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By Henry Hunter
The current brouhaha surrounding the catholic church and their position on marriage, in particular who they deem worthy of being “married” is just another example of an outdated idea trying to keep hold of something as the real world moves further away from their grasp.
A letter composed by heads of the church will be being read out as I am writing this, in over 2500 parishes throughout England and Wales. In this letter, the church leaders call for all Catholics to stand against the idea that two free, taxpaying, oxygen-breathing humanoids are in any way as deserving of being “married” as the people they deem to be “normal”.
Before we get too far into this ridiculous debate, and before people start setting themselves on fire in the name of homophobia, let’s just get this bit out the way. The Catholic Church will not have to perform the weddings, it will not infringe on any of their outdated, nonsensical beliefs. They can simply continue to be told how to live by a man representing an organization that have systematically covered up the molesting of children for decades and who tell Africans not to wear condoms because they actually cause AIDS. This is the word of the Pope. Thanks be to the Pope.
In addition, Cardinal Keith O’Brien has the cheek to call the proposed bill “grotesque”.
The letter states, “There are many reasons why people get married. For most couples, there is an instinctive understanding that the stability of a marriage provides the best context for the flourishing of their relationship and for bringing up their children.” Now, I may be some crazy liberal in some instances, and this seems to be one of those instances. However, if you look at that statement with the benefit of independent thought it says that a man and a woman get married, have kids and live happily ever after which we all know to be false. The percentage of marriages that end in divorce is about 40%, but closer to 50%, if you also include the marriages that stay together “for the sake of the children” which is far more damaging, but not in the churches eyes because a marriage is a marriage for aw that.
The idea that a same sex couple cannot bring a child up as well as a man and a woman, or a “normal” couple – if you are hindered by religion – is ludicrous. I have known some tremendously unhinged individuals with demons that would make an atheist seek God. They all came from God fearing, traditional parenting, and Catholic school, but that is another matter for another day.
There is no argument here that is not steeped in homophobia, they can deny that all they want, but when all is said and done the religious hate gays. This is plainly obvious in the fact that even although the bill would not infringe on them they still have a problem with it. The priests do not have to perform the ceremonies, the ceremonies will not be held in their churches. Therefore, for them to have a problem with it is utterly redundant.
This silly argument is put to bed with the church stating something progressive in an utterly detestable and oblivious tone. The letter continues to say that the law would “gradually and inevitably transform” society’s understanding of the purpose of marriage. The rest of us see marriage as a union borne of love and a desire to share a life with another human, a beautiful thing I’m sure you’ll agree.
The Catholic Church sees marriage as nothing more than a machine used to spit out new Catholics on a regular basis it is not the rest of us who need a fresh understanding of marriage.