Monday, May 6, 2013

The only thing dumber than a dumb talking point is mindlessly repeating it

On April 17, Robert George told us that gay marriage is based on a lie. According to Robby, gays want to be able to marry in order to wreck marriage. If that isn't senseless enough, George's certitude is based on something that Masha Gessen supposedly said at a writer's conference in Australia. I did not know that Ms. Gessen (a Russian national) spoke for the entire US gay community.

On April 30, National Organization for Marriage recycled this BS claiming that; "The remarks continue to gain exposure by the mainstream media," Where?

Today, in a New York Daily News opinion piece, it is Ryan T. Anderson's turn. Among other things it is worth noting that Anderson is the editor of the (Opus Dei) Witherspoon Institute's blog:
Take Masha Gessen, acclaimed author and former Russian director of Radio Liberty. “Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there — because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change,” Gessen said last year.

Last month, I was part of a debate at the NYU School of Law at which Judith Stacey, a sociology professor at the university, declared: “Children certainly do not need both a mother and a father.”
I suspect that Judith Stacey is being misquoted. What Dr. Stacey has repeatedly written and said is:
That a child needs a male parent and a female parent is so taken for granted that people are uncritical.
Moreover, this has absolutely nothing to do with marriage equality. Relevance would require two unsatisfied elements:
  1. That gay couples would adopt or parent more children if they were married and, more importantly; 
  2. That gay couples are unsuitable parents. 
Item 2 has been generally disproved in the literature. Anderson indulges in a considerable amount of verbiage, repeating himself over and over again to reach his conclusion which repeats the same verbiage:
Same-sex marriage rejects the anthropological truth that men and women are different and complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman and the social reality that children need both a mother and a father.
To which I would repeat the two points above. 

Apparently, NOM and its allies have run out of talking points that stand up to critical scrutiny.
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