States are finally using DNA tests to establish innocence in disputed convictions… about 20 years after it became possible. Ironically Texas, with the highest execution rate in the country (which means in developed countries) is especially proud of their record in that regard. It would seem that the obvious corollary has escaped them, however.
A bunch of wingnuts in Iowa have published a document that they call “THE MARRIAGE VOW A Declaration of Dependence upon MARRIAGE and FAMiLY.” What garbage! The portions of the agenda that are desirable are ruined by the rest of the document’s contents, and by the blatant attempt to stuff it down everyone’s throat. It isn’t even a vow to protect marriage, although they have tried to weasel the wording so that they can claim that it is. It is nothing less than a platform that they want every candidate for public office to swear to push forward. It is racist, bigoted, and about as un-Christian as anything I’ve read since Mein Kampf — a blatant attempt to foist the agenda of a few onto the many.
I was going to publish it in its entirety, but could only find it in .pdf. I would have had to convert and then edit the disgusting trash, and I didn’t want to subject myself to reading it again.
Here’s a link to an article in the Portland Examiner. You can take it from there. If you want to comment here, feel free. However, I’m not going to read the comments because it might cause me to change my mind about the sanity — and desirability — of some of my friends.
Among the 14 pledges in The Marriage Vow are faithfulness to one’s spouse, respect for the marital bonds of others and “opposition to any redefinition of the Institution of Marriage — faithful monogamy between one man and one woman — through statutory-, bureaucratic-, or court-imposed recognition of intimate unions which are bigamous, polygamous, polyandrous, same-sex, etc.” Also included are the rejection of “Sharia Islam and all other anti-woman, anti-human rights forms of totalitarian control” and a commitment to reducing the size of government and lowering the public debt.
But wait! There’s more! You ain’t seen nuttin’ yet (pun intended).
I was astounded by Bill Rankin’s map of Chicago’s racial and ethnic divides and wanted to see what other cities looked like mapped the same way. To match his map, Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people. Data from Census 2000.