We may like to believe that there are people whose view of the human condition is basically sound with a little blind spot concerning gay marriage, but this is never the case. This issue contains a worldview, and to be proven unsound here is to be fundamentally unsound, and fundamentally in league with the Enemy.
Case #1: Jody Bottum, whose surrender on sodomy has roots in his longstanding belief that the peoples’ authority trumps God and objective truth.
Case #2: Wendell Berry, reputed as a defender of rural peoples, who energetically demonizes them for their deepest beliefs. As Jerry Salyer has now shown, this treachery also had deep roots in his hatred of authority and organized religion, and his loyalty to the Democratic Party.
It is unjust to grant natural families public recognition while denying the same to gay couples, argued agrarian writer Wendell Berry in a 2013 speech he gave at Georgetown College in Kentucky. He went on to characterize those who would see law condone marriage—but not sodomy—as trying to get Christianity “officialized in some version by a government” and as recreating “pretty exactly the pattern of the chief priest and his crowd at the trial of Jesus. For want of a Pilate of their own, some Christians would accept a Constantine or whomever might be the current incarnation of Caesar.” Berry dismisses the belief that homosexuality is a sterile and deviant behavior. For him, homophobia is a more pressing problem for communities than homosexual activism: “Jesus talked of hating your neighbor as tantamount to hating God, and yet some Christians hate their neighbors by policy and are busy hunting biblical justifications for doing so. Are they not perverts in the fullest and fairest sense of that term?” (“Wendell Berry Expounds On Gay Marriage,” Associated Baptist Press)
Should we be startled by such declarations, or shouldn’t we? Yes—and no.
See why here.
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