Retired Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson was back in the news this week, attending the fifth annual White House Easter prayer breakfast.
“I have seen the evil of pornography spread like a plague throughout our culture. What was once the shameful and occasional vice of the few has become the mainstream entertainment for the many.”
Research has shown that while the rest of the U.S. has become more accepting of same-sex marriage, Evangelicals have stood firm in their convictions and this is true for older as well as for younger Evangelicals.
According to Tony Jones, Christianity ought to be totally unconcerned about sexuality. It is a “lie” in his words “that issues of human sexuality are somehow central to Christian doctrine.” This is plainly false. I know, because I once thought as Mr. Jones does.
Once upon a time—actually, at least 2000 years of time—marriage in the West was defined in thickly-textured way. There were multiple dimensions to its definition—natural, social, consensual, and religious. The natural seemed obvious: two complementary beings—male and female—entered into a permanent one-flesh union that included sexual fidelity. They were complementary in physical and emotional ways and when nature took its course in sexual intercourse, they had children. Since the children were their “flesh and blood,” the parents had strong attachments to them and provided the optimal context for their upbringing.
Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) says “a climate of intolerance and intimidation for citizens who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman” is being created.
But it doesn’t actually cost $25,000 to get married. “We can’t afford to get married,” often means, “We can’t afford the lavish wedding which is what we or others expect. We’ll do that someday when we have the money.”