We are not equal. I know this sounds radical in a society that feigns belief in equality, but our lives show this reality every day.
But “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” or so our Founders declared. What does that mean, though?
Equal: the same in number, amount, degree, rank or quality. We can look at many facets of life and see how we’re not the same on many levels. I do not have a womb. My wife does. We have four children–two through adoption. As a mother who has brought forth life into this world through the wondrous and painful act of childbirth, she has proven she is stronger than I could ever possibly be. And I’m perfectly fine with not being the same in this regard.
Physiologically, humans are not the same. Intellectually, we’re not the same. Behaviorally, we’re not the same. Ideologically, we’re not the same. And that’s all very natural.
What makes us the same is metaphysical; it’s our intrinsic value given to us by our Creator. Every human life has purpose.
So, what happens when culture rejects the Creator? Our worth is subject to whim and a destructive form of relativism, masquerading as equality, that demands Rights rooted in inequality. And America’s judges are culling these so-called Rights out of a slavery-era Reconstruction amendment which finally ascribed humanity to those of my complexion. The 14th Amendment is, tragically, one of the most abused of Constitutional provisions. The “equal protection” clause has been exploited to eviscerate equality while codifying outright discrimination in legal cases of marriage, abortion, and hiring practices (just to name a few).
Today’s “gay rights” political activism would have us believe every relationship is “equal”, therefore marriage cannot be so narrowly defined. It shouldn’t matter “who you love”, right? What about the father who, due to alleged “genetic sexual attraction”, is sexually involved with his 18 year-old daughter? What about the teacher, Christine McCallum, who was sexually involved with her 13 year old student? What about the adulterer who left his wife, shattering his family’s life, to pursue his “equal” relationship with another man?
This is the same movement that worships the late Harvey Milk (gay activist, politician and ardent supporter of cult leader Jim Jones) who had sexual relationships with boys including 16 year-old Jack McKinley (who later committed suicide).
“Marriage equality” rhetoric fails miserably because there is no way to apply it equally unless you validate every relationship, even those that are of incest. I can hear the gasps of indignation. Truth has a way of drawing such breaths. Nick Cassavetes, famed Hollywood Director of “The Notebook”, bizarrely declared: “Who gives a sh** if people judge you? I’m not saying this is an absolute but in a way, if you’re not having kids – who gives a damn? Love who you want. Isn’t that what we say? Gay marriage – love who you want? If it’s your brother or sister it’s super-weird, but if you look at it, you’re not hurting anybody except every single person who freaks out because you’re in love with one another.” These remarks were in response to his film Yellow which features the sexual relationship between a sister and brother.
What happens when this is inevitably before yet another federal judge who will then decide that the definition of marriage must be extended to include any “loving relationship”? Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore rightfully denounced a federal judge for acting beyond her Constitutional authority by redefining marriage for the state of Alabama. Judge Granade, of the U.S. District Court, broke the rule of law. But as long as she illegitimately invokes the 14th Amendment, she’s celebrated by the Left for ensuring “equality.” To hell with democracy. Her power is more “equal” than the people of Alabama.
Today’s liberal feminists would also have us believe women are only “equal” if they are given the right to kill the life of the unborn child within them. Tell this to the fathers who cannot directly cause the death of their child, unborn or otherwise. Women and the abortionists they hire can legally kill a human life. Men cannot. Where’s the “equal protection”?
Today’s evangelists of “diversity” demand that no one can be discriminated against in hiring. Yet why aren’t they protesting colleges and universities that selectively include students and regularly exclude those who don’t meet established criteria. These institutions aren’t forced to include everyone who applies. Intelligence has been found to be partly genetic, yet it’s perfectly acceptable to treat people “unequally” based upon their “intellectual orientation.”
Predictably, liberals demand that we’re all “equal” yet their pro-abortion, anti-religious-liberty, anti-free-speech actions often prove that certain human beings should not be treated equally. They render Declaration of Independence’s preamble absolutely meaningless. As we’ve seen with recent court cases of sexual “orientation” trumping First Amendment rights, the Constitution is being disemboweled right before our eyes. Only slight murmurs can be heard in response, quickly drowned out by highly coordinated campaigns of misinformation and misdirection.
“Gay rights” groups, mainstream media, Big Abortion, the political establishment, public education and even most of the American Church really want just one thing from any dissenters—our silence. They obviously don’t “hold these truths to be self-evident.” In fact, they do everything they can to obscure or obliterate the evidence while the majority of us, most times without an ounce of resistance, comply.
History begs us to remember what happens when people are silenced, when certain human lives are considered more “equal” than others, and when the elite control the conversation. Inequality has a long timeline of deceit and destruction. But there exists, in every generation, those who will choose to be fearless. There will be those who choose inconvenience over inclusion. There will be those who will be hated for showing truth in love. And, there will be those who will be set free because someone decided that silence wasn’t ever an option.
Ryan Bomberger is the co-founder and chief creative officer of the Radiance Foundation.
Well formulated Ryan. I will assign this to my Critical Thinking and Writing students at Santa Barbara City College.
Here’s the link to my similarly ‘contrarian’ blog:
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