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I respect nobody who is gay, DFP candidate tells constituents (Dominica)
Dominica News Online ^ | 12/11/2009 | Edona Jno Baptiste

Posted on 12/13/2009 9:04:20 AM PST by markomalley

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To: hocndoc
You refuse to listen and this circular debate is growing stale. My contribution to it will end with this post.

“We aren’t at an impasse. Homosexual acts are morally wrong.”

I do not necessarily disagree with your characterization of homosexuality, but you either (1) don't understand what an impasse is or (2) have repeatedly missed my point. That's not what the impasse is about. Come on, I expect more of a learned person. (Of course, I'm assuming your intellectual honesty here.)

“No matter how much you want it to be otherwise, desire is not enough to make such a wide-reaching social change as legal encouragement of homosexuality.”

That's not at all what this is about. If anything, this is about the merits of official government discouragement of homosexuality. I've said this many times. And I'm not even sure what specifically you are referring to. (Gay marriage? Repeal of anti-sodomy laws?) Regardless, desire has nothing to do with anything here. The major issues are the constitution and the government's role in taking a stance on private behavior.

“It’s incumbent on the ethical, responsible citizen to attempt changes in the law by reasonable, rational means and to at least attempt to give evidence that the change is for the better.”

As a normative statement, I agree entirely. However, there is actually no such burden, at least for bringing suit. Even if there was, I trust you're objective enough to see that reasonable arguments can always be made on the other side. Not that I understand this strawman ‘other side’ you're concocting again.

“The 3 men who brought us the Lawrence and Garner vs. Texas case don’t add any evidence that their activities were either private or at all a change for the better for our society.

The “neighbor” who made the false complaint was Robert Royce Eubanks. He was actually Garner’s roommate at the time and was sexually involved with both Lawrence and Garner. He was later murdered in Garner’s apartment, before the case was even heard in the SCOTUS. Garner died a couple of years ago, of complications of an infection - according to FR posts, after losing his legs due to meningitis.”

This is good to know, thank you. Still, it's entirely disingenuous to say the motive was expressly to overturn the law. It wasn't; calling the cops was out of jealousy. And that wasn't the point of my last post anyway. The point was that you labor under the painful misconception that challenging laws means you despise them and the law-making process. That's demonstrably not always true.

What you don't seem to understand is that not many do not the same morals and value set as you, and that—great as your values are—the founders intended the government to be a secular institution. Your viewpoint, as typified in your previous post, is a rather simplified “I'm right. They're wrong.” But, it is completely colored by religion and lacks an appreciation of Jeffersonian and Lockian ideals. Plain and simple, this debate does not belong in the government.

41 posted on 12/14/2009 8:19:33 AM PST by Conservativism
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To: Conservativism

Perhaps the reason that you perceive our discussion to be “circular” is that you keep continue to make this about the intellect of the posters while repeatedly claiming that public - in this case, government - decisions about *public* acts - cruises, marriage - are discouraging private acts. If these acts were private, we and the government leaders in the OP wouldn’t be discussing them.

You gloss over the lawlessness *and* close relationship of the Lawrence 3, ignore completely the breaking of laws at city halls by civil servants entrusted with carrying out civil laws, and continue to claim that we are talking about private acts.

Morals are not simply religious. You (as well as Jefferson and Locke) believe in right and wrong, or you wouldn’t continue this conversation (and we wouldn’t have the documents this Nation is founded upon). Our founders agreed that laws are public matters for regulating interaction between people and best decided by the representatives in our republican governments. In fact, the founders did not intend our government to be a “secular institution.” They intended for this Nation to be supportive of many religions.(Otherwise, they wouldn’t have prayed in Congress so much. 3 hours the first day.)

Instead, in the reality of today’s US, the Courts have become oligarchies which overrule the will of the people and our representatives.

42 posted on 12/14/2009 9:03:21 AM PST by hocndoc ( (I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.))
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