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The Manhattan Declaration: It’s About Sex November 27, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in Uncategorized.

Marriage is about Procreation. Part 2.

I made a biological argument against this and planned to write more. Little did I know how easy it would be to prove that Fundamentalists and right wing conservatives believe that marriage is about procreation. This text is copied directly from the Manhattan Declaration. You can Google it. Be sure to notice that one of it’s founders is Chuck Colson.


The impulse to redefine marriage in order to recognize same-sex and multiple partner relationships is a symptom, rather than the cause, of the erosion of the marriage culture. It reflects a loss of understanding of the meaning of marriage as embodied in our civil and religious law and in the philosophical tradition that contributed to shaping the law. Yet it is critical that the impulse be resisted, for yielding to it would mean abandoning the possibility of restoring a sound understanding of marriage and, with it, the hope of rebuilding a healthy marriage culture. It would lock into place the false and destructive belief that marriage is all about romance and other adult satisfactions, and not, in any intrinsic way, about procreation and the unique character and value of acts and relationships whose meaning is shaped by their aptness for the generation, promotion and protection of life.

Ok, I just have to interrupt right here. The false and destruct belief that marriage is all about romance and other adult satisfactions. I find this completely nonsensical, destructive and offensive. No wonder the divorce rate is so high. No wonder I’ve been married for 32 years, monogamously. I love my husband. I enjoy his company. We didn’t get married simply because we felt an obligation to procreate.


In spousal communion and the rearing of children (who, as gifts of God, are the fruit of their parents’ marital love), we discover the profound reasons for and benefits of the marriage covenant.We acknowledge that there are those who are disposed towards homosexual and polyamorous conduct and relationships, just as there are those who are disposed towards other forms of immoral conduct. We have compassion for those so disposed; we respect them as human beings possessing profound, inherent, and equal dignity; and we pay tribute to the men and women who strive, often with little assistance, to resist the temptation to yield to desires that they, no less than we, regard as wayward. We stand with them, even when they falter. We, no less than they, are sinners who have fallen short of God’s intention for our lives. We, no less than they, are in constant need of God’s patience, love and forgiveness. We call on the entire Christian community to resist sexual immorality, and at the same time refrain from disdainful condemnation of those who yield to it.

Could you ask the Pope to support the United Nations resolution stating that it is a criminal act to persecute homosexuals? His track record on treating LGBT people with respect is sinful in and of itself.

Our rejection of sin, though resolute, must never become the rejection of sinners. For every sinner, regardless of the sin, is loved by God, who seeks not our destruction but rather the conversion of our hearts. Jesus calls all who wander from the path of virtue to “a more excellent way.” As his disciples we will reach out in love to assist all who hear the call and wish to answer it.We further acknowledge that there are sincere people who disagree with us, and with the teaching of the Bible and Christian tradition, on questions of sexual morality and the nature of marriage. Some who enter into same-sex and polyamorous relationships no doubt regard their unions as truly marital. They fail to understand, however, that marriage is made possible by the sexual complementarity of man and woman, and that the comprehensive, multi-level sharing of life that marriage is includes bodily unity of the sort that unites husband and wife biologically as a reproductive unit.

Darn. Gotta interrupt again. Procreation. Again. What they fail to understand? This is about what Fundamentalist fail to understand. Marriage is about love and commitment.

This is because the body is no mere extrinsic instrument of the human person, but truly part of the personal reality of the human being. Human beings are not merely centers of consciousness or emotion, or minds, or spirits, inhabiting non-personal bodies. The human person is a dynamic unity of body, mind, and spirit. Marriage is what one man and one woman establish when, forsaking all others and pledging lifelong commitment, they found a sharing of life at every level of being—the biological, the emotional, the dispositional, the rational, the spiritual—on a commitment that is sealed, completed and actualized by loving sexual intercourse in which the spouses become one flesh, not in some merely metaphorical sense, but by fulfilling together the behavioral conditions of procreation. That is why in the Christian tradition, and historically in Western law, consummated marriages are not dissoluble or annullable on the ground of infertility, even though the nature of the marital relationship is shaped and structured by its intrinsic orientation to the great good of procreation.

Oh I get it now. It’s not about procreation. It’s about sexual intercourse. A penis in a vagina. This is about what you think is natural or unnatural when it comes to having sex. You finally got to some honesty. Now. Stop hiding behind religion and simply own your real thoughts. Now you are in my territory. Next up: Sex, sexuality and what is natural.



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