This week's candid conservative editorial on the NC marriage amendment (5-26-12)
Voter Manipulation Missed the Mark
Asheville Citizen-Times Editorial 79 - Election – May 20, 2012
North Carolina’s conservatives just handed the left a stunning political defeat. By a resounding majority, voters supported a Constitutional amendment affirming marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman. For those believing a society’s moral compass predicts their future, it was a remarkable day.
Our state has been a successful playground for liberals seeking to downgrade America with a fraudulent version of progress. Though the Republican Party reliably stands for very little, the Democratic Party unfailingly offers a get-out-of-jail-free pass for those seeking to avoid reality, reason, responsibility, and right. Their assumption of seductive infallibility has been challenged.
If deception, Biblical hocus pocus, and the “look of death” had worked, they would have further minimized the role of mothers, fathers, and families as our social bedrock.
Opponents of the marriage amendment to our state Constitution spent a lot of money on public manipulation. That’s what it is when you practice “ends justifies the means” thinking and twist the truth. As the old attorney joke goes, “When the facts are on your side, pound on the facts, when they aren’t, then pound on the table.”
On the subject at hand, the Bible is consistently and persistently declarative – homosexuality is a sin and marriage is between a man and a woman. The word “sin” has roots in an old English archery term meaning “miss the mark.” There is gravity in such, whether one is maneuvering the Bible’s true message to social agendas or misusing scripture to condemn the sinner versus the sin.
It’s true Jesus didn’t speak to homosexuality. He spoke very little to any specific sins. He would have, however, quickly noted the Phariseetic mission of those who’ve misused his name to license “miss the mark” behavior.
Perhaps the most telling misstep was the left’s antagonism toward the opposition. Trying to sell the idea of same-sex marriage on the basis of love and then relying on hate, hostility, and ridicule as a marketing plan reveals great artificiality. If looks could kill, Amendment One would have failed.
The word “Conservative” finds its roots in the word “conserve” which means to “protect from harm or destruction.” This election, hopefully a precursor to November, found conservative thinkers accelerating their efforts to conserve our culture. For many, being a conservative is a matter of choice. Some, however, merit liberal consideration. We’re just born that way.
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