Obama, Gay Marriage, The National Convention and the Church Fathers
Obama who was for gay marriage , then against it, now for it again ( he evolved ) is all in the news. I am in a distinct minority as to Obama viewpoint on this. I DO think he takes his religion seriously ,and for some reason I never really thought he bought the gay marriage idea personally. Many seem to disagree with my outlook.I don't have much to add to what everyone has said as to Obama's evolution.My first thought was he had all the time in the world to think up theological justifications for this ,and the best he could do was the "Golden Rule " That seems pretty lame. I follow the arguments for Same Sex Blessings /Unions/ Marriage pretty closely and the "Golden Rule" does not seem like on that has a lot of scriptural or theological teeth here.. Catholic Vote had an post on what the Great St Aug had to say on the Golden Rule which is interesting. See The President, the Golden Rule, and Same-Sex Marriage . I might do a little digging into what the Church Fathers had to say about the "golden rule" in the future. I know in this age of Holy Spirit "prophetic action" that is leading to us just discovering that we got it wrong on a whole host of matters the Fathers are out of style but humor me perhaps. I suspect Obama's viewpoint on the Golden Rule, and it's application to gay marriage and beyond was not a Church Father view , but I will keep you informed of my research.Catholic Vote also had an interesting observation how the Democratic Party National Convention in North Carolina got a WHOLE more interesting. How the Democrats handle the Convention in North Carolina is touchy and interesting business. There appears to be an effort to have same sex marriage written into the Democratic party platform. How this is handled at the Convention will be a balancing act which I bet will not happen. If the Convention becomes the voices of the North Carolina gay oppressed, I suspect the Obama campaign can write off North Carolina. North Carolina is still a Southern State , and even the transplants pick up the ethos of State pride after a while. We may talk bad about our fellow instaters , but don't mess with our state kind of thing.There has been a lot of discussion this week all over the place if gay marriage is just going to happen and thus opposition is futile. This National Review that is very good reading begs to differ. What I like about that article goes beyond the gay marriage issue. It shows a truth that predicting the future social and political winds is a tricky business. It's even more tough since everyone just on the account they are walking around in this day and age think they are the smartest people EVER.There was the Reformation but then there was the Counter ReformationThe Enlightement was counteracted by a revivial in religious beliefThe decadent fast rolling 1920's gave way too much more conservatives decadesThe Conservatives 50's gave way to the revolutionary 60's and 70'sThe hippie Children of the 60's and 70 later voted for Reagan in great numbersIn other words the projection of future events as to gay marriage and many other matters is rather unclear.