RE: Hate, Greed, and Fear
By Steven McLaren
October 30, 2006
Any statistic related to the increase in same-sex parents only
support my argument. The numbers of cases in our nation involving
beastiality are also increasing, (Just two weeks ago, I actually
saw/read about two cases of beastiality in the USA TODAY.), and
the number of people practicing plural marriage in our country
is also too high. SO WHAT? This doesn't mean we must accept
their lifestyles! And yes, by EXPANDING (as Mr. Freedland
states it) our definition and understanding of marriage and
family by including Civil Union Couples and same-sex couples
within that tradition (of marriage), WE ARE ACCEPTING THEIR
Simply put, if you choose to practice in same-sex unions, beastiality,
or plural marriage, you have to deal with the consequences of
our law. Which, again, is based on our society's morals. It
makes me feel terrible, not, but you may get thrown into jail
and you may not even get as many benefits as those who chose
to obey the law. Does this mean we must have, as Mr. Freedland
states, Morality demands that we have laws that respect the
rights and privacy of every American citizen. No, we don't
need to cater, accept, and provide benefits to those people who
Further, if you re arguing for same-sex unions, don't judge other
so-called unions. Plural marriage and Beastiality exist in
our country. So, do we take the stand Mr. Freedland has taken
with those people of other beliefs/unions? Why not? Is it because
that's where WE HAVE TO DRAW THE LINE? Why draw the line there?
Is it because that is just WRONG? So, it's wrong, and same-sex
marriage isn t? Why not? Upon what do you have to base that
thinking? Don't tell me that thinking is based, in any way,
upon morals. It is based on morals because that's what we're
talking about here...what is right and what is wrong? Think
Mr. Freedland says, "So what are we as a society to do
with these households which often include children? Should we
attempt to harm them? Should we pass Constitutional Amendments
to deny them legal status? To deny them insurance? To deny those
children in these homes benefits?" We do not need to approve
of these households, but these homes are real and they exist
in Alaska and Wisconsin and every state between. Interesting,
exactly what could be said about beastiality and plural marriage.
He also states, "We will not improve the sanctity or morality
of anything by passing additional laws to ostracize, demean,
and hurt people who are different than us." No one is
trying to pass laws to ostracize anyone. My stand is only that
we don t want to CHANGE/EXPAND the law to something it is not!
Remember what he also stated, "the glue that holds them
together is not sin but love". Could someone in favor
of beastiality or plural marriage not make this same argument
for the "Fair" treatment of EVERY American?
What about benefits? Should our tax dollars go to pay benefits
to those practicing beastiality, homosexuality, or plural marriage?
No, they don't get that benefit for a reason. I don't believe
the benefits of marriage should be rewarded to something that
is not marriage. Once we define marriage as something it is
not, then almost anything could be considered a civil union and
therefore reap the benefits.
I have to be honest with you. I do FEAR for the future of our
country if we CHANGE the laws that are, yes based on our society's
morals, to something else that would reflect immorality. Think
Furthermore, the only people trying to change or add to the law
are those trying to change the definition of marriage!
I FEAR for the time, which seems all to near, when MY RIGHTS
are compromised in the name of being FAIR to EVERYONE and their
Thank you for considering my thoughts on this issue. I encourage
anyone to read both Mr. Freedland's and my letters.
About: "I have been a resident of Ketchikan for about nine
years. I am active in the community and love Alaska."
Note: Comments published
on Viewpoints are the opinions of the writer
"Hate, Greed, and Fear" By Robert Freedland - Oct.
Hate, Greed, and Fear By Steven McLaren - Oct. 28, 2006
Greed, and Fear By Robert Freedland - Oct. 26, 2006
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