The Supreme Court of The United States of America just struck down what was known as “The Defense of Marriage Act”. It did not take long for patriotic minded citizens of the South to remind us of just what that means. This morning, in response to an article entitled… [Rulings may open way to challenge Virginia gay-marriage ban]… I found this in the comments section, below the article, in my local newspaper. (I copied it exactly)
why does what one doe in their bedroom have to a a law. this will open the door for brothers and sisters to marry, pedophiles to marry children, owners to marry their pets. why should my christian beliefs be compromised for people who want to sin? God did not create adam and steve to procreate the earth. Some of you that say we who are Christians hate, why don’t you look in the mirror for a change. what do you think you are doing by calling us racists and bigots? These judges should not be ruling on morality but what the constitution says. We are now living in Sodom and Gomorrah redux.
Now, I don’t want anyone to get the idea that I am out to criticize, or, condemn Mrs. T. Goober for her well thought out and beautifully articulated opinions. Oh NO! People like her are perhaps the primary reason I choose to live in this part of America. Quite honestly, where else can an American go to study such a foreign and exotic culture without having to worry about all those pesky immunizations and travel visas?
Mrs. T. Goober…, bless her, seems to be a stickler for something that is rapidly disappearing in America…. TRADITION!
What happened to the days when marriage was a Holy Bond entered into with solemnity before God?
When chaste young women and upstanding young men entered upon a life together with dignity?
Where invited family and friends put on their Sunday best and feasted on delicacies provided by the finest caterers and made of the most premium ingredients?
No, I can’t and I won’t condemn Mrs. Goober and all the others who she speaks for here in the very neighborhood where Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, James Madison, Lewis & Clark and Jerry Falwell ALL were born and grew to adulthood. If anything… I owe her a debt of gratitude.
I am fortunate enough to live in one of the most beautiful places America has to offer.
The air is clean. Streams, rivers and mountain springs are abundant. It is home to more species of trees and flowering plants than any place else in America. The land is fertile. The population is low. Historical sites abound. Spring and Fall are, by far, the longest seasons of the year. Property taxes are (no exaggeration) a little less than 10% of what they would be for similar property in most other East Coast states.
NO! I will not condemn Mrs. G. and others who share her views. I will not lift one little finger in an attempt to educate her, or her friends and neighbors, into a different way of thinking… a different way of viewing the world.
My reasons for this are entirely selfish… I admit it.
In point of fact, people like Mrs. G., and their willingness to share their opinions with others make up one half of what I like to think of as… My little insurance policy. As long as people like her exist they will vote into office politicians that will say and do such amazingly stupid things that businesses looking to relocate and people looking for a place to settle down and raise a family will all say to themselves…. “Those people are fucking nuts!”, and they will not move here and my rural paradise will remain in the unspoiled condition it now enjoys.
You are probably wondering what the other half of …My little insurance policy is, aren’t you?
It’s the fact that people still remember the movie “Deliverance”.
And the fact that “if” you find yourself passing through my neck of the woods, and you feel the need to ask for directions… the person you are most likely to come across will probably look a whole lot like someone you remember from that movie.