The award for Religidiot of the week goes to Dr. Ben Carson for the following: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsmWPQ7nEHY] “Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality…they don’t get to change the definition.” Dr. Carson later ‘apologized’ for offending anyone – not for taking such an odious position. In his apology, Carson said “As a Christian, I have a duty to love all people and that includes people who have other sexual orientations…”. (Translation – love the sinner, hate the sin). This is the same tripe that we hear from the clergy. Cardinal Timothy Dolan (on ABC’s This Week): “Well, the first thing I’d say to them is, “I love you, too. And God loves you. And you are made in God’s image and likeness. And – and we – we want your happiness. But – and you’re entitled to friendship.” But we also know that God has told us that the way to happiness, that – especially when it comes to sexual love – that is intended only for a man and woman in marriage, where children can come about naturally.” So we can now make an educated guess as to the underpinnings of Dr. Carson’s stance on same-sex marriage – his Christinsanity. Yes, Dr. Carson is a creationist, who believes that all things good and moral emanate from scripture – the transcribed text of his god. So, owing to his Christinsanity, Dr. Carson considers the marriage between a man and a woman a fundamental pillar of society that should not be changed. He is quite willing to disenfranchise an entire segment of our society, because his god tells him so no doubt. Hmmm. This sounds eerily familiar. Let’s wind the clock back a little shall we?
Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix. [Judge Leon Bazile stated opinion in denying the appeal of Mildred and Richard Loving’s 1959 conviction in Virgina for violating the Racial Integrity Act banning interracial marriage.]
Isn’t Dr. Carson making the same argument against same-sex marriage? By the way, it was only in 1967 that Inter-racial marriage was made legal federally. In the case that was brought forward by the Lovings, the Justices made the ruling that state bans on interracial marriage violated the 14th Amendment, which extended full civil rights and citizenship to all born and naturalized citizens regardless of race. At that time, there were still 16 states with bans on interracial marriage – Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. And it was only in the year 2000 (2000!) that Alabama officially legalized interracial marriage by removing the ban from the State’s constitution. Let’s hope we have learned from this and deliver liberty to same-sex couples more expediently.
Some of the other arguments we hear today levied against same-sex marriage are the same that was used to justify the ban on interracial marriages:
- It is unnatural and against God’s wishes/it is against the teachings of Christianity and the bible. Isn’t this the same argument as God created Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve?
- It will throw the doors open to other types of unwanted marriages (e.g., Polygamy, incest, NAMBLA, Bestiality etc.)
- It will ultimately lead to the destruction of the moral fabric of our society.
And on and on it goes. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose!
Pillars, when they are that crooked and bent, must be taken down to ensure the development of a proper foundation.