Speaking of being outside the mainstream, here’s one more letter to the editor for our Hall of Shame. There’s nothing particularly interesting or fresh about it. It repeats the same old threadbare canards we’ve been tolerating for years (“if you think homosexuality is ok, you have to think incest is ok, too!”), proposes that morality simply doesn’t exist apart from the author’s religious beliefs, and recasts inherent human traits as “practices.” For sheer nutjobbery, it fails to displace our current champion, Ranjani Johnson’s letter from the previous week (sorry, dude – we know you tried).
The only notable thing about it is that the author happens to be the chairman of the Virginia branch of the “Constitution Party” (which has about as much use for our Constitution as “pro-family” activists have for actual families).
Mitch Turner of Hamilton is “amazed” that anyone could possess a moral authority that leads them to a conclusion other than his own. Imagine! His opinions used to be popular, but now things have changed; “30-40 years ago you couldn’t even talk openly about homosexuals,” and now we expect equality under the law. If people fail to adopt his religious beliefs, he says, all that is left are their own personal beliefs. (The terribly earnest Mr. Turner seems unaware that the view he is professing is itself a “personal belief.” Oh, never mind.) Here, he explains things to a libertarian:
Let’s look at some of their principles: “As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives … The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.”
The foundation of this country is based on the principle that individuals ARE NOT sovereign over their own lives – God is!
Ok, got it? Individuals ARE NOT sovereign over their own lives. The Constitution conjured up by Turner’s imagination doesn’t actually cherish and safeguard individual liberty, because they don’t accept that there is any such thing. It’s a Constitution(asterisk). Incredible.
Their website seems to use the term “sodomy” quite a bit – but my absolute favorite part is this: The Virginia Constitution Party recommends that voters engage in “guarding their minds” by limiting their source of news and information to WorldNetDaily.com “and other web resources linked from our state party website.” These “web resources” include “news” from the American Family Association, among similar others.
My only question is this: Why is someone like Patricia Phillips still in the Republican Party, impeding its ability to improve itself, instead of helping to build the party that really reflects her views?