Tastes Like Chicken

DRACULA:  A cooked bird for you, blood for me – what is the difference?

JONATHAN HARKER:  The difference between good and evil.

– from “Count Dracula”, a 1977 BBC production

It is just fascinating to me where we are today as a culture on the same-sex marriage debate.  The proponents of these unions were infinitely smart to couch it as a civil rights issue.  After all, if you are against “civil rights”, you are evil: just ask the mayors of Boston, New York, and Chicago.  Check out this interview:

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/index.html#/v/1758189179001/chick-fil-a-ignites-a-liberal-firestorm/?playlist_id=86923

I have to make it clear up front that if I had to choose one restaurant in the “fast food” category I could eat at the rest of my life, it would be Chick Fil-A.  I am biased: everything about Chick Fil-A rocks!  The food is really good (greasy chicken?), the restaurants are squeaky clean, and the service is sensational.  I find the Chick Fil-A culture of family values and philanthropy quintessentially admirable.  But the company is being equated with the KKK and the Nazis because they oppose “gay civil rights”.  Mr. Besen’s main beef is that “Chick Fil-A has given millions to anti-gay organizations…”, and specifically mentions the Family Research Council.  Here is a link to the Family Research Council’s web site:

http://www.frc.org/.

A quick perusal impresses me that the FRC is more “pro traditional family” than “anti-gay”, but you be the judge.  Be sure to check out “On Love, Homosexuality, and Sin: An Evangelical Proposal”.  Its reasoning is totally in line with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  But so evident of public discourse today, there can’t be disagreement and dialogue: it is “you are either with me or against me, and if you are against me, you’re just despicable.”

For me the issue begins and ends with Matthew 19, the Pharisees’ attempt to trap Jesus about divorce.  Same-sex unions: what would Jesus say?  Our President has cleverly invoked “Do unto others…”  A first-century Jew if asked about it would have spit his wine through his nose: such a topic was unthinkable, as it was from then until about 1988.  I’m pretty confident Jesus would have sternly said “Get out of here, and take your Matt with you.”

To genuinely dialogue though, there has to be some foundation to begin from.  One can hurl Bible verses at a secularist all day long, and at the end of the day if the religionist and the secularist haven’t gouged each other’s eyes out, that’s probably the best result you can hope for.  There is a very strong case to be made from a secular viewpoint that the traditional family unit is the best model in which a society can thrive.  This is still a challenging proposition, as both sides will say “Studies have shown…”  I personally find the credentials of those I have heard presenting the “Studies have shown…” pro-traditional family case as more credible than the other side.  But in fairness, I have heard “Studies have shown the best chances for a child’s success is to be raised by two lesbians.”  All righty then, as Ace Ventura would say.

There is a member of the Army basketball team who has “two dads”.  His dads are white, he is African-American.  Mary and I met these gentlemen at a “meet the plebes” picnic held for the team.  They seemed to be genuinely admirable guys, and their kid was an admirable kid.  I don’t know the details of how they came to adopt him, but I am confident these men provided a better domestic situation than what the child was facing, and I see no evidence that they did anything otherwise besides a fantastic parenting job.  But I would rebut someone who provides such a specific anecdote as support for the same-sex argument: I would put that in the same category as every smoker’s Aunt Martha who drank Jim Beam and smoked two packs of unfiltered Pall Malls and died at 97, her passionate frolic with the pool boy too much for her heart.  I would argue – invoking what “Studies have shown…” – and the historical lessons learned from societies like ancient Israel and Rome, that a man and a woman raising a child is percentage-wise a child’s best opportunity for growing up to be a reasonably healthy, principled, and productive contributor to society.  And our civil society used to think so, which was the basis for not so long ago for the difficulty in getting a divorce, and the support (e.g. tax breaks) provided for married couples who had children.

So where are we going now?  It’s clear to me that we’ve gone from the child’s interests being paramount, to the adult’s interests being paramount.  The principle of selfish self-interest is threatening to rule the day.  That’s why with many traditional European groups not replacing themselves, and actually facing potential extinction somewhere down the line, many public policies turn a blind eye and support population suppression, viewing every child born as a fractional increase in the price of petrol. In China government officials beam when talking about all the millions of resource-users they’ve prevented through their “one-child policy”, turning a blind eye to its rural population comprised of nothing but decrepit oldsters, while its young people (increasingly male) slave away in factories making NFL bobble-head dolls for the betterment of mankind.

From Kahlil Gibran’s poem “On Children”:

Their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, even in your dreams.

We are on the verge of foreclosing on the house of tomorrow, living only for the pleasures and whims of today.  The social wreckage around us is profound, but we by and large are blind to it, or choose to ignore it.  What to do then?

(2 Timothy: 23-25 (NAB)) Avoid foolish and ignorant debates, for you know they breed quarrels.  A slave of the Lord should not quarrel, but be gentle with everyone, able to teach, tolerant, correcting opponents with kindness.  It may be that God will grant them repentance that leads to knowledge of the truth,”

And everbody, eat more chikin!

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