“We know where great sex is; we don’t know where great sex isn’t” [Blogathon 3/12]

This post is number three of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here. I've done two posts of comments I disagreed with.   Now here's one from Jerry I quite liked. To paraphrase (butcher?) a common phrase: we know where great sex is; we don’t know where great sex is … [Read more...]

Is there something rotten in the state of Denmark?

In my Catholic blog folder, I found a link to an Telegraph article that said LGBT activists have done what the sky-is-falling conservatives have always claimed: they're won the "right" to force churches to conduct gay weddings.  Here's the Telegraph's writeup: The country's parliament voted through the new law on same-sex marriage by a large majority, making it mandatory for all churches to conduct gay marriages.Denmark's church minister, Manu Sareen, called the vote "historic"."I think … [Read more...]

Is Civil Marriage a Right?

Last week the European Court of Human Rights ruled that same-sex marriage is not a human right guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. In addition, according to The Daily Mail's write-up of the case, the court ruled that if gay couples are allowed to marry, any church that offers weddings will be guilty of discrimination if it declines to marry same-sex couples.Before I get to the main point, I have to say that last part struck me as bizarre. There's not a Catholic church in … [Read more...]

Fancy a spot of Sharia law?

I've returned from AAAS (jet lag and all) and I'd like to take a crack at one of the questions you guys posted in the Marriage Q&A post (if you've thought of a new question, I'm still watching that thread).  Gilbert asked: As far as I get it covenant marriage rests on the state refusing covenant-violating divorces. Otherwise it would be exactly like ordinary civil marriage: a promise of life-long commitment that can easily be broken without repercussions. So I suppose you support a separate … [Read more...]

Marriage Q&A

Now that the gay marriage debate with Matt has come to an end, I'd like to give you commenters a chance to ask me any questions about my position on marriage and its ties to tradition and the State.  Basically the same thing we did after the post on bisexuality.  I can't promise I'll get to all of them, but I can guarantee I'm not going to be able to pick all of the questions addressed to me (as opposed to other commenters or hypothetical, possibly-made-of-straw atheists) out of the growing c … [Read more...]

Whaddya Wanna Get Married For?

Sorry this is late, but what could be better on Valentine's Day than pouring kerosene on a fight about marriage? This post is part of a debate on gay marriage.  In the last installment, my friend Matt argued that endorsing gay marriage means endorsing the foundations of divorce culture.  So now it's my turn to be prescriptive about marriage.  To start with a recap of what kind of marriage Matt opposed, let's go to the videotape (John Barrowman in Company):We'll look not too deep, We'll g … [Read more...]

Divorce and the Doctrine of Individualism

This post is part of a debate on gay marriage.  Matt led off with a post on gay marriage and deep friendship, and I rebutted him in three parts.  Now he debuts a new argument, which I'll respond to tomorrow.  (Oh, and once again, photos are my fault, not Matt's).The second of Professor Anthony Esolen’s arguments that I’d like to concur with is the idea that homosexual marriage would "seal us in a culture of divorce." Again, this hits at a major talking point of the gay rights movement. I … [Read more...]


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