The adopted eldest son of “Saint Ronald Reagan” is still vehemently anti-gay even though some of us have probably speculated that his brother Ronnie Reagan is gay (sorry, boys, he is straight and has been married for more than thirty years, but you do have to admit he bears a striking resemblance to Dan Savage).
Michael Reagan issued a heated editorial for the Ironton Tribune where he expressed his anger with the Republican Party for being too busy “cat-fighting with each other” in stead of pushing homophobia. He wondered why more churches and religious organizations have not spoken out more about the subject even asking “Where’s the moral outrage? Why aren’t thousands of our pastors, priests and rabbis shouting from their pulpits? Why aren’t they leading their congregations through the streets in mass protest?”
And, of course, he is not above fear mongering writing “It’s ultimately about changing the culture of the entire country; it inevitably will lead to teaching our public school kids that gay marriage is a perfectly fine alternative and no different than traditional marriage. There is also a very slippery slope leading to other alternative relationships and the unconstitutionality of any law based on morality. Think about polygamy, bestiality, and perhaps even murder.”
What Reagan misses is the founding principals of this nation as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote quite plainly that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Within that quote, Jefferson covered everything. What makes something wrong is not whether or not a religion finds it to be wrong. What makes something wrong is whether or not it hurts someone. Murder takes away someone’s life. It violates a person’s right to life. Bans on same-sex marriage violate the very essence of this nation’s founding because they take away the right to pursue happiness.
Perhaps Michael Reagan should stop flogging his version of his father’s legacy and actually research the founding documents of this nation.