Thursday, April 10, 2014

The aftermath

I ran across this earlier today on the implications of the Mozilla decision. Definitely worth the read, but here's a key excerpt:
In every other respect we as humans act as individual organisms except when it comes to intercourse between men and women — then we work together as one flesh. Coordination toward that end — even when procreation is not achieved — makes the unity here. This is what marriage law was about. Not two friends building a house together. Or two people doing other sexual activities together. It was about the sexual union of men and women and a refusal to lie about what that union and that union alone produces: the propagation of humanity. This is the only way to make sense of marriage laws throughout all time and human history. Believing in this truth is not something that is wrong, and should be a firing offense. It’s not something that’s wrong, but should be protected speech. It’s actually something that’s right. It’s right regardless of how many people say otherwise. If you doubt the truth of this reality, consider your own existence, which we know is due to one man and one woman getting together. Consider the significance of what this means for all of humanity, that we all share this.
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Read the whole thing. Sure, I don't agree with their political viewpoint, but that doesn't mean they aren't speaking the truth here. Bonhoeffer, in his Ethics goes into quite a bit of detail about the danger of not standing against the social norms. George Orwell, in 1984 also explores it a bit. So does the book Fahrenheit 451, for that matter. Now that I think about it, not conforming for the sake of conforming, daring to stand up—without demonizing the other views—is a major theme in many books, to say nothing of the Bible. The biggest difference between the Bible and other literature (aside from its status of authority!) is the Bible says the response should be love, prayer, compassion, and turning the other cheek...something we're not terribly good at, are we?
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