Thursday, June 30, 2005

Spain falls to the Collective

The Reasonable in Spain have spoken. Marriage means whatever we say it means. If you don't like it, that's too bad. Be happy we let you Fools keep your heterosexual marriage legal. For now. My Way News has the story.

OK. Perhaps I wax hyperbolic about the security of traditional marriage's legality. It's place in society is certainly no longer secure. The Spanish people, as represented by their parliment, have officially begun to surf on quicksand. It's only a matter of time before their society begins to sink. Yet the celebration is all about "rights":

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero noted this in debate before the vote.

"We were not the first, but I am sure we will not be the last. After us will come many other countries, driven, ladies and gentlemen, by two unstoppable forces: freedom and equality," he told the chamber.

Zapatero said the reform of Spanish legal code simply adds one dry paragraph of legalese but means much more.

(AP) Supporters of gay marriage hug under a multi-coloured flag outside the Spanish parliament in...
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He called it "a small change in wording that means an immense change in the lives of thousands of citizens. We are not legislating, ladies and gentlemen, for remote unknown people. We are expanding opportunities for the happiness of our neighbors, our work colleagues, our friends, our relatives."

Spain now stands diametrically opposed to the American people on the issue:

The measure passed the 350-seat Congress of Deputies by a vote of 187 to 147. The bill, part of the ruling Socialists' aggressive agenda for social reform, also lets gay couples adopt children and inherit each others' property.
A survey released in May by pollster Instituto Opina said 62 percent of Spaniards support the government's action on this issue, and 30 percent oppose it. The poll had a margin of error of 3 percentage points. But surveys show Spaniards about evenly split over whether gay couples should be allowed to adopt children.

Compare these figures on the support of "gay marriage" to those of Americans:

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 29-May 1, 2005. Adults nationwide.

"Do you think marriages between homosexuals should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?" N=492, MoE ± 5 (Form A)

%ShouldBe Valid %ShouldNot Be %Unsure
4/29 - 5/1/05 39 56 5
3/18-20/05 28 68 4
7/19-21/04 32 62 6
3/5-7/04 33 61 6
2/16-17/04 32 64 4
2/6-8/04 36 59 5
12/03 31 65 4
10/03 35 61 4
6/03 39 55 6
1/00 34 62 4
2/99 35 62 3
3/96 27 68 5

Yes, the approval in the US for "gay marriage" trends up. Even so, a clear majority of Americans oppose "gay marriage". Compare that to the clear majority of Spanish voters that "support the government's action" to legalize "gay marriage."

Europe has succumbed to secularization. Perhaps it will recover its religious sensibility. Until it does, more measures like those passed by Spain will march through the halls of European parliments. More of them will pass. The Dictatorship of Relativism continues to reign. The gay collective assimilates without hinderance. Resistance is futile.

Or is it? a majority of Americans still oppose the collectivists. Many in Christian and muslim Africa and Asia stand against them as well. Fools abound everywhere. Listen for their laughter. It may soon send shivers up the spines of those Reasonable people that continue to march off the cliff for others "rights". Even in Massachussets, the only state in the Union to permit gay marriage--and that one by judicial fiat, at least in the beginning, Fifty percent of state residents oppose "gay marriage".

There's hope that common sense will soon reign again even in the midst of this all-to-common nonsense that characterizes our age. Hope lay unrecognized when Mary held the corpse of her son. These times could be every Fool's Golgotha. That's good news. Remember what happened after Golgotha circa 2000+ years ago? Chesterton once observed that Christ's Church had the peculier and inconvenient (at least to secular progressivists) habit of continually rising from the dead. Everytime the powers that be dropped the last dirt on her tomb, she burst forth young and vibrant once again.

This is the springtime of the new evangelization. It's time to climb some rooftops. There's shouting to do!