And transformed she will be if current trends continue. The language now used to intimidate traditionalists is that they are “on the wrong side of history.” This, of course, is an absolute falsehood. Homosexual marriage has no history. It’s actually recent.
By overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the Court granted a victory to homosexual marriage activists. These activists insist on using language that is astonishingly euphemistic and dishonest. The honest language, as well as the real issue, is not gay rights, gay marriage, marriage equality or any other such pleasant-sounding verbiage. The real issue is homosexuality itself.
For wisdom on this issue, we can invoke our Founding Fathers. Intellectual products of the European Enlightenment (the Age of Reason), the Founders, to a man, voiced a belief in “Nature’s God.” Whether Christian or Deist, they viewed the physical world and human relationships as the result of Divine plan and purpose.
It is this same belief — that there is a God of Nature — that prevents millions of Americans from accepting or tolerating homosexuality or homosexual marriage. No amount of talk about “evolving” in our thinking, or entering the Big Tent of diverse opinion can persuade a traditionalist like myself to accept homosexuality as natural, biological or Biblical.
Think about it. Biology itself renders homosexual marriage an oxymoron. Pure and simple, homosexuality and any notion of homosexual marriage is a rebellion against nature, as well as against generally accepted language.
It is the President, the five Justices and all of their supporters who are on the wrong side of history, apparently choosing to ignore physiology, anatomy and culture, as well. Marriage as defined around the world — not just in America and the West — has always been between a man and a woman. Nobody who reads ancient or modern history can deny this.
It is devious for anyone to change the definition of terms. In classical, collegiate debate, re-defining terms at mid-debate is a cardinal sin. Every 19-year-old college debater knows this. Yet in recent years progressives, (formerly liberals who saw a need to be re-branded) have tried to cram new definitions down our throats.
Nature’s God is out. “Cultural evolution” is in. Heterosexuality is out. “Inclusive sexuality” is in. Such linguistic hijacking is part and parcel of our ongoing transformation.
In all things, not just in human sexuality, there are norms and there are aberrations. Norms are not always good (human slavery, segregation, the ancient status of women), and sometimes need to be abandoned. Aberrations are not always bad (Third World democracy, women’s rights in Saudi Arabia) and sometimes need to be normalized. But the normalizing of homosexuality and homosexual marriage is a bridge too far, a bridge nature abhors.
What does homosexuality produce? Certainly not offspring or the perpetuation of the human race. Homosexual couples who want to raise children must face up to their limitations and turn back to normal, natural sexuality to create a child, proving that Nature’s God is imperial and immutable. Two things homosexuality has produced are widespread disease and sexual confusion amongst many hapless teenagers.
It is a postmodern idea that we can create reality through the manipulation of language. Actually, devious re-definers don’t create anything. They can twist, pervert and transform things by persuading the masses to accept their new definitions. But altered definitions don’t change reality because reality is not in the eye of the beholder.
In today’s politics of therapy, feel good-ism and fairness, there is nothing “wrong” with homosexuality. What’s “wrong” is the supposed prejudice and hatred of people who don’t accept new definitions.
And of course part of the game is to change definitions so that the re-definers of marriage can get their “benefits,” or property and inheritance. In a transformed America, everything can be re-defined. Nothing is absolute. The re-definer is in a privileged position because he has become our therapist. The rest of us are backwater bigots who need his therapy.
Such is the transformed America. We can accept it or fight it for the sake of our children.
Roger Hines of Kennesaw is a retired high school teacher and former state legislator.