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09/03/2008

Dude calls our unions fake; We say: 'They're real -- you can touch 'em if you want'!

by Jeremy Hooper

Speaking about his organization's attempts to drum up anti-gay sentiment among college students, John Ritchie of something called The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property has offered up the following quips:

"Like counterfeit currency, homosexual 'marriage' is not true marriage. It is morally wrong, sinful, offensive to God and a violation of natural law," said TFP spokesman John Ritchie. "To claim that marriage can be anything other than the union of one man and one woman is a flat denial of reality," he continued.
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"Parents don't want their children in grade school to be told that the homosexual lifestyle is fine, but that's already happening," said Ritchie. "It's part of the homosexual movement's concerted effort to force the sexual revolution into the mainstream culture and banish God and His law from the public square."

Words that totally remind this queer writer: I need to change my wedding vows so that a pledge "to never pretend to speak for God, to foist my personal faith onto others' civil liberties, or to pretend that my ideas of proper parenting extend to the entire parental populace" is specifically highlighted. Thanks for reminding me, Mr. Ritchie! It's so important to the sanctity of my REAL and AUTHENTIC marriage that my husband-to-be and I start off on the sort of foot that wishes to take society to a place of peace rather the one that wishes to trip anyone who doesn't subscribe to their personal theological viewpoints!

Now if you'll excuse me, I must go and either call my wedding reception caterer to finalize the hors de oeuvres for the cocktail, or offend and banish an almighty God. It's six of one, half a dozen of the other, really.

Group Starts 'Traditional Marriage Crusade' in California
[Christian Newswire]

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Your thoughts

So, they're starting a "Traditional Marriage Crusade"? Are they drawing influence from the real ones where they go about killing non-Christianists? Or is it just civility and human decency that are on their hit-list?

I'm thinking the latter, but I'm never quite sure with these folks.

Posted by: PSUdain | Sep 3, 2008 9:30:48 AM

Sorry to post again right away, but I just googled these folks. And I found a Wikipedia page:

"The group's public actions and participations in protests have won it some publicity, and they are immediately identifiable in even the largest crowds by the huge standards (medieval/crusader-style banners) they carry and the red "capes" members wear at group appearances."

Maybe the former, and more medieval, plan of attack is more up their alley. Then again, maybe they're just misguided LARPers really trying to play out their roles.

Posted by: PSUdain | Sep 3, 2008 9:36:10 AM

"To claim that marriage can be anything other than the union of one man and one woman is a flat denial of reality."

A "reality" based entirely on an unreal and absurd mythical deity in the sky, who is jealous, spiteful, dangerous and exclusive (though he loves us all anyway, even if we need to be stoned for who or what we are).

Posted by: Patrick B. | Sep 3, 2008 11:37:12 AM

". . . oppose the anti-Christian process that has undermined Christian civilization since the 14th century"

These guys want to go waaaaaayyy back, all the way to the Medieval days. Talk about regressive. In the US, women had NO rights in marriage, ZERO/ZILCH/ZIP/NADA, until the late 1800's. In the event of a divorce, women received NO distribution of marital assets, and had NO rights to their own children. It was the COURTS that intervened on behalf of women, and the precedents that were established (over several decades) that gave those rights to women.

That is the PROPERTY that these guys want back.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 3, 2008 3:15:19 PM

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