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12/22/2011

On Christian marital hypocrisy: Maggie reflects, while forcing gays to deflect

by Jeremy Hooper

Maggie Gallagher gets philosophical, saying this about "how important a witness our married life can be":

"How can anyone believe we have access to an infinitely loving God if we, as Christians, do not appear any more capable than the rest of our broken society of restraining and uplifting our sexual selves -- of loving our families and keeping them together, until death to us part?"

-Maggie in her syndicated column

Is she referring to Newt Gingrich? Other prominent public figures? Something more personal? Or is Maggie simply speaking in the abstract?

Screen Shot 2011-12-22 At 5.13.54 PmI do not know, nor will I pretend to know. But I do one major thing: That Maggie's defining work of stopping loving same-sex couples from their own efforts to keep their families together gives false witness to the importance of married life. While wantonly restraining many, it uplifts none. It encourages no couple -- NOT ONE couple! -- to make it to a death bed parting, while it discourages and diminishes countless young LGB people and their supporters from seeing worth in an institution that's been so forcibly seized and held as a P.O.C.W. (Prisoner of "Culture War").

I can honestly say that for me, a legally married man, there is probably no one person on the face of this planet who has proven to be a worse witness to marriage, its meaning, its complexity, and its strength than has Maggie Gallagher (Srivastav). That probably doesn't mean diddly jingle bells to Maggie, judging by past conversations and her years of actions that threaten my home. But does it matter to American history? Does it matter to the infinitely loving God through which she believes both my and her worldly blessings flow?

Let's witness.

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