noted for being influenced by such philosophy include Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Cornelius Harnett, Gouverneur Morris, and Hugh Williamson. Their political speeches show distinct deistic influence.
Other notable Founding Fathers may have been even more directly deist. These include James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Ethan Allen, and Thomas Paine (who published The Age of Reason, a treatise that helped to popularize deism throughout the USA and Europe).
Benjamin Franklin wrote in his autobiography,
“Some books against Deism fell into my hands; they were said to be the substance of sermons preached at Boyle’s lectures. It happened that they wrought an effect on me quite contrary to what was intended by them; for the arguments of the Deists, which were quoted to be refuted, appeared to me much stronger than the refutations; in short, I soon became a thorough Deist.”
For his part, Thomas Jefferson is perhaps one of the Founding Fathers with the most outspoken of Deist tendencies — though he is not known to have called himself a deist, generally referring to himself as a Unitarian. For example, his treatment of the Biblical gospels which he titled “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth” — but which became more commonly known as the “Jefferson Bible” — exhibits a strong deist tendency of stripping away all supernatural and dogmatic references from the Christ story.
Recognition of Gay Marriage is a hot topic lately — election time and all.
It’s either no big deal… your mom and dad will instantly feel their relationship is tainted and trade in for a new arrangement (probably with a sexier or wealthier partner!)… or the Almighty will smite the United States with horrible wrath (throw a hurricane, tornado, or drought our way… because those never otherwise happen).
The question being answered is, “Should gays be allowed to marry?”
That’s the wrong question.
The proper question to answer is this…
“Should it be legal for any two adult U.S. citizens to have the ‘self-evident’ and ‘unalienable Rights’ already guaranteed to ALL citizens?”
Marriage… If something’s “self-evident” and “unalienable” and all citizens are equally protected under the law, then what’s the holdup?
Gay Marriage. Marriage. One and the same.
Well, the sanctity of traditional marriages will be violated, and you know what that means… Nothing.
It’s against God’s law, some say, and you know what happens when we break those… Nothing.
Your God, maybe… Not mine. Not the God of many, not the God of the godless. America is not a theocracy. Worship your God. Follow his laws for you.
Conferring legal status on a committed couple should have no impact on your faith and marriage, nor your parents’. If same-sex marriage is against your personal moral code, don’t marry someone of the same sex.
Quoting Scripture and citing the “abomination” of homosexuality is an attempt to assert the Christian Bible as the authority establishing U.S. laws… over the Constitution. Both documents, though, require an evolved understanding over time.
The “Good Book” abounds with passages endorsing polygamy, concubines, slavery, and the subjugation of women.
- In addition to the death warrant in Leviticus 20:13, the God of the Holy Bible wants dead those who plant different crops side by side or wear garments sewn with different threads. Should U.S. law align itself with these precepts?
- Leviticus 11: 9-10 forbids eating shellfish. Shouldn’t the opponents of same-sex marriage also seek to prohibit the consumption of lobster, crabs, oysters, clams, mussels, and shrimp?
Let’s just state the uncomfortable truth: whatever your Bible (of any faith) says doesn’t matter. Not one bit. Secular law is dominated by the terms of the U.S. Constitution. Period. And even that needs a high court to modernize our understanding of its protections as we evolve and progress.
Our Declaration of Independence declares “All men are created equal.” But the “men” referred to were only white male property owners. We evolved.
Others suggest it is a slippery slope which might lead to marriage rights for children, turtles or toasters. These arguments are specious and insulting.
Felons can marry. Illegal aliens can marry. The developmentally challenged can marry. Those with genetic diseases can marry. Heck, in some states, cousins can marry.
The mission of America — as made clear in our Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution — is freedom. As we hear often… freedom isn’t free. The cost isn’t just that paid by our loyal armed service members. The price of freedom is, also, putting aside the prejudices that we hold against our fellow men and women.
Getting back to our original, proper question, the answer is…