Jesus for Gay “Marriage”?

Vandals defaced this pro-marriage sign outside of a Catholic parish in the Diocese of Crookston, Minn.

Think about this: Over the last several weeks, we witnessed four presidential/vice-presidential debates, and not one question was asked about Barack Obama’s historic advocacy of gay marriage. That seems a rather curious omission given the gravity of the issue. No other issue among the candidates is as transformative as this one. Name another issue that involves completely redefining something as ancient as the Garden of Eden. You can’t.

To her credit, Martha Raddatz asked Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, two Catholics, about their faith and their positions on abortion. That, however, was it for any faith-related matters. Marriage was a no-show.

For Mitt Romney, his answer to a question on gay marriage would have been no surprise. The Mormon governor would likely give the standard Christian reply on gay marriage measured against traditional Biblical precepts. As for Barack Obama, however, his answer would be a bit more unconventional, though increasingly common among the Religious Left.

Obama, in fact, cites his faith as instrumental to his support of gay marriage. In his landmark statement advocating gay marriage, Obama, speaking for himself and the first lady, told ABC News: “You know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule … treat others the way you would want to be treated. And … that’s what motivates me as president.”

President Obama had invoked the Golden Rule in support of gay marriage.

As an indication of how he is not alone, consider the thoughts of another liberal Christian, Nancy Pelosi. Congresswoman Pelosi says that her Catholic faith “compels” her to support gay marriage: “My religion has, compels me—and I love it for it—to be against discrimination of any kind in our country, and I consider this a form of discrimination.” Pelosi called Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage “a great day for America.”

There’s much that could be said about Pelosi’s and Obama’s positions, but one thing that jumps out at me is the utter hypocrisy of liberals in reacting to such statements from Pelosi and Obama. Consider:

For eight years, liberals screamedseparation of church and state!” anytime President George W. Bush even dared to mention that he prayed. But now, when Obama and Pelosi invoke their faith on behalf of gay marriage, liberals are fully supportive, applauding loudly and proudly. Instant converts.

To say this is a double standard is a gigantic understatement. I wrote a book on the faith of George W. Bush. I could rattle off dozens of examples of liberals hammering Bush for the most benign expressions of faith. Here are just a few:

When Bush told reporter Bob Woodward that he had consulted his “higher father” before making a decision to send U.S. troops into combat, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell stated flatly, “He should not be praying.” Ralph Nader dubbed Bush a “messianic militarist.”

Or consider another example, provided by Maureen Dowd, New York Times Catholic. What set off Dowd was Bush’s statement in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 13, 1999. The occasion was a Republican presidential debate. The Texas governor was asked to name his favorite philosopher or thinker. He pointed to Jesus Christ.

This was not a surprise to anyone who knew Bush, or knows serious Christians. It was totally genuine, sincere, and certainly completely acceptable—except at the New York Times, where Maureen Dowd launched into orbit.

In an op-ed titled, “Playing the Jesus Card,” Dowd quoted H.L. Mencken, who wrote that religion “is used as a club and a cloak by both politicians and moralists, all of them lusting for power and most of them palpable frauds.” She said that Bush had “finally scored some debate points” by citing Jesus. “This is the era of niche marketing,” explained Dowd, “and Jesus is a niche. Why not use the son of God to help the son of Bush appeal to voters? W. is checking Jesus’ numbers, and Jesus is polling well in Iowa. Christ, the new wedge issue.”

Rather than being sincere about his faith and heart, averred Dowd, Bush had been a scoundrel. “It raises the question,” Dowd preached, of whether the governor wanted Jesus as his “personal Savior or political savior.”

Imagine that reaction. And George Bush was merely saying that Jesus changed his life. He wasn’t going so far as, say, invoking Jesus for his position on gay marriage.

In fact, imagine if Bush had done just that—that is, point to his faith in support of his opposition to gay marriage. How would liberals have reacted? Or, in the current political climate, imagine how liberals will react if and when Mitt Romney (or Paul Ryan) cites his faith against gay marriage.

But if Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi cite their faith for gay marriage? Well, that’s just fine with liberals; in fact, it’s blessedly wonderful. It’s a great moment for faith in the public square.

Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College. His books include God and Ronald Reagan, God and George W. Bush, and God and Hillary Clinton. His latest is The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.

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71 thoughts on “Jesus for Gay “Marriage”?

  1. Hotkins says:

    This should not even be a issue in the Government. If you do not think the same sex should marry then do not do it yourself, do not push religious belief on to others. Everyone should be free to be either for something or against something, but it should always be wrong to force a belief onto others. And I mean this the other way too, people getting fired and sued cause they do not like gay marriage and dissagree with it is wrong also.

  2. im4truth4all says:

    An anthropologist by the name of J.D. Unwin initiated a study with the premise that marriage was not necessary and possibly even detrimental to the development of great societies. At the end of this study he completely reversed his hypothesis.

    “Perhaps the definitive work on the rise and fall of civilizations,”
    writes Fitzpatrick, “was published in 1934 by Oxford anthropologist J.D.
    Unwin”:

    In “Sex and Culture,” Unwin studied 86 human civilizations ranging
    from tiny South Sea island principalities to mighty Rome. He found that a
    society’s destiny is linked inseparably to the limits it imposes on sexual
    expression and that those sexual constraints correlate directly to its
    theological sophistication and religious commitment.

    Unwin noted that the most primitive societies had only rudimentary spiritual
    beliefs and virtually no restrictions on sexual expression, whereas societies
    with more sophisticated theologies placed greater restrictions on sexual
    expression, and achieved greater social development.

    In particular, cultures that adopt what Unwin dubbed “absolute
    monogamy” proved to be the most vigorous, economically productive,
    artistically creative, scientifically innovative and geographically expansive
    societies on earth.

    The following are grave words for the USA that come from noted Harvard
    sociologist Pitirim Sorokin who found no culture surviving once it ceased to
    support marriage and monogamy. None.

    Now we can do a basic analysis of marriage in the USA. Current illegitimacy
    rates are as follows:

    Black 73%

    Hispanic 53%

    White 29%

    for an overall rate of 42%. The future of the USA has been written. Currently
    the rate of illegitimacy for women of all races under 30 is 53%.

    “Once a society departs from a social norm of absolute marital monogamy, social
    chaos ensues within three generations.” — Anthropologist Joseph Daniel Unwin

    Some statistics from single parent families

    Graduate from high school less frequently
    -
    Suffer more addictions
    -
    Suffer more abuse
    -
    Twice as likely to become an alcoholic
    -
    Three times more likely to have a baby out of wedlock
    -
    Five times more likely to commit suicide
    -
    Five times more likely to fall into poverty
    -
    Twelve times more likely to be incarcerated.

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