Diversity can be a good thing, but diversity for its own sake is dumb. For example, because our society contains people with a variety of skills and expertise, we can each specialize in what we do well and on the whole be far more productive. On the other hand, in the dead of winter, too much variation in outdoor clothing is not desirable in the interior of Alaska. When the temperature is -40 degrees Fahrenheit, wearing a swimsuit is suicidal. Therefore, when someone insists we accept a stupid form of “diversity” for the sake of “tolerance,” we each have a right to say “nope.”
With respect to same-sex “marriage” in Utah, such was the case until this past Wednesday.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday found Utah’s laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional, setting up a possible return trip to the Supreme Court for the hot-button issue.
Federal courts in several states have struck down bans on gay marriage in recent months. But Wednesday’s ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is particularly significant because it is the first by a court of that stature, which is ranked just below the Supreme Court, since a landmark ruling by the high court last June. Then, the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a law that prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states that allowed them. (continued here at online.wsj.com)
The judge stayed implementation of the decision, but for how long? The pressure is on for this irrational cause. Diversity fanatics would have us believe that two people of the same sex can “marry” each other, but because such a bond does not serve the purpose of marriage it does not meet the definition of marriage. Homosexual relationships are unhealthy; no private or governmental organization has a morally defensible reason for endorsing such a relationship. Nonetheless, many judges and even some Christian churches (Check out US Presbyterian Church votes to redefine marriage, offer gay ‘marriages’ at altruistico.wordpress.com.) insist we as a society must approve of same-sex “marriage.” And to make the case for “same-sex marriage,” both these judges and members of these deviant Christian churches must lie.
How do the judges legalizing same-sex “marriage” lie? They make the claim that there is a right to same-sex “marriage” in the Constitution. How is it that after 200 hundred years these judges have just discovered this right? The suggestion is made that we have improved our morals. We are no longer the bigots those dead white men who wrote the Constitution once were. Thus, postmodern men and women in black robes can now perceive new “rights” in that very same Constitution those bigoted dead white men wrote. Such is how “improved morals” enlightens the art of sophistry.
How do the members of the Christian churches approving same-sex “marriage” lie? These too apply postmodern “wisdom” and “improved morals.” Thus, they manage to ignore what is plainly stated in the Bible. As the Christians at this web site demonstrate (Christians proclaiming their belief in full LGBT equality), they pick and choose verses from the Bible that proclaim (out of context) what they wish to believe. That essentially includes discarding the Old Testament. I wonder if these Christians realize that the New Testament references the Old Testament hundreds of times (see here, here, and here).
As The Sermon on the Mount shows (especially Matthew 5:17-20), Jesus did not discard the Old Testament or its standard of morality. He raised the standard. Instead of obeying God and respecting our neighbors because we fear punishment, Jesus called upon us to love God and each other. Therefore, we only have to read a few chapters of the Bible before we see how God defines marriage.
Genesis 2:18-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
The Bible does not condemn homosexuals, but it does condemn homosexuality as sinful. Here are references to commonly quoted passages.
- Genesis 19:1-13 tells of Sodom and Gomorrah.
- Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 offer straightforward statements explicitly condemning homosexuality.
- Romans 1:24-27 explains that when we refuse to acknowledge and worship God we will commit unnatural and evil acts.
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 tells us that homosexuality is just one of many evil acts that men can commit. This passage also reminds us we can repent of our sins.
Thus, we must ask: when tolerance is based upon lies, what is virtuous about it?
Several years back I wrote a series of posts protesting against the normalization of homosexuality. For those interested in reading it, here is a link => REVIEWING THE ARGUMENTS AGAINST NORMALIZING HOMOSEXUALITY — PART 1. A few of the links are broken, but things have not gotten any better. So perhaps that’s for the best.