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The List of the Damned . . .

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They - those who supported with their financial contributions California's morally venal, hate-filled and driven Proposition 8, the sole purpose of which was to single out a minority to discriminate against - fought hard to keep their names from the public. The federal courts said "No," that information was a public matter. I thought long and hard about making their names public, as if their identities was not truly the issue, and even if it might be, it was a state matter, not a national issue.

Well, damn it! it is an issue that goes to the very soul of what it means to be an American!

ANY TIME an individual or a group works to suppress a human right or is in support of others who do, it is incumbent on all the rest of us to pay attention, then to direct our righteous opprobrium at them, lest, by our silence, we fall complicit in the outrage.

The South was full of good and decent, church-going Christians whose opposition to the outrages that so terribly stained both the South and our country were content to "pray." (Regardless I'm not a Christian, I don't recall that Jesus of Nazareth was especially known for his yellow-bellied cowardice, content to "pray" for better days when he stormed the temple, or when he hung on a cross.) Ditto Germany. Ditto anywhere.

Never forget the sage words of Sir Edmund Burke, "all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

Access to what I prefer to think of as a most shamefully reprobate roll call is via this link.

As it is with solid, undeniable attribution, I'm going to name the heavy-hitting malefactor contributors: the Roman Catholic Church via its Knights of Columbus arm, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), and Erik Prince's mother, of Blackwater ignominy.

Lastly, if you know someone who either belongs to or endorses any of the above, a morally decent inquiry might follow along the lines, "Why, how can you?"

Their response cannot derive the first whiff of religious legitimacy from the idea that "marriage is between 'one man and one woman." That would literally damn Solomon and a great many biblical others.

And if their counter flows something akin to, "Well . . . that was way back then," so were every one of the edicts they grasp as the hinge from which the legitimacy of their assertions swing.

If they attempt to raise as defense of their position that homosexuality is a biblically annotated abomination to God, equally as much are non-virgin brides and back-talking sons and sowing rows of unalike seeds adjacent each other and sewing unalike materials in the same garment. If what's in the Bible is the basis, then woe be to all nubile, precocious young American women with ruptured hymens. Woe be to every teenage boy I've ever met, or heard of; assuming he the least fits the statistical norm. (And I've got to tell you: "Am I my brother's keeper?" comes about as close to smack-down deserving sarcasm as I can, or would dare, conjure. I mean, the god who not only created the entire universe asks "Where's your brother?" and Cain's smart-assed retort is what's answered . . . Whew! That's one hellova display of guts.) Damned as well is every backyard farmer. And don't even try to list world-renown clothing designers. That's because the catalog of behaviors ostensibly abominable to God is exhausting. Why pick just that one?

"Nope," the favorite answer by those folks and institutions today, has zero to do with any religious doctrine. It's all 100% unmitigated, hypocritical hate!

Check the list. Know anyone or any institution on it? Holding your tongue? Why?

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An "Old Army Vet" and liberal, qua liberal, with a passion for open inquiry in a neverending quest for truth unpoisoned by religious superstitions. Per Voltaire: "He who can lead you to believe an absurdity can lead you to commit an atrocity."
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