Creationist Wisdom #476: No Individual Rights

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Palladium-Item of Richmond, Indiana, which, like many Gannett publications, doesn’t disclose its name or location. The letter is titled True rights established by God, not man.

Today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, so we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Robert. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

No honest, sober, rational reading of the Bible can make the case for gay marriage, only secular judges can do that.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! No honest, sober, rational judge uses the bible as a law book. They’re all sworn to follow the Constitution, which says in Article VI:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

Let’s read some more from Robert’s letter:

In view of the Bible, from the beginning, the institution of marriage’s intent is quite apparent and its sacred purpose more than obvious to anyone not agenda driven by willful blindness and hatred for the institution of marriage, family, and society’s health.

Yeah, yeah. He continues:

Only the godless mentality of leftwing radical extremists, now controlling the Democrat party, could call this a right. Our “true rights” are established by God, not man. The biblical principles used by our founders to establish our laws have been undermined by evil men.

That is totally crazed. Hey, Robert, the Founders didn’t use biblical principles in establishing our laws. See Is America a “Christian Nation”? Here’s more:

Marriage is a divine institution established over 2,000 years ago and not of human origin. If it were man’s idea, humans would have a right to decide what kind of marriages they wanted.

Marriage is man’s idea, Robert, which means that humans do have that right. Moving along:

As it is, marriage was established by God when he made the male and female to multiply and fill the earth. This is where the godless left gets it wrong. The left always argues against long established norms because they hate God and competition with their ideas.

Aaaargh!! Hey, Robert: Your Curmudgeon is definitely not a leftist. Neither is he a theocrat, which you believe is the definition of the political right. Doesn’t anyone know or care about the principles of The Enlightenment, which were unquestionably the motivation for the American Revolution and Constitution? Another excerpt:

Look at everything the left has made acceptable in our pop culture’s secularism that was once unacceptable. This is not evolution, it is how evil works (gradually).

Well, that’s true. It’s definitely not evolution. The letter ends with an utter irrelevancy:

Also see their treatment of Israel. Howard Stern is right, unfortunately. If you hate Israel, you hate America; and I say God, too.

[*Curmudgeon’s eyes roll*] Okay, Robert. Anyway, thanks for the letter.

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20 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #476: No Individual Rights

  1. When God created Adam and Eve, did he ever mention them getting married or were they both doomed to be fornicators? I don’t recall the M word being mentioned by Yahweh or anyone else.

  2. @Steve R: You’re right. The Richard guy that wrote that nonsense is one of the numerous self-proclaimed experts on the bible who apparently have never read it.

  3. @Steve Ruis
    I believe that you have the answer to your question:
    Marriage is a divine institution established over 2,000 years ago
    Adam and Eve lived about 6,000 years ago, so, unless the letter-writer is choosing a strange sort of litotes (“the Moon is more than 80,000 miles from Earth”, rather than the more usual “the Moon is no mean distance from the Earth”) …

  4. Poor Robert is an excellent example of how religion can fry your brain and strip you of your innate humanity and morality in exchange for giving you the mentality of a slave and the intellect of a zombie.

  5. Charles Deetz ;)

    At least he didn’t use the ‘then God would have created Adam and Steve’ trope.

  6. Who presided over the marriage of Adam and Eve? And would their marriage really be called a marriage in any sense of the word given Eve came from Adam?

  7. Wow, that’s a lot of crazy to pack into such a short letter. One wonders if Robert is a product of Indiana’s voucher system.

  8. If Eve came from Adam, wouldn’t that make Adam asexual? And there’s the unavoidable problem of incest.

  9. @Paul S
    Seriously, there is an old tradition that the creation of “man” on day 6 was as a hermaphrodite: “male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

  10. One can almost see Robert frothing at the mouth, leaning forward in his rocking chair, shaking his cane, and screaming at the kids to get off his lawn. 🙂

  11. As it is, marriage was established by God when he made the male and female to multiply and fill the earth.

    Does this mean animals can get married too?

  12. @michaelfugate
    Genesis 1 does not mention sexes among the non-human living things. That is consistent with our knowledge that “male and female” are not universal in the world of life. (See “Mating type” etc. in Wikipedia.)

  13. But they had to exist, no? You won’t get too many new cattle with males and females. I think it is more likely male and female are implied in Genesis than human marriage is.

  14. Where do these steaming piles of [beep-beep-booped out] come from?

    Seriously. You have a system of public education in the USA, no? How on earth does ox-stunning ignorance like Robert’s ever make it into print?

  15. Megalonyx expresses amazement: “Seriously. You have a system of public education in the USA, no?”

    Yes, godless enterprise that it is. Robert has been able to tear off the blinders of the Darwinists so that he could see the TRVTH.

  16. I imagine that many churches are doing their dead-level best to counteract any education going on in public schools. During my short stint teaching high school biology, I managed to “inspire” one of the local churches to preempt their regularly scheduled Sunday school curriculum and to instead teach creationism as I covered evolution.

  17. Huh. I would have never guessed that a guy who thinks that marriage equality is a sin against the G.O.D. would also be a creationist. I wonder what he thinks about Catholics.

    Anyway, IIRC, the law that until recently forbade gay marriage in Pennsylvania was struck down by our favorite Bush appointee, evangelical christian, and bane of the Discovery Institute, Judge John E. Jones III.

  18. Doctor Stochastic

    King Solomon and King David led very merry lives;
    Amused themselves immensely with concubines and wives;
    But when old age came on apace, and filled their souls with qualms,
    King Solomon wrote the Proverbs and King David wrote the Psalms.
    – Naylor

  19. Seriously, all this proves is that in any large population there are grossly irrational idiots who are nevertheless sufficiently literate to write letters to newspapers, or alternatively, that there are sad sacks sufficiently desperate for attention to pose as the same. It’s good to see them get published; the more plainly obvious they make themselves, the better..

  20. Actually, the Curmudgeon’s citation of Article VI of the U.S. Constitution leaves out the really good stuff, in the very next paragraph:

    The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

    Somehow, most of the people who insist that America was established as a Christian republic manage to tiptoe past this. And it’s not hard to see why, since if the Framers made such a point of outlawing any–any!–religious requirement, clearly they didn’t see the Constitution’s authority, or the rights guaranteed under it, as coming from God