Monday, December 8, 2008

Newsweek's weak arguments against real marriage, for "gay marriage"

From Insight Scoop:

Lisa Miller should receive some sort of journalism award for her recent article, "Our Mutual Joy," which appeared in the December 6th issue of The Advocate, Out, Curve, Newsweak. The problem is that the article bears no resemblance at all to journalism, which is supposedly based on facts, objectivity, logic, and a decent grasp of the English language (unless, of course, you're a French journalist or you write for Rolling Stone.) In fact, the piece is such an unabashed, polemical apologia for "gay marriage," you'd be forgiven for thinking it was written for a blog, since bloggers, as we all know, are largely incapable of dealing with facts, objectivity, logic, and so forth.
Anyhow, I suggest Miller be awarded for her courageous willingness to publicly reveal, and revel in, her ignorance of a breathtaking range of topics and issues. The award could be simply named "The Dan Brown Award," and would consist of a plastic replica of a pink hot air balloon mounted on a copy of The Da Vinci Code.
I've not the time or energy to address all of the laughable errors in the article, but will hit a handful of the highlowlights:
• "Let's try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does." First sentence, first, "Huh?" Or, in the words of Mollie Hemingway, "How many things are wrong with that opening line?" This is shockingly simplistic, both in its broad and nearly meaningless use of "religioius conservatives" and its inability to comprehend or appreciate the rich and varied sources upon which a traditional concept of marriage is based. Then there is the whole matter of the differences between natural marriage, civil marriage, and sacramental marriage, which is mentioned in passing later, but really needs to be addressed near the start.
• "Shall we look to Abraham, the great patriarch, who slept with his servant when he discovered his beloved wife Sarah was infertile? Or to Jacob, who fathered children with four different women (two sisters and their servants)? Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon and the kings of Judah and Israel—all these fathers and heroes were polygamists." Wow, this makes run-of-the-mill condescension look downright friendly. Right away Miller goes for the old stand-by (with an Old Testament twist): Many marriages are imperfect and messed-up, so heterosexual marriage has no moral leg to stand on (I'm surprised she didn't mention Britney Spears). Which raises the question, "If marriage is so rotten and messed-up, why do some homosexuals want to be married?" Seriously.
The Catholic, unlike the progressive secularist, understands man is fallen, flawed, and seriously wounded. He recognizes that salvation history doesn't shy away from this fact, but is meant to address it directly, even bluntly. He also understands that there is a pedagogy at work throughout salvation history, which means, to put it simply, God meets man where he is and works with what he (man, not God) has....(more)

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