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After the Spin: A Catholic Deacon and Lawyer Reflects on Lawrence v Texas

6/26/2003 - 5:22 PM PST

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Deacon Keith A Fournier
(c) Third Millennium, LLC

Like millions of Americans I greeted the news of the Supreme Courts decision in Lawrence v Texas with profound sorrow. I mourned for truth, for marriage, for the family and for those who will now become lost in the hopeless and unfulfilling lifestyle and lie promoted by the proponents of the homosexual equivalency argument.

You hear and read this argument - and see it made- on an almost daily basis now. It fills our contemporary cultural portals, our sitcoms, our internet, our television and our movies. The proponents of this myth, a hard core small cadre of activists in what I call the "homosexual equivalency" movement, actively seek to create a new “liberated” society where homosexual relationships are given the legal equivalence of marriage.

Not all homosexuals have joined this activist community. There have, after all, been homosexual persons throughout history.

Wedding social engineering efforts to modern technology the new activists now also promote the use of the new "medical" technologies to manufacture children outside of the womb and outside of the bond of marriage and a stable family life.

They “spin” the language, trying to redefine “marriage” as we once witnessed the word “choice” redefined. Now, children can be “made” and placed in these new “families”. In fact, causing homosexual unions to be given the legally equivalent status of marriage is their highest priority.

Armed with this travesty of an opinion, they will engage in protracted legal engineering efforts to move beyond wordsmithing to using the force of law. Not only will they continue to create an Orwellian newspeak to recreate “family” in their new image, they will back it up with legal cases and legislative efforts.

The Legal “Analysis”

Frankly, I expected this decision. It is, after all, perversely logical.

When a society actually calls a “choice” and a “right” the unrestrained exercise of raw power over small people in the womb who are “unwanted”; sanctions the wielding of such a power to destroy as an exercise of “freedom”; when that society of utilitarianism and “use” seeks to use science to create spare humans for replacement parts and make petri dish people for experimentation making a new class of persons into property- in a new form of slavery– it should come as no surprise that this counterfeit notion of freedom, unrestrained by truth and not exercised within a moral constitution, would lead to the “logic” of this opinion and its feigned “constitutional” analysis.

As a constitutional lawyer, I am aware of how it all works - this creation of precedent out of whole cloth and the alleged “scholarly” creation of new “rights” out of legal fictions found in “penumbras” by un-elected Judges.

We have witnessed the horror that flowed from the last tragedy of this sort. Remember, the so called “right” to unrestrained abortion began with a carefully crafted and orchestrated law suit, Griswold v Connecticut, which concerned the States regulation of contraception by married couples.

That case was carefully staged to lay the predicate for the “right to privacy” which would be “found” not in the words of the U.S. Constitution but in its “penumbra.” This new judicially created “super right”, then led to the series of decisions that propelled that “right” to promethean status, muffling the inalienable right to life under its march to the killing fields.

After all, who hears the cry of the poor anymore, especially when they are incommunicado, in the first home of the mothers womb. Freedom is increasingly all about no restraint, an unfettered “right” to do as I please in this new vision of the social order.

So it will be with Lawrence v Texas.

Make no mistake, the legal “precedent” created by this case will be used as a social and legal battering ram to assault the institution of marriage and redefine the word “family”.

The Christian Response

I purposely waited a while to write on the case. I wanted the “spin” to unfold. I also knew that the “talking heads” would be out in full force

The "homosexual equivalence" community, seeking to spin the ruling as some new great civil and human rights issue, were the first out in full force, crowing over the “victory”. The leadership of this powerful community, equating, as they try so hard to do, the practices of homosexual sex with race or gender, have already begun their next campaign. How outrageous!

The religious right, with their same old tired voices (some sincere, some not) are warning of the “wrath” of God, or simply playing into the hands of the homosexual advocates by looking and sounding like the very caricature they have been accused of being. Some are wagging their fingers (literally and ...

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