Tuesday, September 20, 2011

God gave them up to dishonorable passions

As you have probably heard, the repeal of the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy forbidding homosexuals from openly acknowledging their perversion takes effect today. Have you ever wondered how our Founders would have dealt with the issue? Wonder no more.

As noted in Bowers vs. Hardwick (1986), "Sodomy was a criminal offense at common law and was forbidden by the laws of the original 13 States when they ratified the Bill of Rights." In some states the penalty for homosexual acts was death.

In his Bill for Proportioning Crimes and Punishments for the state of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson proposed the punishment of castration.

And what of George Washington, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental army?
At a General Court Marshall, on March 10, 1778, a Lieutenant Enslin was "tried for attempting to commit sodomy with John Monhort." He was also tried for "Perjury in swearing to false Accounts." Enslin was "found guilty of the charges exhibited against him, being breaches of 5th. Article 18th. Section of the Articles of War." He was dismissed from the service "with infmay. His Excellency the Commander in Chief [George Washington] approve[d] the sentence and with Abhorrence and Destestation of such infamous Crimes order[ed] Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of the Camp...by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return." (See Gary DeMar, America's Christian History:  The Untold Story, p. 170)
Woe to us when perversion is not only practiced, but when society also gives its official approval. See Romans 1:32.

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