Letter To Editor
Christianity should disapprove Obama’s Gay marriage statement
|Hem Raj Jain
Sub:- Christianity should disapprove Obama’s Gay marriage statement
Ref:- (i)- Statement from US President affects marriage laws in other countries also.
(ii)- LGBT people should not be harassed but religious status of marriage should be differentiated and retained.
(iii)- Obama & DNC need not confuse between different legal categories of marriage and relationship
(iv)- Marriage is an institution whereas relationship is merely a contract.
(v)- In this age of Science & Technology too, experimentation on any issue cannot be severed from human concerns.
(vi)- Present human knowledge too, is only tip of iceberg hence religion should not be discarded summarily.
(vii)- Even procreation through asexual mitosis / mutation is only in undeveloped species.
(viii)- No religion has its ULTIMATE BASIS on anything other than hetro-sexuality.
(ix)- Separation of material, physical, intellectual and spiritual fields in every culture should be respected.
(x)- Sensitivity of aggrieved spouse about love even in extra-marital sex should be understood and appreciated.
(xi)- Sensitivities of religion should not be violated by so fundamentally anti - 'nature and higher human concerns' policies and statements.
(xii)- Different legal categories of Marriage and relationships have impact on laws related to inheritance, divorce, parenthood etc.
(xiii)- Hillary expected to take firm stand in favor of higher status to marriage than relationship.
Dear Sir or Madam:
This refers to Wednesday statement of Obama that - "[I think same-sex couples should be able to get married]" - and based on his statement that - "[When I meet gay and lesbian couples, when I meet same-sex couples and I see how caring they are, how much love they have in their hearts, how they're taking care of their kids, when I hear from them the pain they feel that somehow they are still considered less than full citizens when it comes to their legal rights, then for me I think it just has tipped the scales in that direction]" – the on-going campaign by Democratic National Committee (Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz as Chairman) to mobilize support of Americans for Obama’s said statement by justifying that what brought him to support same-sex marriage, more than anything, is his strong belief in equal rights for everyone. This should be disapproved vehemently by Christianity in view of given below:-
(1)- This statement from Obama is not his personal statement but from US President and it affects related laws in other countries also. Even in India misguided media has started praising it as progressive thinking and under such influence even judiciary of India has been issuing judgments and statements without understanding the profoundness of the issues involved in it.
(2)- Obama & DNC are confusing between different legal categories of marriage and relationship. Marriage is an institution whereas relationship is merely a contract. Different legal categories of Marriage and relationships have impact on laws related to inheritance, divorce, parenthood etc where these come automatically to spouse in marriage but cannot be the case in relationship.
(3)- In marriage institution even the parents, friends and the extended marriage relationships of both the spouses get so intertwined in a natural and profound way that its happiness, gratitude, pleasure and material to spiritual benefits can be understood and enjoyed only by those people who are leading a married life (as in India also) and which gives marriage an institutional status in comparison to merely the contractual status of relationship.
(4)- Of-course lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people should not be harassed and here Obama & DNC have a merit in their arguments and law can be legislated in order to make life as secure and comfortable as possible for LGBT people, but religious status of marriage should be differentiated and retained.
(5)- In a nut shell if Obama, DNC and LGBT people think that they will be able to procure the same status to relationship (contract) as it is given to marriage (institution) then they are not only living in their make believe world but are also hoping against hopes.
(6)- Obama, DNC and LGBT people should try to understand that in this age of Science & Technology too, experimentation on any issue cannot be severed from human concerns. Moreover present human knowledge though has advanced astronomically during last ~ 500 years but is still only tip of iceberg. Hence believes of religion (which have been guiding the mankind for thousands of years) should not be discarded summarily, because these may have some / final truth in it.
(7)- Bi-sexuality has some profound reasons behind it, also for the survival of any specie in its struggle for existence (due to specific potential and capacities exclusive between male and female). Even procreation through asexual mitosis / mutation is only in undeveloped species. Moreover no religion has its ULTIMATE BASIS on anything other than hetro-sexuality.
(8)- It seems that the confusion of Obama, DNC and LGBT people stems form the simple fact that they are unable to appreciate the difference between material, physical, intellectual and spiritual fields which has been recognized for thousands of years in every culture and civilization of the world. This same confusion has lead many (like of Obama, DNC and LGBT people) to believe and profess that love is concerned only with material and physical level (though it is the most important element of it) and has nothing to do with intellectual and spiritual levels.
(9)- This can be understood by simple fact that whenever an extra marital affairs comes into the notice of aggrieved spouse she immediately ask the question from offending spouse that that whether you love her also.
(10)- Therefore sensitivities of religion should not be violated by so fundamentally anti-nature and anti – higher human concerns policies and statements and that too by no less than a person as President of USA whose utterance has wide & profound ramifications all over the world.
(11)- It is hoped that Obama and DNC will issue clarification and statement that what they mean is for the purpose of only making life as secure and comfortable as possible for LGBT people (who have opted for the reasons best known to them to lead a life of LGBT) but there will be no legislation or policy which will obliterate the difference between the higher status of marriage (an institution) as compared to lower status of relationship (merely a contract).
(12)- No doubt rest of the world and other religions than Christianity expect that the Christianity will leave no stone unturned in order to correct the aberration of Obama and DNC regarding their ill-conceived and ill-informed wish to give the same legal status to LGBT people as is legitimately deserved and enjoyed by people in marriage institution.
(13)- Rest of the world also expect that at least Hillary will not be swayed by her political benefits & compulsions but will take a firm stand in favor of different and higher status to marriage than relationship. Because who else can know the importance of marriage institution better than Hillary who still might not have forgotten her excruciating sorrow & trepidation during impeachment proceedings of Bill Clinton due to Monica affair.
Hem Raj Jain
(Author of 'Betrayal of Americanism')
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