June 2, 2009

On Gay Marriage, Just Think of the Children

Progressive states around the U.S. are demonstrating their commitment to the civil rights of all Americans, and Maine is one of the latest. Now Maine's Bishop Malone issued a statement of opposition to his state's recent decision to grant equal rights to same sex couples.
Same-sex marriage is a dangerous sociological experiment that I believe will have negative consequences for society as a whole. Children will be taught in schools that same-sex marriage and traditional marriage are simply different expressions of the same thing, and that the logical and consistent understanding that marriage and reproduction are intrinsically linked is no longer valid. These are profound changes that will reverberate throughout society with tragic consequences.
Dangerous, huh? Dangerous because Maine's children might be taught to be tolerant of human differences? Or perhaps the good bishop thinks it would be dangerous because children might be confused about the conflicting messages they would receive from adults (i.e., marriage is about reproduction vs. marriage is about love). Yeah, I suppose that might be a bit confusing for some. After all, the conflict between rigidly held dogma and reality is a common source of confusion.

You know what else might be confusing (or worse) for Maine's children? Victimization at the hands of pedophile priests and a church who prefers to conceal their offenses by moving the perpetrators around their system.

What Bishop Malone might want to consider is that his link between marriage and reproduction is horribly dated and simply no longer relevant. His religion can evolve (e.g., the Catholic position on limbo), crumble, or remain a force for ignorance and oppression.

H/T to Pam's House Blend

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