A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Thursday, August 26, 2004


"With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone. People ought to be able to free -- ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to. The question that comes up with respect to the issue of marriage is what kind of official sanction, or approval is going to be granted by government, if you will, to particular relationships."
Vice President Richard B. Cheney, August 24, 2004

The Vice President here is primarily interested in what level and role government should or should not have in personal relationships. His remarks are problematic at best.

Taken in isolation, the first part of his remarks might seem to be opening the door to anything, including polygamy and who knows what.

Part of the problem is that freedom is often confused with license. There cannot be freedom from reality or from the truth -- not even a Vice President or a Supreme Court Justice can make it otherwise. To quote St. Thomas More: "suppose the Parliament would make a law that God should not be God. Would you then, Mr. Rich, say that God were not God?"