History lessons from Sen. Sharer

Timothy Kincaid

August 27th, 2013

On the website of Senator William Sharer – New Mexico’s equality opponent in chief – the Farmington Republican shares his views on marriage and history.

Archeology shows the importance of the family unit working together as the first and most basic unit of human cooperation. There is overwhelming evidence that the unit of ‘mom, dad and children’ has been encouraged from the earliest pre-written record. The union between one man and one woman was the first and most lasting definition of marriage.

Alexander the Great’s – View of Marriage

Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) married a Bactrian woman – modern day Afghanistan. Alexander may have engaged in homosexual activity, but he married a woman.

He directed his officers to stop “whoring” around and find a local woman to marry.



“It is only through blood relations that hatred and war will end”. In other words, Alexander the Great thought that marriage was about creating and raising the next generation.

This is the reason for Marriage –

The creation and raising of children who have the best chance to grow to be peaceful, responsible citizens.

Well… not exactly. Actually Alexander didn’t “marry a woman”. He married three, Roxana (the Bactrian woman he references), Stateira (daughter of Darius III) and Parysatis (daughter of Artaxerxes III). And though he did father a child, it wasn’t born until after Alexander’s death.

Using Sharer’s example of Alexander, perhaps we can deduce that he really meant to say that “There is overwhelming evidence that the unit of ‘mom, dad, fetus, and dad’s two other wives’ has been encouraged from the earliest pre-written record.”

How do truly stupid people get elected?


August 27th, 2013

Because truly stupid people vote for them…

Ben In Oakland

August 27th, 2013

““It is only through blood relations that hatred and war will end”.

I’m glad to hear that war ended right after Alexander got married.

As far as I know, the only thing Alexander actually accomplished was that all of the people who died in all of his wars actually stayed dead.


August 27th, 2013

You know you could take it to mean that he is ok with you cheating on your wife with another man.


August 27th, 2013

Because there A LOT of a stupid people in America.

Patrick C

August 27th, 2013

I wish Christians would just stop appealing to archaeology and anthropology. They are so incredibly selective in what they use.


August 27th, 2013

At least he partly admitted that Alex was bi. I’m pleasantly surprised.


August 27th, 2013

Because when conquering a people it’s always helpful to—ahem—”marry” the conquered women.

And once those blood lines are commingled peace reigns. Because history shows that kin never kill each other for political or material gain.


August 27th, 2013

‘mom, dad and children’

I would re-write that as ‘moms, dad and children.’ It’s in the Bible, people!!

Gene in L.A.

August 27th, 2013

I’d just like to learn what a “pre-written record” is.


August 28th, 2013

So bisexuality and infidelity are OK so long as you’re presumably male and of high enough rank in society and have married and produced heirs??

That sounds like what he’s saying.

Well…that IS the prevailing model for much of the history of the Western world…that don’t make it right though.

Besides, aren’t Republicans supposed to be religious and against all that type of stuff?? Or is he tacitly admitting that they are all a bunch of deceivers who are perfectly fine with how “The World” does business…and Jesus Christ be damned??

Seems like, you go far enough back and views on sex were completely different from ours, best to admit that right up front. Best not to use anything from the ancient world to justify stuff today.


August 28th, 2013

I’m an archaeologist for 26 years. It is impossible to determine the composition of most households in fine enough detail to know whether a nuclear family was present.


August 28th, 2013

I think that’s more like, “mom, dad, fetus, dad’s 2 other wives, and his various homosexual lovers”. Which is kind of the Andy Dick school of raising a family. Actually, it’s been fairly successful in his case. Mainly because Andy Dick pays attention to his family instead of trying to take over the world. You kind of need to pick what kind of parent you want to be.


August 28th, 2013

I can’t get over the use of that quote, as if marriage itself were the peace-maker, avoiding the context of conquest – a context Sharer dumbfoundinly provides, yet still manages to ignore. Making babies with conquered women was a common tactic, as others have pointed out, and the only lesson to learn here is why this was done: maintaining control. Perhaps it is no mistake he used this analogy. He sees himself at war, and hopes to dominate the sinful LGBT people with forced opposite-sex marriage.


August 28th, 2013

For ancient kings, marriage was about contracting alliances with the father of the bride, usually another king. In a patrilineal culture, it was necessary to have heirs, in order to try to avoid a war between more distant relatives. Polygamy was a great tool for rulers. The Prophet Muhammed had a large number of wives from an equally large number of tribes/clans. That was a quick way to unite typically warring clans under the central banner of Islam.

Also, the concept that ancient men had male lovers and female fertile wives? Old news. Old, old, old news. This is about as pertinent as saying that ancient men had female lovers and female fertile wives. Marriage was a business decision in ancient times.


August 29th, 2013

“‘It is only through blood relations that hatred and war will end’. In other words, Alexander the Great thought that marriage was about creating and raising the next generation.”

No, Alexander knew damned well that it was through marriage that political alliances were forged.

Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.


Latest Posts

The Things You Learn from the Internet

"The Intel On This Wasn't 100 Percent"

From Fake News To Real Bullets: This Is The New Normal

NC Gov McCrory Throws In The Towel

Colorado Store Manager Verbally Attacks "Faggot That Voted For Hillary" In Front of 4-Year-Old Son

Associated Press Updates "Alt-Right" Usage Guide

A Challenge for Blue Bubble Democrats

Baptist Churches in Dallas, Austin Expelled Over LGBT-Affirming Stance

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.