Friday, July 17, 2015

A Letter that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Probably Won't Print

Dear Editor,

In yesterday’s Editorial the Post implies that the notion that marriage is the union of a man and a woman is an exclusively religious doctrine. Over the last decade the media have done a good job in training us all to think that the sexual definition of marriage is a purely religious tenet. But it is not. If it were, then why does China define civil marriage as the union of a man and a woman? China is hardly a theocracy, but is instead governed by a party that professes to reject all religious belief.

Though I disagree with the Post over whether the sexual definition of marriage is ONLY a religious doctrine, I agree that Dent County’s reaction to the recent “marriage equality” ruling was inappropriate. That ruling de-sexed the only institution that had heretofore reflected the public importance of sexual difference. By de-sexing marriage the Supreme Court has in effect ruled that sexual difference does not matter, that it does not matter that we are male and female, that, therefore, we as citizens might as well be amoebas. This is a grave insult to humanity. Mourning is too servile a reaction to such an imperious insult. Mourning implies acceptance, and I refuse to accept being degraded to the status of an amoeba. Defiance is called for. Instead of flying the flag at half-mast, Dent County should have hoisted a flag with a middle finger drawn right in the center and flown that at full-mast.


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