Monday, December 17, 2012

Ryan T. Anderson on How Gays Will Ruin Marriage for Everyone

Ryan T. Anderson is the editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute. In other words, Anderson edits an Opus Dei organ. He is also associated with the right wing Heritage Foundation.

It is reasonable to conclude that Anderson is a Catholic zealot; A modern day Knight Templar battling the forces of evil. The Pope, before he was Pope, said that homosexuals are "intrinsically disordered" and that "Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law." Anderson believes that the Pope is infallible     apparently retroactively. Therefor;

Mr. Anderson hasn't reached any conclusions as a result of critical thought. His intellectual depth is limited to determining Catholic teaching.

So let's cut through the bullshit. It is absurd to suggest that a relatively few gays getting married is going to have any effect on marriage. Indeed, after years of experience with gay marriage, none of the terrible things that they have predicted to happen, have happened. In spite of that, these folks continue to spout the same nonsensical crap.

The reason for knowingly spewing nonsensical crap is that Mr. Anderson, Robert George, Maggie Gallagher and the entire National Organization for Marriage crew have a religious objection to marriage equality. The solution for them is obvious: If you think that gay marriage is bad then don't gay marry.

Here is part of Anderson's latest attempt to prove that gay marriage is the end of civilization as we know it. Behold the bullshit. What sounds so erudite is actually lowbrow sophistry based on begging the question:
Redefining marriage would abandon the norm of male-female sexual complementarity [sic] as an essential characteristic of marriage. Making that optional would also make other essential characteristics—like monogamy, exclusivity and permanency—optional, as my co-authors and I argue in our new book, What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. We also show how it is increasingly confirmed by the rhetoric and arguments of those who would redefine marriage (“revisionists”) and by the policies that their more candid leaders increasingly embrace. Indeed, several commentators on Tuesday’s post explicitly jettisoned monogamy, sexual exclusivity and pledged permanence as demands of marriage.
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