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John Danforth: fed marriage amendment is silly

The former Missouri senator (and Episcopalian minister) recently spoke to the Log Cabin Republicans and said that the religious extremists in the GOP are hurting the party with their incessant push for an amendment to ban same-sex marriage. (

Danforth, a Missouri Republican and an Episcopal priest, made the comments in a speech Saturday night to the Log Cabin Republicans, which support gay rights. He said history has shown that attempts to regulate human behavior with constitutional amendments are misguided.

“Once before, the Constitution was amended to try to deal with matters of human behavior; that was prohibition. That was such a flop that that was repealed 13 years later,” Danforth said.

Referring to the marriage amendment, he added that perhaps at some point in history there was a constitutional amendment proposed that was “sillier than this one, but I don’t know of one.”

This set of a firestorm over in Freeperville, with the usual claims that Danforth is a Republican in Name Only, going to hell, or perhaps in favor of bestiality.

Actual Freeper Quotesâ„?

Anyways, Danforth is a RINO, he was a RINO in the senate, and he hasn’t worked a day in his life, he is spoiled, he comes from a rich family, and was rarely a practicing pastor, he was in elected office almost all of his life. I resent everyone like him.

Ah yes. Christians who support traditional marriage are hurting the GOP, but butt-packers disguised as Republicans aren’t.

I have to agree here, this is a state issue and should not be molested by the federal government like abortion was.

Hello…rouge judges have legislated from the bench and miraculously discovered a clause that gays and lesbians can be married. That is why a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages is being discussed in the first place.

[Sanity alert!] I have to agree here, this is a state issue and should not be molested by the federal government. I also agree that it’s dangerous to tamper with the constitution over an issue like this. This “protect marriage” movement isn’t protecting anything. I can tell you that my marriage isn’t threatened at all by what two people of the same sex do or don’t do. Those who see this as a constitutional issue need to get a life. I can tell you what it does do and that is that rather than vote entirely GOP as I used to do, I now pick and choose and think long and hard before voting for anyone who considers this a federal issue.

Oh sure! It’s political suicide for the GOP to back a proposal that has won every time it’s been placed on a referendum ballot, always by at least a comfortable margin and usually by a huge margin. GOP support for traditional marriage must be the cause of the current low polling numbers for President Bush and the Republican congress. It surely has nothing to do with their embrace of amnesty for illegal aliens, an idea Danforth would not doubt endorse.

Danforth will get to be among the first in line explaining himself according to IIPeter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God???

Danforth is why I left Missouri

I’ve never heard of them, but is there a list of members of the Log Cabin Republicans?

[Attention LCRs, the Freepi don’t want you in the party…] They’re not Republicans, they’re a bunch of liberal infiltrators trying to water down the GOP, just like the Soros-funded Main Street Republicans and Republicans for Choice are doing.

I bet I know which mountain the log cabin is on.

John Danforth is practicing heresy when he says that. He must be pandering to the homosexuals because he has got to know better. Why would he want to mock marriage? Or does he not know what is going on here in this attempt to dissolve traditional marriage? He is playing into the Marxist playbook and our country slips into socialism.

It wasn’t easy building that log cabin. They forced the logs into the wrong openings.

Danforth also supports embryonic stem cell research. His is an odd theology.

Danforth you nitwit…this is fundamental to who we are as a people.

I take it that those who eat pork will be included in God’s wrath as will those who wear cloth made of multiple thread. Maybe a constitutional amendment is in order to combat those sins also.

What was the consequence for eating pork when the Heavenly Father said He did not make it fit to be consumed? Mocking the Heavenly Father is Written to be a far greater sin than wearing mixed threads.

Wonder if he thinks laws against having sex with animals are silly.

[And the winner of this thread…] Homosexuality is an aberrant stain upon society that must be addressed NOW. I am sympathetic towards states’ rights, but sometimes such rights have to be set aside for the needs of the greater good. Just like certain liberties need to be curtailed by the Patriot Act so we can properly fight the new global war on terrorism.

Your right, lets give the feds the right to legislate away all “Stains” and abominations to society. Government knows best right? What happens when the democrats regain control in which will happen someday whether this year or decades from now it WILL happen, they decide that guns are a stain on society, as are profits, and incomes above $100,000, property rights, and religion and they decide to cleanse society of there evil because decades earlier a republican congress gave the federal government the power to right all wrongs that “society” i.e. those in power at the time deem wrong.

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