More Than Traditional, It's True: A Call to Change the Way We Speak of Marriage
women, it can never be marriage. That's not bigotry or discrimination or hatred no matter what the world says. Leave the hyper-charged feelings aside for a moment: refusing to call a thing what it isn't is nothing but logical, reasonable, and factual.
For thousands of years human civilization has known that marriage is only between a man and a woman, as the foundation of society, ordered toward the raising of children, but now suddenly in our so-called enlightened age those of us who refuse to part with reason and morality are on the wrong side of history? Absurd.
So there's my two cents'. Fellow defenders of true marriage, choose your words wisely and well. Don't join the rest of the world in declaring what is true to be merely "traditional."
Our challenge is to be unafraid and resolute without ever abandoning love. That's not an easy task, and I admit I have failed often. We're not wielding weapons, and we don't seek destruction or discrimination.
For myself, I don't write with animosity or any desire to wound. But like so many others in America today, I won't be bullied into capitulation either. I won't forsake what I know is true. I won't call something that is not marriage, marriage. It's that simple.
For the sake of true marriage and the family, even though I'm getting quite sick of words, words, words... silence is not an option.
Jennifer Hartline is a grateful Catholic, a proud Army wife and homeschooling mother of three children. She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online. Visit her online at Wake Up, Deborah!
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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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