Another day dawns and I see that the Northern Ireland born Cardinal Keith O’Brien has stood his ground despite the gale of a liberal media storm and said that countries which legalise gay marriage are “shaming themselves” by going against the “natural law,” and should not consider their actions “progress”.
He claimed same sex unions were the “thin end of the wedge” and would lead to the “further degeneration of society into immorality.” In a series of controversial comments, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that if same sex marriage were legalised, “further aberrations would take place and society would be degenerating even further than it already has into immorality.”
Quite right too. There is no doubt that the thin end of the wedge argument is in play here and the very fact that someone defending thousands of years of traditional marrige is called “controversial” speaks volumes.
As I have stated previously, if you radically redefine what marriage actually is then all sorts of other possibilities come into play. If we are so foolish as to think that the state of matrimony can be defined as that between man and man, or woman and woman, logically why stop there? Surely there are other sorts of arrangements that can come into consideration?
Why stop at the singular when the plurality can be said to be just as reasonable a choice, for some? How about marriage meaning an arrangement between various men? How about marriage meaning the arrangement between various women? How about marriage meaning the arrangement between one man and many women? And then there is the ongoing campaign to continually LOWER the age of consent to 16. There are those who think it should be even lower, with 12 being advocated as a possible starting date. If this becomes the heterosexual norm it then becomes the homosexual norm. Is that “progress”?
The Cardinal has been very fair in his comments but the fact is that the “progressives” are winning this argument. Quite what this means will become apparent in years to come as Secularism trumps Religion. The observation that an atheist society has never endured stands intact and in this instance we seem determined to gaily proceed down the road towards cultural oblivion, content that “anything goes” is a solid basis for civilisation. It isn’t and instead of haranguing the Cardinal we should be congratulating him.