Triangulating Marriage: President Obama Uses Joe Biden as a Political Lightning Rod
Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that those who seek to redefine the word marriage and then destroy the institution which is the cornerstone of civil society are simply involved - knowingly or unwittingly - in a return to a pagan practice and are unleashing anarchy in the social order.
Next, I warned against ever using the word "marriage" when referring to homosexual (or "gay") partnerships. This warning did not come from some personal hostility toward persons with same sex attraction but out of a desire for verbal integrity. Homosexual relationships simply cannot constitute a marriage.
As a lawyer and activist of many years I know that in the battle to change culture, the softening of the language is the most effective early action before a wholesale assault is waged in the courtrooms, the legislatures and the media. I also know that such language eventually destroys the vigilance of those who are caught unaware of its ruthless and corrosive effect on the long term struggle.
Finally, I warned of the use of "rights" and "freedom" language. I know that this vocabulary is the greatest weapon in this new Cultural Revolution. When the effort to legalize the killing of innocent children in the first home of the whole human race, their mother's womb, was couched in the language of "privacy", "choice" and "freedom" the effort advanced and the infamy was accomplished. Every procured abortion is the taking of an innocent human life no matter what the newspeak of the age calls it. It is always and everywhere wrong.
There is an accelerating effort to make homosexual partnerships the equivalent of marriage and use the Police Power of the State to enforce such a restructuring on the rest of civil society. The language of the Anti-Right to Life movement is being deployed. When sexual behavior between two men or two women is viewed as the foundation of a "right" to marry and those who oppose this equivalency movement are characterized as being against the "freedom" to marry and "equal rights", the revolutionary plan is obvious.
True marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions. It is a relationship defined by nature itself and protected by the natural law that binds all men and women. It finds its foundation in the order of creation. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they create a "right" to marry for those who are incapable of marriage.
The institutions of government should, when acting properly, defend marriage against those who would redefine it. Government has long regulated marriage for the common good. For example, the ban on polygamy and age requirements were enforced in order to ensure that there was a mature decision at the basis of the Marriage contract. In now "redefining" marriage, these renegade Justices and their complicit public officials have imperiled the stability of our society and struck a blow against the common good.
For Judges or legislatures to grant legal equivalency to co-habiting paramours (homosexual or heterosexual) and then confer governmental benefits upon them does not further freedom it undermines it. It also does not serve the common good it injures it. To limit marriage to heterosexual couples is not discriminatory now, nor has it ever been. Homosexual couples cannot bring into existence what marriage intends by its very definition. To now "confer" the benefits that have been conferred in the past only to stable married couples and families to homosexual paramours is very bad public policy.
Marriage is ontologically between a man and a woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. The enforcers of a new social order, whether ruling from the bench or misusing their office in the Legislative and Executive branch, unchecked by any balance of power, have followed what the legal positivists have long proclaimed, "The law is what the courts say it is."
Those who claim that accepting the new Cultural Revolution is a matter of "tolerance" are the most intolerant. They have unveiled their strategy of forcing their brave new world on the rest of us and will allow no dissent. Notice how intolerant they are of those who, though respecting the dignity of every person, including homosexuals, also insist that marriage is what it is and not what some renegade Court or misguided legislature redefines it to be.
Catholics, other Christians, other people of faith and all people of good will who recognize the vital role that marriage and family serve in the formation of a truly just society must be courageous and persevere. We will be pilloried and persecuted. We must be morally coherent and live a unity of life. Finally, as faithful citizens concerned for the common good we need to consider where candidates stand on marriage and ask whether they will defend it against the new cultural revolutionaries. Then, we must vote accordingly.
With the prospect of a second term looming for President Obama, we all need to wake up. This latest political strategy is one more example of triangulation. This administration has failed to hear the cry of the poor in the womb. They are the most Anti-Life Administration in US History. They have failed to protect the First Freedom of Religious Freedom. If given four more years, they will dismantle marriage and the family and society founded upon it.
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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.
Keywords: gay marriage, homosexual marriage, marriage equality, human rights campaign, Joe Biden, Arne Duncan, marriage, family, Barack Obama, Keith A Fournier
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