Peter Jensen being his usual douche-y self.

This isn’t even a real blog post. All I’m doing is pointing out The Stupid:

Allowing same-sex couples to marry could lead to the acceptance of polygamy and incest, the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, has warned.

Marvel at The Stupid in the full article here.

How can this guy even get space in a major national newspaper? With a stunner of a brain like his, how does he even manage to tie his own shoelaces in the morning? (Maybe God does it for him.)


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Acacia Pepler
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 09:27:02

    Ah, the slippery slope argument, always SO compelling… but on a side note, what’s wrong with allowing polygamous marriages anyway? The mormons do it, and some muslim and african nations do (usually only multi-woman, though) and it hasn’t destroyed society THERE.

    It’s funny how people are all like “No marriage has always been this way how dare you try to redefine it” when it used to be illegal for people of different races to marry and THAT changed…


  2. moonmanmad
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 02:40:37

    A few more quotes from this 19th Century thinker and my opinions of same:

    [”It imposes, through social engineering, a newly minted concept of marriage on a community that understands it in quite another way.”]
    I see nothing wrong with this. We should always strive to understand things in new ways, otherwise our brains turn to cement, like this guy’s did.

    [Some of the unwelcome consequences of same-sex marriage would be the undermining of the family unit and a demand for equal treatment in sex education, where ”the normalisation of homosexuality” would be assumed.]
    Again, I see nothing wrong here.
    [”This claim for a right to be married could open the way for other forms, such as polygamous marriages or perhaps even marriage between immediate family members,” he said.]
    Again (again), I see nothing wrong with this. I’m not inclined to practice polygamy, and I haven’t yet asked my sister to marry me, but I think consenting adults should be allowed to marry whoever they want to marry.


  3. Colin Morris
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 21:06:12

    The great thing about this is that every time it’s brought up, it brings to mind ‘Garfunkle and Oates’ parody song on the issue –


  4. Jen
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 19:12:37

    Colin, that is spectacular!


  5. Mitchell Porter
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 00:20:45

    Jennifer, are you opposed to polygamous marriage or incestuous marriage? If so, why? The archbishop is actually correct. If marriage is about love between consenting adults, then you cannot apriori rule out these further generalizations of the concept. The law is supposed to be about a consistent notion of justice. If religion is no longer the arbiter of morality, and tradition is not the arbiter of definition, then you will either need new reasons to justify discrimination against polygamists and against incest past the age of consent, or else the logical and moral pressure will be to extend the new notion of marriage to its natural conclusion.


  6. Jen
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 10:48:50

    Both polygamous marriages and incestuous marriages would involve an imbalance of power which bring the notion of consent into question. For example, in incestuous relationships, there are power structures that exist within families that would mean that the two individuals are not entering into a relationship on equal grounds. Power structures in polygamous marriages are harder to balance, obviously, due to multiple partners.

    Is it really so hard to just define marriage as ‘a union between two consenting people who love each other’? That, to me, seems like the logical and moral conclusion that we should be reaching.

    To be honest, I don’t really have anything against polygamous relationships, though it’s not something that I personally would ever be involved in. I just think it ludicrously unlikely that the legalisation of gay marriage would lead the the legalisation of polygamy any time soon. I mean, all those horribly predictions people made about the impact of inter-racial marriage a few decades ago turned out to be rather over-stated, didn’t they?


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