Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Christian Love versus Christian Superstition

Keith Olbermann had a great "special comment" on the passage of Proposition Eight in California, which rescinded the right of same-sex couples to marry:

Note how Keith asks this question:

If you voted for this Proposition or support those who did or the sentiment they expressed, I have some questions, because, truly, I do not... understand. Why does this matter to you? What is it to you?

Here is the typical answer you might get from church officials:

“Alternatives to the legal and loving marriage between a man and a woman are helping to unravel the fabric of human society. I am sure this is pleasing to the devil. The fabric I refer to is the family. These so-called alternative life-styles must not be accepted as right, because they frustrate God’s commandment for a life-giving union of male and female within a legal marriage as stated in Genesis. If practiced by all adults, these life-styles would mean the end of the human family.”
-- President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Pope Benedict had said: "Christians must defend traditional heterosexual marriage as a 'pillar of humanity' benefiting Christians and non-Christians." A couple other examples of answers:

Marriage is supposed to be a sacred bond between man and woman in a one–to–one ratio. I want to see that bond protected. -- Jamie Edgerly


...because homosexual sex - the underlying basis for such unions - causes harm to those engaged in such activities. Doctors have indicated the physical harm it causes and psychologists have pointed out the emotional and psychological harm that ensues. But over and above these very serious considerations is the spiritual harm that results from this sexual behaviour.
-- John-Henry Westen

So, do you think that if Keith Olbermann had heard those explanations for opposing gay marriage that he wouldn't have a question any more? Do those explanations make sense for you?

If they do, please leave a comment and explain them to me. I might pick up on this later if someone can explain them. In the mean time I'll leave you with this:

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equine potamuse said...

After reading about this controversy for several years I finally read an anti-gay marriage argument that almost makes sense (sorry I didn't keep the link): Gay marriage normalizes homosexuality and leads to a decrease in marriageable men. And the fact is that this is true. Confused or closeted homosexual/bisexual men often do marry -- if only for the emotional connection -- many leading sadder lives but putting on a happy face for their wives and children. Gay men make good marriage partners; why would we want to keep them away from our daughters? The answer to the sign held by the protester above ("Do you really want me marrying your daughter?") is: "Yes!"

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