Saturday, March 2, 2013

Bryan Fischer: "The argument against sodomy-based marriage: God, health, children"


Bryan Fischer column
The argument against sodomy-based marriage: God, health, children

Bryan Fischer
March 2, 2013

The case against same-sex marriage is simple and straightforward: it's contrary to the laws of nature and nature's God, it's enormously destructive to human health, and it's bad for kids.

The president is now openly pledged to fight against natural marriage in court, by arguing against California's Proposition 8. He has also committed an impeachable offense by refusing to defend DOMA in court, even though it is one of the laws of the land he took an oath to "execute faithfully."

Since the president himself has abandoned his moral and constitutional duty and thrown his considerable weight behind counterfeit marriage based on the infamous crime against nature, it's important for the American people to think clearly about marriage and be able to defend it in conversation and in the public square.

In truth, the only argument we need is that God has defined marriage, and what God has defined, man may not and must not redefine. God could not have been clearer: "For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh" (Gen. 2:24). (Emphasis mine.) Marriage, by God's design, is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.

It's no use for homosexual activists to enlist Jesus in their cause, for the simple reason that he reaffirmed God's definition of marriage word for word in Matthew 19:5. In other words, if someone believes that marriage is anything other than the union of one man and one woman, his argument is with Jesus, not with me. I'd suggest he take it up with him.

Second, homosexual conduct is contrary to the "laws of Nature," to use the Founders' phrasing, and is devastating to human health. Whether you believe in evolution or in creation, as I do, homosexual behavior puts the human body to sexual uses for which it clearly was not designed.

Homosexual sex is not behavior that any rational society should endorse, promote, normalize, or protect in law. Calling relationships "marriages" that are based on the act of sodomy, which was a felony everywhere in America for the first 255 years of our existence, gives society's ultimate stamp of approval to behavior that is self-destructive, destroys human health, and shortens life. This is obviously short-sighted and callous public policy.

The CDC informs us that over 90% of all men who have ever been diagnosed with HIV-AIDS contracted it through having sex with other men (61%), intravenous drug abuse (21%), or both (9%). Homosexual conduct thus is even more of a risk to human health than intravenous drug injection. We should no more normalize homosexual conduct, let alone homosexual marriage, than to normalize shooting up with needles.

We have spent billions of dollars urging children not to take up cigarette smoking because of its harm to human health. We should be making the same effort persuading children and adults not to start engaging in homosexual conduct, and if they have started, helping them to stop.

Third, sodomy-based marriage is bad for children. Nature, common sense and the best in social research confirm what we know to be true: children need and deserve both a mother and father. Mothers have something unique to contribute to children, something fathers cannot provide, and fathers have something unique to contribute to children, something mothers cannot provide. Placing children in same-sex households puts them in settings with either a missing mother or father. No rational society guided by morality and reason would ever deliberately do that to vulnerable young children.

Sociologist Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas, which is a secular institution and not a member of the vast, right-wing religious conspiracy, conducted the most extensive study that has ever been done on adults who were raised in same-sex households. Compared to children raised in intact homes by their biological parents, his peer-reviewed research revealed that adults raised in same-sex homes fared worse on 77 of the 80 outcomes he measured. In other words, same-sex parenting should not be embraced in public policy if our first concern is the welfare of children.

Bottom line: if we care about God, health and children, marriage is, and by right ought to remain, the union of one man and one woman. Period.


Bryan Fischer is the host of the daily 'Focal Point' radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. 'Focal Point' airs live from 1-3 pm Central Time, and is also simulcast on the AFA Channel, which can be seen on the Sky Angel network.

© Copyright 2013 by Bryan Fischer
URL to column:  http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/fischer/130302




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