The aftermath of legalized gay marriage: the push for polygamy

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Over at the mainstream progressive site, Politico, there is a rare sight: a gay advocate admitting the legal logic for gay marriage is an argument for polygamy:

“Soon, it will be time to turn the attention of social liberalism to the next horizon. Given that many of us have argued, to great effect, that deference to tradition is not a legitimate reason to restrict marriage rights to groups that want them, the next step seems clear. Polygamy_Sister Wives_2015We should turn our efforts towards the legal recognition of marriages between more than two partners. It’s time to legalize polygamy.”

Meanwhile, over at Slate, they didn’t get the memo: ” ‘Polygamy, here we come!’ Right wing melts down over gay marriage victory.” But they will catch up in a few years. Besides, Slate is so busy celebrating the SCOTUS ruling they probably forgot they already had an article favoring polygamy:

“Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist, and sex-positive choice. More importantly, it would actually help protect, empower, and strengthen women, children, and families.”

Or consider the legal reasoning offered in an opinion piece over at the Economist:

“DOMA was struck down in no small part because it picks out a certain class of people [homosexuals] and, by denying them recognition of their marriages, denies their families equal freedom and dignity. Can it be denied that polygamous families, whose marital arrangements are illegal, much less unrecognised, are denied equal liberty and are made to suffer the indignity of active discrimination?”

But it is not just the articles in mainstream publications that is troubling. Polygamy has already had a partial victory in the courts. And the lawyer for “Sister Wives” made the obvious point about the recent Supreme Court arguments: they “clearly resonates with our arguments .”

Of important note is that the Politico article further admitted that expediency moved the left to hide their head from the logic consequence of their defense of gay marriage. Calling it “political pragmatism,” he almost admitted some on the left simply lied to avoid the logical conclusion:

“But the need to avoid giving ground to conservatives is pass. Now is the time to follow through with thorough and complete logic: legalize polygamy.”

One can only wonder what other “political pragmatism” exists today on the left? And what other positions they will willingly embrace. At least with those loud-mouths on the right you always know where they stand.

Update: Ilya Somin, Professor of Law at George Mason University, who co-wrote an amicus in favor of gay marriage, openly admitted the majority opinion used dubious and incoherent logic, yet he notes:

“If fundamental rights are not ‘defined by who exercised them in the past,’ [America’s 200 year history of heterosexual marriage] then why should they be defined by the number of people involved in the union in question?”

The increasing marginalization of Christianity and why it is a good thing

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Christians in America are becoming Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Imagesincreasingly marginalized. They are not persecuted in the traditional sense of the word. Rather they are legally harassed by the homosexual lobby. A lobby that has now legalized gay marriage, promising greater marginalization.

And it is not going to get any better. Over the last ten years, almost double the number of Americans support same-sex marriage, according to a new Wall Street poll. More people are embracing the second sexual revolution. This will lead to more cries of freedom from religion.

Marginalization and harassment, intimidation and bullying, these are the words to describe the church’s future. And that will be a good thing.

Why?

Consider: many Christians in American are still confused about Jesus. And with a nation claiming over 70% of its population as adherents to Christianity, biblical ignorance is a given.

With these sad statistics, it is unremarkable that the church in America will see dark days. For God is not pleased with ignorant Christians:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children” (Hosea 6:7).

Another sin that needs purging is the sin of indifference. Indifference to God’s Word, to be sure, and indifference to God’s people. Barna has shownwhat many pastors in the thick of it know: Christians are attending worship less consistently. Public prayer, preaching and the sacraments are vital for Christian growth.

But it is not only biblical ignorance and lazy practices that God purges. He also purges the false doctrines that are a cancer in the body of Christ.

A 2013 essay in The Atlantic, ”The Quiet Gay-Rights Revolution in America’s Churches,” argues persuasively that the churches of America were a leaven of “tolerance” in society, preparing the way for support of homosexual unions.

The natural response for some may be: “Well, that is the liberal churches for you”—is it? The acceptance of homosexuality among Evangelicals has only risen over the years.

It is not just the rationale against sinful practices that is rejected, many deny Jesus is the only way to heaven. Many believe good works contribute to salvation. And the vast majority of them do not even have a nominally Christian worldview.

Different church traditions will certainly have different sins. But, thus far, the numbers have shown for decades widespread ignorance, sinfulness and theological error.

This is not a finger-pointing exercise but a clarion warning. We ought to look to ourselves, our families and our churches with the penetrating light of God’s Word and Spirit. We ought to cry out to the Lord for purity and protection.

God uses persecution and marginalization for the good of the church, to purge her from sin, to redirect her eyes back to her Savior. And she needs it. And I need it too.

 

Behold! All things are new

Welcome to my new home in cyberspace. After nearly six years of industrious work at Examiner.com (well over 300 Butterfly_side view_by_toniambsarticles), I suddenly found myself without a writing platform. (The full story is here).

Now I have one.

And it is not full of the flickering distractions of advertisement. As a bonus, I have more freedom to write, compose, create and otherwise bang out whatever comes out of the chaos of my mind. I can use the first person. I have the ability to use passive verbs. Or just use fragments.

More importantly, my content need no longer be censored, erased or otherwise obliterated into pixels. To that end I will be slowly gathering my scattered articles onto this new platform.

And this is a better platform, a cleaner interface and an opportunity to write more articles about more topics.

I can now organize articles by topic and use ad hoc article tags and maybe add some media—there will be an upcoming live and interactive talk about moving beyond family integrated churches from Google Hangout!

Perhaps, guest writers will be added as well. Why not? After all, we Christians need to stick together in a post-Christian America.

Again, welcome to my new home in cyberspace—a new home and a new beginning.