Thursday, May 9, 2013

National Organization for Marriage Promotes Bizarre Conspiracy Theory

John Milbank
This is similar to Robert George's April 17 piece about gays wanting to marry so they can destroy marriage but even crazier.

National Organization for Marriage sent out an email from our friend Brian Brown. It includes lots of good stuff and is, perhaps, the most directly Catholic communication that I have seen from NOM in awhile. Catching my attention is a quote from British theologian John Milbank. Milbank is not exactly plain speaking. He likes to "fog." According to Milbank:
There was no demand for "gay marriage" and this has nothing to do with gay rights. Instead, it is a strategic move in the modern state's drive to assume direct control over the reproduction of the population, bypassing our interpersonal encounters. This is not about natural justice, but the desire on the part of biopolitical tyranny to destroy marriage and the family as the most fundamental mediating social institution.
No demand? Could have fooled me. So this is a government conspiracy for population control? Exactly how does marriage equality alter the "reproduction of the population?" In this context, "biopolitical" means social and political power over life. If it is tyranny, then by whom? And precisely what do the supposed tyrants get out of wrecking marriage. Milbank continues with pompous pretension:
Heterosexual exchange and reproduction has always been the very "grammar" of social relating as such. The abandonment of this grammar would thus imply a society no longer primarily constituted by extended kinship, but rather by state control and merely monetary exchange and reproduction.
If an undergraduate submitted that paragraph, Milbank would skewer them, and rightfully so. Milbank cannot answer the basic questions of who and why. Therefore, he is resorting to framing this as some amorphous evil that will provide a "state" substitute for family and the collective effect that it has on its members. The argument fails because it assumes that for every gay marriage there is one less traditional marriage. In point of fact, the people entering into gay marriages would otherwise never marry at all.

If Britain follows Spain, about 3% of all marriages will be same-sex marriages. That's not going to cause state control of anything nor radical changes to society.

So this is what NOM is buying into these days. They are desperate.
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