I should not be surprised. The Catholic Church has, in the past, defined gay people as “intrinsically disordered” and parents like myself as “doing violence” to our children for providing them love and a home.
So why does Seattle archbishop J. Peter Sartain’s hyperbole set my teeth chattering?
Most of us have heard all the empty ringing arguments against same sex marriage. The play “8” draws them all out as they were presented in the California court case against proposition 8. Intelligently.
There is nothing intelligent in Sartain’s video. He says, “To suddenly change the God-given and time honored understanding of marriage would be a very harmful thing for our state and for the world. Should marriage be redefined in our state the very foundational nature of marriage for the good and strength of human society would be harmed beyond repair.”
All I can say to that is…. “cut the crap”. There are so many things wrong in this brief statement… let’s count them. Just for fun.
- “to suddenly” How is change to an institution that is constantly evolving “sudden”. Marriage has only been done “for love” for the last hundred or so years. Arranged marriages were the rule before that. People of mixed races could not marry. The marriage was not between two full members of society able to own property. Marriage change is anything BUT “sudden”.
- “God-given and time honored understanding of marriage” The Bible presents marriage between brother and sister, a man and two sisters, a king and hundreds of women and single men. Which of these represents the G-g and t-h version? He must mean the God-given and time honored since the 1950s version. He should say so then.
- “very harmful thing for our state and for the world”. I don’t live in Washington, so I can’t speak for the delicate balance of life there. It seemed pretty darn sturdy on my vacations when I had the fortune to swing through. But…”the world”? Canada has it. Much of the Northeast has it. Nothing bad has happened. So…Sartain is saying that all of a sudden (to literally quote him) WASHINGTON getting same sex marriage is THE place to harm the world. No offense to the people I love in Washington, but I really was unaware of your huge worldly significance.
- “the very foundational nature of marriage for the good and strength of human society would be harmed beyond repair” This is just a lie. The physical qualities of people are not “foundational natures” of anything. The nature is the spirit, principles and commitment that are being brought. Those are not changing…they are being reinforced. Gay families exist. Washington allowing them to be more legally sound will only make them stronger. Strong families will encourage more strong families… opposite sex ones. Sartain is just out and out lying here.
It bothers me when a man of God goes hysterical like this. The one thing I expect of him, even if I don’t agree with him, is to stand up for principles. This kind of hysteria is dishonest… and Godless.
I really want to make a quip about him being a drama queen, but I really find it depressing to see anyone drop all the good principles they could stand for just so they can maintain their prejudice. I’m sad.
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