Phyllis Schlafly

Democrat Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign is squealing like a stuck pig about Republican mailings in the swing states of Arkansas and West Virginia. Kerry must win one of those states to win in November.

These letters portray the liberals banning the Bible while allowing same-sex marriage. "This will be Arkansas if you don't vote," some letters warn.

The mailings show a Bible labeled "BANNED" and explain that the liberal agenda includes removing "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.  For contrast, the mailings show as "ALLOWED" a picture of a man on his knees putting a wedding ring on the hand of another man.

There is nothing far-fetched about these pictures. Already, the U.S. Supreme Court has banned Bible readings, the Ten Commandments and voluntary prayer from public schools. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the largest federal circuit, has banned "under God" from the pledge - a decision the Supreme Court temporarily sidetracked on a technicality. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has ordered same-sex marriage licenses, and gays are filing lawsuits to get activist judges in other states to force those states to recognize the Massachusetts outrage.

The liberal media are yelping about these mailings because the Democratic game plan is to conceal from voters the fact that they support these goals. By keeping mum on the subject and refusing to do anything to stop these travesties, Kerry and his running mate are counting on Democratic-appointed judges to make these unpopular decisions so Democratic politicians can avoid taking any heat for them.

When the Defense of Marriage Act passed Congress in 1996 and was signed by President Bill Clinton, Kerry was one of eight current U.S. senators who voted against traditional marriage. The vote in the Senate this summer on the marriage amendment gave Kerry a chance to clean up this embarrassment, but he declined to do so.

Kerry's home state of Massachusetts, the source of the country's most direct attack on traditional marriage, is issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Not only has Kerry done nothing to stop this travesty, the usually loquacious candidate declines to criticize it.

The Pledge of Allegiance issue also has Massachusetts overtones. Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic presidential candidate, vetoed a Pledge of Allegiance bill. That act led to his defeat at the hands of the first President Bush. (Funny thing, when the Democrats held their national convention in Boston this summer, they hid their hometown leader and past presidential nominee, Dukakis, from the television audience.)

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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