Monday, May 21, 2012

Why do Right Wing Christians hate "Traditional" marriage?

The question that continues to plague me.

Traditional Marriage: One Man, Many Women, Some Girls, Some Slaves | Sexuality/Gender | Religion Dispatches

Well, it’s been quite a whirlwind week for same-sex marriage, from North Carolina to Obama to Colorado—and, of course, to the many outraged conservatives concerned with preserving traditional marriage, i.e., the time-honored sacred bond between one man and one woman. Why, just last week, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said that marriage has meant just that for over five thousand years.
Huh?
Time to break out your Bible, Mr. Perkins! Abraham had two wives, Sarah and her handmaiden Hagar. King Solomon had 700 wives, plus 300 concubines and slaves. Jacob, the patriarch who gives Israel its name, had two wives and two concubines. In a humanist vein, Exodus 21:10 warns that when men take additional wives, they must still provide for their previous one. (Exodus 21:16 adds that if a man seduces a virgin and has sex with her, he has to marry her, too.)

5 comments:

Vince Marolla said...

Mark, you should know better than to use the Bible to prove the points for the Christian right. It only says what they need it to say to justify what they want to impose on us.

Mpeterson said...

I don't care what the Bible says, I am NOT going to marry a second wife!

Kevin Scheunemann said...

For an academic, I am shocked by your lack of research.

The Old Testament traditions were replaced by the New Testament by Christ.

We could go over the main one, Christ as our redeemer from sin, but let's address the marriage issue.

Christ instituted marriage between one man and one women at the wedding in Cana.

This was a clear sign those Old Testamanet traditions were being replaced by Christ, personally.

I really got to hand it to you. You do go out of your way to justify/rationalize/redefine sin by using the bible.

Is this a main goal of the UWWC philosophy department these days?

Sounds to me like the religion of secular humanism is violating church and state separation at UWWC...

tsk. tsk.

Mpeterson said...

Aw Kevin,

Disappointing. I always enjoyed your posts more when you pretend to be an atheist, or a conservative, than when you pretend to be a Christian.

Kevin Scheunemann said...

What do we call a philosophy professor pretending to deny a religion, while really embracing it?