Friday, August 6, 2010

Ignorance in high places

Ignorance in high places
(by R.P.Edwards)

The ancient scourge
Oft aligned with way…and urge
A darkness for the devil’s deeds
Though often clothed in rules…and creeds
But think it not
The pauper’s tool
The sword of cads, and scoundrels…fools
For these but prick
With letting saw
But those that kill
They craft …the law

Eugenics. Big in the early part of the last century.  A helping hand to the Darwinian idea of “survival of the fittest.” It involved selective human breeding.  Breed in certain traits.  Breed out…others.  Allow some to reproduce; sterilize the undesirable.  And oh, Adolph H. ran with it but, truthfully, there were many in this country that added their “amen.”

Anyway, along the same vein there were, in many states, laws against the “mixing” of the races.  Miscegenation.  Some believed that the “white” folk should not marry non-whites and, by golly, it was a crime to do so.

Enter Mildred Jeter (black) and Richard Loving (white).  These two--like the surname--were in love, but there was a problem; they lived in Virginia and the law was agin’em. So, the lovebirds crossed over to DC, got married, and then went back.  Not much later, when, in the dark of night the police violently broke into their bedroom, the youngsters began to understand that the out of state marriage license (as far as the locals were concerned)…meant nothing.

Well, time and trouble later, the Supreme Court set everything right by invoking the fourteenth amendment (Equal Protection Claus.)  Here’s some quotes from the case:

The clear and central purpose of the Fourteenth Amendment was to eliminate all official state sources of invidious racial discrimination in the States.

Over the years, this Court has consistently repudiated "[d]istinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry" as being "odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality."

The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.

Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival.

Now, fast forward to today and the uproar and upheaval concerning “gay marriage.”  After Judge Walker’s recent overturning of the people’s will in California by saying that restricting marriage to “one man and one woman” was unconstitutional, some commentators I respect suggested the coming (years away) Supreme Court battle will involve a rehash of the Loving vs. Virginia case leading, ultimately, to gay marriage.  Then, in passing, there was a brief comparison of the past error of “no-mix” to the present belief by some, “male and female, only.” Huh?

Well, unless I heard them wrong (I hope I did) this sentiment shows their profound…ignorance.  For, although it is popular in elite circles to equate sexual desire with race, the facts don’t back it up.  Indeed, I’ve heard, first hand, the testimony of an ex-homosexual (and read many more), but I’ve never heard the witness of an ex-white, or ex-black.  It’s plain to see: race and sexual orientation…are not the same.  However, when all is said and done I wouldn’t be surprised if the learned elite…have their way.  And, concerning their “I can’t believe such a law existed” words they ascribe to future generations looking back at the banning of gay marriage; I dare say the phrase “will” be spoken; but I’ll wager it will be aimed at the well groomed know-it-alls of today who, ultimately, know…little.

Here’s a link to an organization that can help those who struggle with same-sex desires:  Exodus International


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