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Thursday, February 23, 2006

We Must "Protect" The Right To Vote!

The time has come to outlaw voting by religious conservatives. If we do not take action now, the right to vote may be destroyed.

The right to vote, traditionally, has been restricted to those who engage in reasonable thinking. Thomas Jefferson famously wrote:

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816.

And in keeping with that spirit, the founding fathers took several steps to ensure that voters were informed, including the requirement that voters be rich, white, landowners. A limited democracy has been the base of stable civilization for all time.

On the other hand, religious conservative voters have led people on barbaric crusades, they have enslavemed women, and they've supported terrorism.

The act of voting is cheapened when we let everyone participate. If we allow this, it won't be long before dogs and children are voting as well. After all, it is easy to envision some activist court expanding this "right" under the equal protection clause.

Diluting the votes of the informed would eventually lead to the crumbling of society, but this is not just a practical issue, it is also a moral issue.

I've already laid out the traditional and pragmatic case for preventing the vote of religious conservatives, but even if it did not have any direct adverse consequences, would we, acting through our government, want to encourage and legitimize this behavior? Religious conservatism is, after all, a choice. What kind of message are we sending to our children if we continue to allow this? Do we really want the religious conservative "agenda" to infiltrate our schools? Our culture? Our very lives?

And I'm afraid that a law will not be sufficient. The same activist judges that would allow hamsters the right to vote would also interpret the Constitution in such a way as to invalidate a mere law. What we need is a Constitutional Amendment, and we need it soon.

This is important.

I mean, it's not like were just talking about two dudes getting married here.


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