Friday, February 24, 2012

The Nature Of Marriage Should Not Be Defined By Popular Whim

Catholic priest, Father Shenan J. Boquet has written a compelling and important column on the nature of marriage and why it must not be defined by a popular whim.

He says,
The sacred institution of marriage, one of those social issues that only right-wingers supposedly care about, is under assault here in the U.S. by radical legislators, judges and a president who view those of us seeking to protect marriage as hateful and bigoted."

In the month of February alone, significant battles for the protection of marriage took place in California, Washington, New Jersey and Maryland as proponents of so-called same-sex “marriage” went on the attack.

Judges in California overruled voters who passed Proposition 8 to put into law what has long been sacred tradition that marriage is between a man and a woman. These judges said that the citizens’ vote to protect marriage only served to “lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians.”

Washington State governor Chris Gregoire, a Catholic, said, “This is one of my proudest moments,” after signing a law that redefines marriage in her state last week.

New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, sponsor of the same-sex “marriage” bill vetoed by Gov. Christie last week, said the veto was, “[A]bout nothing but feeding into peoples’ prejudices against gays and lesbians.”

In Maryland, where opponents of same-sex “marriage” were referred to as “cowards,” legislators are close to finalizing a bill to redefine marriage that Gov. Martin O’Malley pledged to sign.

And while promoting LGBT “rights” as part of its international agenda, the Obama administration again made clear this month that it will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – a law of the United States that the president has the constitutional duty to enforce."
Boquet points out that the battle to redefine marriage is not only raging in the United States, but in the UK as well.

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, UK is taking a strong stand in defending marriage. He says,
"This I believe is such a moment for the British people as for the first time in our history a government is proposing to change the meaning of marriage and to re-define its identity as the life-long union of one man and one woman. What the Government now proposes to legislate into law constitutes nothing less than a seismic shift in the foundations of our society.

We face a mindset which sees progress only as a continuous shifting of our society further and further from its Christian foundations until we have nothing left for family and society to be founded upon than changing, political fashions of thought."
Boquet concludes with a thought I think every Protestant, Catholic and even person of no faith can agree with, "While opinions do change over the years, the nature of marriage – the foundational building block of our culture and country – is not defined by popular whim. The media and radical policy makers may continue to distort this basic truth, but it is out of love, not hatred, that people in the United States and United Kingdom work to defend marriage and the family, and thus, their culture and their future."

Please join us in circulating petitions to defend marriage in Washington State.

Have a great weekend.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

10 comments:

  1. Gary

    Let's go over this again.... The State is NOT defining or creating marriage - the State is defining and creating a partnership entity with a related partnership contract and simply calling it "marriage". It is not now, then nor ever will be marriage - which scripture clearly defines and, note, for my evangelical non Biblically oriented friends DOES NOWHERE INCLUDE THE WORD "STATE" AS PART OF THE DEFINITION! I know that washing your mind with the washing of the word requires a LOT of scrubbing and with stalwart non-Biblically oriented religious leaders like Gary you newbies certainly are not being helped.

    BTW - marriage might, however, have something to do with God. I invite you to do your own research - I did mine and now, as a disciple of Jesus Christ, I could not care less what the State does because I know it is entirely irrelevant to the Kingdom of God. I am truly living in the freedom wherewith I have been set free - and not grinding over tithing mint and anise....

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    1. Jesus spoke truth to power, he was a rebel and counter-cultural. He took it to the religious and non-religious alike for their rejection of God. You on the other hand would have Christians wash their hands of the world. It doesn't matter, they're all going to hell in a handbasket anyway, right? Romans 1:18ff is written to pagans to warn them that God is not pleased. You would have us be silent and let kids be polluted by this perversion of what God intended. While it is biblical fact that marriage is between a man and a women, our kids are now to be taught otherwise and for those w/o biblical Christian parents to correct them, lives will be ruined and souls will be lost. Shame on you, brother, for your hardness of heart. I am not a newbie and understand the Bible. We are to stand for God's truth and righteousness even if it costs our lives.

      Are you part of the Laodicean Church? Come out of her and be renewed by the Holy Spirit.

      Craig in Lacey

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  2. Gary is right. We have no business messing with God's law. The constitution should just say that if its defined in the Bible, its defined and we can't change it with our laws. Maybe we could just let the Pope decide which laws we can mess with.

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      Your sarcasm is showing. Actually our constitution is very much based on the general principles of Christianity. I wouldn't however let the pope be our dogcatcher. The RCC is the woman who rides the beast and the pope is anti christ, which is clear both from Scripture and history. I know that's going to upset the ecumenical movement but the truth is the truth.

      Craig in Lacey

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    2. No sarcasm intended. Maybe the Pope wouldn't be the best choice, but there are a lot of people who talk directly with God all the time. Pat Robertson or even Sarah Palin. Let one of them talk to him and then tell us what he says about which laws we can't mess with.

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    3. ha , but not really beneficial to countering the point of the importance of marriage .
      Just like laws against murder are supported by Robertson , just because he aggrees with someone that gay marriage is wrong does not make traditional marriage wrong . If suddenly you wanted murder laws changed to allow them to changed based on a view that some hold but not others , would you not expect a debate on the issue ? I really see the issue itself hardly ever debated .

      Moms and dads important to a family or not to where the mom and dad deserve special emphasis and recognition from the state . Since religious believers divorce about the same rate as non believers , I don't see the whole religious argument myself . But I do see moms and dads deserving recognition and I see mariage as a means to that .

      Disagree fine , But Pat Robertson has nothing to do with that opinion . Just common sense , has more to do with my own life experiences and history.

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  3. "Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, th best securoity for the duration of free governments."
    Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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    1. Bravo, brother. I couldn't have said it better.

      Craig in Lacey

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    2. The only thing Craig it makes little sense if the majority of the population no longer Knows the law giver, or the Love that comes from Him .

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    3. How tragic man is, dying of thrist and willing to die thristy, instead of coming to the giver of the water of life.

      Craig in Lacey

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