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Letter to the Editor: Regarding marriage equality, the high court has been wrong in the past


I was intrigued by views espoused by Mr. Britner of the Unitarian Church in pushing for marriage equality. This he says is an issue of human rights hinging on the fact that "love is never wrong." This will be welcome news to the North American Man Boy Love Association a leading proponent in the push for acceptance of legalized sexual acts between
adults and children.

His unintentional comparison of supporters of traditional marriage to slave owners is unfortunate. Restricting marriage to the male female model transcending human cultures throughout history is incomparable to the degradation that occurred to black slaves.

He implies slavery was wrong even when society thought it right, thus implying a moral standard beyond society. Rejecting human history and the bible as that guide he hopes the Supreme Court will bring equality to marriage. Believing the people who wrote the bible "under inspiration" shortsighted about morality he now views five political appointees who possess the same human failings as more reliable. Anyone familiar with the court however knows they have been wrong before precisely because they followed societal trends.

Two examples are the 1857 Dred Scott decision which ruled persons of African decent had no citizenship rights. The 1927 Buck vs. Bell case let Virginia's statute permitting forced sterilization of the mentally retarded stand. A ruling which though largely ignored was never
overturned. Clearly the court errs.

I applaud Mr. Britner and his people for exercising their rights to free speech and assembly. I hope the same will be extended to myself and others as we continue to exercise our convictions that the answers to these concerns lies not in the denial of biological truth and the alteration of human conventions nor in the changing moods of culture or in which political party happens to hold all the cards at any given time, but rather to those values which have guided humankind thus far.

William Shifflett, pastor, Reasoning Tree Church, Edinburg


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