"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

More on Chicago Values

Archbishop Francis Cardinal George of Chicago has this to say in an open letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel:

People who are not Christian or religious at all take for granted that marriage is the union of a man and a woman for the sake of family and, of its nature, for life. The laws of civilizations much older than ours assume this understanding of marriage. This is also what religious leaders of almost all faiths have taught throughout the ages. Jesus affirmed this understanding of marriage when he spoke of “two becoming one flesh” (Mt. 19: 4-6). Was Jesus a bigot? Could Jesus be accepted as a Chicagoan? Would Jesus be more “enlightened” if he had the privilege of living in our society? One is welcome to believe that, of course; but it should not become the official state religion, at least not in a land that still fancies itself free.

Strong stuff.   And commonsensical.   It is one thing to be in favor of gay marriage.   It is one thing to be, while not in favor of it, not strongly opposed or, like the Regular Guy, more focused on other things as political priorities.   It is an entirely different and illogical thing to label people who disagree with the gay marriage agenda as bigots who are beyond the pale for the simple crime of espousing beliefs that nearly all Americans took as given until very very recently.

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