Sparked by controversy over same-sex marriages, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would abolish government-issued Oklahoma marriage licenses. “The point of my legislation is to take the state out of the process and leave marriage in the hands of the clergy,” said state Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, the bill’s House author. “Marriage was historically a religious covenant first and a government-recognized contract second. Under my bill, the state is not allowing or disallowing same-sex marriage. It is simply leaving it up to the clergy.”In a supposedly secular government, this is the only rational way to do it. Government should never participate in a religious function. That's the precise meaning of the First Amendment. Even if this bill makes it through the other house and the governor, Federal satans will instantly squash it. And of course, lawyersatans have already jumped in:
The legislation has sparked controversy, both in the Legislature and with groups such as Americans United for Separation of Church and State. ... Americans United released a statement opposing the bill, saying it is biased against same-sex couples and nontheists, including atheists.We're infinitely beyond Orwell now. Sanity is Dead Before Arrival. A law that SPECIFICALLY AND EXACTLY AND EXPLICITLY SEPARATES CHURCH AND STATE is sued down to bedrock by an organization called "Americans United for Separation of Church and State".
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.