Keyes: Marriage Ruling is Treason!

Keyes: Marriage Ruling is Treason! July 8, 2015

You can always count on Alan Keyes to take even the usual right-wing batshittery and take it up several notches to flights of rhetorical absurdity rarely matched even in the right-wing fever swamps. He says the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling is “treasonous” and worse than Dred Scott.

This week I published an essay in two parts on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision. I concluded the essay with the words quoted above. Americans still loyal to the premises of right and justice must emphatically reject this decision. They must refuse to submit to it, just as in colonial times America’s first patriots refused to submit to British taxes imposed without regard for the will of legislatures elected by the people; just as in the years before the last Civil War, people of good conscience refused to abide by the Fugitive Slave acts and the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision; just as in the last century people committed to God’s endowment of human justice opposed government sanctioned racial segregation and discrimination, enforced in disregard of the equality of nature conferred by the title of humanity.

The Obergefell decision is a more directly treasonous betrayal of constitutional law and justice than any of those previous acts of tyranny. As ratified by the American people, the U.S. Constitution derives its authority from their sovereign will. In the Declaration of Independence they cite the authority of “the laws of nature and of Nature’s God” and the will and judgment of the Creator and Judge of all the world, as the basis for their claim of sovereignty. By purporting to extend the name of marriage to acts and relations that make no imperative contribution to the common good of human nature as endowed by the Creator, God, the U.S. Supreme Court challenges that will and judgment, treating it as of no account.

That’s because, even if your interpretation of that Deistic language were correct (and it’s not), it is, in fact, of no account. We do not live in a Christian theocracy, no matter how much you wish we did.

What we have here is a wholesale act of judicial nullification. If the United States were a monarchy, the sovereign’s throne would be vacant. But America has no throne. The seat of power is in the heart, mind and faithful courage of the people of the United States. If, from that seat of power, the Creator God still rules, this Court’s supremely treasonous act will not stand.

Would you care to make a wager on that, Mr. Keyes? If your invisible bully buddy is so mad about it, then by all means let him make himself known and strike down the five justices who voted for marriage equality down. Let him come as a booming voice in the sky and voice his displeasure. Until then, you’re just talking out your ass.

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