15 April 2013

World History Shows No Support for Same-Sex Marriage

Take your favorite time machine and go to any past time and any place on Earth, and look for marriage. Whenever/wherever you go, marriage will be between men and women. There are no historical examples of institutional same-sex marriage anywhere.

This is not so surprising. Along with the factor of marriage being between men and women, there is also a global historical perception of marriage being about providing for the children. Other things may differ greatly from time to time and from culture to culture, but these are the essentials.

You will find on your global ventures through history that there is great variation on social attitudes toward same-sex/homosexual relationships. In some times/places, they are condemned as wicked. In other, they are considered trivial, or even incorporated into the culture. But in no place has a positive view of same-sex relationships led to an institution of gay marriage.

It is essential, if you wish to speak intelligently in the debate over marriage, to know the history. But sadly, the level of history teaching in the schools leaves much to be desired, as in the case of a fifth-grade school teacher who confidently proclaimed that the leaders of the two sides in World War Two were Adolf Hitler and George Washington. (One of those answers is wrong.)

When legislative bodies seek to change the ancient, universal meaning of marriage to something new, they will go down in history as being as foolish as the ancient Roman Senate which decided it had the power to make deceased emperors into gods.

07 April 2013

The Essential Public Purpose of Marriage is.....

In order to have a discussion about marriage, we must understand what marriage is. Not just what marriage is for devout Christians or Jews or Muslims or Buddhists. We must understand what marriage means to a society and culture that has the institution of marriage (and that is all of them.)

What is the public purpose of marriage, as distinct from private reasons or religious/sacramental reasons? Why did governments in different cultures in different periods of history view marriage as important? Why did the ancient Roman emperor Augustus lecture the order of Equestrians, speaking harshly of the fact that so many of the members of that order had never bothered to get married?

Children. It's about children. Every society--- whether underpopulated or overpopulated--- needs a steady supply of children to be born and to be raised up into useful citizens. Marriage attaches mothers and fathers to their children, and to one another. 

Compare children from a stable married home to children raised in state orphanages, as in Russia; to children of single mothers; to children in step-parent homes; to children in foster care. The children from a married-parent home win. And this is why marriage is an important public institution and why good governments act to preserve and promote it.

Note: "The essential public purpose of marriage is to attach mothers and fathers to the children and to one another" is reason #1 in '77 Non-Religious Reasons to Support Man/Woman Marriage'.

04 April 2013

Let's All Email Bill O'Reilly & Ask Him to Support Traditional Marriage

Bill O'Reilly, the politically moderate Fox News personality, has recently stated that there are no arguments against gay 'marriage' other than 'Bible-thumping'.

Forget that 'Bible-thumping' is a hate epithet against Bible-believing Christians (including faithful Catholics), much of the same nature as the use of 'money-grubbing' against Jews.

O'Reilly needs to inform himself. And The Ruth Institute has started a campaign to help him: see https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152723702005171&set=a.10150240297525171.468429.223608490170&type=1&theater

There is a booklet called '77 Non-religious Reasons to Support Man/Woman Marriage'--- read it at http://www.eagleforum.org/topics/marriage/pdf/77reasonsREAD-ONLY.pdf   The Ruth Institute asks you to email O'Reilly at oreilly@foxnews.com, using the words 77 Non-Religious Reasons to Support Man/Woman Marriage as your subject line. Be sure to include your name and town in your message.

You might also email Megyn Kelly with the same message, her email may be found at the Fox News site.

Some people are having fun with this. One person tweeted O'Reilly 20 times with the first 20 reasons.

Why do this? Because the media is what is pushing gay marriage. And even though Fox News serves the moderate and conservative viewers rather than the knee-jerk liberal ones that the other news outlets serve, they have pretty openly thrown in the towel on gay marriage ever since some poll came out showing gay marriage making some gains in acceptance.

We may not actually be able to make O'Reilly read the booklet or ask one of his staffers to do so. But if we email him often enough to be noticeable,  and do the same to other news personalities on Fox and other networks, we will get noticed, and our message will seep in.