Friday, May 23, 2008

Post-Christian America

RealClearPolitics - Articles - Post-Christian America

Pat Buchanan wrote this article. I disagree with him on many things, but I really like him as a person and a political commentator. But I need to address some things he said in this article.

To declare that homosexuals can marry is patently absurd. The very definition of marriage is the union of a man and woman, first and foremost, for the procreation of children.

So? One hundred years ago, a fourteen year old was usually married off and expected to start producing kids. Her husband was usually in his twenties and often times already established and had built out his life and house. Two hundred years ago, this was common place. And three hundred years ago, seventeen was too old to marry off. Times change Pat. What was the norm and accepted just a hundred years ago is now called pedophilia and if a 21 year old thinks a fifteen year old is attractive, he is sick and twisted. Time changes and society changes, and this is a long over due change!

To say two men who live together and engage in sex can be married renders the idea and ideal of marriage meaningless. The court may declare it, but it cannot redefine an institution that nature and nature's God have already defined. As they say in Texas, you can put lipstick and earrings on a pig, and call her Peggy Sue, but it's still a pig.

This is a statement that doesn't hold water. Back in biblical times and beyond, people could marry men and women and even children. It was common and accepted. The Roman empire allowed nearly everything. And no, Rome didn't fall because of it, when it fell, it had been under christian rule for two hundred years. Nature has never defined marriage, or other species would get married as well.

"What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder," Christ taught. Through the Old Testament and into the epistles of St. Paul, homosexual sodomy is an abomination leading to personal destruction and damnation, one of the five sins that cry out to heaven for vengeance. How, then, can four judges declare it to be integral to the sacrament of marriage?

Well, we don't believe all that rot, comes the reply.

Fine, but Christianity is the cornerstone of Western Civilization. Since the fall of Rome to our own time, nations have believed and acted on the belief that marriage and traditional families are the cinderblocks on which a society must be built. When these cinderblocks crumble, the society collapses. The truth has been born out in our own time.

Your opinion is not fact. Your bible is not required to be followed and in deed in this country, the government cannot force anyone to follow the bible, including in marriage.

This is not a christian nation either. Just read our forefathers, especially the christians like John Adams who wrote in the Treatise of Tripoli that "this nation is in no way founded on the christian religion". Our forefathers wanted a government that stayed out of religious affairs and as Jefferson so eloquently put it in a letter, the constitution was to create a wall of separation between the government and religion.

Yet, no Congress or state legislature ever voted to declare homosexual unions a marriage. The idea has everywhere been rejected. Wherever it has been on the ballot, same-sex marriage has been voted down. In the 13 states where it was on the ballot in 2004, it was defeated by 58 percent to 85 percent -- the last figure rolled up in Mississippi, where black Christian pastors told their flocks to go out and vote down the abomination.

And well they shouldn't. The constitution clearly states that any powers no explicitly given to the federal government goes to the states. There is no power over marriage specified to the federal government, thus they don't have a say in it. The states can and must decide this issue, and they have done so in California.

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