Alan Keyes came to Spring Arbor University here in Michigan the other day and delivered one of his standard rambling speeches about how the whole country is going to go to hell if we don’t become the theocracy that he mistakenly believes it was from the beginning.
“The Republic is near death and it will die if we don’t wake up,” he said. “But wake up to what?”
He answered his own question when talking about fundamental rights, where they came from and how the country needs to recognize that rights come from God.
Abortion, same-sex marriage and separation of church and state are not fundamental rights, Keyes said. If God does not recognize them, they do not exist.
“The Declaration of Independence was the first action of the people of the United States,” Keyes said. “The first thing they did was to acknowledge God as the law giver.”
Keyes said God created an authority that must be respected.
“The premise of the existence of our country as a political entity…the premise of all rights and justices is that there is a God, he created nature and in that creation he exercised an authority that we must respect,” he said.
Which means, in Keyes’ warped formulation, that our rights are limited by whatever the Bible says. If the Bible says gay people are icky, then gay people don’t have any right to be gay.
Keyes said while abortion, same-sex marriage and separation of church and state are not basic human rights there are leaders who are trying to “fabricate” rights.
“People who sit on the U.S. Supreme Court take it among themselves to argue that somehow there should be separation of church and state,” he said. “Nothing in the Constitution requires separation, nor could it because we cannot separate the country from its finding premise without destroying it.”
Funny how he so constantly invokes the Founding Fathers to back up his theocratic delusions, yet ignores the fact that two of the most important and influential of the Founding Fathers, Jefferson and Madison, used that exact phrase to describe the religion clauses of the First Amendment. And both of them actually took a harder line on separation than even the ACLU does today. This is not a serious argument, it’s a fantasy world constructed in Keyes’ mind.