Chesterton on gay marriage...

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We can always convict such people of sentimentalism by their weakness for euphemism. The phrase they use is always softened and suited for journalistic appeals. They talk of free love when they mean something quite different, better defined as free lust. But being sentimentalists they feel bound to simper and coo over the word “love.” They insist on talking about Birth Control when they mean less birth and no control. We could smash them to atoms, if we could be as indecent in our language as they are immoral in their conclusions.”  - G. K. Chesterton, “Obstinate Orthodoxy” in The Thing.)

Imagine what Chesterton would have done with "gay marriage." My dear Mary Lee forwarded an article that tries to. It's a 2013 piece by Dale Ahlquist, head of the American Chesterton Society, titled "G. K. Chesterton: It's Not Gay and It's Not Marriage."

If you're hankering for a model to copy in your engagement with our decadent culture and the loved ones who have drunk deeply from its well, you simply cannot do better than Chesterton. Ahlquist has read him and here's an excerpt...

from his channeling Chesterton on gay marriage:

Chesterton shows that the problem of homosexuality as an enemy of civilization is quite old. In The Everlasting Man, he describes the nature-worship and “mere mythology” that produced a perversion among the Greeks. “Just as they became unnatural by worshipping nature, so they actually became unmanly by worshipping man.” Any young man, he says, “who has the luck to grow up sane and simple” is naturally repulsed by homosexuality because “it is not true to human nature or to common sense.” He argues that if we attempt to act indifferent about it, we are fooling ourselves. It is “the illusion of familiarity,” when “a perversion become[s] a convention.”

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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