I have been swamped with end of semester grading this week (which is what happens when you spend exam week in Liberia), and I only have a couple days of it left before I can start my Christmas break. But I did want to mention the Newsweek cover story on gay marriage which I saw when I returned home. I read it about a week after everyone else, so there isn’t a lot left to say about it. If you have been living in a cave and missed it, you can read Lisa Miller’s cover story here, at http://www.newsweek.com/id/172653%20. Al Mohler and Christianity Today give spot on responses at http://www.albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=2881 and http://www.ctlibrary.com/ct/2008/decemberweb-only/150-21.0.html.
Here is my two cents. I was stunned by the shockingly bad scholarship of the essay. Miller so badly twisted Scripture and then said, as did Newsweek editor Jon Meacham in his introduction to that week’s issue, that anyone who takes a conservative position on homosexuality is “not serious.” Meacham’s words: “to argue that something is so because it is in the Bible is more than intellectually bankrupt–it is unserious, and unworthy of the great Judeao-Christian tradition.” Miller added that “no serious (or even semiserious) person would argue” with her view that gays should be allowed to marry.
When I finished reading the essay on Sunday, and before I found the uproar on the web, I turned to my wife and said “Wow, that may be the worst article I have ever read.” I flipped to the next page to read the counterpoint (Newsweek nearly always gives space for a contrary view when it discusses a controversial topic), and found that there wasn’t one.
And then it hit me. How are we supposed to find common ground with these people? How can we negotiate with people who are so extreme, who ridicule our position from the start as unserious and “more than intellectually bankrupt”? Perhaps they don’t want to find common ground. They can read the trends, and they indicate that as the older generation dies off they’ll soon have the votes to pass gay marriage. They are probably right, but they don’t have to be so mean and stupid about it. I can accept that you will soon get your way, but don’t pretend that your view is the only right way to read the Bible. Sheesh!