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April 10, 2009

Yakri’s adventures in college #2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Yakri @ 7:05 am

Cameron A. Pickerill-Trinitapoli

April 7th 2009

English 150

Word count: 1,103

A Serious Response To Societal Suicide.

Authors Colson and Morse began “Societal Suicide” with the events surrounding the legalization of Gay marriage in Massachusetts, and the result; thousands of gays rushing to several municipalities to be “married”. Shortly thereafter President Bush announced his support for a marriage amendment, which would ban gay marriage, assuring that it would be argued about in every corner of America. They say marriage is a cornerstone of society, intended to bring couples together and produce offspring. Colson and Morse site studies that claim boys who grow up without fathers are more likely to become criminals, and girls who don’t have fathers are more likely to have children while adolescents. The authors say that while their critics concur with this, they also claim that gay “marriage” would not harm heterosexual marriage. Contrary to this, Colson and More believe that the over whelming evidence points to a family lead by a women and a man as being the best structure for raising children and cultural health. They declare that if we do not ban gay “marriage”, there will be a rise in criminal activity and chaos in the streets. Despite the evidence and opinions presented by Colson and Morse, and in some cases because of it; I believe that it is morally wrong to deny to others, something to which the rest of us are entitled.

Let’s say I have a friend named Alejandro, who is Hispanic, and he wants to marry his beautiful girlfriend Haruhi, who is Asian. However, there’s a small problem with this, as it turns out it isn’t legal for Hispanics and Asians to marry or be joined in a civil union in their state. Further more, the US government is debating on passing a constitutional amendment that would force all of the states in the USA to ban the marriage of Hispanics and Asians. You might think that this is ridiculous, rather racist, and would never happen in an accepting country like the USA. Nevertheless interracial marriages were illegal throughout most of the United States until a Supreme Court ruling in 1967 legalized interracial marriage, and for a long time afterwards it was a matter of great contention. Today, a similar matter is under debate; only in this case, it is an argument over whether or not homosexual couples should be allowed to marry. I think, for the most part, we can all agree that it is morally wrong for us to deprive one of the basic rights we have as human beings to a certain minority just because they are a minority. So why is this injustice allowed to continue in the case of gay marriage?

If you would believe Colson and Morse, we should not allow gay marriage because many religions say it is wrong. But I would remind you that there have been many times in history when people have thought something was good, like: slavery, witch burning, oppression of women, racism. Or that something (or someone) was evil, like: modern medicine, other religions, and other races. Yet we have looked back with the power of hindsight, and wondered how such a thing could ever have come to pass. I don’t follow any particular religion; instead I have only my own sense of justice and morals to guide me. There are many other people like me who do not ascribe to these beliefs, but rather they believe in other religions or none at all. Ours is a country built on acceptance and freedom, you can believe in whatever you want, but is it right to try and force that belief, or some part of it, on other people?

In the case of gay marriage, I’m simply asking you to respect the right of others to their own belief, not to change what you yourself believe in.

In their article, Colson and Morse try to show that gay marriage should not be banned just because of their own belief, but also because it would be harmful to society, and the traditional institution of marriage. They attempt to do this by providing both facts and opinions on why and how gay marriage would harm society and marriage between heterosexual couples. Although Colson and Morse are entitled to their own opinion, I must however, most stalwartly disagree with their facts. Though the statistics they provided for their article may be accurate, Colson and Morse do not cite their sources in the article, nor the context in which these statistics were taken, nor do they say when these statistics were taken. All these things are of course, of the utmost importance to the meaning of the statistics, they could have been out of date, or they could have come from irreputable sources, or any number of other such problems. Perhaps more importantly, although I have read their article all the way through several times, I still cannot see how gay marriage is linked to teen boy’s being more likely to participate in criminal activity if they grow up without a father, nor how girls who have no father are more likely to have children while still teens. All the statistics provided by Colson and Morse are on traditional heterosexual marriages or couples, since we have no evidence as to what effect gay marriage would have on society, I think it likely that it would actually have a beneficial effect.

Both reading, and writing about this subject has given me a chance to think on what this argument is about. It’s not actually about what’s good for society, or statistics or anything like that. It’s just two sides arguing, verbally fighting if you will, over an object of perceived value. The reason that marriage is being so vehemently argued over, is not for it’s legal benefits, but for it’s moral and emotional connotations. Colson and Morse’s so called fact’s did nothing to support their own argument, as such, their argument is only their opinion, and should not be made out to be based in anyway on fact. However, their article did give me an opportunity to at least somewhat understand their point of view. And while I do understand it up to a point, I firmly disagree with it, because I believe it is morally wrong to oppress any minority and prevent them from having the same rights as the rest of us.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

-Martin Luther King, Jr. April 16th 1963.


1 Comment »

  1. For anyone wondering, there will be more to this then just my english essays. I just want to get them to an ever so slightly larger audience than just my teacher and immediate family.

    And yes, at some point, hopefully within the month, there will be some Tech related stuff posted.

    Comment by Yakri — April 10, 2009 @ 7:07 am

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