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Obama decision on gay marriage shows government trying to abolish God

The hubris of Obama's DOMA decision should astound us. We have entered a brave new world – a world where the government has not only the authority to raise taxes, but to raze marriage. Where it has the authority not only to define speed limits, but to defy moral limits.

By Sam Guzman / February 25, 2011



Colorado Springs, Colo.

In a controversial decision, President Obama this week abandoned the Defense of Marriage Act – the 1996 law that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and forbids the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Mr. Obama ordered his administration to stop defending it in court because he has decided it’s unconstitutional and unfair.

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But this decision is more than political. By implication, President Obama is saying that the idea of marriage as being solely between a man and a woman is indefensible. By calling DOMA unfair, he is saying that gay marriage is a fundamental right.

The hubris of this decision should astound us. We have entered a brave new world – a world where the government has not only the authority to raise taxes, but to raze marriage. Where it has the authority not only to define speed limits, but to defy moral limits. For that is exactly what Obama has done. Marriage is, and always has been, a moral institution. It has long been surrounded by a halo of sacredness, from the very roots of humanity.

But why is this? It is not simply that marriage is a human tradition. And while marriage has implications for society, and civil authority can recognize it, it is not merely a civil institution. No, it is considered sacred because essentially all the religions of the world consider it a divine establishment.

Importance of divine rights

Now, many will sneer at the idea of divine establishment of anything as antiquated and even ridiculous – as a relic from a more ignorant day. But what these critics fail to realize is that this “ignorant” idea forms the basis of our nation.

The founders didn’t all adhere to the same religious doctrines, but they did agree on one important principle: Our rights are divinely bestowed. That’s why they stated unequivocally in our Declaration of Independence that all human beings are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.”

Their whole case against the King of England was founded on this principle. In effect, they were saying: “Who are you to take away something that the Supreme Authority gave us? These rights of humanity cannot be taken away by your or any other authority. You, King George, should be the guardian of these liberties, not their enemy.”

Their argument still stands. Like it or not (and most don’t), America was founded on this thoroughly philosophical and yet practical idea – the idea of the divine origin of the rights of man. This is not a notion we can outgrow. It’s an eternal truth.

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