This interview with Robert P. George is about marriage in response to New York legalizing same sex marriage. But it more than touches on sexuality and I find it aptly describes the culture we are currently living in. Here in Ottawa, a conservative talk radio station recently asked listeners to respond to the New York decision. When one listener called in to express a view in support of traditional marriage, the host steamrolled him with his own view in support of same sex marriage.
Now Robert P. George is no dummie and I don’t think he’s a homophobe, either. I do buy into his arguments; they make sense to me, though they didn’t always. But even as I read this piece, I realize I probably couldn’t convey the depth of what he is saying to the average person on the street. “Sexual liberation” no matter the fact that it was initially championed by the likes of Hugh Hefner, sounds like freedom to people, and freedom, we rightly think, is good. So explaining that “sexual liberation” is actually the opposite of freedom, that it binds and constrains and takes human beings further from their potential, is a tough sell.
What I’m saying here, in a convoluted way, is that I agree with Robert P. George. He’s smart and he knows what he is talking about. But I don’t think we’re going to win this particular battle over same sex marriage because we are poorly educated, it’s a sound bite culture, and arguments in favour of traditional marriage fit better into academic journals, rather than on the nightly news.by