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Michael Heath

The Arrogant Assumption
By Michael Heath
Oct 25, 2004 - 9:42:00 PM

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The Red Sox are on their way. 

I made a comment to my father the other day regarding the stunning success of the Bosox in their pennant series last week.  I said that the upcoming presidential election will be eclipsed by the World Series after Bostons dramatic comeback last week.  That is as it should be.  Baseball is important.  The election is just politics.

Both are contact sports.  Baseball is more civilized.  In baseball you have referees who have absolute authority.  In politics today there is nothing like a referee.  No institution has authority over the politicians.  That is why the back and forth between the competing candidates, and ideas, have become so acrimonious.

New Englanders know better.  They know that baseball wouldn't work without rules.  What kind of world would it be if the Red Sox could just change the rules to end their hundred year old losing streak.  That is exactly what we are doing in politics today.  So-called "gays" want to kill the referee, believing that this will get them what they want.

As Americans we used to view God and His Ten Commandents as rules to which we would hold ourselves accountable.  No longer.  Thanks to leftists and the Maine Civil Liberties Union that truth is being scrubbed from our documents, walls and minds.  The referee in disputes over right and wrong in politics used to be God, the God of the Christian Bible.  We would turn there to define love, civility, righteousness and decency.  We wouldn't turn there just to define private and personal rights and wrongs.  We would turn there, with the help of our pastors, to sort out public rights and wrongs as well.

The referee of life says that sex outside of marriage is wrong.  Everyone knows that.  That's a basic rule, like the one in baseball with which we are all familiar -- three strikes and you are out.  Imagine baseball with every batter stepping up to the plate and defining how many strikes they get.  Do you think that would work?  Of course not.  New Englanders know better than that.

When you hear the phrase "sexual orientation" think "four, five or six strikes and you're out, make up your own rules about human sexuality.  That's an accurate way to understand the world that "gay" rights advocates are creating for our kids and grandkids.

In the meantime, enjoy the Series and thank God for something in life that celebrates an objective order, rules that aren't defined on a whim by the players and the fans.  Maybe the Governor would do well to consider the rules of baseball as he advocates for "gay" rights.  "Gays" have thrown two strikes in consecutive referendums.  The Governor said this fall that his promised referendum next year would give Maine people the final say on homosexual rights.  Will it be three strikes and they're out, or will they just keep changing the rules of the game?

Never forget that it isn't the pretty people that matter.  C.S. Lewis put it best.  The famous Oxford don wrote about common people, "We must get rid of our arrogant assumption that it is the masses who can be led by the nose.  As far as I can make out, the shoe is on the other foot.  The only people who are really the dupes of their favorite newspapers are the intelligentsia. It is they who read leading articles."

And he concludes appropriately for Red Sox fans everywhere, "The poor read the sporting news, which is mostly true."


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