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Anchor Babies, Gay Marriage, Abortion and Sharia: Who Is Our Abe Lincoln?

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Posted on September 7 2010 1:00 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog LisaGraas.com since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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I so long for the good old days when we called the leftists “knee-jerk liberals” (they’re not actually liberals) while the conservatives were the logical and deliberative ones. These days the Right has become “knee-jerky”, it seems, as finagling goes on to build coalitions to put conservatives back in power. This sort of in-fighting is exactly what the Left wants. It’s time we all took a deep breath and got to the heart of what we all claim to be fighting for — the Constitution.

Many candidates on the right are tossing out the word “Constitution” a lot these days because it’s a winning word. They’ll pledge that the first question they’ll ask in considering whether or not to support a piece of legislation is “simple”: “Is it constitutional?” This is akin to a promise to follow the Bible in that it leaves open many questions regarding interpretation. Many an innocent has followed a wolf in sheep’s clothing because he promised to “just follow the Bible.” We all need to use a little reason and hold some feet to the fire when they say to us, “I”ll first ask if it’s constitutional.”

Many of the issues that are now being used as wedges to drive conservatives apart have something to do with the Fourteenth Amendment. “Anchor Babies”, Gay Marriage, Abortion and Sharia Law are all issues with Fourteenth Amendment implications. This amendment was formed from the reasons for the founding of the Republican Party just prior to the Civil War by individuals who longed for a true Union of States which respects human dignity.

We became “One nation under God” not with the writing of the Pledge of Allegiance in 1892, nor merely with the victory of the Union over the Confederacy, but with the establishment of the Fourteenth Amendment. It guarantees that each of the States must apply the Bill of Rights to her citizens.

Sadly, many on the Right are asking for repeal. Others attack it not knowing what they are attacking. Politics has come before the Constitution as the finagling to regain power gets in the way of looking at the Constitution and its implications in our world today. Let’s take a look at a few of the biggest of these implications.

Implications Regarding Sharia Law

If no State must apply the Bill of Rights to her citizens, any State could adopt Sharia Law as State Law. The Fourteenth Amendment, then, acts as a strong obstacle to Sharia.

Implications Regarding Gay Marriage

Because of the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause, it would seem that any state which offers civil marriage must also offer gay marriage. If we don’t want gay marriage as Americans, it seems clear that we need a Marriage Amendment saying so. If we do want it, it seems the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees it in any State that recognizes civil marriage at all. This is not rocket science.

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