It’s certainly good to know that our elected leaders have their legislative priorities right.
Today, the Speaker of the House and The President Pro Tem of the Senate met to ratify a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The constitution now includes the statement, “a marriage between one man and one woman is the only lawful domestic union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”
Yesterday, The House voted 91-23 to approve a bill that would require women seeking an abortion to first view an ultrasound of the fetus.
That follows Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee’s approval of a bill that will permit the Ten Commandments to be posted (with a group of other documents, including Martin LKuther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech) in public buildings like courthouses, schools and the State House itself.
Meantime, South Carolina ranks of 47th among the 50 states in child well being; 30% of 5 year olds start school without the basic skills to insure success; we’re 39th in birth to teen mothers (a nearly certain path to poverty); 43rd in child poverty; 42nd in infant mortality; 39th in juvenile incarceration; 49th in crime rates.
But fear not, South Carolinians, we don’t have to worry about gays and lesbians getting married, desperate pregnant women will be told that they are child murderers, and we are going to have well-lit displays of the Ten Commandments.
It reminds me of the words of the old Hebrew prophet: The Master said: “These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their hearts aren’t in it. Because they act like they’re worshiping me but don’t mean it.” (Isaiah 29:13, The Message)