- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)42
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
Individual rights being threatened
To the editor:
Can we cut through some of the self-righteous political rhetoric and fact-obscuring spin being dished out these days? You can't claim to be for the rights and freedoms of the individual and then support constitutional amendments that restrict the rights of select individuals unless you also claim to be a hypocrite. The two are diametrically opposed. If you vote to deny same-sex marriages, you are by definition restricting a right to a certain portion of society because of the individual's sexual orientation.
You can babble about the Bible all you want, but in a secular government the majority must restrain itself from the inclination to legislate how every individual shall live. That's where America was supposed to be better than theocracies and oligarchies and dictatorships. Do we all remember the 14th Amendment? "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; … nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Well, Missouri just did.
A free and open democracy can be inconvenient at times. So-called conservatives, who claim to be concerned with the government regulating their lives, beware. We give up our liberties in small increments and with motives that sound so noble at the time.
CHRIS MOORE, Cape Girardeau