Wednesday, January 2, 2013

"Natural law" emerges in quest for equality in Illinois

When deprived of a logical argument     cite natural law. National Organization for Marriage founder and chairman emeritus, Robert George, is the author of In Defense of Natural Law, and the editor of Natural Law and Public Reason and Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays.

Enter Chicago's Cardinal Francis George and his six auxiliary bishops (presumably, Snow White has a cold). According to their pastoral letter urging parishioners to contact their state legislators to oppose marriage equality; "The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible." Apparently George has a running discourse with nature.

The Chicago Tribune continues:
While traditional marriage advocates have cited Scripture as the basis of their objections to civil unions and gay marriage, Roman Catholic leaders have been highlighting their belief that same-sex relationships violate natural law.
In  the mid nineteenth century, natural law held that God created black people as inferiors to white people. Therefore, God intended for black people to be the property of white people. Similar arguments were used to justify segregation.

One of the more infamous examples of natural law came from the bench in the criminal trail that was the predicate for Loving v. Virginia. The presiding judge bloviated:
Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.
Natural law means whatever the adherent wants it to mean. It is predicated on     and a "polite" substitute for     religious belief. When Robby George defends natural law, he is simply defending his deeply held belief in Roman Catholicism.
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