Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, delivered the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s 2014 Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture, Washington, D.C., October 16, 2014. Continue reading
(JS: I’m re-blogging a piece from Matt Barber, the original of which can be read over at BarbWire.com. I encourage my readers to visit Matt’s excellent blog where you may click on links he has embedded to related articles)
What The ‘Gay Marriage’ Debate Is Really About
By: J. Matt Barber
It’s called Pandora’s Box.
And the Supreme Court just opened it.
Did you actually think the debate over “gay marriage” was about marriage? Have you really come to believe that this cultural kerfuffle has anything to do with “civil rights” or “equality”? Have you bought into the popular premise that this is a legitimate discussion on federalism that it’s a reasonable disagreement over whether the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause requires that newfangled “gay marriage,” something rooted in same-sex sodomy, a deviant and disease-prone behavior our Constitution’s framers officially declared “the infamous crime against nature,” be made law of the land?
A lot of people have, so don’t feel bad. A lot of reasonable, well-meaning and even, at times, intelligent people have taken the bait. Continue reading
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Dr. Rosaria Butterfield is an ex feminist-lesbian who once was a tenured professor of English at Syracuse University. She embraced many leftist causes, and claims that she despised Christianity. I linked to a story about her early last year which explained that she has since become Christian and is now married to a Presbyterian minister. Dr. Butterfield has published many articles and a book on her experiences and her conversion. Here is some more about her, as well as an interesting Q&A session where she responds to people for well over 1-hour following a lecture. I would gather that since she is now married to a man, that the “LGBT” community has torn up her membership card although she claims that she has found faith, not been converted from homosexuality. Hers is an interesting if somewhat complex story. Presbyterians are not Orthodox Christians, and her perspective is not from Orthodoxy, but she is certainly worth listening to. There is a great quote in her book that is worth remembering:
“Good teachers make it possible for people to change their positions without shame.”
The full article about her is found at Christianity Today
Her book is called “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert” available from the usual sources.
Then the YouTube:
Eve Tushnet is a blogger, and she published an article about the impact of “gay” people on Christian churches. She describes herself as “gay” and also a committed Christian. She reconciles herself to Christianity and its prohibition of homgenital sex by advocating and practicing celibacy. Hers is actually a very interesting article although I find that most western churches have given up on teaching the basics of sin and sexual ethics so she needn’t bother.
This author is allowing Christianity to change her, but I believe the majority of “gays” in churches, and their sympathizers, are hoping to change Christianity. If I understand her point correctly, I believe that she agrees. One only has to look at the sad example of the troubles in the Church of England and the Episcopal Church USA to see the damage and disintegration that the rejection of historic Christian teaching brings. The destruction of humanity’s bond with Christ is the ultimate goal of the evil one.
An excerpt: “As the gay movement has enjoyed remarkable success, a new kind of coming out is occurring, in which gay or same-sex attracted Christians openly discuss both our sexual orientation and our desire to live according to the historic teaching of the Christian church, which bars sexual activity outside marriage of one man and one woman…
Trust me I am all for chastity, celibacy, abstinence — bravo. As a single person — who desires to live as though Christ dwells within and be in sync with the same all the above are desirable and mandatory. Since this lifestyle is clearly forbidden, a scriptural leaning christian is discouraged from associating with people who think that which is forbidden is acceptable. And it matters not what the sin is – theft, lying, adultery, blaspheming (name in vain), scripture makes it quite clear that such is to invite something else.”
You may read her complete article at the The American Conservative online.
Elizabeth McCaw is a Virginia housewife and a writer. In the following article, she asks a simple question, is homosexuality a perversion or not? Then she begins to construct her arguments by deconstructing and analyzing what constitutes perversion. I will only note that the one thing Mrs. McCaw does not do is to separate Same-Sex-Attraction from homosexual sex which are separate, and not necessarily related, since the two can exist independently.
Some excerpts: ” … a practical, even scientific definition of sexual perversion begins by defining the objects of normal, healthy reproductive desire. Wanting to have sex with anything that falls outside that definition is perversion.
Obviously, reproductive desire should be for another person. This means that sexual desire for trees or goats or ladies’ shoes is perversion. Sexual desire should also be for a live human being, which rules out dead people. And the live human beings should be at least of reproductive age, so wanting sex with children is also perverted.
But what do all these excluded objects of desire have in common? They are a complete dead end…
To consider homosexuality abnormal is now considered outmoded—maybe even perverted. The American Psychological Association calmly explains that ‘Both heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality.’ However, people who say that are in the odd position of having to agree that, yes, having a reproductive urge for every other reproductive dead end is abnormal and maybe even perverse, but it’s fine if men want to have sex with men.”
Her complete article can be read at Takimag.com