Thursday, August 05, 2010

Mohler: "Why Proposition 8 Decision Matters"

Over at Christianity Today, Albert Mohler has an good commentary entitled "Why the Proposition 8 Decision Matters." He begins:
The importance of the decision handed down yesterday by U. S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker in California's Proposition 8 trial will be difficult to exaggerate. Proponents of same-sex marriage immediately declared a major victory—and for good reason. The editorial board of The New York Times declared the verdict "an instant landmark in American legal history," and so it is, even if later reversed upon appeal.

Judge Walker's decision is sweeping and comprehensive, basically affirming every argument and claim put forth by those demanding that California's Proposition 8 be declared unconstitutional. That proposition, affirmed by a clear majority of California voters, amended the state's constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In one brazen act of judicial energy, California's voters were told that they had no right to define marriage, and thousands of years of human wisdom were discarded as irrational.
Read it all here at CT or here on his own blog.

And note that last phrase in the quote: "thousands of years of human wisdom were discarded as irrational" — which fits well with what I've written here several times, such as on my "Marriage and Culture" repost, where I wrote:
The claim by homosexual "advocates" is that the male-female distinction in marriage is only part of the "religious institution" of marriage, and thus ought not continue to be enshrined in civil law. It is a claim that relies (and apparently successfully) on the common ignorance of the history of Western Civilization and American law.
and a thrust you'll find through several my posts with the category labels law and marriage. Unlike Mohler, I still hold some hope that the Supreme Court could reverse this baseless decision in a way that might also begin to turn the tide away from the catastrophic cultural conclusion that marriage — a matter at the very foundation of Western civilation — in the US is now permanently redefined.

Destroying a culture's foundation is not likely to be good for that culture, no? But we'll see what happens, won't we.


Steve Martin said...

That fiat handed down by one gay judge (overturning the will of the people of California)does not bode well for our civilization.

The wheels are coming off, and they are coming off fast.

Ryan Schwarz said...

I agree with you re the US Sup Ct. It likely rides on Justice Kennedy's vote, and for some reason I am optimistic that he understands how utterly without legal foundation is this decision, and the dangers of that kind of judicial absolutism, regardless of his personal views on marriage.

Anonymous said...

yes it's too bad we allow civil law to evolve, rather than remain fixed in the past. because you know, we haven't grown or changed since... when? save your bigotry for your biblical certainties, and keep on preaching to your choir.