The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

June 30, 2014

Adding nothing to the discussion

For the record Mr. Prentiss, you do not know me. I fail to see why you had to question yourself about that in an opinion piece. It adds nothing to the discussion.

You provided not one shred of evidence for any of your statements and you did nothing to counter my evidence.

To date 19 federal judges have issued opinions that so called state Defense of Marriage Acts are unconstitutional.

Similar laws are being challenged in every state where a decision has not been taken. My guess is that you will say these were all “activist” and “liberal” judges who are being “politically correct.” Hot potato? I’m sorry my rights are characterized by you as cliches to be dismissed out of hand. I love the typical defense… “Some of my best friends are gay (black, Muslim, etc.)” You treat them no differently than what or who?

In the latest case in Wisconsin the judge opined that, “Throughout history, the most ‘traditional’ form of marriage has not been between one man and one woman, but between one man and multiple women.”

How you know that Gov. Corbett’s decision to not pursue an appeal of U.S.

District Judge John E. Jones III decision against the Pennsylvania DOMA was purely political, I don’t know. That strikes me as another unsubstantiated and somewhat snarky opinion. “I have thoroughly reviewed Judge Jones’ opinion in the Whitewood case. Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal. Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my commonwealth legal team, I have decided not to appeal Judge Jones’ decision,” the governor said.

For whatever reason he made this decision, I applaud it.

You seem to have decided that I am a liberal Democrat, when in fact I am a middle-of-the-road, fiscally conservative and socially progressive Democrat.

For someone who does not know me you have again offered an unsubstantiated opinion. For the record, I am also an anti-theist. Atheism is not a “belief”; it is a conclusion. That you know and like Mr. Merwine is not germane to the validity of your or his arguments.

You state that the U.S. Constitution is “based” on the bible. Then you offer no facts to back that statement up.

The Constitution, ratified June 21, 1788, was influenced by the British constitutional system and the political system of the United Provinces, plus the writings of Polybius, Locke, Montesquieu and others. I’m sure that the Bible was also an important source of inspiration for the document as well, but not its basis.

The document became a benchmark for republicanism and codified constitutions written thereafter. A key part of our constitution establishes the judicial branch (represented by the Supreme Court and other federal courts) which has the power to dismiss or reverse laws that it determines are “unconstitutional.” Federal, state or local laws are often overturned because they do not pass this test. This is an important safeguard against “the tyranny of the majority.”

For your information, marriage predates Christianity by many centuries. It was seen mainly as a legal safeguard in Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Chinese and many other cultures. It requires a person neither to be religious nor have any knowledge of the Bible.

We are all winners and losers. That is an insane zero-sum attitude. Looks like I am the loser in your opinion. I don’t think you have the knowledge of me or the world to judge my “sense” or my reasons for a lack of mythical beliefs. I don’t need your insipid Christian “political correctness.” 

David Ambrose, Lewisburg

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