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Letter to the editor: Tail wagging the dog

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 12:01 am

Remember when we were kids and there might be a disagreement within a group we were a part of? We were taught to take a vote and then we were always told the majority wins.

Well, that hasn’t applied for some time. The insanity is everywhere, in schools especially, and virtually every other aspect of our lives with countless laws and rules and regulations passed by state legislatures and Congress and with the ACLU poised to pounce at a moment’s notice if one person says they’ve been discriminated against or were offended.

Examples are endless. Let’s say you have a class in some school with 100 students, and one objects to saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Nobody gets to say the Pledge lest we offend someone. There is no constitutional right not to be offended. Here’s another good contemporary example: the LGBT segment of society. Of course, every individual deserves dignity and respect, but the latest research shows only 3-4 percent of the U.S. population is in that group. Yet with their disproportional presence in the entertainment industry, their push for so-called gay marriage and their demand for accommodation in just about every other aspect of life, the military for example, you’d think they were 30-40 percent of the population.

How is that? And woe to anyone who dare disagree with their aberrant lifestyle.

Then there’s the women’s equality thing. There were literally four female military officers who complained that their lack of combat experience was keeping them from being promoted to a higher rank. For that, we threw out centuries of the natural order that had the men going off to fight the wars to protect the homeland and their wives and children.

And let’s not forget God: 78 percent of Americans call themselves Christian, yet a small but vocal minority has led a concerted and coordinated assault for years to purge every vestige of religion from politics, the military, schools, in fact, all aspects of public life, and they want to restrict even your right to speak about it. The Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion, not from religion.

No decent person wants to be accused of being insensitive or to be called a bigot or prejudiced or homophobic, so we keep quiet, which is just what those special interest groups want. But it’s long past time we stand up and speak up and get a little common sense back in society. It’s time we stop letting the tail wag the dog.

Ken Selking

Decatur