Unhealthy Fixation

Why is Clarence Thomas so bothered by marriage equality? Does he have exclusive knowledge unavailable to the rest of us regarding what makes humans tick? Does he feel he’s an authority on relationships, and love? Does his wife have undue influence on his opinions?

Or is he just the latest bible-thumping Conservative who can’t get his head around the fact that human beings are more complicated than the depictions in scripture? He and the other 5 “justices” need to back off. There are other things to worry about.

It’s surprising, in a way, that Thomas (and maybe Cavanaugh and Alito and the rest?) have apparently decided to take this stance. They leave no room for evolution of thought, for scientific and biological realities, never mind existing law. There’s more at stake here than another dry, cold-hearted, and potentially far-reaching and disruptive legal decision.

If their motivations are rooted in the authority they attribute to the Bible, then they are parting ways with the Founding Fathers regarding the separation of church and state, and they are making a mistake that people just keep on making: the church doesn’t make for good governance. Governance is out of its league. Just ask Martin Luther and other reformers. Yes, I realize none of them are alive, but you know what I mean.

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