So writes LSU student opinion writer Michael Denton found in the latest issue of The Daily Reveille. After an dizzying mish-mash of pseudo-science, religious objections to homosexuality and quite a bit of uber-conservative political commentary that would make the extreme Right proud, Denton concludes his piece with the following:
America needs to grow in self-confidence on this debate. The homosexual argument is illogical; sexuality is obviously meant for reproduction. Any sexual activity that is opposed to life is intrinsically disordered. Yet we continue to refuse to stand up for ourselves, allowing courts, school boards and speech codes to dictate political correctness to us.
There are few greater debates in America today. The gay marriage issue threatens marriage and the family, which are the very foundations of society. Unless America decides to stand for something in this case, we’ll continue to fall. When we land, we might not get back up.
The irony here is that I would be the first person to defend his right to hold this view (speech codes are indeed unconstitutional), along with his right to freely practice his religion, yet he cannot find it within himself to extend the same to me or anyone else who is gay. Heck, I myself find much to object among “gay activists”. Yet nowhere in the Constitution is there a right for Mr. Denton or even a majority of this country to impose their religious beliefs onto society. If such were the case than interracial marriage would have remained illegal in Lousiana and much of the South for far longer than the late 1960s. It is even more bitter irony that a Catholic of all people would have forgotten exactly what such a zealous attitude in the past meant to his fellow believers at the ‘loving’ hands of some non-Catholics. If it is a debate on religious doctrine and homosexuality that Mr. Denton desires, that is fine and he’ll undoubtedly find someone who’ll accept the challenge. Pharsea (cached version) might enjoy discussing the late JPII’s Theology of the Body as it relates to this matter. Yet his argument in this piece boils down to a religious objection to homosexuality that is irrelevant and blatantly unconstitutional in the public arena. My rights and yours are not subject to the whims of the majority.
(h/t Good As You)
— John (Average Gay Joe)