Monday, March 24, 2014

Reno: "Gay marriage" and growing societal inequality

First Things editor R.R. Reno finally says something that has needed to be said for a very long time. "Marriage equality" and just about everything else associated with the "gay rights" movement is neither about marriage nor equality. On the contrary, it is all about privilege for society's elite at the expense of the poor and most vulnerable among us.
The Human Rights Campaign, a leader in gay rights, claims to promote marriage equality. If you’re one of the small minority of gays and lesbians in America who wants to get married, I suppose that makes sense. But viewed with any degree of objectivity, it’s an absurd claim, because it ignores the increasingly profound marriage inequality in society at large.

The Human Rights Campaign and supporters of gay marriage from Andrew Cuomo to Alan Simpson also ignore an inconvenient fact: the striking correspondence of the increasingly elite support for sexual freedom and the accelerating growth of marriage inequality. As the Human Rights Campaign succeeds in achieving its goals of normalizing homosexuality and securing same-sex marriage, poor America gets hit with declining economic prospects and a zippy, new, postmodern marriage culture that works for the rich but not for them. Elton John gets a husband and baby while the ordinary Jims and Janes in America get—nothing.

Culture is not a machine. You can’t directly trace alterations to this movement or that change in the law to broad social changes of the sort we’re seeing in the growing marriage inequality. But is it really so difficult to see that gay marriage is today’s luxury good for the rich that’s being paid for by the poor? Apparently so.
To carry Reno's point just a little further: The "LGBTQ community," that which Reno refers to as "the small minority of gays and lesbians in America who wants to get married," ought not be confused with the larger majority of persons struggling with homosexual inclinations who either wish simply to be left alone or to be freed from their bondage to sin. The latter group can always find refuge and healing in the arms of Jesus and his church. It is the former group, the one which revels in its lasciviousness, that desires neither forgiveness nor acceptance by the church, yet constantly badgers her for refusing to offer either.

The oft repeated claim that "LGBTQ people" are today's equivalent of the "tax collectors and sinners" with whom Jesus kept company is little more than an attempt to trivialize the very real problem of human sinfulness. Taken as a whole, deviant sexuality is only one aspect, and a relatively minuscule one, of the "gay lifestyle." It is, by an large, a lifestyle of the rich and famous. Far more objectionable, and morally repulsive, than its sexual component is the extravagance, arrogance, and avarice of its most visible advocates. The "tax collectors and sinners" came to Jesus for one simple reason. They knew they were no good. Today's "gay rights" advocates, who never tire of boasting about their own goodness and virtue, have far more in common with the Pharisee who thanked God he was not like other men, than with the tax collector who cried out to God for mercy.