Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004 - 6:54 a.m.
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The Sad State of the Union Address
Second entry tonight... the first about my upcoming comic book is here.
I am unfortunately listening to the morning news, and I got to hear the American President's voice intoning these words from the State of the Union Address:
A strong America must also value the institution of marriage. I believe we should respect individuals as we take a principled stand for one of the most fundamental, enduring institutions of our civilization. Congress has already taken a stand on this issue by passing the Defense of Marriage Act, signed in 1996 by President Clinton. That statute protects marriage under federal law as a union of a man and a woman, and declares that one state may not redefine marriage for other states.
Activist judges, however, have begun redefining marriage by court order, without regard for the will of the people and their elected representatives. On an issue of such great consequence, the people's voice must be heard. If judges insist on forcing their arbitrary will upon the people, the only alternative left to the people would be the constitutional process. Our nation must defend the sanctity of marriage. (Applause.)
The outcome of this debate is important -- and so is the way we conduct it. The same moral tradition that defines marriage also teaches that each individual has dignity and value in God's sight. (Applause.)
It's also important to strengthen our communities by unleashing the compassion of America's religious institutions. Religious charities of every creed are doing some of the most vital work in our country -- mentoring children, feeding the hungry, taking the hand of the lonely. Yet government has often denied social service grants and contracts to these groups, just because they have a cross or a Star of David or a crescent on the wall. By executive order, I have opened billions of dollars in grant money to competition that includes faith-based charities. Tonight I ask you to codify this into law, so people of faith can know that the law will never discriminate against them again. (Applause.)
Can I begin to tell you how offensive I found all of this. Not the parts about marriage being a desirable institution... I think it can be for many people, including lesbians and gay people... despite it not being a required institution. Not the parts about religious charities of every creed doing some vital work.
No, the subtext that gay marriage is bad. And unAmerican. And that people who are not religious do not do these things, and the poor religions are beset upon. What happened to the much vaunted separation of church and state??
I cannot stand that this man is the voice of the people of the United States of America. I hope he is not representative of the people of the United States of America. I hope never to hear a speech like this out of the mouth of the Prime Minister of Canada.
If you would like to cringe some more, read the laden, biased text in its entirety at this webpage of the Salt Lake Tribune.
I go to bed more depressed than last night.
I wish all Americans luck with their next election.
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Goodbye Michael. May your next life be kinder to you. - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
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