Dear Justice Kennedy: #SCOTUS
Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science, says, “Most people who support same-sex ‘marriage,’ including many gays, do so for benevolent reasons. They believe that it is an issue of ‘equality’ and a new ‘freedom for a group of people.’” They are not haters, nor crazy, and they have no desire to destroy the family.
Likewise, most who support traditional marriage do so for religious reasons or their understanding of natural law. They are not haters, or bigots, or crazy, or or homophobes.
But there are just a few things you might not know about “the historical and ideological forces” behind this idea for same-sex “marriage.” I didn’t know them until I read Dr. Kengor’s new book Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left has Sabotaged Family and Marriage.
The battle over marriage did not start in the 1960’s. It has been going on for two hundred years since Robert Owen and John Humphrey Noyes started socialistic communities in New Harmony, Indiana in 1825 and Oneida, New York in 1848, respectively. Both utopias had communal marriages.
The struggle really ramped up with Karl Marx and Frederick Engels who wrote in the Communist Manifesto in 1848 for the “abolition of the family!” The Soviet Union implemented this idea starting in 1917 with brutal force by allowing easy divorces with just the sending of a postcard to the government officials, widespread abortions, and ripping children from their families to live in education communes. Fifty years before some of this started in the US with no-fault divorce and Roe v Wade.
Dr. Kengor says, “Communism is a totalitarian ideology. It wants to fundamentally change human nature. It is a spiritual struggle and Communism wants to destroy the things that stand in the way of people’s loyalty to the state and the collective.” The spiritual things. “That’s why its greatest foes are God, religion, and marriage,” said Dr. Kengor in a EWTN radio interview on the Kresta in the Afternoon show, June 1, 2015. Listen here (Hour 2).
“It’s also the fundamental thing that people will die for,” said Al Kresta. “You will die for your God, and you will die for your family—for your children, and for your spouse.”
The Soviets emphasized destroying their opponents economically, but Communism was not winning this battle because it couldn’t deliver economically. Capitalism always won. A group of cultural Marxists living in Germany in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s saw this and decided on trying to win the battle with “Culture, culture, culture. Higher Ed, higher Ed, higher Ed. And sex. Now we can bring these ideas into the West to take down the West, they said. We’ll saturate the culture with a miasma of sex,” said Dr. Kengor.
Because they were Jewish they had to flee Germany when Hitler came into power. With the help of a grant by the Rockefeller Foundation most of them were welcomed at Columbia University in NYC where they had a tremendous effect on American education and culture through the Columbia Teachers college.
These ideas were essential to the New Left 60’s radicals, such as Bill Ayers, Bernadette Dohrn, Mark Rudd and Tom Hayden. One of their slogans was “destroy monogamy.”
Why? Because marriage is the foundation of society. “Every threat to marriage is a threat to society. The future of society…flows through the family,” said Pope Francis on January 16, 2015.
The Left’s goal has always been “to transform society.”
This theme was essential to Progressives. “They want to change society. What is their goal, what is their end? They never say because they themselves don’t know. The only thing you can say about them is that they are always progressing, always evolving, always changing” says Dr. Kengor.
President Obama’s campaign slogan was “hope and change.” He said in a campaign speech in 2008 that he wanted to ”fundamentally transform America.”
And now with the quest to legalize same-sex “marriage” Progressives have discovered a new political weapon they can use. Just a few years ago both President Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton proclaimed their support of the traditional family. What made them change? They saw an issue that was a winner politically.
Now even the Communists have latched onto this as a weapon, and besides, Kengor says, it is a “great club to hammer religion with and Christianity in particular, and their most reviled, hated and longtime enemy the Catholic Church.”
Communism has long been a foe of homosexuality, but with this support that mainstream Americans have for this issue, the Communist Party USA and the publication People’s World is now praising this new cause. In Fidel Castro’s Cuba his niece Mariela Castro, a devout spokeswoman for the government, openly marched in a gay parade recently. She said her uncle is very sympathetic to the gay cause now.
“The Communists are beside themselves with a mix of befuddlement and joy that they now have Mr. and Mrs. Mainstream American on their side…They could have never, ever thought they could receive this gift from God, well, they don’t believe in God, but this gift from somewhere, somewhere much lower,” Dr. Kengor says. “If Communists weren’t atheists they’d be shouting hallelujah.”
“[T]he vast majority of today’s proponents of same-sex marriage have friendly motives. Their goal is not to tear down but to ‘expand’ marriage to a new form of spousal partner. They do this with the intent of providing a new ‘freedom’ and ‘right’ to a new group of people. I get that. Unfortunately, there’s so much that they are not getting…
“…Today’s advocates of same-sex marriage need to be aware of the quite insidious deeper and darker historical-ideological forces they are unwittingly serving.” Read here.
I just thought you’d like to know. I certainly didn’t know all of these things.
My prayers for all of you.