Alan Keyes, the thrice-failed Republican presidential candidate, yesterday told a group of university students that same-sex marriage is not a fundamental right, rights come only from God, and compared the institution to a young child who had a habit of “picking in their nostrils” and “eating what came out,” as MLive reports:
“The Republic is near death and it will die if we don’t wake up,” he said. “But wake up to what?”
He answered his own question when talking about fundamental rights, where they came from and how the country needs to recognize that rights come from God.
Abortion, same-sex marriage and separation of church and state are not fundamental rights, Keyes said. If God does not recognize them, they do not exist.
“The Declaration of Independence was the first action of the people of the United States,” Keyes said. “The first thing they did was to acknowledge God as the law giver.”
Keyes said while abortion, same-sex marriage and separation of church and state are not basic human rights there are leaders who are trying to “fabricate” rights.
“People who sit on the U.S. Supreme Court take it among themselves to argue that somehow there should be separation of church and state,” he said. “Nothing in the Constitution requires separation, nor could it because we cannot separate the country from its finding premise without destroying it.”
When arguing what a fundamental right actually is, Keyes gave an offbeat example of a young child who had a habit of “picking in their nostrils and “eating what came out.”
As the child grew up they noticed others were disgusted and did not want to be near him. As an adult the individual argued if others have the right to eat what they want, the individual should be recognized as having the same right.
“How many think that is a fundamental right?” he asked the audience.
No one raised their hand.
“Nobody in their right mind would suggest it was,” Keyes said. “What makes something a fundamental right that actually trumps the Constitution of the United States? It can’t just be because you feel like it, or want to do it. It can’t just be that you feel badly about what you do because of the opinions of others, these are not arguments of rights…rights come from God.”
Keyes has spent the past few weeks attacking same-sex marriage, claiming it is a violation of the Declaration of Independence and “the archetype of all crimes against humanity.”
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