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The nation's basic principles are being eroded

August 01, 2003

Dear Editor:

Three cheers for Lonnie Napier! He is to be congratulated for speaking up on same-sex marriages - an issue that was sure to draw fire. Yes, there are other issues that need attention, but what good is it to fix the building if the foundations are crumbling?

How can anyone be so blind as to not see where this same-sex marriage issue is going? For thousands of years, marriage has meant union between a man and a woman. (Some men have had more than one wife, but this was not condoned by the majority.) Divorce used to be frowned upon; then more and more people decided they had a "right" to be happy and they scrapped their wedding vows. This has led to untold broken homes, fractured families, troubled children, confused grownups, etc. Marriage is not as sacred as it used to be.

Life also is no longer considered sacred. First it became legal to kill our babies, then the old, unproductive folks. Now drive-by shootings, school shootings and shopping center shootings are increasing in frequency. If a woman's "right" to do what she wants with her body leads to this lack of respect for life, what can same-sex unions lead to? No longer confined to the sanctity of marriage, sex becomes rampant between men and children, men and animals and all manner of perversions. It has happened in the past.

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One argument given is that just because two women marry and move in next door is not going to cause me to leave my husband and go looking for a woman. The same argument was used concerning divorce: Just because my neighbor divorces doesn't mean I will. Yet once the social stigma faded, divorce became all too common.

When traditions or customs that have been honored for centuries suddenly become obsolete or old-fashioned, it's a sure sign of the decay of that society. Check your history books. Before the fall of any great nation in civilization, there came an erosion of basic principles, a questioning of long-cherished beliefs. When mankind starts getting away from the truths our Creator spelled out for us, when self-interests take precedence over God's ways, trouble will surely follow. The way of a man may seem right for a while, but if he forsakes God's ways, judgment will come. This is true for nations, cities and states, as well as men. If we as a nation don't get back to honoring the truths this country was founded upon, we cannot expect to continue to enjoy God's blessings. I pray we all wake up and see the light before it's too late!

Marie Garland

Danville|8/1/03***

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