The “Holy Matrimony” Confusion: IAP’s Views on Marriage
Published June 11, 2013
By Kelly Gneiting, National Chairman of the Independent American Party (IAP)
First and foremost, I want to express my realization that there is a divergence of opinion on this topic within liberty-loving men and women of today. I mean to offend no one. Simply, I am interested in NOT what’s popular, but what’s right. My guiding compass is the opinions of our Founders.
Since our Founders accomplished, by petition to God and undaunted courage, the only free society on Earth, their voices should be heard the loudest.
“Government should stay out of our relationships, and keep away from our bedrooms!” I’ve heard these or similar statements for years now from freedom-loving people, mostly libertarians. IAP leaders have even been called homophobic by Libertarian Party leadership.
After writing the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was appointed to a special committee with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams to prepare an official seal for the United States. Both Jefferson and Franklin suggested that one side of the seal portray Moses leading ancient Israel, since the Israelites had the historical distinction of being the most ancient people to practice the principles of representative government.
Since Jefferson had discovered the Anglo-Saxons had practiced almost identical principles, he suggested representing the Anglo-Saxon society on the other side of the seal, with no opposition from Franklin or Adams. John Adams wrote:
“Mr. Jefferson proposed the Children of Israel in the wilderness, led by a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night…” (Richard S. Patterson & Richardson Dougall, the Eagle and the Shield: A History of the Great Seal of the United States, Washington: U.S. Dept. of State, 1976, p. 16)
On August 13, 1776, Jefferson himself wrote:
“Are we not better for what we have hitherto abolished of the feudal system…? Is it not better now that we return at once into that happy system of our ancestors, the wisest and most perfect ever yet devised by the wit of man…?” (Julian P. Boyd, ed., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 20 vols. by 1982, 1:492)
The Ten Commandments were the basis for our representative government. Because there is no mention of adultery being forbidden by our U.S. Constitution, many feel that the libertarian viewpoint is justified, and that adultery, fornication, bestiality, homosexuality, and drug use should be tolerated since they are “victimless crimes,” while laws which forbid these are inexcusable attempts to override governing of self.
This was NOT the belief of our Founders. James Madison, for one, said:
We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.” (America’s God And Country Encyclopedia Of Quotations.” William J. Federer. Fame Publishing, Inc. 820 South MacArthur Blvd., Coppell, Texas 75019-4214. 1994)
Then in a message to the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, John Adams stated:
“We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The formula of our Founders is expressed in the 10th amendment, stated simply:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
What this means is that although the federal government was to stay away from recognizing marriage, states were NOT. In fact, states were obligated to recognize marriage in order to punish sex crimes, such as in Idaho’s Statutes, with verbiage that was (or is) a part of EVERY OTHER state constitution:
TITLE 18 CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS CHAPTER 66 SEX CRIMES
18-6601. Adultery. A married man who has sexual intercourse with a woman not his wife, an unmarried man who has sexual intercourse with a married woman, a married woman who has sexual intercourse with a man not her husband, and an unmarried woman who has sexual intercourse with a married man, shall be guilty of adultery, and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than three months, or by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a period not exceeding three years, or in the county jail for a period not exceeding one year, or by fine not exceeding $1000. (see http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title18/T18CH66SECT18-6601.htm)
Simply, our American roots originate from the top of Mt. Sinai. It was there that Moses received the principles of a representative government, by God Himself.
In 1799 Reverend Abiel Abbot said it best:
“Our American Israel is a term frequently used; and common consent allows it apt and proper.” —A sermon on Thanksgiving Day, 1799, by Reverend Abiel Abbot (“God’s New Israel,” Conrad Cherry, 1971, preface page)
In Cleon Skousen’s popular book on Freedom 101, The 5000 Year Leap, he frequently referred to the term debauchery to describe our Founder’s views that with liberty comes responsibility. Skousen had this historic point to make, referencing homosexuality:
There were only four “crimes” or offenses against the whole people. These were treason, by betraying their own people; cowardice, by refusing to fight or failing to fight courageously; desertion; and homosexuality. These were considered capital offenses. All other offenses required reparation to the person who had been wronged. (page 14)
Marriage is a sacred institution. It has been described as “holy matrimony.” The definition of holy is, dedicated and consecrated to God… dedicated to the service of God. Performed as a religious ceremony between one man and one woman, the oaths taken in marriage vows are also recognized by correct civil law, with adultery being punishable as a crime.
The philosophy of libertarianism is NOT the philosophy God delivered to Moses on Mt. Sinai. The Ten Commandments are what God delivered— laws meant to govern civil societies. There is no profession of Christ as Savior in the Ten Commandments. There are no temple ordinances, no doctrine of baptism, and no insisting of paying tithes in the Ten Commandments. What there is, however, are rules by which a Republic should be governed. Thomas Jefferson and his associates knew this!
God’s hand in our nation’s history is a historical fact. He was referred to and called upon numerous times in applying the formula which set our first American generation free. As Americans, we have as our National Motto, “In God we trust,” and public servant’s oath to office ends with, “…so help me God.”
This is the formula we would be wise to return to; a philosophy in which traditional marriage IS recognized by government and adultery and sexual perversion is rightly punished by law.