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Old 06-29-2005, 03:09 PM   #1
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another reason to stay the course in Iraq

June 29, 2005
Bush: We Will Defend Traditional Marriage in Iraq
President Bush reassured Americans last night that he has not lost sight of the reason that the US went into Iraq more than two years ago: to defend traditional marriage in that country. Mr. Bush articulated a clear strategy for attaining that goal, including an amendment to the Iraqi constitution that will define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.


Conservative Christians cheer President's refusal to pull out

By Deanna Swift

WASHINGTON, DC--It has been more than two years since US forces invaded Iraq, and a full year has passed since the US officially handed over sovereignty to the new Iraqi government, yet the Bush Administration's goal of defending traditional marriage in that country remains unrealized. Last night, facing sinking poll numbers and questions from his own conservative base about his commitment to the defense of marriage in the Middle East, Mr. Bush fought back.

Defending marriage abroad—so we don't have to defend it here
For the first time, Mr. Bush articulated a clear strategy for defending marriage in Iraq, including an amendment to the Iraqi constitution that will define marriage as a union between one Iraqi man and one Iraqi woman. A committee made up of Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds has been deadlocked for months on the question of how to word the amendment intended to protect and defend marriage and whether to allow civil unions or other partnership arrangements. A draft of the document must be made public on August 15.

Applause from those on the frontlines
For pro-marriage activist Sandy Slokum, executive director of Defend Our Marriages, an Arlington, VA advocacy group, the President's reassuring words came at exactly the right time. Mrs. Slokum recently returned from a trip to Fallujah where she has been advising Defend Fallujah Marriage, a grassroots organization in the Central Iraqi city that is using lobbying and other pressure tactics to sway members of the new Iraqi government in favor of the marriage amendment.

"This is just such great news," says Mrs. Slokum. "As I travel around Iraq, I hear over and over again from people that defending traditional marriage is what matters most to them. They look at Belgium and Norway and they are scared to death that that's what the future holds for Iraq—a future in which marriage is meaningless."

Bush back on top
But even Mr. Bush's most ardent supporters—and the loudest defenders of his decision to use force to defend traditional marriage in Iraq—warn that the road ahead is likely to be a long one. For one thing, the transition from a secular culture to a theocracy is proving no easier in Iraq than it is here at home.

Attention shifts to judges
For now, President Bush seems to have appeased his most important critics: the conservative Christian base so important in his recent reelection, and for whom nothing short of a victory for traditional marriage in Iraq will do. But those critics are unlikely to stay silent for long.

Pro-family organizations are already preparing for a bitter battle over the replacement for Iraq's top judge, Chief Investigative Judge Raid Juhi, expected to step down later this summer. Their top choice: a conservative religious candidate who will finally breach the separation between church and state once and for all. "For so many years, God was basically banished from the public square here," says Sandy Slokum. "Now we finally have a chance to undo some of that damage."

Do you think that President Bush should send more troops to defend traditional marriage in Iraq? Talk back to Deanna Swift at deannaswift1@yahoo.com




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I doubt Bush has to push this at all. How many Middle Eastern countries permit gay marriage?
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this is a joke!!!

just trying to lighten things up.

(though it's interesting that it even sounds credible ... that speaks volumes about Bush)
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Old 06-29-2005, 03:46 PM   #5
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Seriously, homosexuality is terribly unacceptable in Islamic countries. Those that use Shari'ah law do some pretty icky things to gays.
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If it wasn't for the smilie at the top, I might not have realised this was a satire.
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Actually, in most Muslim countries marriage is NOT restricted to a man and a woman. Polygamy is legal here anyways...men can have up to four wives.
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Actually, in most Muslim countries marriage is NOT restricted to a man and a woman. Polygamy is legal here anyways...men can have up to four wives.


when looking at history, one man and many wives is a much closer to the definition of "traditional marriage" than the one that is currently peddled by politicians.
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