Friday, April 17, 2015

Te never-ending intolerant left

The Washington Post ran a profile the other day of my friend Ryan Anderson. Ryan is perhaps the leading voice in the country in support of traditional marriage. He makes a very forceful, but also very civil argument, in defense of it. His work has been quoted by members of the United States Supreme Court.

Ryan is one of the politest people you will meet and is constantly reviled by the gay rights community. Ryan is also a graduate of the Friends School of Baltimore. The school linked to the article about one of its alumni. But leftwing members of the school’s alumni community were outraged that the school would dare profile an alumnus of the school. So Matt Micciche, the head of the school, had to take down the post and apologize.

In an academic setting, people did not want to confront .. an opposing argument, ...(OR)even the mention of someone who makes the opposing argument.
Hilariously, one of the supporters of Micciche’s self-censorship applauded the decision in the name of equality. Others did so because of tolerance.

Let’s get this right, folks. In an academic setting, people did not want to confront not an opposing argument, but even the mention of someone who makes the opposing argument. In the name of equality and tolerance, the school decided it could not tolerant an argument and could not treat it equally though the view is held by a large percentage of the American public.

This is, ultimately, what is going to happen. The left, losing the argument in debate, will just shut it up, refuse to confront it, and pretend it does not exist. Again, I must point out that the left is only more tolerant of dissent than Islamic radicals in that they do not kill their opponents. They just censor them, drive them from the town square, and attempt to destroy their lives short of death.

You will be made to care, folks. How dare a scholar with a Ph.D. from Notre Dame like Ryan Anderson believe the constitution recognizes marriage between a man and woman. That is, after all, his argument.

Baltimore's Friends School- UBER DOUCHE BAGS


Anonymous said...

"...more tolerant of dissent than Islamic radicals in that they do not kill their opponents."



Anonymous said...

A buddy of mine teaches there. I'll have to ask him about this. If he adds anything interesting I'll put it here.


Anonymous said...

Interesting article but how does he explain the fact that both the Catholic and Orthodox churhes had same-sex marriage liturgies on the books for centuries and actually performed same-sex marriages during that time period?

"Contrary to myth, Christianity's concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has evolved both as a concept and as a ritual .... in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient church liturgical documents (and clearly separate from other types of non-marital blessings such as blessings of adopted children or land) were ceremonies called, among other titles, the "Office of Same Sex Union" (10th and 11th century Greek) or the "Order for Uniting Two Men" (11th and 12th century).

These ceremonies had all the contemporary symbols of a marriage: a community gathered in church, a blessing of the couple before the altar, their right hands joined as at heterosexual marriages, the participation of a priest, the taking of the Eucharist, a wedding banquet afterwards. All of which are shown in contemporary drawings of the same sex union of Byzantine Emperor Basil I (867-886) and his companion John. Such homosexual unions also took place in Ireland in the late 12th/early 13th century, as the chronicler Gerald of Wales (Geraldus Cambrensis) has recorded."

Anonymous said...

That's not completely accurate Anon. According to wiki 'After the Middle Ages in Europe, same-sex relationships were increasingly frowned upon and banned in many countries by the Church or the state. Nevertheless, Historian John Boswell argued that Adelphopoiesis, or brother-making, represented an early form of religious same-sex marriage in the Orthodox church. Alan Bray saw the rite of Ordo ad fratres faciendum ("Order for the making of brothers") as serving the same purpose in the medieval Roman Catholic Church. However, the historicity of Boswell's interpretation of the ceremony is contested by the Greek Orthodox Church, and his scholarship critiqued as being of dubious quality by scholars such as Robin Darling Young, Associate Professor of Theology at the Catholic University of America.'


Anonymous said...

Tim, sorry but gotta disagree - while the churches both officially disapprove of homosexuality they did have same sex liturgies and performed same sex marriages. It's pretty clear that the official line is best described as revisionist history.

BTW, the Biblical definition of marriage is not restricted to "one man, one woman". it includes

one man - one woman
one man - many women
one man - one wife and many concubines
a soldier and his female prisoner(s) of war
a rapist and his victim

The last one is particularly offensive but it's in the bible

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