Dobson: Gay Marriage Will Destroy ‘Entire Superstructure’ of Society

James Dobson did an interview with Billy Hollowell of The Blaze about his new book and offered the usual hysterical hyperbole on how gay marriage is going to destroy “the entire superstructure of culture.” You know, like it did in Rome and Greece (except, of course, it didn’t).

During the discussion, Hallowell asked Dobson about the role that Christianity should play in society today, to which Dobson responded by warning that if the definition of marriage is changed, it will spell doom for our entire society.

“When you start to weaken” the institution of marriage and the family, Dobson warned, “it influences the entire culture and, in fact, the entire superstructure of culture can come crashing down. That’s happened in Rome, it happened in Greece, it’s happened throughout history and I don’t think that America can survive in the form we have known … if we allow the family to disintegrate. And that is, in fact, what’s happening.”

Well, if by “in the form we have known” he means “without letting gay people get married,” no that isn’t going to survive. But society will be just fine. And when all these ridiculous, dystopic predictions don’t come true — as they never have when made in the past in every other similar situation — you’re going to look pretty darn stupid.


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  • Pierce R. Butler

    But society will be just fine.

    Well, except for the wars, climate disruption, resource depletion, economic monopolization and rampant poverty, political corruption, toxic pollution, unrestrained eavesdropping and data-mining, educational collapse, censorship and internet rigging, racism, sexism, transphobia, etc, etc, etc. – just fine!

  • alanb

    Roman culture lasted well beyond the time the Christians took it over and Greek Culture (Classical and Hellenistic) lasted well into the Christian era as well. So maybe it was Christianity rather than sodomy that caused the entire superstructure of those cultures to come crashing down.

  • eric

    it happened in Greece

    Huh? I have no idea what cavity he pulled that one from. The Greek city-states lost their geopolitical power for a wide range of reasons and at different times. AFAIK forms of marriage had nothing to do with it because they largely didn’t change over a thousand or so years. If you’re going to give the junior high ’20 word answer’ for why the city-states like Athens lost geopolitical power, probably the right answer is “conquest of the entire region by Philip II and Alexander, who made them vassal states.”

  • dugglebogey

    He’s right, because when we allowed interracial marriage the infrastructure failed and we had to build the SUPERstructure. Now if that fails due to gay people getting married, we will have to build the ULTRAstructure. Do you want to go to all this trouble and expense? DO YOU?

  • Glenn E Ross

    alanb@2 sez:

    So maybe it was Christianity rather than sodomy that caused the entire superstructure of those cultures to come crashing down.

    I read about a theory a few years ago that Christianity did bring about the fall of Rome. Until the emperors converted to Christianity when Rome conquered a people, the conquered were able to add their gods to the pantheon of roman gods. The Romans absorbed the people they conquered but allowed them to retain enough of their identity to not feel completely conquered. When the Roman emperors adopted a monotheistic belief and attempted to force it on those they conquered, the conquered, well, knew and felt they were conquered and failed to be absorbed.

  • Chiroptera

    What? They’re still going on about gay marriage? I thought they moved on to how ISIS is disguising themselves as 12 year old Salvadoran children to smuggle eboli into the country? And then onto how the feminazis are railroading that poor Ray Rice?

  • D. C. Sessions

    He’s really missing an opportunity here to make his point.

    He could be pointing to Europe and comparing the way Germany and Sweden are falling apart after their embrace of SSM and how they’re being totally eclipsed by Ireland and Spain, which have not strayed from the Christian Truth.

  • DaveL

    The superstructure of culture? As in, that part of our culture that’s built above some given baseline? So gay marriage is going to make satellite TV and hipsterism collapse, while leaving the essential elements of our cultural identity intact?

  • whheydt

    SSM is going to make the superstructure collapse? That’s a relief. Now if it were going to make a major breach in the HULL, we’d really be in trouble and at risk of sinking without a trace.

  • John Pieret

    I don’t think that America can survive in the form we have known

    When have we ever had an America in the form we had previously known? We were a handful of small colonies clinging to the Atlantic coastline and went to a nation spanning the continent; from a society with slavery to one without; from a society with with official segregation to one without; a society that denied women many rights, including voting, to one where women are officially equal; from a nation that shunned foreign entanglements to the world’s policeman.

    Yeah, old white Christians aren’t going to so much in charge anymore. The rest of us will get over it.

  • Gregory in Seattle

    Just like it has in Canada. And the Netherlands. And South Africa. And Spain. And Belgium. And Portugal. And Brazil. And Uruguay. And the UK.

    All of these countries utterly destroyed.

  • busterggi

    Nice to see a right-winger say something besides Benghazi.

  • magistramarla

    Wingnuts are as ignorant of world history as they are of American history and science.

    Are they all the products of homeschooling or did they just sleep through school?

  • tacitus

    Always worth quoting whenever someone like Dobson talks about the Fall of Rome:

    A same-sex union was known in Ancient Greece and Rome, ancient Mesopotamia, in some regions of China, such as Fujian province, and at certain times in ancient European history. These same-sex unions continued until Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. A law in the Theodosian Code (C. Th. 9.7.3) was issued in 342 AD by the Christian emperors Constantius II and Constans, which prohibited same-sex marriage in ancient Rome and ordered that those who were so married were to be executed.

    342 was a mere 34 years before the year generally accepted as the turning point when the Rome Empire fell into an irreversibly steep decline, and only 68 years before Rome itself was sacked for the first time.

  • lorn

    “Destroy ‘Entire Superstructure’ of Society”

    Given that the “superstructure” hasn’t been serving society, or my, needs for quite some time perhaps we could try getting along without it.

    We might think of it as society imposing Galt upon the “producers” who keep threatening to “Go Galt”.

  • birgerjohansson

    You don’t get it. “Gay marriage” is just a catalyst. Once you combine “gay marriage” and “Benghazi” you will get a chain reaction making the superstructure blast off into space, like the moon in 1999.*

    *According to “Space 1999”

  • marcozandrini

    Well, I agree with Dobson on one thing: our superstructure is crumbling. Heck, yesterday I had to swerve my car so I didn’t hit…….oooops, I thought he meant infrastructure. I’m so embarrrrest. Not!

  • argos