Sunday, July 18, 2010

She puts the “common” in scold

Ol’ Spotty was tragically wrong when he prognosticated Katherine Kersten’s demise at the Star Tribune. But the “little engine that could” continues to pull the hate train across the pages of the Sunday paper.

It’s a tossup whether gays or Muslims are Katie’s favorite people to hate. Don’t make me choose! says Katie. So Katie flips the coin, and Sunday comes up “gays.”

Same-sex marriage supporters assure us that redefining marriage is no big deal. "How will my same-sex marriage hurt you?" they ask, expecting the answer to be "it doesn't."

Don't believe it.

Same-sex marriage would transform American law and social life. That's because it's grounded in a radical idea: that male-female marriage, an institution rooted in human biology and intended to create the best setting to beget and raise children, is just irrational bigotry.

“Irrational bigotry?” She said it, not me. But if the shoe fits! But here’s the human biology that Katie talks about at work:

King Solomon loved, in addition to the daughter of Pharaoh, many foreign woman, Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had warned the Israelites. "You must not cohabit with them, nor they with you, for they will certainly turn your hearts to their gods". Solomon held fast to them in love. He had 700 official wives and 300 concubines....

1 Kings 11:1-3

One man–one woman marriage is relatively recent in human history. And it’s really rather anti-biology. Biology says that the powerful men get all the women. We’ve decided as a societal matter that monogamous relationships are better. And more fair. For all concerned.

Monogamous relationships are better at providing mutual support and society, and they’re somewhat better at keeping guys from beating each other up over women. Marginally.

It’s really a smaller step to take the “mutual support of the monogamous relationship” idea and expand it to same-sex relationships than it is to go from the “the big guys get all the women” to the monogamous relationship ideal. Really.

The history of civilization is partly the history of the conquering of the impulses of biology. Katie just wants to arrest the process at an arbitrary point.

Mark puts more energy into an autopsy of the column than I can muster. I do recommend it.

Update: This L.K. Hanson cartoon, which ran in the Strib, is not Katherine Kersten, according to Strib editor Scott Gillespie.

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