Friday, August 19, 2005

A loss for true conservatism

This is from shortly after the election, but worth revisiting...
Without sarcasm or malice, David Schuster (Hardball) provides a strong critique of anti-gay marriage initiatives. Essentially he points out that almost no one in this modern world can live by the literal word of the Bible. The question is, where should a civil but still strongly Judeo-Christian society stray from this word, how generous or inclusive do we want to be in our interpretation, and who decides?
In his words:

"when it comes to morality, consider this: While the Bible does suggest homosexuality is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22), The Bible also says in Leviticus 25:44 that we may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations; Exodus 35:2 says that my neighbor who works on the Sabbath should be put to death; Lev. 19:27 expressly forbids men from getting their hair trimmed; Lev. 11:6-9 states that touching a dead pig makes us unclean (Are you ready for some football?) and Lev. 19:19 forbids us from planting two different crops in the same field or wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread. The penalty? Lev. 24:10-16 suggests we stone people to death.

Maybe some Americans want to return to the days of slavery, devout observance to the Sabbath, long hair, all cotton clothes, and stoning people... I would prefer that our society move forward. And the best way to move any society forward is to strengthen the family. I adore my family and consider them to be the greatest best part of my entire life. And I'm absolutely convinced that 'marriage' fosters social cohesion, emotional security, and economic prudence. That's why I'm baffled as to why we would keep such an institution away from anybody. (I'm not talking about 'religion-sanctioned marriage,' I'm referring to the civil institution of marriage the kind that involves a 'state-sponsored' license.) "

Worth reading in its entirety.

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