November 21, 2004

To Those Supporting the Ban on Gay Marriage Among Other Things

If you'll permit me a small appeal to authority, I came across the following quotes out on the web this evening:

"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts as are only injurious to others."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law."
-- Thomas Jefferson, February 10, 1814

"To unequal privileges among members of the same society the spirit of our nation is, with one accord, adverse." --Thomas Jefferson to Hugh White, 1801. ME 10:258

"I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved -- the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!"
-- John Adams, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson

"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."
-- Ben Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac, 1758

"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
-- Treaty of Tripoli, 1796

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1 I was thinking of plank mottos and came up with "Morality out of law" but realized that can be taken exactly the wrong way.

Posted by: Jim at November 22, 2004 03:25 AM (tyQ8y)

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