December 13, 2012

“Gay Marriage” is NOT Marriage. Here’s Why.
By Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D.

(This article first appeared in the July/August edition of The New Oxford Review)
On May 9, 2012 President Obama sat before Robin Roberts of ABC’s “Good
Morning America” and announced that he supports the right of homosexuals to
legally marry one another. In this nationally televised interview he explained “I've
been going through an evolution of this issue.” He told Robins that he initially
hesitated to support “gay marriage” because, as he went on to explain: “I thought
civil unions would be sufficient ... that it would give people hospital visitation rights
and other elements we take for granted. And I was sensitive to the fact that for a
lot of people the word 'marriage' was something that evokes very powerful
traditions, religious beliefs and so forth.” He concluded his announcement by
saying: “[A]t a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally it is important
for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get

Obama’s statement came only three days after Vice President Joe Biden revealed
on “Meet the Press” May 6, that he was: “absolutely comfortable with the fact that
men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women
marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the
civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”
Biden, who identifies himself as a Catholic, is also more than “absolutely
comfortable” with the legalized killing of the unborn. Thus no one should be too
shocked that this politician would also have a distorted view of marriage.
Many political commentators believe that indeed it was Biden’s own disclosure of
his views on “gay marriage” that made it imperative that Obama follow suit. For
example, the online magazine Politico stated that: “Biden’s statement of personal
support for same-sex marriage … did indeed force the hand of the administration
to let the cat out of the bag early. The Obama administration initially tried to tamp
down Biden’s remarks, but the distancing angered gay rights activist groups that
are a key constituency for the Democratic party. Thus, Obama went ahead and
pulled the trigger on his epiphany.”

Obama placed his backing of “gay marriage” within the context of a personal
evolution. However, this evolution has taken an odd path, with twists, turns and
retracing of steps, that one can conclude Obama has always believed that the law
should recognize and sanction homosexual bonds as the equal of marriage. This
was his view back in 1996 when he ran for Illinois State Senate. Then he said in
2008 he was against “gay marriage” in his bid for the presidency. Apparently
Obama’s views on gay marriage, up until now, depended on what political office he
hoped to secure. I think we can safely conclude there has been no real moral
evolution—that his 1996 views were his real views all along.

But it is one thing to believe something privately—and another to make one’s
views known to an entire nation. In this case Obama’s support for “gay marriage”
carries enormous moral and social impact and such advocacy will contribute to
furthering the gay-rights movement’s goal to legally re-define the meaning of
marriage. Imagine if former president Jimmy Carter had sat down with a reporter in
1976 and declared his support for the right to life of the unborn—and his
opposition to the then only three-year-old Roe v. Wade decision. We might be
looking at a very different Democratic party if someone in his position had
defended the unborn before the Democrats finalized its embrace of “abortion

This article is not a full-blown treatise on the subject of so-called “gay marriage.” I
intend here to provide some concise arguments as to why same-sex sexual
activity is not the moral, social, cultural equal to heterosexual marital unions—and
thus should not be granted equal status in law. In addition, I will also explain who
or what is to blame for the moral and intellectual break-down on the subject of
marriage represented by the current advocacy for “gay marriage.”

Legal recognition of homosexual bonds as marital bonds ultimately means that
gender, human sexuality, being a husband or a wife, motherhood and fatherhood
have no objective moral meaning. This also means that the family itself has no
objective moral meaning. The moral law rooted in nature is completely dissolved.
There would no longer be any natural familial moral bonds, thus no longer any
natural moral ties and thus no innate moral responsibilities arising from the very
nature of the family.

If the bond between two men or two women may be considered the equivalent of
the one-flesh marital unity between a man and a woman, a bond that gives rise to
children and the family, we are then saying that all human ties are strictly a matter
of the will—only when persons choose to be connected to one another—by
emotional, legal or artificial contrivance—are they then connected. And if the
fundamental building block of society, namely the family, is essentially a matter of
choice, those choices can be undone by mere personal volition. The family simply
becomes simply a fragile arrangement of the will—no one is in essence a mother,
a father, a husband or wife. The family unit is turned into a mere fragile
arrangement of personal volition. Indeed, being a husband or wife, mother or
father is nominal, not real.

The family is no longer a unit cemented by innate natural familial bonds that
actually cause persons to be mother and child, brother and sister—essential
identities imbedded in nature itself that produce inherent responsibilities to which
persons who have such identities must be held accountable. Nothing here should
be interpreted to mean that sterile couples who adopt children are not parents.
Their heterosexual marital unity, unlike homosexual pairings, participates in the
truth of marriage and is a public sign of that truth. A married couple who are
incapable of procreating children by a pathology—nonetheless are still capable of
honoring the life-giving meaning of their sexual intimacy. Their bond still
contributes to the public support of the cultural, social and moral meaning of
marriage. Their sexual unity is oriented towards life and the family in a way that
gay sexual activity can never be.

It is simply a lie that lesbian or homosexual acts are equivalent to sexual activity
between a wedded man and woman. I will even go on and say that making them
equivalent is an insult to the very meaning of marriage and the family. Gay sex is
self-enclosed, of itself sterile and a societal dead-end. Since the family cannot
come from such sex—the government does not have a compelling interest in
protecting such unions.

Why must the law protect marriage—and when I say “marriage” I mean, of course,
the lifelong bond between a man and a woman upon which the family is built? Sex
between a married man and woman is categorically different from gay sex. It is sex
that confirms the meaning of masculinity and femininity—and it is sex that confers
responsibilities that arise from the commitment of husbands and wives, especially
when, from such sexual acts, new human beings are conceived. Society, indeed
the entire future of the world, depends on these kinds of stable sexual unions that
provide the necessary innate security for children. For this reason alone, the
government has an interest in protecting marriage.

Indeed if someone needs a cogent argument as to why the government must
make a distinction between homosexual bonds and marriage—here it is: When a
man and woman commit themselves to a lifelong unity of their persons—it is this
type of union that leads to the begetting of children. The state has an interest in
recognizing and protecting the unity between spouses and the natural blood
relationships that are created by sexual marital activity. We need to take very
seriously the importance of blood-ties in the building of society and culture. It is
indeed, these innate blood-ties that societies actually depend on for moral order
and structure—beginning with the bond between a man and a woman that then
creates the natural bonds of blood within the family itself. There is simply no
substitution for this kind of cultural/societal building block. The state must support
and protect marriage itself that creates the dynamic of the family unit, the unit that
gives society its most sure, built-in, stable set of human identities and

Society is not the consequence of arbitrary self-willed human relationships. Of
course engaged couples “choose” each other—but they do not choose the actual
meaning of marriage. They do not “decide for themselves”-- what it is they are
about to enter. The meaning of marriage precedes them. As stated above,
marriage, as it is related to the building of the family, not only produces identity
and responsibilities within the “limited” nuclear family— it is the first building block
that creates, not only brothers and sisters, but future marriages that produce
cousins, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, grandfathers, grandmothers, great
grandfathers and mothers, as well as great uncles and aunts. Laws do not create
these worlds—innate natural bonds—blood ties— create these worlds—worlds
that of themselves cause human identity and human responsibilities. Absolutely
nothing can replace such natural world-building! And the law cannot create the
moral responsibilities that come from such bonds—it can only call persons to live
up to them! Again, for this reason, government has an interest in protecting

How did we come to this point—that homosexual bonds should be considered the
equivalent of marriage? The truth must be told. It is indeed the heterosexual
community that is to blame, not homosexuals. Heterosexuals have given up on the
meaning of human sexuality. Heterosexuals are the ones who no longer believe in
marriage. We have said so with 50 years of contraception, unquestioned sexual
activity outside of marriage, living together without marriage, rampant divorce,
including no-fault divorce, epidemic out-of-wedlock pregnancy rates, artificial
reproduction—and then add to this— 40 years of abortion. Heterosexuals have
already said that sex, marriage and the family have no meaning—these become
what we subjectively, privately, by a sheer matter of the will, say they are—and
nothing more. We simply have no moral, cultural place to stand upon which we
may say that homosexuals can’t call what they do “marriage.” After all, most
heterosexual activity isn’t marriage either! It too is dead-end sex that cannot carry
the world into the future. I think it would do well to consider the words of the late
British philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe who way back in 1972 already saw where
sex made deliberately sterile would lead:

“And if there is nothing intrinsically wrong with contraceptive intercourse, and if it could become general practice everywhere when there is intercourse but ought to be no begetting, then it's very difficult to see the objection to this morality, for the ground of objection to fornication and adultery was that sexual intercourse is only right in the sort of set-up that typically provides children with a father and mother to care for them. If you can turn intercourse into something other than the reproductive type of act (I don't mean of course that every act is reproductive any more than every acorn leads to an oak-tree but it's the reproductive type of act) then why, if you can change it, should it be restricted to the married? Restricted, that is, to partners bound in a formal, legal, union whose fundamental purpose is the bringing up of children? For if that is not its fundamental purpose there is no reason why for example "marriage" should have to be between people of opposite sexes. But then, of course, it becomes unclear why you should have a ceremony, why you should have a formality at all. And so we must grant that children are in this general way the main point of the existence of such an arrangement. But if sexual union can be deliberately and totally divorced from fertility, then we may wonder why sexual union has got to be married union. If the expression of love between the partners is the point, then it shouldn't be so narrowly confined.” (Contraception and Chastity) What is the answer ultimately? If we really want to fight a battle against “gay marriage” the heterosexual community needs to get its act together. We can’t carry on the way we have—we cannot privatize our sexual ethical behavior and then claim that the government needs to publicly protect what’s left of the institution of marriage. This healing of the sexual ethic is primarily the work of the Church—a Church that greatly contributed to the cultural moral demise by remaining silent on contraception and by allowing Catholic politicians to support legalized abortion with ecclesial impunity. Is it any wonder that the likes of Catholic Nancy Pelosi, who supports legalized killing of the unborn contrary to the teachings of the Church, lauds Obama’s support for “gay marriage” also contrary to the teachings of the Church and, like Obama, even dares to say that this is the Christian thing to do!

And in some ways this is the most odious and insulting aspect of the entire
Obama “gay marriage” debacle. Obama justified his position that “gay marriage”
should be legally recognized by wrapping it in the Christian religion. He said that
his so-called evolution on the subject was the consequence of his Christian faith
and he told ABC News: “It's also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way
you would want to be treated." So with such deep critical thinking—how can we
deny homosexuals access to a right that heterosexuals enjoy? It just isn’t fair.
Unfortunately Obama failed to quote Christ’s own doctrine on marriage: “Have
you not read that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female and
declared: ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and the two
shall become one’ Thus they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, let no
man separate what God has joined” (Mt. 19: 4-6). Jesus, in the next passages,
even dares to forbid divorce and remarriage.

If Obama is going to credit Christianity in an attempt to dismantle the God-given
meaning of marriage, it would only be truly fair and honest of him to acknowledge
Christ’s specific view on the subject. But for Obama the Golden Rule is real
doctrine and Christ’s view on marriage merely an opinion that may be set aside.
Obama’s application of the Golden Rule in this case is completely misplaced. Of
course Christ called us to: “treat others as you would wish to be treated.” But if
society seriously accepted Obama’s invocation of the Golden Rule we would
have to advocate all sorts of irrationalities. After all, saying gays have the right to
marry as do heterosexuals would require an end to all rational distinctions. For
example, if Obama’s view of the Golden Rule were truly applied in a consistent
manner we would have to believe that not only those who excel at running the
100 meters but even poor runners have just as much right to compete in the
Olympics—since all that matters is that the poor runners also love the sport and
wish to participate in it as much as the good runners. Obama’s application of the
gospel is like saying those who are tone deaf should be allowed to sing at major
concert halls, since such persons may actually love and have an appreciation for
music—even more than those who actually have the ability to sing. After all, if
Obama really put his version of the Golden Rule into practice then track stars
and great vocalists must allow poor runners and bad singers to do what they do
since Christ said: “treat others as you would wish to be treated.” Obama’s
Golden Rule is not about love and acceptance at all, rather it’s a means by which
the truth is distorted. Thus Obama’s gospel is not the Wisdom of Christ, but an
invitation to insanity.

Those who defend marriage as an institution between one man and one woman
face fierce opposition. Gay rights activists, and their allies in the media, accuse
defenders of marriage of being motivated from hate—a hate based on a narrowminded
intolerance, sheer bigotry, and an out-dated religious point of view. This
depiction is intended to discredit and demoralize those who are opposed to “gay
marriage” and circumvent any possible debate on the subject. Gay rights activists
argue that to deny persons with same-sex attraction the right to marry is to deny
them the personal happiness and sense of dignity that heterosexuals enjoy—and
thus the fairness card is played as a way to elevate such partnerships to the
level of marriage.

Defense of marriage has nothing to do with hate. Rather this entire controversy
has to do with the nature of objective reality itself. It has to do with the essence
of what it means to be embodied persons and the way in which such
embodiment leads to the foundation of the family. Those who oppose “gay
marriage” are simply unwilling to locate the foundation of marriage and the
family in precarious human feelings and emotions—which is the primary value
upon which gay unions are formed and legitimized. No one can deny that such
feelings are real, that such love is real, that the need for human intimacy
between homosexuals and lesbians is real. It is simply that such private need
is not the moral, legal equivalent of the institution of marriage, parenthood and
the family that government has a duty to protect.

We must recognize that we are in a war for the truth, and it is a moral battle. This
is not a time to be afraid to speak the truth. But speak always the truth in love—
recognizing that homosexual persons have God-given dignity and basic human
rights—and those rights must never be denied. But they simply do not have the
right to marry—they do not have the rights to the privileges of marriage. Those
who publicly defend marriage are going to be misunderstood, called names,
mocked, belittled and derided. Nonetheless, those who understand what is at
stake cannot hold back—the truth must be defended and marriage fought for—as
civilization itself depends upon this sacred institution.

Warning: If you love dogs have a box of tissues ready!


In an emotional follow up to Wednesday night’s tribute to his dog, Victor, Glenn read a poem on the radio this morning.  The piece comes from Emmy-winning soap opera writer (and dog-lover, dog rescuer) Donna Swajeski.
Their joys are simple. A soft bed. A scrap fallen from the table that the younger dogs missed. The memory of a treed squirrel. A stormless night.
White whiskered faces and legs crooked as question marks.
Old Dogs…their sweet Buddha bellies hang over crossed legs as they fall asleep in a coveted patch of sun. Dreaming of out-racing their shadows down long, shady lanes.
Once they danced by your side. The very definition of joy unleashed. A perfect poem caught in shining eyes and wagging tails. They have followed you faithfully for years. And would plunge into fires, untamed wildernesses, raging waters if you asked.
Now, they struggle to catch up. Their pace slow but their hearts still valiant.
Their cloudy eyes are starting to dim and go distant, tuning in to some invisible world. Just beyond your reach.
Don’t go you say, as you scratch the tender part between their ears. Stay longer. I can’t imagine a world without your fur pressed close to my cheek. There are still so many roads we haven’t explored.
And they look up at you with a wisdom that just slays you.
Their backs are bent, not from the weight of years, but from the invisible wings they are growing
That will soon take them to a place where once more they are warriors of speed
Drunk with the sights and scents of a thousand meadows.
Able to leap high enough to touch the wing of the tiniest butterfly.
A place where they will now wait for you to catch up.
H/T Donna Swajeski /
(Editor’s note: Donna is my beautiful bride of 20 years.)
December 13, 2012

The Great Progressive Church

By Robert A. Hall
Psychologists say that people need religion in one form or another, and will always invent a theology if they are not given one. I'm not the first to notice that the rise of thetic, unchurched, Godless Secular Humanists has resulted in liberals meeting this human need by converting Progressive Ideology into religious doctrine and admiration for Progressive leaders into unquestioning worship. Self-righteous calls for civility aside, this explains why they get so angry and vicious when you challenge any of their tenets. You are not disagreeing with them over policy. You are attacking the core of their religion, and their reaction is often the same as if you told a member of the Westboro Baptist Church that Jesus wasn't divine or a member of the Muslim Brotherhood that Mohammad was a fake. Blasphemy cannot be tolerated by fundamentalists of any stripe.
Of course, like all religions, the Progressive Church has degrees of belief, from the moderates, who are rather like Christmas and Easter Christians, to the Fundamentalist Progressives, who respond as you'd expect from a Salafist told that Allah wasn't really in favor of slaughtering Jews. (Why are you picking up that stone?)
To understand the Progressive Church, you must first understand that for them, intentions matter, not results for real people. If they can feel all warm and fuzzy about intendions, the actually outcomes are of no interest. Note that they find no cognitive dissonance when their principles collide with each other or with reality -- they just ignore it, in the grand tradition of many great religions.
And just as some Christians believe in "The Elect of God" -- people pre-chosen for salvation -- the Progressive Church has groups of the "elect" and groups of despised infidels who are not going to heaven. But as with many religions, you can join the Progressive Church and be among the saved by accepting all the canons and renouncing other political beliefs.
The Progressive Elect are Muslims, Gays, Blacks, Hispanics, Women, the Poor, and Union Members. I've tried to put this in order, but it changes frequently as the Progressive Mullahs issue a new Fatwa. And I'm sure I've missed some. Thus, right now, Gays trump Blacks, but Muslims trump Gays. So if conservatives oppose gay marriage it is an atrocity, but if Muslims call for the murder of gays, it is a heartwarming display of Multiculturalism.
Of course, all Professing Progressives are among the Elect, including wealthy Progressives, though wealthy non-Progressives are among the worst of the infidels.
Among the Canons of the Progressive Church are:
Multiculturalism. This trumps almost everything right now. Any mention of Islamist violence is, for example, "Islamophobic," and truth is not a defense.
Environmentalism. Progressives make much of their support for the poor, but are willing to grind them into poverty to feel all green and fuzzy. So pumping corn into alternative biofuel while starving the Third World is tough for the hungry, but high on the list of revered behaviors. The Third World poor don't vote here, after all. Global Warming must be accepted and believed, and the poor must tithe to Al Gore to reduce carbon emissions, regardless of cost. The cascading failures of tax-supported green energy companies don't signify, because intentions matter, not results. Looking at any contrary evidence is blasphemy, and not permitted, just as the Medieval divines convicted Galileo of heresy for claiming that the Earth revolved around the sun-and to look at the evidence was not permitted.
Gay Rights. Universities kept military recruiters off campus because of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy ordered by Progressive Mullah Bill Clinton. Go figure. Gay rights in the U.S. are sacrosanct. Gays being executed in Muslim countries are not worth mentioning - they don't vote for or contribute to Democrats, after all.
Feminism. Progressives think it's an outrage if you don't want to pay for free birth control for yuppie law students, but completely ignore the stoning of women, child marriages, female genital mutilation, honor killings of female relatives for even speaking to a strange man and oppressive inequality of women in Muslim countries under Shari'a Law, because to notice it would be heresy against their multicultural canon.
America is evil and must apologize to the world. They don't often say it, because it might lose votes among the bitter clingers, unless you catch one preaching "God Damn America" without challenge from any noted parishioners. But you can see they believe it from their actions.
Israel is evil. Israel is not only an American ally, but the only multi-party democracy in the Middle East, and tries to preserve freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and equality for women. Naturally, all good Progressives despise Israel, even Jewish ones. Scratch a Progressive, and if you don't find a Star of David, you'll likely find an anti-Semite. It's more advanced, of course, in more Progressive countries like France, but violent anti-Semitism will grow here as the Progressive Faith grows.
Race matters a great deal, culture not at all. As a conservative, I believe the opposite, but this is how it is, though they talk about a post-racial America. (If you actually had a way to eliminate all racism, they'd murder you, because it's their rice bowl.) One of the interesting features of the Progressive Church is their ability to believe that any policy disagreement with Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Susan Rice or Charlie Rangel grows out of your brutal Jim Crow racism, but that their most egregious, vile attacks on Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice, Colin Powel, Allan West, or Mia Love were entirely based on disagreement with their policies and actions. Sure. And Jesse Jackson can declare Budweiser racist, not fit to drink for Progressives, until Bud rewarded his sons with lucrative beer distributorships, when a fatwa was issued making Bud hahal for Progressives to consume again. Racial blackmail is perfectly acceptable to the Progressive Church.
Racism drives everything non-Progressives do. So White Rule in Rhodesia was evil and had to be destroyed. Never mind that Black Rule there dropped black life expectancy by 10 to 15 years, destroyed the economy through hyperinflation and turned the country from a food-exporter to one stalked by starvation. Intentions mattered, not the deleterious results for the poor black folks who actually lived -- and died -- there. And 59% of whites voting for Romney is clear evidence of terrible racism, while 95% of blacks voting for Obama is not. Thus, the media can edit tapes and pictures to make that "white Hispanic" George Zimmerman look racist, but can ignore black flash mobs attacking whites, Hispanics, and Asians. Also not to be mentioned is that 53% of the murders are committed by the 13% of the population that is black, with upwards of 85% of the victims also being black. But tough law enforcement would be racist, so black folks must die on the Progressive altar. Truth, again, is not a defense.
The Rich are evil-but only if they earned their money in business and are not Progressives. So mega-millionaires Michael Moore, Warren Buffet, Al Gore, George Soros, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Jim Johnson, Franklin Raines, Tax Cheat Tim Geithner, Angelo "Friends of Angelo at Countrywide" Mozilo and any number of entertainment and athletic stars are all righteous people, while a couple each working 60 hours a week to bring home $260k are among the evil rich who aren't "paying their fair share." Of course, Progressives who get caught with their hands in the cookie jar become invisible. See Obama's real estate angel and convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko or Obama bundler Jon Corzine, who misplaced a billion bucks of the customers' money. Hey, I bet you've misplaced at least $100M yourself more than once.
The Bush Tax Cuts Benefited only the Rich. Never mind that the tax bill for average folks also went down, that many on the lower end stopped paying any taxes at all, and that after the tax cuts, the wealthy paid a larger share of the total tax revenues -- which went up. Raising taxes is about theology, not revenue.
Guns are evil. Never mind that the cities with the strictest gun control have the worst crime, or that as gun ownership has gone up crime has dropped, or that thousands of decent citizens save themselves from violence every year with their legally-owned guns. The Progressive Church decrees guns evil regardless. And don't think of making your hunting rifle into an "assault rifle" by putting a black folding stock and bayonet lug on it. Guns that look more dangerous are more dangerous.
Everything depends on who says it. If Obama said in 2008 that raising the debt ceiling was unpatriotic, and in 2011 that voting against raising the debt ceiling was wrong, both statements were true, because Obama said them. If Democrats and George Bush both looked at CIA intelligence and concluded there were WMDs in Iraq, the Democrats were using the best data they had, but Bush lied. When Obama and Susan Rice repeated CIA talking points about Benghazi (mysteriously changed by persons unknown) they weren't lying, they were repeating the intelligence they had. If Bush had said it was a spontaneous demonstration, that would have been a lie, because Bush said it.
Children are a high priority. As long as they are children of the Progressive Elect voting blocks in the US. So banning DDT to save the birds to feel good about the environmental was wonderful, and several million dead black, brown, and yellow kids from malaria in the Third World mattered not at all. Nor did the birds, of course, when it was time to build eagle-chopper wind farms in homage to Big Green.
A Progressive fatwa making something Halah (allowed) or Haram (forbidden) may be issued by any of the Progressive Mullahs such as Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, Michael Moore, Harry Reid, Jo Biden, Paul Krugman, Nancy Pelosi, the New York Times or many others and will be instantly adopted without question or thought by all Fundamentalist Progressives. There is, it must be noted, a theological debate right now in the Progressive Church as to whether Barack Obama is the reigning Progressive Pope, or actually a Progressive God -- our "Lord and Savior" as Jamie Foxx recently preached.
The issuing of fatwas means that new Progressive Canons pop up all the time. The most recent is that requiring voters to identify themselves to vote is racist, there is no real voter fraud and thus requiring ID is evidence of conservative voter suppression. (The NBPP thugs with nightsticks outside polling places in Philadelphia are, of course, not voter suppression because they are black.) Never mind that voters were required to have voter cards for a long time without Progressives noticing the racism. Never mind that voter fraud has a long history in the city political machines (mostly Democrat) from Tammany Hall to the First Ward in Chicago, where "floaters" were paid 50 cents a vote to chain vote as often as possible. (I recommend The Lords of the Levee.) Never mind that Lyndon Johnson became a senator through voter fraud and JFK may have been elected president in 1960 due to it. The Church decrees now that fraud doesn't exist.
But if you ask why it isn't racist to require minorities to identify themselves to cash a check, fly, drive, buy a gun, buy alcohol, buy tobacco, sign up for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Welfare, or to enter a government building, Obama rally, or the Democrat National convention, they will deflect or ignore the question. Apparently it's fine with liberals that a large number of Blacks and Hispanics are prevented from doing these things because they can't get ID, as long as they can vote as often as they want, no questions asked. The Fatwa was issued by Mullah Holder and others and they all now really believe that any effort to eliminate fraud is racist. And they will not look at the evidence. One Progressive told me there was no evidence, but if I sent him some he'd look at it. When I did, he decided the site that linked to the evidence was biased, therefore it would be blasphemy to look at the links -- thus saving himself from having to look in the telescope or challenge his beliefs.
As with any great religion, there is a lot more to the Progressive church than this brief overview, but I hope I have put it into perspective. I will continue to engage with Moderate Progressives, who are willing to discuss policy rationally. But I'm going to try to avoid the Fundamentalist Progressives, who believe anyone who disagrees with them is evil, stupid or both, because disagreement is heresy. It's not worth the conflict. And, eventually, they'll justify violence as a response. The extreme Left, like the extreme Right, always does. Progressive Jihad is coming.
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. All royalties go to help wounded vets, but for a free PDF of this 80-page book, write him at

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