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05/08/2013

Sure you want to use the Jefferson Memorial, NOM?

by Jeremy Hooper

To make a case about how marriage threatens religious freedom (more on that coming up), NOM is running a pic of the Jefferson Memorial's second panel:

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"Almighty God hath created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens…are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion…No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion. I know but one code of morality for men whether acting singly or collectively."

Even this quote is pretty much contrary to the NOM view. It expressly states that people are free to express their opinions in matters of religious, an idea that no prominent LGBT activist is challenging. Plus the quote makes it clear that no one is to suffer on account of those opinions, which is precisely what NOM is seeking when it seeks the ability to discriminate in business practice. So yeah—even this one doesn't work as well as NOM thinks it does.

However, if you step down just two more panels and look at the Jefferson Memorial's fourth panel, you will find an even more pertinent one. To wit:

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"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."
PHOTO: Virtual Tourist
(H/t: Dave Nickolchuk)

Progress. More developed. More enlightened. New truths. Opinions change. Institutions must advance.

Better luck with your next cited monument, NOM.

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