Saturday, June 03, 2006

President endorses forced marriage, polygamy, incest, child rape

From today's Presidential address (and via Dkos):
Marriage cannot be cut off from its cultural, religious, and natural roots without weakening this good influence on society. Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all. …

In our free society, people have the right to choose how they live their lives. And in a free society, decisions about such a fundamental social institution as marriage should be made by the people -- not by the courts
Indeed, the religious, cultural and natural roots of human society are for one man to have multiple mates and for those mates to be unrestricted in age or relatedness. Gen. 19:36 tells us "both the daughters of Lot [the only good person in Sodom] were with child by their father." And Gen. 29:17-30 shows Jacob marrying two sisters.

Marriage in Biblical times was restricted to those older than 13 (well below the limit for statutory rape) and did not require the bride's assent.