October 22, 2006
Wisconsin’s moral gatekeeper
I’m a little late with this, but it’s too good to pass up:
The main spokeswoman for a group supporting Wisconsin’s proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions has little regard for the separation of church and state, which she calls a “fictitious wall.”
“Speaking of it as if it has some kind of constitutional authority is completely bogus,” said Julaine Appling, president of the Wisconsin Family Research Institute, at a debate Thursday at Edgewood High School.
Mike Tate, Appling’s opponent in the debate, seemed momentarily stunned by Appling’s take on the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. “It’s a part of the Constitution that makes this country great,” he countered.
Appling said later in an interview that the separation of church and state is “not in the Constitution.” But “it’s treated as if it’s in the Constitution.”
“The church is the moral gatekeeper in every society,” she added, and the notion that churches are banned from involvement in politics or government is “just a fabrication.”
… Appling later elicited some titters from the young audience when, after railing against what she saw as a society rife with sexual promiscuity, she suggested that few gay couples’ relationships lasted for any length of time, certainly not for decades.
“It’s much, much shorter,” she said.
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