Tuesday, March 1, 2011

DOMA: Another Letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama,

Please act to defend DOMA. Although we value freedom of choice, some choices can be nationally destructive. The choice of sexual behavior is not like the choice of a meal? Sex impacts our lives far more profoundly than eating a hamburger! In this regard, John J. Davis (Evangelical Ethics) writes of the work of British Anthropologist, J.D. Unwin:

• After a comprehensive study of both Western and non-Western cultures throughout human history, Unwin concluded that the record of mankind “does not contain a single instance of a group becoming civilized unless it had been absolutely [heterosexually] monogamous, nor is there any example of a group retaining its culture after it has adopted less rigorous customs.” Unwin observed that a society’s adoption and maintenance of heterosexual monogamy as a social standard “has preceded all manifestations of social energy, whether that energy be reflected in conquest, in art and sciences, in extension of the social vision, or in the substitution of monotheism for polytheism.” (p. 116)

Human nature and society cannot tolerate sexual experimentation without consequence. As one who has lived through the radical changes of the sixties and various forms of sexual experimentation, I’ve both experienced and witnessed the negative effects of violating our sexual parameters. I lived in Israel on various collective communities – kibbutzim – for several years. Many of them had been so imbued with such a powerful ethos against ownership and capitalism, that even marriage was disdained. There were to be no marriages, and the children belonged equally to all. However, this experiment couldn’t be sustained, and in every case, these collectives reverted to the traditional groupings.

The collective experience of all the major religions rules against same-sex marriage. For the sake of the nation, we too must.

Daniel Mann

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