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Austin Cline

Don Haase: Extra-Marital Sex Should Be Illegal

By April 12, 2011

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The desire among many conservative Christians to criminalize sexual autonomy is not limited to just abortion or even contraception, but also includes the act of sex itself -- at least, when the act of sex occurs outside the boundaries they wish to impose. This has been clear to anyone who pays attention to what conservative Christians say amongst themselves, but mainstream media sources ignore all that.

Recently, though, conservative Christians have been more open in public with what they've long been thinking and saying to each other. Don Haase, for example, was offered by Alaska governor Sean Parnell as an appointee to a panel that nominates state judges. Then it was revealed that Don Haase believes that extra-marital sex should be a crime. The fact that he concealed his membership in and leadership of Eagle Forum Alaska, a far-right political group, only exacerbated the skepticism that he was qualified to be on that panel -- but such deception is only par for the course for people like Haase, isn't it?

One blog post on the Eagle Forum Alaska site praised efforts at criminalizing adultery in Michigan, and Paskvan asked Haase if he thought it should be a felony in Alaska.

"I don't see that that would rise to the level of a felony," Haase said.

Paskvan: "Do you believe it should be a crime?"

Haase: "Yeah, I think it's very harmful to have extramarital affairs. It's harmful to children, it's harmful to the spouse who entered a legally binding agreement to marry the person that's cheating on them."

Paskvan: "What about premarital affairs -- should that be a crime?"

Haase: "I think that would be up to the voters certainly. If it came before (the state) as a vote, I probably would vote for it ... I can see where it would be a matter for the state to be involved with because of the spread of disease and the likelihood that it would cause violence. I can see legitimate reasons to push that as a crime."

Haase then asked why those questions were relevant.

"You are injecting yourself into the judicial system and so I think it's fair inquiry," Paskvan replied. "If you have a motivation to limit who would be advanced to a judgeship ... then your beliefs and attitudes are important," Paskvan said.

Source: Anchorage Daily News

Tea Baggers insist that they want "smaller" government that interferes less with people's lives, but people like Don Haase are precisely the sort of politicians consistently supported by and voted into office by the Tea Baggers. Here he is, though, advocating an extensive expansion of government interferences into people's private lives. Somehow it's wrong for the government to regulate light bulbs based on how much energy they use, but it's OK to put people into jail because they had sex with a person who wasn't a spouse. Make sense? It does to the Christian Right

Comments
April 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm
(1) aerie says:

“Somehow it’s wrong for the government to regulate light bulbs based on how much energy they use, but it’s OK to put people into jail because they had sex with a person who wasn’t a spouse.”

Cognitive dissonance is a mandatory requirement for religion. As a former believer, I wasn’t so good at it.

April 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm
(2) badger58 says:

Do not lump in Tea Party members with morons like Haase. What a broad, sweeping (and no doubt intentional) generalization. The left loves to try to lump the Tea Party in with the most extreme, violent fringe members (who aren’t even members, usually). A vast majority are more libertarian and could care less who you marry, when you marry, if you marry or which way your orientation swings. No two agenda’s could be further apart than Tea Party and Christian conservatives.

But, don’t let facts get in the way of your agenda.

April 12, 2011 at 7:53 pm
(3) Austin Cline says:

No two agenda’s could be further apart than Tea Party and Christian conservatives.

Yet the published agendas of the Tea Party groups that publish such a thing are almost identical to those of conservative Christian groups. If you are certain they are not, identify the differences. If you can.

April 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm
(4) 80price says:

Next thing you know, they’ll want to tell us what kind of sex we CAN have with our spouse. Then we’ll back to the Victorian premise that sex is only for procreation. Honestly, this is ridiculous.
Do they not realize the counter-argument is to just not get married, simply be ‘partners’ or life-long-significant-others? Have they not realized how much worse that would be?
Haase says: “Yeah, I think it’s very harmful to have extramarital affairs. It’s harmful to children, it’s harmful to the spouse who entered a legally binding agreement to marry the person that’s cheating on them.”
It’s also harmful to fall down stairs. It’s harmful to the people you fall on, it’s harmful to your children if you fall on them or near them- public humiliation and all that. It’s harmful to your spouse if he or she is then obligated to take you to a hospital and care for your 2 broken legs. I think falling down stairs should be a crime.

April 15, 2011 at 6:48 pm
(5) Joan says:

Wonder what the qualifications to be in the sex police will be?

April 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm
(6) Dave Y. says:

And Again folks, this is why I “BELIEVE” that fundamentalism should be made illegal worldwide!
It is time to have these nut jobs incarcerated for being insane, its called “Delusional Psychosis” and everyone of these “Believers ” suffers from this condition,
And everyone here should also look into the practice of inbreeding and see where in the world these acts are most prevelant, you WILL find that the countries with the most inbreeding are the ones where Religious Fundamentalists are most concentrated, and seeing how it IS a scientific fact that inbreeding leads to physical and mental problems and mutations, this is what these fools want for EVERYONE in the world, to be born retarded so they can have the bliss of ignorance, or to put it where reality lives, this would create the PERFECT slave race, to stupid to think that life could be better for them then being slaves, the perfect slave!

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