We are living in a time of profound and accelerating uncertainty. We have torched our ancient guideposts that once helped us know right from wrong, such as the Ten Commandments and the Hippocratic Oath.
The 2010 Denzel Washington movie, about a land once known as America that has only one remaining secret and in Braille copy of the Holy Bible, appears to be increasingly plausible.
In 2004, 75 percent of Kentuckians affirmed a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as existing solely between one man and one woman. We are supposedly a nation with a "government of the people, by the people and for the people."
Nonetheless, the constitutionally expressed will of more than 1 million Kentuckians was struck down in 2014 by the vote of one judge. Ironically, Justice John G. Heyburn said that those opposing same-sex marriage were "confused." A federal appeals court reversed his ruling and the case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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As a family doctor for many years, I offer three points in defense of marriage and family.
First, sodomy cannot be both a sin and a sacrament. It's one way or the other.
Second, for those holding that homosexuality is morally inconsequential, one only has to examine the priest sex-abuse crisis. The investigation by the National Review Board found that 81 percent of the victims were male. Footnote 14 in the report explained why the designation of these acts as pedophilia is inaccurate. The report found less than 6 percent of the victims of these "predator priests" were children under the age of eight. It concluded that "more than 80 percent of the abuse was of a homosexual nature."
Long before these more recent same-sex battles, I had surmised that the two most important things I had learned as a doctor were faith in the wisdom of family and just how weak we humans are. If you doubt the latter, why have obesity and pornography become so rampant?
A huge factor in the growth of godlessness is the growth of fatherlessness. An absent father leaves a hole in the soul. The data in John Sowers' book, Fatherless Generation, is numbing. Fatherless children account for 63 percent of youth suicides, 71 percent of pregnant teenagers, 90 percent of all homeless and runaway children and 85 percent of youths sitting in prison.
The U.S. incarceration rate leads the world. Children from fatherless homes are three times more likely to repeat a grade, 33 times more likely to be abused, five times more likely to be poor and 73 times more likely to be killed.
The debate on marriage has devolved far beyond the same-sex issue: California now permits just about anyone to fill out a birth certificate, which allows for the designation of parent No. 3 and No. 4. In New York, a suit has been filed by a formerly estranged daughter who wants to marry her father, and the unnamed teen is now 18 years old with plans on moving to New Jersey where adult incest is legal. In Massachusetts, three lesbian women have wed (an illegal "throuple") and now are expecting a baby. On Dec. 15, 2013, a district judge in Utah ruled that parts of the state's anti-polygamy laws are unconstitutional.
Pope Francis has stated that marriage and family are in crisis, and has compassionately counseled that, "Children have a right to live in a family with a father and a mother." We need to be in prayer and fasting that the Supreme Court will exhibit similar fair-minded wisdom. Marriage is either one man and one woman, or society free-falls into further chaos and confusion.