Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 9:22 pm

How you can tell when the Apocalypse is at hand

Filed under: Weird — Lex @ 9:22 pm
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When Alan Keyes starts making sense:

The 14th Amendment is not something that one should play with lightly. I noticed, finally, that Lindsey Graham, used the term — as people have carelessly done over the years — referring to the 14th Amendment as something that has to do with birthright citizenship, and that we should get rid of birthright citizenship. Now let me see, if birthright citizenship is not a birthright, then it must be a grant of the government. And if it is a grant of the government, then it could be curtailed in all the ways that fascists and totalitarians always want to.

I think we ought to be real careful before we adopt a view we want to say that citizenship is not a reflection of our unalienable rights. It is not a grant of government, but arises from a set of actual conditions, starting with the rule of God, that constrain government to respect the rights of the people, and therefore the rights that involve the claim of citizenship. Those are really deep, serious issues, and when the amendment was written, and when it was first referred to in the Slaughterhouse cases, the Supreme Court declared that they knew they were touching on something that was absolutely fundamental. And I think before we play games with it in any way, we need to remember that ourselves.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010 11:44 pm

Tasteless but heartfelt headline: Suck it, bigots

Filed under: Woohoo! — Lex @ 11:44 pm
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Federal judge in Massachusetts rules the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which bans gay marriage, unconstitutional because it denies members of same-sex couples federal benefits to which they’d be otherwise entitled.

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The beauty of this ruling is that it illustrates the perils of what happens when government attempts to legislate marriage. Now, maybe, we can begin the overdue work of getting the government out of the marriage business.

This ruling is another chapter in the long and honorable story of federal courts telling the people of the United States, “What part of equal don’t you understand?”

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