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Saturday, November 13, 2004

Julia Carol wants her questions answered in a Morality puzzle, November 12, 2004
I invite a member of the religious right to explain to me the following: Why is it moral to invade a country that has not attacked or threatened us first, kill over 100,000 of their civilians, and break the Geneva Convention by torturing their prisoners of war, but it is not moral for two women or two men to proclaim everlasting love for one another and get married?
I am not a member of the religions right, but I can help Carols with some details.

Terror is the threat. Saddam was a terrorist. He harbored terrorists. He fired on our troops in the no-fly zone every day.

The report of 100,000 civilians killed is a flawed study, see explanation below.

The Geneva Conventions is for the protection of soldiers of a sovereign county. The Taliban are not soldier of a sovereign nation, and are not prisoners of war, but terrorist. The military has punished those who violated the rules for treating Iraqi prisoners. It was not a national policy.

As to the moral values., it not just the protection of marriage? It was about being honest, about saying what needs to be done and then doing it. Both Republican and Democrats, blacks and whites, by an overwhelming margin voted to enact the protection of marriage initiatives in 11 states. It was the will of the people, not the will of a political party or the religious right.

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