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Alan Keyes is too smart and thoughtful to say stuff this stupid, especially as a candidate for US Senate. From an interview with SIRIUS satellite radio, via Drudge:

Keyes said: “The essence of … family life remains procreation. If we embrace homosexuality as a proper basis for marriage, we are saying that it’s possible to have a marriage state that in principal excludes procreation and is based simply on the premise of selfish hedonism.”

Asked whether that meant Mary Cheney “is a selfish hedonist,” Keyes said: “That goes by definition. Of course she is.”

I dig Keyes generally. He’s smart, articulate, and principled. Yet he says some absolutely asinine nonsense like this.

For starters, he’s got this underlying issue of sex and selfishness. What, sex is supposed to be an act of altruism? Getting off is somewhere near to the most naturally selfish act possible. I’ve never heard of a guy at the moment of climax shouting, “This I do in the name of the proletariat!”

So what exactly does he expect Ms Cheney to do, exactly? Should she deny herself the relationship that will give her satisfaction in favor of forcing herself to endure a joyless heterosexual relationship for the altruistic purpose of making babies?

Since when was procreation an altruistic act anyway? Parents have children for their own gratification in a thousand ways. Hopefully the bonding with the children will draw you out of the narrow perspective of your own consciousness. Nonetheless, it’s not an act of charity to have children, nor would it be good to make it as such. What kind of thing would it be to put off on a child that you had them out of some selfless sense of duty?

Yet here’s this really smart fellow confusing his little Christian conservative worldview with all of reality. Does he not get that other people don’t see things the same way as him? Does he thing that Mary Cheney sits around thinking, “Screw the world, I’m getting mine. Ha!”?

Now, Ambassador Keyes doesn’t set off my gaydar, but this statement is curious. It seems to be implied that homosexual behavior is hedonistic – what you’d do for fun, as opposed to the selfless duty of heterosexual conformity.

Whatever. I just know that a couple more dumb, hurtful comments like this, and I won’t mind the beatdown that Obama’s getting ready to hand him.

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    These are excerpts from the 2004 Texas Republican Party Platform:

    The Republican Party of Texas affirms that the United States of America is a Christian nation, and the public acknowledgement of God is undeniable in our history. Our nation was founded on fundamental Judeo-Christian principles based on the Holy Bible. The Party affirms freedom of religion, and rejects efforts of courts and secular activists who seek to remove and deny such a rich heritage from our public lives.

    Early Childhood Development -The Party believes that parents are best suited to train their children in their early development years (ages 0 through 5) and opposes mandatory pre-school and Kindergarten. The Party urges Congress to repeal government-sponsored programs that deal with early childhood development, and phase them out as soon as possible.

    Classroom Discipline – We urge the Texas Legislature, Governor, Commissioner of Education and State Board of Education to remind administrators and school boards that corporal punishment is effective and legal in Texas.

    Party believes theories of life origins and environmental theories should be taught only as theories not fact; that social studies and other curriculum should not be based on any one theory.

    We call on the Legislature to end all state funding of higher educations grants and scholarships.

    The Party believes it is in the best interest of the citizens of the United States that we immediately rescind our membership in, as well as all financial and military contributions to, the United Nations.

    We believe that human life is sacred, created in the image of God. Life begins at the moment of fertilization and ends at the point of natural death. All innocent human life must be protected.

    We oppose the Endangered Species Act.

    The Party calls for restoration of the plaques honoring the Confederate Widow’s Pension Fund contribution that were illegally removed from the Texas Supreme Court and other state buildings.

    The Party calls upon the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress to repeal any and all laws that infringe upon the right of individual citizens to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution; and to reject the establishment of any mechanism to process, license, record, register or monitor the ownership of guns.

    Our Party pledges to exert its influence to restore the original intent of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and dispel the myth of the separation of Church and State.

    We also deplore forced sensitivity training and urge the repeal of laws and mandates requiring such training. We believe the Hate Crimes Law is unnecessary, and that it unconstitutionally creates a special class of victims. We urge that it be repealed immediately.

    We oppose the recognition of and granting of benefits to people who represent themselves as domestic partners without being legally married.

    No fault divorce laws have caused untold hardships on American families, by reducing their standard of living, and by harming the emotional and physical well-being of children. It has contributed to an increase in government assistance of all kinds. We call upon the Texas Legislature to rescind no-fault divorce laws.

    Homosexuality – The Party believes that the practice of sodomy tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, recognition, or privileges including, but not limited to, marriage between persons of the same sex, custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.

    The Party supports legislation prohibiting experimentation with human fetal tissue and prohibiting the use of human fetal tissue or organs for experimentation or commercial sale. Until such time that fetal tissue harvesting is illegal, any product containing fetal tissue shall be so labeled.

    Stem Cell Research – We commend the President for banning the government funding of human embryo stem cell harvesting and call upon the US Congress to pass legislation supporting the President. The Party opposes any legislation that would allow for the destruction of human embryos for medical research.

    The Party believes that commercial surrogacy is a legal and ethical free-fall and the rental of a woman’s womb makes child bearing a mere commodity to the highest bidder.

    Behavior has personal and social consequences. We call upon the United States Public Health Service and all states to declare HIV a “dangerous, yet preventable, infectious, communicable disease.”

    The Party supports amendment of the Americans with Disabilities Act to exclude from its definition those persons with infectious diseases, substance addiction, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, homosexual practices and mental stress, thereby reducing abuse of the Act.

    Andrew Tobias is Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee

    © 2004 Andrew Tobias