Sunday, December 7, 2008

Beware the revisionists

A FOX News blog by the Rev. Jonathan Morris published Dec. 4 warns of rampant atheism out to re-write history. This tired tirade is another seasonal installment in the effort to counteract the alleged hostage-taking of Christmas by the atheists and agnostics among us. While this may appear irrelevant to the issue of same-sex marriage, it is not, because the Rev. Morris uses an ironic argument to warn of these irreligious revisionists by doing a bit of history revision himself.

“Thanks to the wisdom of our God-fearing founding fathers and their respect for the sacred dignity of every human being in this great country of ours, we will continue to defend the right of non-believers to express their opinion, as reasonable and considerate, or silly and disrespectful, as the case may be,” asserts the Rev. Morris.

Ah yes, those God-fearing Founding Fathers, such as Thomas Jefferson, who once proclaimed: “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

Gosh, those darned deists mixed with the theists among our Founding Fathers. Especially the ones that held respect for the “sacred dignity of every human being” by owning slaves. Like Jefferson and Washington and others. Got a point to make but history won’t quite let you make it? Just restate history. After all, most people won’t even know you did it because they don’t know their own history.

Understanding how the anti-marriage crowd so unctuously slips into revisionism, particularly when they speak of the "traditional definition of marriage", is important in propelling the cause of equal marriage rights.

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