There's a fundamental wrong in
letting some people marry
Sydney Morning Herald
31st March, 2007.
The views I am about to express are not very fashionable. They are
certainly not politically correct. But I believe what I am about to say
must be expressed to protect the institution of marriage.
Too often in the media, currency is given to the theory that everyone
should be allowed to marry regardless of gender, outlook and whether the
two people are creating a suitable family environment in which to bring
Well, it is time to ask some hard questions about this attitude. The
only way we will save marriage is to reclaim the institution for the
mainstream. Marriage is for normal people who want to raise children in
a healthy and secure environment. This is why we should ban religious
fundamentalists from marrying.
Fundamentalists of all religions engage in unnatural practices. The
unconventional views they hold inevitably lead to their children being
teased in the playground and, no matter what studies may show, there is
surely a greater risk they will grow up to be fundamentalist themselves
if they are exposed to dangerous ideas from a tender age.
No matter what fundamentalist propaganda may claim, fundamentalism is
not sanctioned by nature. There is not a single species in the animal
kingdom which stresses the infallibility of the Bible or adheres to the
teachings of the Koran. Even in the higher orders of primate, no species
has conclusively shown faith in the virgin birth or the second coming.
Animals tend to be atheist, pagan or animist, which shows that these
views are surely instinctive, normal, natural and right.
Maybe you think it is OK for humans to differ from animals. Maybe you
think consenting adults should be able to do what they like regardless
of whether the average person agrees with their views.
Such a liberal approach is a slippery slope. When we allow
fundamentalists to marry it says that fundamentalism is OK. It
encourages these people to foist the fundamentalist agenda on the rest
of the community. Before long they will be trying to "convert" people to
their "religions". Should we risk this? Fundamentalists are a small
minority of the population, so only a small number of people would be
inconvenienced by a ban. It would not even be discriminatory as
fundamentalists would still have the right to marry - so long as they
renounced their religion.
Let's not forget that we are not just talking about consenting adults.
When you allow fundamentalists to marry it encourages them to have
children. Sure, they might still have kids even if they cannot marry in
the eyes of the law, but why legitimise it? Children are the true
victims of fundamentalist marriages. Children don't get a say when they
are born into a household practising a fundamentalist lifestyle. Tiny
children should not be subjected to cultural experiments and social
engineering. Imagine how confused and guilty children would feel when
they were indoctrinated with the bizarre idea that they were born with
the stain of original sin and were in fact so inherently bad that a man
had to bleed to death to make it all OK.
Imagine also the teasing that children who have grown up in these
"families" would be subjected to in the playground when other kids find
out about their unusual views and practices. What are normal parents
supposed to do when their children arrive home asking uncomfortable
questions because they have been exposed to these groups at an age when
they are too young to understand?
Before you know it, fundamentalist parents will be insisting preschool
children read storybooks about the fundamentalist lifestyle in order to
better understand it. There will be colouring books directed at
four-year-olds showing Jesus turning water into wine and walking on
water, as if it were gospel.
What hope does a child indoctrinated with this sort of propaganda have
of growing up to be normal?
Can you really tell me they will not be more likely to grow up
Before you accuse me of hate speech, I should point out that I bear no
grudge against fundamentalists personally. "Love the fundamentalist,
hate the fundamentalism" is my policy.
I suppose one chink in this argument is that banning a minority from
marrying is utterly unfair, inhumane and intolerant. Kind of like the
ban on gay marriage.