Well, the huge breaking news today is NBA player Jason Collins’ “coming out of the closet” about his homosexuality. The long-knives are out for anyone not applauding the announcement, especially if they thump The Bible. But it was just a month ago that Bill O’Reilly, during the SCOTUS hearings on ‘gay marriage’, basically discounted Christian values and beliefs on marriage…
Rev. Marcel Guarnizo has responded Bill O’Reilly’s insult…
In recent weeks, Mr. Bill O’Reilly has reached his very large television and web site audience with several claims that more than “Bible thumping” will be required to defend marriage. He has stated that the battle to preserve marriage is in fact lost. He has reported that his libertarian position on the matter makes the defense of marriage irrelevant. And, further, he has implied that biblical teaching is unacceptable in the public square.
As far back as 2008, in an interview with PBS, O’Reilly stated, “Do I care about this? Not really. I don’t care what Lenny and Squiggy do. They want to get married, let them get married. If you open it up for one group, you’ve got to open it up for all the groups. And they have done that in Holland, by the way…” Interviewer: “In terms of gays, you would have no problem with marriage?” O’Reilly, “Personally? I don’t care.”
I think there are several issues that O’Reilly and others might be overlooking in this matter.
Nonetheless, one has to agree with O’Reilly on one count, namely as he claims: “…You rarely hear those arguments articulated in the media, which is largely sympathetic to gay marriage. And not only that, but people who feel strongly about maintaining a special status for traditional marriage have allowed themselves to be intimidated.”
Bill O’Reilly’s cavalier attitude toward something so serious is quite astonishing. And, as his April 3 nationally televised tussle with conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham reveals, his attitude on this matter is also intellectually superficial. This is not an issue for Americans of any persuasion to take lightly. It seems to me that serious fundamental issues of law and justice are involved.
To presume that the public square is owned or exists because of the atheists of our modern day is historically false and an easy way out of a more complicated debate.
The post-modern secularists have been endeavoring to rewrite history and ignore the Christian roots and foundations of European and Western civilization. O’Reilly, while making the sound point that a faith argument presupposes belief in Revelation, goes too far in conceding the platform to the atheists of today’s society. To ignore that the civil law against murder and stealing, for instance, is no different than the Mosaic commandments, “Thou shalt not kill” or steal, is an obvious example. To think that all this is a triviality without any relevance betrays a superficial understanding of the crisis of our time.
The clamor for same-sex marriage is symptomatic of but not the root cause of our demise. The eroding of the philosophical and cultural foundations of the West is at the root of the problem. To ignore this is to miss the forest for the trees.
Homosexual Marriage and the Question of Justice
The question at hand has three aspects:
• Is normalizing the homosexual tendency in law in the best interest of men and women with a homosexual tendency?
• Is the common good in society furthered by such a step?
• Is it in the best interest of children who undoubtedly would be involved through adoption, step-parenting, or surrogate motherhood in such situations?
If it is such a weak counter argument to “thump the Bible”, then why is it necessary for the pro-“gay marriage” side to discard their own dignity demanding dignity while trying to steal the dignity of someone devoutly religious?
A group of naked women bum-rushed Belgian Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard while he was speaking in Brussels and doused him with water from bottles shaped like the Virgin Mary on Tuesday.
The women were reportedly feminist protesters from the Ukranian-based FEMEN group, which is known for organizing topless protests against the Catholic Church and others.
According to AFP, the four protesters charged the archbishop during “a debate on blasphemy and freedom of expression held at the Brussels’ Free University (ULB) campus Tuesday evening, baring their breasts and squirting water at Archbishop Andre Leonard as they accused him of homophobia.”
However, there is far more to this push for “gay marriage” and it is not, as we are lead to believe, because they just want to be treated the same. It is a movement to destroy marriage at the core. In 2012 LGBT activist Masha Gessen revealed the truth behind the “gay marriage” movement, and it confirms what conservatives have been saying about the issue…
Gessen shared her views on the subject and very specifically stated;
•“Gay marriage is a lie.”
•“Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there.”
•“It’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist.” (This statement is met with very loud applause.)
So … you tell me.