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As function is distorted, rights are inverted

Published: Saturday, July 13, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

There are few things worse than to be misunderstood, and when it leads to miscommunication, then errors become magnified and often accepted as truth.

Take hatred, for example. A few days ago, our “Supreme” Court ruled that laws formulated upon a moral code constitute the creation of animus (i.e., violent hatred) among citizens of our society and, therefore, are intolerable.

This, of course, was part of a ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Clinton, which stated that marriage is, in fact, defined as the union between a man and woman only.

Of course, animus was not what motivated the establishment of the Defense of Marriage Act, but a mere repugnance of the perversion of truth; for the letter of the law cannot redefine marriage any more than redefine a circle as a square.

Form follows function, and when the distortion of a function is paraded as an act of normalcy, then form soon becomes forgotten, and man and society become governed by impulse rather than by reason.

What follows is the dissipation of principles and the inversion of the very rights that naturally protect all members of a society, from womb to tomb.

Relationships take all kinds of forms and, as such, are recognizable by, and valued for, their many redeemable benefits to the functioning of society. But let’s not misconstrue the acknowledgement of their limitations as a form of animus or bigotry.

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