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Keyes: Marriage Equality Violates the Declaration of Independence

Alan Keyes trots out his tried and true false argument that because the Declaration of Independence mentions a “Creator,” anything that he believes is disliked by his barbaric, bigoted God must be made illegal (never mind that Jefferson clearly rejected that god).

As I recently pointed out, we learn the source and nature of these unenumerated rights from another “fundamental law” of the United States – the Declaration of Independence, which ascribes them to the Creator’s endowment of all humanity. Most self-evident among them are the rights of the God-endowed natural family “rooted in obligations antecedent to any and all humanly instituted law or government.” From this endowment, the people of the United States derive the sovereign authority to establish and maintain their self-government. Unless they are willing to subvert their own sovereignty, they are obliged, in their actions and decisions, to respect the source of authority that validates it.

In the weeks to come, the U.S. Supreme Court may decide to promote specious rights intended to supplant “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” invoked in the Declaration of Independence. They may decide, in contravention of the Ninth Amendment, to deny and disparage the natural rights of the God-endowed family. It will then be for us, the people, to decide how to respond to their assault on the very root and source of our claim to decent liberty. If we respect the logic that reasonably, morally, and constitutionally justifies what their decision seeks to destroy, we will be able confidently to appeal, as America’s founders did in the Declaration, “to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions.”

This is just such an idiotic argument and Keyes has been making it for years, every time the law allows something he wants to forbid. Appealing to God doesn’t make you any less of a bigot.

Comments

  1. says

    Correct me if I’m wrong here, but the Declaration of Independence has no legal standing in our Constitutional Republic. All it is is a document declaring a severance of relationship with Great Britain.

    The fact that the Republic was first organized under the Articles of Confederation should make that obvious.

  2. says

    Clearly they meant Cronos, the father of gods in the Greek pantheon, who ruled the earth during a great golden age. Die you heretic Marcus Ranum!

  3. otrame says

    Boy, it’s a good thing we have that 1st amendment thing, because in many countries calling for a revolt against the government is sorta illegal.

    I keep thinking, every time I hear another “if they do this, we’re gonna revolt” speach, how many people are REALLY willing to risk their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to stop teh gay from getting married?

    The more sensible ones have figured out that this particular form of fear-mongering isn’t working any more and are backing off. But don’t worry. They’ll find something else to fear-monger about. Maybe they’ll ramp up the fear of atheists. There has been some sign of that already.

  4. thisisaturingtest says

    …we learn the source and nature of these unenumerated rights from another “fundamental law” of the United States – the Declaration of Independence…

    Sorry, Mr Keyes, the DOI is not “fundamental law.” Someone (I don’t remember who, but I think it was here) put it pretty well (again, I don’t remember the exact words, but I’ll try to get close), to the effect of “the DOI was just the marketing for the product, the Constitution is the actual product.”

  5. Childermass says

    rickdesper @ 2,

    It would not matter what legal standing the Declaration has, its only legal statement is that the 13 colonies are now independent states with no connection with Great Britain. Everything else is an attempt to justify taking legal step. And nothing even remotely similar to SSM is even mentioned.

  6. matty1 says

    They may decide, in contravention of the Ninth Amendment, to deny and disparage the natural rights of the God-endowed family.

    Exactly what rights are your family being denied Mr Keyes, please give details. I’m particularly interested to hear about all the things you are prevented from doing or forced to do because people you don’t even know might have marriages you disapprove of.

  7. says

    Why is the phrase “rooted in obligations antecedent to any and all humanly instituted law or government” in quotation marks? It’s not from the Declaration of Independence, as the context seems to imply, nor as far as I know from any other early document. It sounds like Keyes himself. Any thoughts?

  8. says

    Boy, it’s a good thing we have that 1st amendment thing, because in many countries calling for a revolt against the government is sorta illegal.

    It’s sedition, which is illegal here, too. And nowadays it appears you may qualify for a drone strike if you’re promoting insurrection while you’re muslim.

  9. Doug Little says

    If you are a “God endowed family” does that mean that you can put a little stick figure guy with a big fluffy beard riding a cloud on the back of the SUV next to the other stick figures that represent your family?

  10. says

    I guess we can bring back slavery. After all it was a common belief when the Declaration was written, backed by the Bible, that slavery was part of God’s design.

  11. machintelligence says

    The DOI is not a part of the law. Where does he get this shit?

    The same place the rest of his shit comes from. I assume the question was rhetorical. :-)

  12. says

    Well, you Americans can bring back slavery. I’m not sure what the legal status of the practice was in the Canadas at the time. By the time we had Confederation in 1867 slavery had been made illegal in the British Empire, including Canada.

  13. matty1 says

    Slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire in 1833 so it might well have been legal in Canada in 1775 but was banned by 1867.

  14. slc1 says

    Re matty1 @ #16

    A number of escaped slaves from the US Southern states were transported to Canada via the Underground Railroad so at least some of the Canadian provinces banned the practice.

  15. grignon says

    In truth, the DoI was speaking of my parents. And while it’s too late now to tell them, I want to say for the record, “Thanks for the rights, Mom and Dad.”

  16. says

    The world was obviously created by Sons of Borr, Odin, Vili, and Vé, who slayed the giant Ymir and created the universe out of his corpse. Duh. “Nature’s God” is obviously Freyr, and like most priapic nature gods, Freyr has no problem with gay sex as long as everyone involved is enjoying themselves.

    I guess I’m rather confused about Keyes’ complaint.

  17. vmanis1 says

    Seems to me that Dr Keyes is taking the Lord’s name in vain. Isn’t there a commandment on that subject?

  18. abb3w says

    @7, matty:

    Exactly what rights are your family being denied Mr Keyes, please give details.

    In particular, how does someone else having their rights recognized deny and/or disparage yours?

    (Beyond, of course, the trivial examples of how recognizing the rights of slaves to liberty denied the property rights of slave owners, and how the recognition of civil rights for all races have opportunity in commerce denied the right of racists to be discriminatory in commerce.)

  19. says

    One can turn Keyes’ argument against him by stating that forbidding marriage equality denies gays and lesbians their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happines.

  20. caseloweraz says

    @sbh (#8):

    I would guess he’s using the quotation marks for emphasis. It’s a bad habit that’s all too common.

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