Monday, September 18, 2006

Further Notes on Family Values

It's also useful to note that family values rhetoric has also contributed to the movement for gay marriage. Just like everybody else in the United States, gay people have seen that the value of marriage and children has increased dramatically since the 1980's. Consequently, more gays and lesbians want to enjoy the benefits of marriage and give their love to children.

Unintentionally providing a positive impetus to the gay rights movement is one of the few real contributions that right-wing evangelical groups like Focus on the Family have made to American society.

Unfortunately, such pressure groups are so blinded by their focus on self-righteously promoting their bigotries, raising money, and piling up political influence that they can't see the millions of gay people who honestly want to live as married couples and parents.

However, it's worth mentioning that Jesus saw that kind of self-righteousness in the Pharisee movement of Ancient Judea and condemned the Pharisees in Matthew 23 by calling out again and again: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites" before giving details on their crimes.

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