Is Opposition to Gay Marriage equivalent to Racism?

Fox news has the report here. The editor in charge of Op-Eds for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, PA, has decided that opposition to gay marriage is the same as racism. The quote below is from Editorial Page Editor John Micek:

“As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.

“These unions are now the law of the land. And we will not publish such letters and op-Eds any more than we would publish those that are racist, sexist or anti-Semitic.”

I’m not particularly interested in the op-ed policy of this or any other newspaper. What concerns me is this effect of the recent SCOTUS decision that the 14th amendment to the Constitution implies a right to same-sex marriage. The unintended effect is that the opposing opinion is now categorized with racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism. Right now, some commentators are making that comparison. Next, it will become the generally-accepted view of the culture. And subsequent to that, laws may be enacted based on this new cultural dogma.

I agree that racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism are immoral. Racism is hatred of other human persons based on their race or ethnicity or nationality. Sexism is hatred based on gender. Anti-Semitism is hatred of Jews; technically, the word refers to hatred based on the Hebrew ethnicity (a Semitic people), but the term is more broadly applied to hatred of Jews based on religion or ethnicity or both. Hatred of any human persons is always wrong.

But I don’t agree that the traditional Christian beliefs on marriage, and opposition to same-sex marriage based on that belief, is a type of hatred.

According to a recent Gallup poll (May 2015) 37% of Americans said gay marriage should not be recognized as valid by the law, and 60% said gay marriage should be recognized as valid by the law. Does this mean that 37% of American have a hatred for gay persons or a hatred for all who support same-sex marriage? No, it does not. Holding the minority opinion on a controversial topic is not hatred. Disagreeing with the behavior or life choices of some human persons is not hatred. Belief in the traditional Christian view of marriage is not hatred. Disagreeing with a decision of a court, a legislature, or an executive in government is not hatred.

But modern culture is totalitarian. Already, we can see a strong push to represent any opposition to same-sex marriage as a hateful opinion that should not be tolerated and must be eliminated from society. The push is mainly cultural, not legal or political. But politics and law respond to pressure from culture. Soon, anyone who opposes legalized gay marriage or who promotes the Catholic Christian teaching on marriage will be treated like a racist or a criminal. As time passes, laws will accumulate on this topic, progressively narrowing our right to the freedoms of speech, the press, and religion, and our right to refrain from participation in grave immorality.

[Matthew]
{10:22} And you will be hated by all for the sake of my name. But whoever will have persevered, even to the end, the same shall be saved.

{24:9} Then they will hand you over to tribulation, and they will kill you. And you will be hated by all nations for the sake of my name.

[Luke]
{6:22} Blessed shall you be when men will have hated you, and when they will have separated you and reproached you, and thrown out your name as if evil, because of the Son of man.
{6:23} Be glad in that day and exult. For behold, your reward is great in heaven. For these same things their fathers did to the prophets.

The traditional Christian view on marriage is not hatred of neighbor, but love of neighbor. For love seeks what is truly good for each person and for society as a whole.

It is inevitable that sinful secular society should reject Christianity. For every true Christian loves God and neighbor. But the secular culture is not based on love, but on selfishness (sometimes masquerading as love).

[Mark]
{10:6} But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
{10:7} Because of this, a man shall leave behind his father and mother, and he shall cling to his wife.
{10:8} And these two shall be one in flesh. And so, they are now, not two, but one flesh.
{10:9} Therefore, what God has joined together, let no man separate.”

Jesus did not support any type of marriage for Christians, other than one man and one woman. He did not choose His teachings based on the current cultural majority opinion, but on truth. And we, too, must follow truth, rather than culture.

[Exodus]
{23:2} You shall not follow the crowd in doing evil. Neither shall you go astray in judgment, by agreeing with the majority opinion, apart from the truth.

And what did Jesus say about love and hate?

[John]
{15:17} This I command you: that you love one another.
{15:18} If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before you.
{15:19} If you had been of the world, the world would love what is its own. Yet truly, you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world; because of this, the world hates you.
{15:20} Remember my saying that I told you: The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they have kept my word, they will keep yours also.
{15:21} But all these things they will do to you because of my name, for they do not know him who sent me.
{15:22} If I had not come and had not spoken to them, they would not have sin. But now they have no excuse for their sin.
{15:23} Whoever hates me, hates my Father also.

If someone believes in same-sex marriage, due to a sincere but mistaken conscience, they may love their neighbor sincerely and be justified before God, despite this grave error. But if anyone rejects religion and God so that he can believe and do whatever he likes, with no regard for truth or morality, then he is condemned before God. For his own conscience has decided not to care about truth or morality.

If anyone hates the Church and Her members, then he hates his neighbor. And all who truly hate their neighbor have rejected love, and thereby rejected God. Whosoever dies in a state of hating God or neighbor will be condemned to Hell. And the majority opinion of sinful secular society will not be able to save him.

An atheist can be saved by the love of neighbor, despite his rejection of belief in God. A believer who rejects Christianity can be saved by the love of neighbor, despite his rejection of Christ. But if you reject God and hate your neighbors who disagree with you, then how will you be saved? You have become like salt that has lost its saltiness, good only to be trampled underfoot by men.

A non-believer can be saved by loving his neighbor, by loving truth, justice, mercy, and all that is truly good. By so doing, he implicitly loves Jesus Christ, and will be saved by Him. But a non-believer — and any believer — can also be condemned to Hell for implicitly hating Jesus, by hating truth, justice, mercy, and all that is truly good. The love of neighbor always includes, at least implicitly, the love of God. But the hatred of neighbor always includes, at least implicitly, the hatred of God.

by
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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One Response to Is Opposition to Gay Marriage equivalent to Racism?

  1. Matt says:

    Ron,
    As Joey wrote in you forum, this ruling has brought terrible sadness to me and division in my personal life as some friends, cousins, and even family members feel it is all about love and is righteous. The way I see it is these people sincerely believe that those with homosexual tendencies are born that way because they know some since childhood and that it is a not a sin in that case. Also the entertainment and social media culture have programmed the minds of many youth to support same-sex marriage. I see this as a mass cult-like illusion/brainwashing on our society. I know of some practicing Christians that changed their minds in favor due to fear of losing friends, employment, and just to keep the peace. Also their attitude is like no big deal and they are not going to go to Hell for supporting it.

    The only hope that I felt this weekend are the messages of Fatima and Medjugorje. “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” We desperately need God’s intervention and a huge correction of the conscience in humans and now. I hope you are correct that the 1st secret of Medjugorje occurs next year.

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