Saturday, June 07, 2008

The Politics of the Cross: on marriage and secularism

There are too many good points at Craig Carter's review of A Nation of Bastards.

So just go read the whole thing! And put him on your blogroll.

Here's an excerpt:

It is now illegal in Canada to fail pretend that a man can "marry" a man and a woman can "marry" a woman. This is a new step beyond postmodern ethics into postmodern metaphysics. Marriage, by definition, is simply something different from sexual relations between people of the same sex, but the government requires us legally to pretend that a metaphysical impossibility is actually real. It is rather like legislating mandatory disbelief in gravity. It can be done, but the result reveals only the impotence of the government; meanwhile reality continues to be unimpressed. The Soviet Union confidently experimented with marriage in defiance of reality and was sure that reality would give way. Instead, the Soviet Empire is now defunct.

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