Nothing New Under The Sun

It is being reported that Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert is saying that same-sex marriage is something that has historically been introduced at the end of a civilization's history. He appeals in support of this claim to Solomon as the “most wise man” [sic] and his statement that “there is nothing new under the sun.”

Solomon, of course, is a great person to appeal to in favor of traditional marriage. Not the recent American version of marriage involving one man and one woman. No, the much more traditional version, of one man and as many wives and concubines as he pleases and can afford.

There is indeed nothing new under the sun. Objectors to social change have been decrying innovations they dislike as liable to cause the downfall of civilization since time immemorial. And often quoting sacred texts that do not really help their cause as part of their case.


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  • Gary

    Now, if you want to talk about stupid politicians from Texas, who seem to want to tell people what they should do (especially women), and at the same time wanting government to butt out of people’s personal lives, talk about the Texas governor.
    “But Perry argued Thursday that biography should instead have provided the Democratic lawmaker guidance in her personal views on abortion.

    “The fact is, who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t grow to live successful lives?” Perry said. “In fact, even the woman who filibustered in the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a single woman. She was a teenage mother herself. She managed eventually to graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas Senate. It’s just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example, that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”
    If you want to use OT scripture, try Ex 21:22. Or better yet, at least be for the wide distribution of condoms. And quit telling women (and gays) what they should or shouldn’t be doing.