We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are ...
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Pursuit of happiness. Doesn't sound difficult. But when people hate you, it's VERY difficult. Because no matter how far you try to distance yourself from hate, it's always seems to surround you, even in the subtlest of texts. For instance: do you want to fall in love? Do you want to marry the person you love? Once married, do you want to adopt children? Can you worship God without some form of formal doctrine? Can you choose NOT to worship any god? Can you have the "freedom of religion" while still having "freedom FROM religion?"
The answers to these questions are most aptly expressed in two words: "That Depends."
Actually, the closer answer is: "That depends on the kind of religion predominant in your country." The aggressive, Right-Wing Christofascists of this country want to see you fall in love with the "right" people. They want you to marry in the tradition of their beliefs (at least in the traditions their leaders tell them are acceptable). You can adopt as long as it fits their guidelines for a "traditional" family structure. They want you to worship their (singular) god in a variety of ways, but those methods of worship must be witnessed by other worshipers and in a proper manner. "Freedom of religion" only takes place within their sphere of acceptance.
In America, there is no such thing as freedom FROM religion.
Groups like the Family Research Council want to take away your liberties because your liberties offend their liberties.
I don't know about Bob Schiefer, but I would resent anyone trying to put words in my mouth as if I were so stupid as to not know the most important questions to ask. Schiefer is a PROFESSIONAL JOURNALIST and broadcaster. Of course, Perkins loathes the media, whether professional or not.
FRC's Tony Perkins:
Unless you act immediately by contacting CBS's Bob Schieffer, the moderator in Wednesday's final, it's likely that the final meeting of the candidates will not contain any questions on marriage or abortion.
Last Friday, Connecticut'soverturned that State's marriage law and mandated that every citizen recognize homosexual "marriage." Voters have the right to hear the candidates answer these timely questions:
- Do you believe that thecontains a right for homosexuals to marry?
- Would you change the traditional definition of marriage contained in the?
- Do you support the Defense of Marriage Act's provision allowing states not to recognize same-sex marriages from other states?
- Have you ever opposed any ballot initiative seeking to define marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman?
And the subject has been covered before in the vice presidential debates. Perkins, give your elephantiasis of the ego and your self-righteousness a rest!
To get back to rights and issues, ask yourself this question in the ballot box: will this person or law protect my rights (and even expand them) or will he/it take away my rights?
Just a thought.