Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Can someone explain this to me?

The Religious Right, Article 8, Fred Phelp's Westboro Baptist Church, the Catholic Church, Massresistance, etc... for the past couple of years have been shouting from the rooftops that "We need to save traditional marriage" or "Marriage has always been between a man and a woman!"
I can recall the signs at the constitutional conventions from the anti-gay folks and they weren't kind to say the least. But again, they reiterated, "Traditional Marriage" "Marriage has always been between Man and woman" "Adam and Eve..."

OK.....

So why did Massresistance start quoting from some "Emeritus Professor of English and Latin at Old Dominion Univeristy" who said:
"Gay marriage" was "a key element in the collapse of the Roman Empire,"
or
"Same-sex 'marriage' was the invention of the Emperor Nero in the first-century A.D. In a comparatively long reign among the first-century Caesars (A.D. 54-68),
he began as a talented and generous though youthful friend of the people, but degenerated in a mere 14 years to become the prototype of Lord Acton's axiom:
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
So which is it, either there has never been same sex marriage ever or there was? I wish these people would get their facts straight (so to speak). Maybe it is just convenient to blame gay people for everything bad that happens in the world. (I never knew we had so much power!!)God knows they don't credit the homos for creating the most beautiful art in Rome (the world?) or the wonderful music on Broadway.

2 comments:

Mass Marrier said...

I fear this is more evidence of the rightists being able and willing to try any trick to win the battle at hand. We all remember the Newts, the televangelists and others who preached family, wife, marriage, fidelity, chastity of the unmarried and on and on. Then, they slept around, rented prostitutes, diddled little boys, took mistresses while their (beloved?) wives died of cancer, and so forth.

So many of us sincere pinkos try to reason with these galoots. They fold their hands prayerfully and evoke pure, loving, god-blessed heterosexual marriage. Yet, what they seem to mean is we don't want the gay folk to have what we have. So there.

Student of the Classics said...

I read that article --- the author also conjectures that the acceptance of gay marriage in Roman society contributed to decline in population, which allowed the more numerous barbarians to overcome the Roman Empire. Ok … so can someone explain this to me? Rome was populated by heterosexual men who opted for gay marriage as soon as it became available?