Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
Greek Orthodox Church prepares for a new day. Antill Street, South Hobart. July 2011.
Cripes, I forgot again! I am going to recycle something that I wrote in a previous comments page just to stir up the possums...
It concerns the outrage that many have with regards to the issue of gay couples having children. Now, my opinion on the matter is that too many people attach far too much significance on the concept of ‘natural’, which seems to me itself an incredibly subjective and contestable idea rather than some immutable scientific ‘fact’.
Yet let us not get too sidetracked on that point. My belief is essentially one that assumes the only acceptable or correct equation in this area is "man + woman = parents" is wrong. Moreover, it is such a simplistic notion that barely seems worth arguing about. Surely anybody with any experience in the world much have collected by now innumerable examples of how the "man + woman = nothing like a parent (should be)".
For me - if we are talking about the issue of ANYBODY wanting to have and raise children - the following formula is more useful than the above equation:
i) Do they want it?
ii) Can they look after it? And,
iii) are they of sound character?
The rest is mere detail.