…or whatever you may wish to call it. You will remember much smoke being generated around this and related issues via Daniel’s blog a few days back, before he went secret.
Discuss It (an excellent site) posted this, which you may have seen before, but it is worth putting up. Oh, and this is irony for anyone having tone problems.
Ten Reasons Why Gay Marriage Is Wrong
1. Homosexuality is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.
2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
4. Heterosexual marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
5. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if homosexual marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.
6. Heterosexual marriages are valid because they produce children. Homosexual couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.
7. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.
9. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
10. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.
Not ironic is Bishop Richard Holloway on BBC Breakfast with Frost in 2000:
DAVID FROST: In terms of your church itself you’ve been very strong in saying that this idea of gay priests having to hide their affiliations and so on was wrong, that in fact a gay priest and gay priest lover should be able to be perfectly open, is that right?
RICHARD HOLLOWAY: Yes, yes. Yes I think that sex is the last great kind of hang up frontier for the church and I think that we’ve been operating, I think, an ethic that’s no longer appropriate to our time and I think that, that priests should be allowed, gay priests should be allowed to have stable relationships just like straight priests and I think that society on the whole agrees with that, I think the secular culture’s probably leading the way here and I think the church will probably catch up. It’s very tough, there are lots of gay priests, lots of gay Christians, it’s very tough for them to feel that they’re sort of marginalised, made into kind of moral lepers and the church would collapse without them, many of them are doing extraordinary work in very tough areas.
DAVID FROST: Although the Bible did say somewhere that man shouldn’t lie with man?
RICHARD HOLLOWAY: Ach the Bible says lots of things about lots of things, it says we shouldn’t eat lobsters either. You have to interpret scripture in ways that are appropriate to our day and simply not take them as though they were a kind of literal facts from God, the Bible justifies slavery for instance.
DAVID FROST: Would you, would you be happy to conduct a blessing for a gay couple?
RICHARD HOLLOWAY: Yes, yes in fact I’ve done it.
DAVID FROST: You’ve done it?
RICHARD HOLLOWAY: Yes I mean one of the most long-term relationships I know I did when I was a parish priest 30 years ago, but not marriages, but a couple of guys asked me if I would help them to sustain a vowed relationship with one another and if we can bless battleships and foxhounds why can’t we bless a couple of human beings who want to be faithful in love to one another, I see no problems with that. It’s not marriage but it’s a kind of covenanted relationship and we need a whole repertoire of these things.
You may find a lot more of Bishop Holloway’s work on Radical Faith.
And here is a sermon (not Bishop Holloway) for you to think about; after all, it is Sunday.