Gay Marriage And The Death of Moral Community
"The opponents (of same-sex marriage)
have no case other than ignorance and misconception and
Now, given that
no nation in 20 centuries of
homosexual marriage, and, in this century,
majorities in all
31 states where it has
been on the ballot have rejected it, Cohen is pretty
much saying that, since the time of Christ, Western
history has been an endless Dark Age dominated by moral
ignoramuses and bigots.
For the belief
that homosexuality is unnatural and immoral and same-sex
an Orwellian absurdity has always been part of the
moral code of Christianity.
George Washington ordered active homosexuals
drummed out of his army. Thomas Jefferson
equated homosexuality with rape. Not until
2003 did the Supreme Court
declare homosexual acts a protected right.
What is the
moral basis of the argument that homosexuality is
normal, natural and healthy? In
recent years, it has been
associated with high levels of
enteric diseases, and from obits in gay newspapers,
early death. Where is the successful society where
homosexual marriage was normal?
Not until the
Stonewall riots at a gay bar in Greenwich Village in
1969 was the case broadly made by anyone but the
Mattachines of Frank Kameny that homosexuality
deserved to be treated as a natural and normal
expression of love.
Still, Cohen is
not without a point when he uses the term
"Common sense is
the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18." By
14, most boys have learned on the playground there is
something disordered about boys sexually attracted to
Hence the need
for politically correct universities to purge such ideas
from young minds and indoctrinate them in the new truths
But are we
really wiser than our ancestors? As Edmund Burke wrote
of the thinkers of his time:
"Many of our men of speculation, instead of exploding
general prejudices, employ their sagacity to discover
the latent wisdom which prevails in them. If they find
what they seek and they seldom fail, they think it more
wise to continue the prejudice, with the reason
involved, than to cast away the coat of prejudice, and
to leave nothing but the naked reason."
Great minds once
found merit in the
or inherited wisdom, of a people, as a spur to virtuous
"Prejudice is of ready application in an emergency.
It previously engages the mind in a steady course of
wisdom and virtue, and does not leave the man hesitating
in the moment of decision, skeptical and unresolved."
In our new
society from which traditionalists are seceding, many
ruling ideas are rooted in an ideology that is at war
High among them
is that homosexuality is natural and normal. That
abortion is a woman`s right. That all voluntary sexual
relations are morally equal. That women and men are
equal, and if the former are not equally represented at
the apex of academic, military and political life, this
can only be the result of invidious discrimination that
the law must correct. That all races, religions and
ethnic groups are equal and all must have equal rewards.
Once a nation
synonymous with freedom, the new America worships at the
altar of equality.
Writing on the
same Washington Post page as Cohen, a day earlier, Greg Sargent
exulted in Cuomo`s law as
"a huge victory
… for equality … a major defeat for those
self-described `conservatives` who hate government
except when it is enforcing a form of legalized
discrimination that comports with their prejudices."
Sargent also has
a point. But behind the
of conservatives about the moral superiority of
traditional marriage are 2,000 years of history and law.
What is the intellectual and moral basis of Sargent`s
"majorities of Americans are not prepared to assign sub-par status to
the intimate relationships of gays and lesbians."
is true of the Albany legislature.
But why then
does Barack Obama seem so hesitant to embrace gay
In 2012, we
shall find out who is right politically, when the issue
goes on the ballot in battleground states. But is moral
truth to be discovered at a ballot box? Do we have no
superior moral compass than majority rule?
"A new kind of America is emerging in
the early 21st century,"
said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver last week,
"and it`s likely to be
friendly to religious faith
than anything in the nation`s past."
pointedly, "If Catholic social services should be forced to alter their Catholic
beliefs on marriage, the family, social justice,
sexuality (and) abortion," they should terminate
are entering an era where communities will secede from
one another and civil disobedience on moral grounds will
become as common as it was in the days of segregation.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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