Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Tyranny of Tolerance

Got plans to do business anywhere near a courthouse this weekend? You may want to postpone it; protests like this one are in the planning stages:

In the Upper West Side of Manhattan, demonstrators chanted "Shame on you!" outside the temple. Leaders of the Mormon church had encouraged members to support passage of California's Proposition 8, a referendum banning same-sex marriage.

"I'm fed up and disgusted with religious institutions taking political stances and calling them moral when it's nothing but politics," said Dennis Williams, 36. "Meanwhile they enjoy tax-free status while trying to deny me rights that should be mine at the state and federal level."

Church spokesman Michael Otterson said that while citizens have the right to protest, he was "puzzled" and "disturbed" by the gathering since the majority of California's voters had approved the amendment.

"This was a very broad-based coalition that defended traditional marriage in a free and democratic election," Otterson said, referring to the numerous religious and social conservative groups that sponsored Proposition 8. [...]

Gay-marriage advocates said they were planning nationwide demonstrations this weekend in more than 175 cities and outside the U.S. Capitol. A Seattle blogger was trying to organize simultaneous protests outside statehouses and city halls in every state Saturday.

Earlier in Connecticut, Jody Mock and Elizabeth Kerrigan emerged from Town Hall in West Hartford to the cheers of about 150 people and waved their marriage license high. The couple led the lawsuit that overturned the state law.

"We feel very fortunate to live in the state of Connecticut, where marriage equality is valued, and hopefully other states will also do what is fair," Kerrigan said.

It's pretty clear that to same-sex marriage [redefinition of marriage] advocates, the only acceptable sort of "tolerance" for their depraved and sinful lifestyles is the sort that lets them have everything they demand, while simultaneously redefining all traditional sexual moralities as bigotry and intolerance.

The reality is that there are things which, based on natural law, a healthy society does not tolerate. Societal approval and encouragement of sexually deviant behaviors is not something that has ever characterized a healthy society; usually it is a sign that the barbarians are at the gate, and that the forces of destruction embedded within the dying culture are simply aiding in the hastening of that society's eventual demise.


Charlotte said...

Amen, sister!
These activists are really getting on my nerves, but I am afraid to do anything outside of my own home to protest their actions and views, seeing as they are becoming increasingly violent.

j. christian said...

All Christians should do their homework and understand why prohibiting same-sex marriage is not merely a matter of religious doctrine. Gay marriage advocates think it is, and we need to refute their arguments with our own from reason.

Start by understanding why traditional sexual morality is not bigotry or intolerance, but actually a better sexual ethic than that offered by the zeitgeist. Learn about the research on sex differences and human nature, why there are good reasons for gender complementarity in parenthood, etc. Understand that threats to traditional marriage (such as divorce, contraception, abortion, extramarital sex, etc.) have not helped society, but actually hurt it. Understand that gay marriage, with its principle of "two consenting adults who love each other should be married," says nothing about children and families, and everything about the wants of the adults at the expense of children.

We don't need another nail in the coffin of marriage and family. It isn't bigotry or intolerance to suggest that yet another redefinition around the edges of marriage doesn't help the institution. Especially when that redefinition is more about personal autonomy than it is about the common good of society.

Finally, look to the facts of human history. Heterosexual marriage, though prevalent, is not a given. It isn't to be taken for granted. Convincing men not only to mate, but to remain and nurture their children is a massive undertaking of culture and (often) religion. To suggest that marriage is just a contractual relationship at worst, or a deeply felt romantic commitment at best, undermines the whole notion of marriage as the basis for strong families. It tells men that straight marriage is just one option among many, and not necessarily a preferable option.

Marriage is not a right, but a complex institution that stands at the intersection of biology and culture. Some even dare to call it a sacrament. To thrive, the human species needs traditional marriage. Chipping away at it around the edges is only sealing our fate as a race determined to live at all costs for ourselves and our whims.

Alexandra said...

"I'm fed up and disgusted with religious institutions taking political stances and calling them moral when it's nothing but politics," said Dennis Williams, 36. "Meanwhile they enjoy tax-free status while trying to deny me rights that should be mine at the state and federal level."

So what do they want the Mormons to do, give up their religious convictions or not exercise their right to vote? They'll need to do one or the other in order to vote the other way. Shame on the activists! The people have spoken.

Scott W. said...

Good points j. I'll add the suggestion that all Catholics familiarize themselves with the Vatican document on same-sex unions. Especially this:

In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application. In this area, everyone can exercise the right to conscientious objection.

Note two things: 1). D├ętente is not an option. That is to say, I hear lots of people (Catholics included) that try to pull the "well the state should get out of marriage altogether blah, blah, blah" In other words, punt. No dice. and 2). It doesn't matter what you call these same-sex arrangements. Marriage, union, etc. It's all bs that must be opposed.