The Hypocrisy of Barney Frank
imply to the equivalency of marriage between a man and a woman is a travesty of marriage, and indeed, deeply anti-marriage. Allowing such unions--even more so giving them legal recognition--"would result in changes to the entire organization of society, contrary to the common good."
To place homosexual unions on par with a marriage between a man and a woman will have the ineluctable result that the "the concept of marriage would undergo a radical transformation," and this results in a "grave detriment to the common good."
For this reason: "By putting homosexual unions on a legal plane analogous to that of marriage and the family, the State acts arbitrarily and in contradiction with its duties."
The homosexual union should not receive legal recognition, as it contradicts the common good and is in fact intrinsically unjust. "Because married couples ensure the succession of generations and are therefore eminently within the public interest, civil law" should grant them, and them alone, "institutional recognition."
"Homosexual unions, on the other hand, do not need specific attention from the legal standpoint since they do not exercise this function for the common good."
While homosexuals--as persons--should enjoy rights as persons and citizens and so have a right--along with all other citizens--to protect their authentic rights and their personal goods in matters of common interest with society as a whole, it is "gravely unjust to sacrifice the common good and just laws on the family in order to protect personal goods that can and must be guaranteed in ways that do not harm the body of society."
However, to support laws legitimizing homosexual unions, to vote for such laws, to enjoy the protection of such laws, to relish in such laws--and this is Barney Frank par excellence--is by definition "harmful to the common good," and is therefore, in each and every instance, "gravely immoral."
The voice of reason and the voice of the Church whose teachings on human sexuality are based upon the natural moral law, were, in a more sane day, stated in some humorous doggerel penned by Hillaire Belloc.
The world is full of double beds
And most delightful maidenheads,
Which being so, there's no excuse
For sodomy of self-abuse.
The doggerel aside, let us assume for the sake of argument that Ryan is a kettle, a devotee of Ayn Rand and an enemy of the common good. (A position, by the way, of which I am highly uncertain.) Barney Frank is without question a pot, a devotee of homosexual unions who advances them with unmatched zeal. Barney Frank railing against Ryan is a perfect instantiation of the American idiom, "the pot calling the kettle black."
And here, let us invoke some more doggerel, though alas not that of Belloc:
Oho!" said the pot to the kettle;
"You are dirty and ugly and black!
Sure no one would think you were metal,
Except when you're given a crack."
"Not so! not so!" kettle said to the pot;
"'Tis your own dirty image you see;
For I am so clean - without blemish or blot -
That your blackness is mirrored in me."
Andrew M. Greenwell is an attorney licensed to practice law in Texas, practicing in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is married with three children. He maintains a blog entirely devoted to the natural law called Lex Christianorum. You can contact Andrew at email@example.com.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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