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“Will it be the Bible or Mary Cheney’s youthful passions and impulses?”
May 24, 2006, 4:47 am
Filed under: gay and lesbian, politics, Uncategorized

“Will it be the Bible or Mary Cheney’s youthful passions and impulses?” asks Star Powers, President and Founder of CURE (Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education). Powers continues, escalating the splintering of the right initiated by Mary Cheney’s new book NOW IT’S MY TURN,

“In a few breezy sentences, Mary Cheney confidently relegates a few thousand years of religious tradition regarding the nature of marriage to a historic footnote and curiosity. According to her, legal formalization of this traditional arrangement would abrogate freedom and be discriminatory.”

Powers then goes on to say,

“Now it is absolutely clear that legalization of gay marriage opens the door to every imaginable possibility. Once the authority for defining marriage moves from biblical tradition to politics, marriage will be defined by whatever might be deemed so by a court or that can be passed into law.”

As if the separation of church and state would be a bad thing, nevermind the foundation upon which this country is built, Powers ultimately claims that such a distinction,

“…would impact every institution of our society, and Ms Cheney’s uninformed casualness about the scope and seriousness of this is frightening. We’ve already seen the impact in adoption. How about in our public school system, our military, our churches or our corporations?”

I just don’t get it. Happy as I am to see right wing folks turn on themselves, I am also open jawed and befuddled by Powers’ gross, short-sided stupidity. For starters, Powers is herself reinventing a few thousand years of religious tradition regarding the nature of marriage – which has historically been about with the transferrence and protection of property. Then, as an African-American woman who supposedly cares about the fate of people of color, Powers daringly upholds the Bible as the foundation from which law and government should follow. As if the Bible doesn’t naturalize slavery?

Finally, shall I remind Powers that not so very long ago similar sentences were uttered in the name of “our public school system, our military, our churches or our corporations” to keep people of color outside of the power structures of this society.

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