I am not a curmudgeon nor cynical; far from it. I
just want to share with you, in tongue-in-cheek style, situations I feel that are less
than satisfactory in our present day life, both locally and globally. The following
editorials, and the opinions contained therein, are mine alone and I hope you take them
in the light they are given...light!
Union or Marriage,
just give us rights
The Wit and Tenets of Brad P. Scobey
Okay, I've taken long enough to
put in my two cents worth here. Having taught constitutional law at Fort Lauderdale
College (n/k/a Metropolitan University) I, personally, hate the thought of any meddling
with the U. S. Constitution whereby the rights of a certain class of persons is
diminished, not strengthened. The Amendments to the Constitution have, in all cases
but one, given rights to the citizens of this fine country (I refer to prohibition which
we all know was repealed).
I really don't care whether
it's called a Civil Union or Marriage, my main concern is in basic human rights.
With the extremist conservative right, it has become a very passionate, hot topic
these days and the wasted energy it has created, bedazzles my mind. While there are
so many more important things in life to concern ones self with, which are generally
treated with apathy, what can cause such a fervor? Is it fear or ignorance?
In the concepts of our modern
world, to be married means that two people decided that they care so much for each other
that they have committed their lives monogamously and to exclusion of all others.
That is the underlining principle of marriage. The folks on the right have
narrowed it down for us even further to mean the commitment between a man and a woman.
Thank you for your clarification.
Those who stand behind the
bible and proselytize that a "gay marriage" will erode the family unit, let me
tell you what erodes the family unit...D I V O R C E! Approximately 50% of
heterosexual people take the "sacred" commitment of marriage and throw it out
the window in the form of divorce. In school, 50% is a failing grade. Having
children growing up in a household where love does not flourish erodes the family.
Maybe gay couples have become a scape-goat for the shortcomings of failed straight
With such larger, civilization
eroding concerns on our planet, please don't be worried about the salvation of another's'
soul or that anyone will single-handedly erode the entire institution of marriage; the
first is for the individual to worry about and the latter will not happen. Those who
are worried about either of the above, let me give you a few things to really be worried
about where your energies could be better utilized:
1) those living in poverty in
the U.S. rose last year; and the year before
2) ten people in a foreign country will share your salary to do your job
3) we will run out of oil in 20 years
4) we have the highest fiscal deficit in the history of our country
5) through our arrogance and colonialism, some people hate us so much that they would
prefer to destroy us than see us flourish
Okay, let's work on curing the
list first, then...
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