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Same Sex Marriage - NotDaniel Johnson Salem-News.com
By trying to force religious people to recognize them, gay marriage proponents turned out to be as welcome as ants at a picnic.
(CALGARY, Alberta) - I’m opposed to gay marriage and same-sex marriage but not for a standard reason.
Opponents of same-sex marriage, argue vehemently that marriage is between a man and a woman. This is true and has been for thousands of years. This is because marriage has been defined as a religious coupling.
I can empathize with those who have been raised in a faith which sanctifies marriage as between a man and a woman. Now you have gay people, about whom many religious people already have very negative feelings, trying to push their way into a religious sacrament.
I think a good analogy would be if astrologers tried to join the American Astronomical Union. Scientists would be up in arms—in the same emotional way that religious people are.
Physicist Roger S. Jones offers this comparison of astronomy and astrology.
“The astrological world is a living realm, like the Platonic cosmos, in which mind and matter are one, the activities of the heavens and earth are synchronistic reflections of each other. It is a world of symbolism, consciousness, and synchronism rather than space-time, force fields, and causality. It represents the ancient human struggle, however misguided or meagre, to find some purpose and meaning in existence, and it does this through a unified, rather than a compartmentalized, approach to knowledge. Despite all its modern exaggerations and distortions, medieval astrology presents a blend of scientific and humanistic knowledge from which we can still learn something today…. Astrology and astronomy are not alternative descriptions of the same reality. They portray completely different worlds.”
Just to clarify astrology with newspaper astrology. If Jupiter is rising or setting at the moment of your birth, it’s irrelevant. The purpose of an authentic horoscope is to attempt to describe your place at that moment in terms of the entire cosmos. The universe is seen by serious astrologers as a cosmic flow, and the horoscope is to show where you are in that flow and the direction the flow might take you. That, for what it’s worth, is authentic astrology in a nutshell.
I can carry the analogy further. Religious marriage and same sex marriage are not alternative descriptions of the same reality.. One is a religious worldview, the other is a human relations worldview--even though gay people have religious beliefs like everyone else.
I don’t know if any one person or group made the decision to push the same-sex approach on society, but I believe they were wrong. A less divisive and more reasonable approach would have been to leave religion alone. I believe the law as it stands generally is that the state much recognize a union before it is legally binding. If they had gone after the legal definition of union they would have been better off because they wouldn’t have been frontally attacking religion.
I know and have known many gay people over the years and all they want (like anyone else) is to be recognized and validated by society. That’s reasonable. But, by trying to force religious people to recognize them, they’ve turned out to be as welcome as ants at a picnic.
Daniel Johnson was born near the midpoint of the twentieth century in Calgary, Alberta. In his teens he knew he was going to be a writer, which explains why he was one of only a handful of boys in his high school typing class—a skill he knew was going to be necessary. He defines himself as a social reformer, not a left winger, the latter being an ideological label which, he says, is why he is not an ideologue, although a lot of his views could be described as left-wing. He understands that who he is, is largely defined by where he came from. The focus for Daniel’s writing came in 1972. After a trip to Europe he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. Alberta, and Calgary in particular, was extremely conservative Bible Belt country, more like Houston than any other Canadian city (a direct influence of the oil industry). Two successive Premiers of the province, from 1935 to 1971, had been Baptist evangelicals with their own weekly Sunday radio program—Back to the Bible Hour, while in office. In Alberta everything was distorted by religion.
Although he had published a few pieces (unpaid) in the local daily, the Calgary Herald, it was not until 1975 that he could actually make a living from journalism when, from 1975 to 1981 he was reporter, photographer, then editor of the weekly Airdrie Echo. For more than ten years after that he worked with Peter C. Newman (1979-1993), Canada’s top business writer (notably a series of books, The Canadian Establishment). Through this period Daniel also did some national radio and TV broadcasting with the CBC. You can write to Daniel at: Salem-News@gravityshadow.com
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