Letter from America
I told you!
In my letter of April 15, entitled, Losing cultural wars on all fronts, I predicted that people of faith and conservatives in general will lose the war on homosexual marriage. My argument was based on my reading of a great Californian publisher, C.D. Heath, back in 1950. “If they allow us to teach their children, we will win wars without throwing a single stone.” he said.
Educational indoctrination has now accomplished its purpose.The great biologist, Marlene Zuk, wrote in Natural History, June 2011, that sexual behaviour in the wild kingdom is never entirely about reproduction but about communication and social interaction (prestige). No first-year American college student today will dispute this line of argument. Gays simply want to be given their won “space” to socialise with like-minded and like kind. Nobody in the United States today wants to deny citizens of this right of association.
Now, turn to the supreme court ruling on June 26. Edith Windsor, a New Yorker who married her childhood sweetheart, Thea Spy in Canada appeared before the US supreme court. After the death of her lover, she was faced by half a million dollar fine in taxes because their combined wealth was not recognised as falling under the auspices of a recognisable marriage.
Justice Athony Kennedy excoriated the federal law entitled DOMA, which defined marriage as between man and woman. “DOMA writes inequality into the entire United States Code,” he fumed while flanked by four gay fighters, Justices Ruth Ginsburg, Stehen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kegan. Failing to recognise gay marriages disparages marriages that reflect a deep personal commitment between two people, he went on. DOMA places these same sex marriages “in an unstable position of being in a second tier marriage. The differentiation demeans the couple, whose moral and sexual choices the Constitution protects and whose relationship the state has sought to dignify.”
This law, based on prejudice, was intended to humiliate gays, Kennedy argued.
Any college kid would have written such a paragraph. Give gays their space. What about morals and changes to social fundamentals? The answer to that is when racists were faced by Martin Luther King’s demand for racial equality, the great senator from my state of South Carolina, Strom Thurmond, filibustered the legislation for 24 hours in the senate till he dropped on the floor. He suggested that he would die before allowing blacks equal rights. He even suggested that blacks were happy being discriminated against.
Jay Plaza, an astute observer of life in Hollywood described the mood in a park there as 3 000 gay fighters and sympathisers heard the announcement. “The mood of the crowd was a feeling of relief and eagerness, for what, no one could answer. As the entire crowd became aware that their freedom were here to stay, and no voting ballet would take them away again… all at once, the cries, worry, fear and doubt vanished, leaving only gratitude.”
The bitter-enders quickly appealed to Justice Kennedy to delay the implementation of his ruling in California. Thousands had gathered around courthouses in order to affirm their vows. Kennedy dismissed the appeal with contempt. He simply said one word, NO.
There are many things we love about Americans, such as their perennial exuberance and optimism. Underneath that quintessential American gift at optimism is the arrogance that makes them contemptuous of other people’s sensibilities and traditions. Nothing is sacred to them.
President Barack Obama, speaking to the Senegalese President Mackey Sall said that the supreme court decision on gay rights was a “victory for American democracy and a proud day for equal rights.” Senegal is a Muslim country and is on the forefront of the clash of civilisations between conservative Muslims and western secularists.
Speaking with tongue in cheek, Obama said that traditions, religions and customs of other people should be respected, and then went on to urge African countries US has done, remove anti-homosexual restrictions.
Obama urged 38 African countries to remove antiquated anti-homosexual laws. Sall politely responded that while Senegal was a very tolerant country, it was not yet ready to remove such laws as mentioned by Obama.
The matter is not finished. The US and the European Union have vowed to with-hold any foreign aid to homophobic countries. Malawi has already become a victim of this policy.
Obama adopted the gay policy because he was trailing in the lections of 2012. Such a policy assured him margins of victory in New York and California. However, he does not recognise the face that if President Sall of Senegal were to introduce such a policy in his country, he would be inviting a backlash from Muslim extremists and jihadists.
Christian evangelicals and Catholics expected such a court ruling but have nevertheless found no credible response. It was the Reverend Pat Robertson of Christina Broadcasting who suggested that the judges were under the power of gay rights movement.
The main issue is that the most outspoken groups are associated with the Republican Party. As such they have been successfully tarred with the feather of racism and outright bigotry.
Catholics have been associated with paedophilia and have reduced credibility among youths and progressives.
The majority of schools are public and have been teaching the doctrine of sexual orientation as inborn.
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