I continue to be totally flabbergasted at what I see as a huge sea change in American culture. No doubt it has been building for quite some time, but it recently appears to have hit the “tipping point”. I am referring to the astounding embrace of gay marriage as the sine qua non of contemporary secularism. It appears to carry the weight of a secular sacrament among folks that congratulate themselves on their intellect, sophistication, and enlightenment.
What bothers me the most is the ground swell of support among the Mormon people. Granted, much of what I see is gleaned from online interactions, and those samples can be skewed heavily and quite distorted. But what I cannot deny is that ten years ago, I didn’t see Mormon intellectuals arguing for gay marriage with all the fervor of a seedy televangelist.
I won’t go into the litany of reasons why gay marriage is a mistake. At least, not in this post, and not right now. However I do want to make some casual, tentative points.
It is the height of arrogance for people to believe that only in the last decade have we humans somehow gained some special wisdom that enables us to throw away the weight of tradition in such a callous manner. It is the very definition of hubris. It’s pride, one of the seven deadly sins. We are so proud and arrogant.
I am not making the argument that if it’s traditional then we must keep something. Some things that were traditional have been consigned to the dustbin of history. But why marriage, of all things?