Traditional Marriage or Unholy Chaos?
By Bonnie Dougherty
Special to The Pilot
Times were clearly simpler in early America, when we had a biblical understanding of right and wrong, what constitutes a family, and God's commandments for living a happy, productive life.
Many actually live that life, but the "enlightened moderns" among us appear to be oblivious to it.
Marriage has been the bedrock of Western civilization. It is society's most sacred institution, as God ordained it from the beginning of time. It is known as the best form of rearing children.
Marital monogamy is difficult enough, but without it, the dangers of disease, divorce, poverty, suicide and crime result in enormous societal costs to the taxpayer.
Post-Christian progressives are not seeking a brave new world, but the same old corrupt one that led Babylon, ancient Greece and Rome to wither away from internal moral rot. We're teetering in that direction.
If you doubt me, just turn on the news. Broken families abound. Stepchildren, as well as illegitimate, lost and out-of-control children, are doing just what God said they would without loving natural parents to offer boundaries, security, love and protection.
President Barack Obama's stated goal was to transform America. The most destructive aspect of his revolution has been against traditional morality. He successfully eliminated the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military.
By abandoning DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act), Mr. Obama is paving the way for the final assault on the last bastion of defense against government tyranny - the family unit.
Few remember that the Bolsheviks, upon seizing power in Russia, promoted free love, abortion and open marriage. Promiscuity and sexual permissiveness were key to their war on religion, capitalism and the family. Destroy the strength of the individual family, and then the government steps in as the surrogate parent. That is the nightmare scenario for America if we do not reverse course.
Homosexuals are not a repressed racial minority, nor are they financially deprived. Activists now admit there is no "gay gene," which eliminates their premise for special rights and marriage.
Without the ability to produce natural children together, why marry? Or is this battle about tax breaks, now provided to the family only? Are rights determined by sex, or by what God ordained?
Those who take God at his word on the thou-shalt-nots know we have jails, judges, cops and armies to keep peace and order in society from dictatorships, murder, theft, rape, adultery, etc. Where does the "rights" bandwagon stop?
Many "rich and famous" have followed this wagon to their premature deaths. The AIDS quilt movement documents thousands of dead. Rock Hudson and Rudolf Nureyev would still be here, as would Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston - all dead before their time from unbridled sex, drugs and alcohol, seeking love, peace and sanity in a frenetic world.
God's way would have saved them. I know; I lived "their way" for a time.
The Marriage Amendment will not restrict private contractual rights from same-sex couples. Because traditional marriage is not "locked" in the N.C. Constitution, already a lawsuit has been filed challenging it. Nothing in this amendment prohibits local governments or the UNC system from providing legal benefits to partners, roommates, family members, or others designated by employees or students, if they choose to do so.
This is not a battle for the fainthearted, but for the faithful! Those who ignore the warnings of Scripture pay a terrible price. You can deny the truth, but you cannot change it. "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it." - Psalm 127.
North Carolina is the only state in the South that has not protected marriage between "one man and one woman" in its state constitution.
Voters will have the opportunity to vote for traditional marriage during the May 8 primaries.
I pray that all citizens will do so, as the happiness of our children, and the future of civilization as we've known it, depend on it.
Bonnie Dougherty lives in Southern Pines.
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