Deconstructing Society

MONDAY 5-19-08…An essay, written in 1981 by a Chico State student dealt with the reasons for the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. The student had finished reading “The History and Decline” by Edward Gibbon. The essay listed eight reasons for Rome’s demise. Number two caught my eye since I just happened to be reading his essay last week, on the very day our state supreme court issued its long-awaited ruling on the matter of homosexual marriage.

Of the eight listed reasons for Rome’s decline and fall, number two was “The resultant undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home and family unit.” On Thursday of last week, the state supreme court did just exactly that; undermined the dignity and sanctity of the home and family unit by declaring that homosexual men had a constitutional right to marry other homosexual men, and women had the same right to marry other women.

More than forty states have adopted either state constitutional amendments, or state laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Californians went to the polls in 2000 and voted overwhelmingly to that end. But on Thursday last week, four state supreme court judges slapped the state’s voters across the face, and in effect said “You don’t make the rules…we do!”

Attorney Matt Staver said it best: “You cannot find anywhere in our state constitution, its text, its history or tradition that now, after so many years, it magically protects what most societies condemn.”

On this state’s supreme court, three Republican judges, along with one Democrat, changed a tradition and law, that has held for five thousand years on this planet….and that is…a marriage is uniting one man and one woman in Holy matrimony.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire provides valuable lessons for other countries wishing to avoid a similar fate. Obviously, our state supreme court has turned a blind eye. A perfect example of “the blind, leading the blind.”

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