and I did not speak out because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up, because I was not Catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak out."
--Pastor Martin Neimoller
I just read an article on the Washington Post's website that I knew I would read somewhere some day. Now that the godly men and women of Virginia have tasted sweet, sweet victory & stomped out the homosexual agenda in the Old Dominion, they know what they have to do next: ban divorce (or, at least make it more difficult to get a divorce). I will wager that at least SOME of the 57% of Virginians who thought eradicating the "homosexual menace" to the "sanctity of marriage" by codifying discrimination into their state's constitution are just completely stunned that those of the Uptight Citizen's Brigade (not to be confused with the UpRIGHT Citizen's Brigade) would be coming after their heterosexual brethren now! As Pastor Neimoller's quote above shows, if you sit around and let these people start taking away one minority's rights (even one with whom you have little in common or about whom you care very little, you may feel safe at the moment, but these people are never satisfied with the easy targets! It just emboldens them to take it to the next level. If you read the article (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/04/AR2007010401910_pf.html), you will see that what the Family Foundation proposes right now is to make it nearly impossible for a family with children to divorce unless BOTH husband AND wife want it. Right now in Virginia, apparently, as long as one of the two wants a divorce, a judge will grant it. That's just too easy, the Foundation says. We gotta make it more difficult to end a loveless marriage. Don't worry, though, you childless Virginia (hetero) couples, this won't affect you. Nope. No chance this will even touch your lives. Nope. No way. Nothing to see here. Move on along. Of course, that's what they say today. If childless couples in Virginia think that their marriages aren't of great importance to and the business of the Family Foundation and, therefore, not on the Foundation's radar screen, then they are sadly mistaken. Making divorce more difficult for couples with children in Virginia is not the end to a means, but a means to their "godly" end.
One more thing, in the article, when the Repug delegate says, "People were saying, 'It is not the homosexuals wrecking marriage, it's the heterosexuals,' so we are saying, 'Is there any truth to that?' ", I couldn't help but wonder why he didn't consider that BEFORE the anti-gay constitution to the state's constitution! Did this man not hear this argument BEFORE? I, myself, have been saying it for years (and I am FAR from the only one). Is this a new thought for him and his co-horts?!?! If heterosexuals own marriage in Virginia & the state of marriage in their state is so bad, OF COURSE, they have to attack the homosexuals! That's the answer!! Of course, this amendment will save us all...except it won't...and it won't be the last we hear of The Family Foundation's godly cause & their "solutions" for our sick society, now that they've got the sweet taste of success lingering on their lips.
x-posted in various places