Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 2, 2014

March 2, 2014: Letters to the editor


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Yes to protections, but no to marriage

There are always frauds being perpetrated against us. One of the biggest whoppers is when the government says we are here to help you.

I think the next biggest is “separation of church and state.” The atheist/secular coalition has hoodwinked America and unfortunately the Supreme Court as well. That lie has been ingrained so much that textbooks and, of course, the media look escance when you try to point out this mistake.

Britain at the time of our Revolution had a national church. It was a Christian church, but it was a church controlled by the king, hence the government. Our Founders did not want that, and while the vast majority were Protestant, they wanted toleration.

“The Constitution only forbids government sponsorship and compulsion of religious exercise by individual citizens. It does not require hermetic ‘separation’ — implying exclusion — of religion and religious persons from public affairs of state.” This is called the Exclusionary Clause.

Another important clause is the Free Exercise Clause, which says the government cannot punish or prevent religious exercise voluntarily chosen by the people. Simply put, the Founders wanted to neither compel nor repulse Americans from voluntary religious activity.

Obviously the pro-marriage amendment is causing emotions to rise, but that is no reason to forget what our Constitution tells us. So the writer who wants to make it improper for legislators to be guided by their beliefs is no different than if I would petition for anti-marriage thoughts and beliefs to not be allowed. This amendment tries to protect an institution that has been part of society since society began. It tries to recognize that marriage protects society because it protects both spouses. And while marriages are performed in churches, they are also conducted in secular locations like courthouses and city halls. I think that has demonstrated that throughout history society has put marriage as something special, woven into the fabric of our existence.

My beliefs do not condone homosexuality, but that does not negate my constitutional argument. You just have to look at history. Also, my feelings aside, I think homosexuality is a fact of life — albeit at a proportion that should make it insignificant for public policy — and therefore I am not against legal protections for medical reason, inheritance, etc. Just do not call it marriage, because that is for a man and woman, alone.

Fairness and civil rights have been the concepts that have crept into this discussion, and I think Americans’ basic and inherent desire for fairness have allowed the homosexual proponents to usurp any high ground the Constitution might afford to marriage.

I am left-handed in a right-handed world; where are my civil rights? I was born left-handed. That is like the color of my skin.

Homosexuals want marriage because they know that is the last vestige to take from society. With that pelt on their belts, they have become mainstream and will have acceptance. They will be told they are no different than anyone else who is heterosexual.

They are just fooling themselves, and somewhere in the future they will find out how wrong they have been.

Mike Moran

Kokomo

‘How close will itbe to your house?’

Turbines are going to catch fire. We have stated this in some of our presentations to our elected officials.

Wind companies can put on classes for local emergency responders and make it look like all their bases are covered and everyone is perfectly safe. But when it comes down to it, the tactic of “isolate and deny entry” is the only tactic that will be able to be used by any emergency service.

As well meaning and capable as any fire department is, when you have something that is 500-feet tall and spinning, you are outmatched. They will block off roads, evacuate houses and stand back and watch what happens with the rest of us.

How close will it be to your house? All of our elected officials received this information in December of 2013.

Andrew Wyant

Sharpsville

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