A New Argument in the Gay Marriage Debate From Charles Colson:
These are legitimate concerns and good reasons to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. But there is one huge problem same-sex “marriage” will cause that you may not have considered. If we legitimize same-sex unions, we will make ourselves even more of a target for terrorists. Now before you write me off as a crank, read carefully.
We have to remember the reasons that Islamic extremists are waging their terror war on the West. As Charles Krauthammer writes in Townhall, when it comes to the reasons Islam is fighting “the great jihad” against America, we “agree on the obvious answers: religion, ideology, political power, and territory. But there is one fundamental issue at stake that dares not speak its name,” Krauthammer writes. “This is also about—deeply about—sex.” In making their case against freedom, the jihadists claim that wherever freedom travels—“especially in America and Europe—it brings sexual license and corruption, decadence and depravity.”
Now, we want to be careful not to blame the victim—that is, to blame innocent Americans for murderous attacks against them. At the same time, let’s understand how America’s increasing decadence is, in a sense, giving aid and comfort to the enemy. When we tolerate increasing amounts of trash on television, when we permit pornography and gambling to invade our homes via the Internet, when we allow babies to be killed at the point of birth, we are fueling the flames of radical Islam. And when we talk about legitimizing homosexuality by granting same-sex relationships the status of marriage, we’re giving powerful ammunition to those who use America’s decadence to recruit more snipers and hijackers and suicide bombers. We’re also making it much more difficult for Christian pastors and missionaries to win the hearts and minds of Muslims around the world—one more very good reason we need to clean up our act.
Gee, and here I thought they hated us because of our freedom.
The next time someone tells me I shouldn't spend so much emotional energy worrying about the antics of the religious right, I whill whip out this column. Whenever anyone on the left suggests that maybe decades of irresponsible foriegn policy has exacerabted the problem of terrorism, they are accused of being appeasers, of supporting terrorism, or of hating America. But when people like Colson (or Falwell or Robertson before him) suggests that our decadence leads to terrorism, they are treated as heroes by large numbers of red state assholes. Lovely.