Tactics for opposing gay “marriage”

If you’re not a Christian, you might find this post mildly interesting, but it probably won’t tickle your gray cells much. Most of you Christians out there trying to argue against gay “marriage” need to understand my point and adjust your approach.

Dr. Dobson over at Focus On The Family has posted excerpts from his book “Marriage Under Fire“, offering his eleven arguments in opposition to gay “marriage”:

  1. The legalization of homosexual marriage will quickly destroy the traditional family.
  2. Children will suffer most.
  3. Public schools in every state will embrace homosexuality.
  4. Adoption laws will be instantly obsolete.
  5. Foster-care programs will be impacted dramatically.
  6. The health care system will stagger and perhaps collapse.
  7. Social Security will be severely stressed.
  8. Religious freedom will almost certainly be jeopardized.
  9. Other nations are watching our march toward homosexual marriage and will follow our lead.
  10. The gospel of Jesus Christ will be severely curtailed.
  11. The culture war will be over, and the world may soon become “as it was in the days of Noah” (Matthew 24:37).

Venn diagramI think Greg Koukl over at Stand To Reason does a much better job of persuading undecided people who don’t tackle this issue from an evangelical Christian worldview. In Dobson’s defense, his audience is almost exclusively evangelical Christians like me, and his excerpted essay aims to get us off our lazy butts and do something about the problem.

Think of it this way. There are plenty of arguments you could use to oppose gay “marriage”, signified by the inside of the light brown circle. Some of them have foundations in a Christian worldview (the darker circle). The wise advocate for traditional marriage will select the right intellectual ammunition for each target. You might be convinced that our Christian arguments give you more than enough to get the job done, but non-Christians respond to that approach like a tank responds to a pistol bullet.

Yes, I know we’re right. But tactically speaking, your sincere beliefs don’t mean anything to someone who doesn’t recognize the authority of the Bible. How receptive are you when you hear a muslim arguing that Islam must be the one true faith, because the miraculous beauty and structure of the Quran shows that it couldn’t possibly be otherwise? Their source of authority is illegitimate in your worldview. And just like them, you’re trying to knock out a tank with a handgun.

If you don’t want to be a gooey blob in somebody’s tank treads, pick up an intellectual anti-tank missile. Use arguments that stand some chance of getting past the non-Christian’s armor. I’ve highlighted five of Dobson’s eleven points that have some promise. Not all of them are potential winning shots, but at least they can do some good.

Try using what you find here:

Tactics

Arguments

Commentary on news

I’ll keep adding bullets as I find more good material.

2 comments

  1. whey

    I have been following the Terror in the Skies story through a maze of blogs. I really appreciate reading the various perpectives on that story and others. It will take a lot of self-medicating for me to ever get on a plane again. I am not ashamed to say that if I ever have tix to get on a plane with a bunch of unfamiliar Middle Eastern-looking men, my biased instincts will not let me put myself, my husband or my kids on that plane. I’m sorry if that seems racist, but that’s the way I will operate in those circumstances. By the way, I have a close relative by marriage who happens to be a Muslim musician. I love him. He is a good guy. I am 99.9% sure he is not a terrorist.
    Now here’s where I am disagreeing with a lot of the conservative blogs. Gay marriage. I believe that most gay people are born gay. I think it is a good thing that society should encourage commitments between two adults who love each other. I don’t understand the threat some other people feel in regards to it.
    I tend to vote Repulican. I am in favor of downsizing gov’t. I value personal choice and freedom. I am fiscally conservative. In a perfect world, I wish marriage contracts didn’t play into taxes, etc.
    I think the Republican Party is hurting itself, and pushing lots of people like me away from the party by making such a stink about people who want to make a commitment to each other.
    I think the concern about a close election this fall would EVAPORATE in a heartbeat if the Reblican Party would let gay people be.

  2. Puddle Pirate

    I believe that most gay people are born gay.
    OK, but I believe they aren’t. Beliefs are not arguments. Why should anyone take your belief more seriously than mine? What peer-reviewed studies support your subjective belief?
    I think it is a good thing that society should encourage commitments between two adults who love each other.
    Any two adults? Why not a brother and a sister? A father and a daughter? Two brothers? And why stop at two? Why stop with adults? Why stop with two humans?
    Again, you’re not offering an argument. You’re sharing your subjective belief. I might think that society should encourage people to drink as much whisky as they want before driving down the highway, but nobody would take me seriously. Why should anyone take seriously your subjective belief about changing a millenia-old foundational building block of society? Give us an argument, please.
    I don’t understand the threat some other people feel in regards to it.
    Come on, now. This is silly.
    Read the links I’ve provided for you above and you’ll understand where many people are coming from. I’ve even given you links to non-Christian, non-conservative arguments against changing the definition of marriage. I’ve done your research homework for you. Won’t you even click your mouse?
    I think the Republican Party is hurting itself, and pushing lots of people like me away from the party by making such a stink about people who want to make a commitment to each other.
    Define “lots.” You can’t mean “most”, because it just ain’t so.
    I think the concern about a close election this fall would EVAPORATE in a heartbeat if the Reblican Party would let gay people be.
    Whose concern, other than yours? What evidence can you offer to support your subjective opinion?