Friday, March 15, 2013

They repeat the same nonsensical crap with utter contempt for critical thinking

Ryan T. Anderson's Thermometer on a Cross
If it is 90 degrees outside and the Church says that it is 70 degrees, Ryan Anderson will find a way to "prove" that all our thermometers are wrong.

In reaction to Senator Rob Portman's change of heart on marriage equality, Ryan T. Anderson tells us on the Heritage Foundation website why Portman is wrong.

Anderson, a protege of Robert George, is a smart guy. He simply is not a critical thinker. Critical thinkers start with a hypothesis, subject it to  tests, observe the results and then draw conclusion on the validity of the hypothesis. Critical thinkers place as much value on a hypothesis that fails as one that succeeds. They are in a search for truth.

Anderson starts with a conclusion based on obedience to the teachings of the Catholic Church as conveyed by the bishops. Rather than searching for truth, he is searching for arguments to support the preordained conclusion which he accepts as truth without question.

... marriage exists to bring a man and a woman together as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children their union produces. It is based on the anthropological truth that men and women are different and complementary, on the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and on the social reality that children need a mother and a father.

Well, here is the traditional Roman Catholic marriage vow:
I, ____, take you, ____, to be my lawfully wedded(husband/wife), to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.
Aside from the fact that there is nothing about children, it seems to be based on two adults making a commitment to each other. It doesn't seem to be based on anything "anthropological." Robby George came up with that bit of nonsense and Anderson is uncritically repeating it.

Marriage has public purposes that transcend its private purposes. Government recognizes marriage because it is an institution that benefits society in a way that no other relationship does. Marriage is society’s least restrictive means to ensure the well-being of children. Government recognition of marriage protects children by encouraging men and women to commit to each other and take responsibility for their children. While respecting everyone’s liberty, government rightly recognizes, protects, and promotes marriage as the ideal institution for childbearing and childrearing.

The sad thing is that Anderson probably believes his own bullshit. Government recognizes marriage as a contract between two people with rights and responsibilities. There is no mention of marriage in the US Constitution, including amendments.  Aside from the marital privilege in civil and criminal proceedings, the benefits of marriage are economic. This includes the survivor benefit for social security and preferential tax treatment. None of this is dependent upon children. None of this is conditioned on having children.

Redefining marriage would further distance marriage from the needs of children. It would deny as a matter of policy the ideal that a child needs a mom and a dad. We know that children tend to do best when raised by a mother and a father. The confusion resulting from further delinking childbearing from marriage would force the state to intervene more often in family life and cause welfare programs to grow even more.

Actually, allowing gays to marry would allow them to better raise their children. The kids are also provided with a more stable and secure marital foundation. The "mommy and daddy" argument is also nonsensical. Allowing gays to marry does not change who raises which children. As I have written many times (ad nauseum), Whether or not gays can marry, the same heterosexual couples are going to crank out the same children; No more, no fewer and no different. 

There does not exist a coherent argument that allowing gays to marry has any effect, whatsoever, on "traditional" marriages.
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