WEDNESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER 2012

“Without nature, the little children suffer”

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That heading on an ABC (Australia) op-ed leapt out at me from the webpage. I immediately thought of the little children who are being inserted into unnatural "families" formed by same-sex couples, deprived of the nurture of their natural mother or father, or both.

The article is about the non-human environment, which the social progressives rightly want to protect, but some of its observations are very ironic when applied to humanity -- which, after all, has its own nature, although the social avant garde do not seem to care at all about that.

The author waxes lyrical about the importance of exposing children to the natural environment from an early age (which I certainly agree with). For example:

We may have disconnected from nature, but we are delusional if we think we can live without it. Ignoring the value and contribution of nature to our well being is,… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 2012

Marriage on the rocks

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The likely result of gay and lesbian pressure groups pushing for the redefining of marriage is going to be that the institution will become a meaningless charade and disappear from the face of the earth. This is the ultimate conclusion of William J. Haun, a lawyer in Washington, D.C., writing in the current issue of First Things.

 If what is being pushed for in this campaign is achieved then ultimately the institution of marriage will mean nothing at all.  Haun argues that if all it takes for the government to choose (or not choose) to license its existence is it be identified as friendship, dating relationship, or any relationship that has love with a remote possibility of sex, then nearly all relationships will constitute a marriage; and thus no relationship will constitute a marriage.

 Haun approaches his argument from the angle of those who argue for limited government and points to an… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SUNDAY, 11 NOVEMBER 2012

Devaluing the currency

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The election is over and Mitt Romney may be yesterday’s man. But some of the issues which – well, if not quite central were certainly featuring  - in the campaign are far from yesterday’s issues. The definition of marriage was one of them.

Among the things which were disturbing on the campaign periphery was the vitriolic and abusive language which some commentators in the mainstream media – if the Huffington Post can now be described as such – are prepared to descend to in the debate on this issue.

Frances Kelly, on her Home Griddle blog, points to one example. Can anyone show a parallel example of this from the other side of the debate? We hope not – and hope that it remains that way. This is a debate in which right reason and not emotion should remain the currency of exchange. Those who devalue that currency might gain power over… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 2012

How the Maine vote was won

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In 2009 voters in Maine overturned by 53 to 47 percent a state law that would have allowed same-sex marriage. This week the Maine electorate reversed that vote, answering “Yes” to the question "Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?" by 54 to 46 percent.

What happened? A lot of things, but the video below probably identifies the key factor: two-and half years of targeted door knocking and “persuasion conversations” by over 1500 foot-soldiers, reaching 250,000 people… Very scientific. It no doubt cost a lot, too - or were these all volunteers with day jobs?

(If the video disappears from this page here is the link to WSJ: http://on.wsj.com/WJsNKl) 

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TUESDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 2012

Compulsory membership legal group backs same-sex marriage

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barThe following is from a news release by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of US lawyers defending freedom of conscience cases:

A group of concerned attorneys, required by law to be dues-paying members of the Washington State Bar Association, are objecting to the association's public support for R-74, a measure that seeks to redefine marriage in the state. The lawyers, who do not support R-74, have sent a strongly worded letter to the bar citing the bar’s own rules and a U.S. Supreme Court decision that says mandatory bars can’t take sides on such matters.

“No one should take your money to promote views with which you strongly disagree. By forcing all Washington attorneys to pay for bar dues and then use that money to take any position on this measure is clearly wrong. The bar is violating its own rules and ignoring a U.S. Supreme Court decision that… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 5 NOVEMBER 2012

So same-sex marriage “won’t hurt you”?

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A couple who ran a bed and breakfast business in Vermont were sued, convicted and fined for unjust discrimination after same-sex marriage was legalised in the state.

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FRIDAY, 2 NOVEMBER 2012

“Let them be polled - but not vote”

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Democracy is too precious to waste on everyone, according to a New York Times editorial decrying ballot initiatives (referendums) on same-sex marriage in four states as part of the elections next week. It’s a bad way to write or rewrite any laws, the Times has decided, given the distinct possibility that next week’s ballots will turn out like those in 32 other states -- rejecting the redefinition of marriage.

As this article in National Review Online notes,

When popular votes in 32 of 32 states go against you, you start taking a low view of democracy. Better to place your hopes with five of nine unelected justices of the Supreme Court.

Polls, on the other hand, seem to be OK, even though they also consult the Great Unwashed on Very Import Issues such as whether the most fundamental institution of society should be revolutionised -- defined by the… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 2 NOVEMBER 2012

Ex-gay men speak out on therapy

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Aaron BitzerMen who have overcome same-sex attraction or want to feature in a New York Times article this week. The report, filed from Los Angeles, gives a voice to “ex-gays” rare in the mainstream media. (Top comment on the article when I looked begins, “Why was this published?”) The therapies that helped these men were outlawed for minors by California Governor Jerry Brown in September.

Signing the measure, Governor Brown repeated the view of the psychiatric establishment and medical groups, saying, “This bill bans nonscientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide,” adding that the practices “will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery.”

But three of the four men who speak… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2012

Intolerance unleashed

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One wonders what a study of news stories involving pro-marriage campaigners and their opponents on the gay lobby side would show if some guage measuring degrees of tolerance were to be applied to the opposing parties’ behavious. On the basis of a first impression the story reported here by Frances Kelly would seem to leave us in little doubt as to what the conclusion might be.

It is often the case that the presenters of reasoned and reasonable arguments end up driving their opponents to a level of frustration which makes them explode violently – because they have no reasoned argument with which to respond. Is this a case in point?

Frances Kelly writes:

For years gay rights activists have asked, "How will same-sex marriage affect your marriage?" as if it is only their own relationships that will be effected.  This hate crime shows that a lot more is at… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 22 OCTOBER 2012

Marriage = biology (not bigotry)

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When it comes to the behaviour of its citizens a government has only three options: it can promote, permit or prohibit their behaviour. Here are the reasons government should promote natural marriage and not support same-sex marriage. An excellent five-minute video.

 

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