Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gay Ain't Gay and Gay Marriage Ain't Marriage

My friend Dale Ahqluist gets it.  He understands.  And he gets it because Chesterton got it.  And Chesterton got it because the Church gets it.

Dale has a great piece in Crisis Magazine on what Chesterton would have made of "gay marriage".   Read the whole thing, but just to give you a taste ...

In Heretics, Chesterton almost makes a prophecy of the misuse of the word “gay.” He writes of “the very powerful and very desolate philosophy of Oscar Wilde. It is the carpe diem religion.” Carpe diem means “seize the day,” do whatever you want and don’t think about the consequences, live only for the moment. “But the carpe diem religion is not the religion of happy people, but of very unhappy people.” There is a hopelessness as well as a haplessness to it. When sex is only a momentary pleasure, when it offers nothing beyond itself, it brings no fulfillment. It is literally lifeless. And as Chesterton writes in his book St. Francis of Assisi, the minute sex ceases to be a servant, it becomes a tyrant. This is perhaps the most profound analysis of the problem of homosexuals: they are slaves to sex. They are trying to “pervert the future and unmake the past.” They need to be set free.

And, while you're at it, pack your things and march for sanity in March. 


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Common sense is music to my ears, but many would keep changing the station before taking in the first notes. I feel like one of very few to have the honour of being illuminated by this treasure and its distributor (Chesterton), that can teach our politicians to NOT be mental and copy what other countries are doing in relation to so-called gay marriage and gay adoption - i nearly flipped at a newspaper article of one popular major political party actually taking gay adoption into account.

And yet what are WE called when expressing knowledge through God's given graces of wisdom and understanding?? 'Bigots', 'close-minded', 'old-fashioned' (not bad for a youngster, huh)and 'just plain mean'.

An author who graced us less than a century ago with his visit, and the educated ignorant folks who are meant to consider our needs prefer making egotistic self-proclaimed marches of narcissism rather than these marches of humble intelligence with one loud voice.

Gk, pray for us!!