Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Use this phrase in everyday conversation

Here's what the Providence Visitor, Rhode Island's Catholic newspaper, had to say about recent comments made by Sen. Edward Kennedy about same-sex marriage:

He spoke at length about his opposition to the amendment and criticized anyone who dare insist that "gay marriage" was wrong. "A vote for this amendment is a vote for bigotry, pure and simple," he said.

Alas, same-sex marriage is neither "pure" nor "simple"; rather, it is a real threat to traditional marriage, family life and religious freedom in our nation. To simply dismiss all those who support a constitutional protection of traditional marriage as "bigots" is ridiculous and dangerous. Among its supporters are members of the Catholic Church, the Greek and Russian Orthodox churches, the National Association of Evangelicals, representatives of the Jewish faith, the Mormon Church, the Coalition of African-American Pastors and 49 of his fellow senators.

It appears that, after many years of public service, Kennedy has become bloated by the blight of political hysteria and demonic demagoguery. Defending marriage is neither a movement by bigots nor an attempt to legalize prejudice. Pure and simple, it is an effort to establish in law what has always been true: that marriage is between one man and one woman.

"Bloated by the blight of political hysteria and demonic demagoguery." Wow. I think we all should make the effort to start using that phrase in everyday conversation, don't you?

1 comment:

Todd Tyrtle said...

I've always thought that this issue could easily be resolved by simply abolishing marriage as a government's job entirely for everyone. Why not introduce a simple bill that states that the purpose of the state is to provide civil unions for all couples - gay or straight. In this case marriage would no longer be "threatened" since it would just be a legal contract. Which is, from the state's point of view, all it is anyway.

After that, let individual churches perform marriages and decide for themselves who they will allow to marry.

This idea first occurred to me just before Canada's legalization of gay marriage last year. I hate to admit it but the idea came from Ralph Klein - Alberta's premier who threatened that Alberta would no longer perform marriages if gay marriage was legalized. Seems like a good idea to me.