From Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, writing a crazy rant in the Telegraph in opposition to a plan by British Prime Minister David Cameron to hold a vote on legalizing same-sex marriage.
Since all the legal rights of marriage are already available to homosexual couples, it is clear that this proposal is not about rights, but rather is an attempt to redefine marriage for the whole of society at the behest of a small minority of activists.
Redefining marriage will have huge implications for what is taught in our schools, and for wider society. It will redefine society since the institution of marriage is one of the fundamental building blocks of society. The repercussions of enacting same-sex marriage into law will be immense.
But can we simply redefine terms at a whim? Can a word whose meaning has been clearly understood in every society throughout history suddenly be changed to mean something else?
If same-sex marriage is enacted into law what will happen to the teacher who wants to tell pupils that marriage can only mean – and has only ever meant – the union of a man and a woman?
The same thing that happened to teachers who believed that interracial marriage was a violation of the will of God. That was the position of most Christian churches for centuries too. They’re still free to believe that, of course, but if they teach in public schools they don’t get to assert their religious beliefs into the classroom.
In Article 16 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, marriage is defined as a relationship between men and women. But when our politicians suggest jettisoning the established understanding of marriage and subverting its meaning they aren’t derided.
Instead, their attempt to redefine reality is given a polite hearing, their madness is indulged. Their proposal represents a grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right…
The Universal Declaration on Human Rights is crystal clear: marriage is a right which applies to men and women, “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State”.
There’s that bizarre idea that allowing gay people to marry is somehow an attack or a denial of the right of straight people to marry. And it actually gets worse:
Same-sex marriage would eliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child. It would create a society which deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father.
Nonsense. Millions of children already have a gay mother or father. The only thing that legalizing same-sex marriage would do is provide legal and financial protection for their relationships, which is just as good for the child in those homes as it is for children raised by straight parents. It’s amazing the mental knots they will tie themselves into in order to avoid saying what they really think, which is that gay people are icky and they don’t like them and therefore they want to deprive them of their rights.