PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Gay Marriage Shows Distance From God

Posted: February 15, 2013 at 1:47 a.m.

It was around the time of the other terrorist attack by zealots on New York City that I first heard of the idea of same-sex marriage. I was stunned. What an absurd notion, I thought. I mean, you can’t build a structure with just two nuts or two screws — you need one of each. The family is the structural foundation of a society. Redefi ning marriage doesn’t mean all hell is going to break loose. It’s just a sign of how distant from God we’ve become — to recreate God’s design instead around our own desires.

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Opinion, Pages 5 on 02/15/2013

I see that Tom's Warp Drive is well-oiled today.

Posted by: cdawg

February 15, 2013 at 2:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "It was around the time of the other terrorist attack by zealots on New York City that I first heard of the idea of same-sex marriage."
What a coincidence that Mr. Keck crawled out from under a rock at just the right time to somehow associate same-sex marriage with 9/11! How convenient for his own zealotry! Of course the subject of same-sex marriage had been debated for years before that, but Mr. Keck's rock was sound- and light-proof, so he couldn't possibly have known about it.

RE "what marriage has steadfastly been, the complementary union of a man and a woman that can multiply, as in procreate."
Obviously Mr. Keck has not read his Bible and knows nothing of Christian history if he believes that this definition of marriage has been "steadfast". And there is no requirement anywhere-- not in the Bible, not in any church, not by any law-- that the ability to procreate is a requirement for marriage.

How much thinner would these newspapers be if such ignorant letters were excluded from publication? (How many people able to tell the difference would these papers have to hire in order to effect such a policy?)

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 15, 2013 at 3:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

You can't build a structure with one nut and one screw either.
As far as that goes, you can't build a structure with a million nuts.
I guess a widow over 50 is not allowed to remarry because she can't procreate?

Posted by: Coralie

February 15, 2013 at 3:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gosh Tom, nobody likes to be smoked out of his hole in February.

Posted by: JailBird

February 15, 2013 at 4:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

>Gay Marriage Shows Distance From God<

Well, it didn't used to be that way:

"The very idea of a Christian homosexual marriage seems incredible. Yet after a 12-year search of Catholic and Orthodox church archives Yale history professor John Boswell has discovered that a type of Christian homosexual "marriage" did exist as late as the 18th century.

Contrary to myth, Christianity's concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has evolved both as a concept and as a ritual. Prof Boswell discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient church liturgical documents (and clearly separate from other types of non-marital blessings such as blessings of adopted children or land) were ceremonies called, among other titles, the "Office of Same Sex Union" (10th and 11th century Greek) or the "Order for Uniting Two Men" (11th and 12th century).

These ceremonies had all the contemporary symbols of a marriage: a community gathered in church, a blessing of the couple before the altar, their right hands joined as at heterosexual marriages, the participation of a priest, the taking of the Eucharist, a wedding banquet afterwards.

Posted by: cdawg

February 15, 2013 at 5:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )