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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Science or ideology?

From Peter Wood, The Marriage Debate Goes Multicultural - Anthropologists jump in — and distort the history of their field - here at National Review Online.

Last year the executive board of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) joined the controversy over gay marriage by issuing a statement that declared

The results of more than a century of anthropological research on households, kinship relationships, and families, across cultures and through time, provide no support whatsoever for the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution.

I am not an anthropologist but Peter Wood is and he has some things to say about this:

Ideologically, I suppose this is what one has come to expect from the AAA: a reflexive affirmation of leftist pieties. But still, it is surprising to see a professional organization propound such a breathless lie. As an AAA member for some 25 years, I am embarrassed.


In any case, what the anthropological record really shows is that a society's decisions about marriage are among its most consequential. Political regimes and economic systems are, deep down, the results of particular ways of organizing families. Until Scandinavia and the Low Countries, Canada, and Massachusetts began their experiments with gay marriage, humanity appears to have steered away from this particular option. Possibly gay marriage will be a step forward for humanity; but it is a step into the dark. Civilization as we have known it, even on the western coast of Sumatra, has depended until now on exclusive heterosexual marriage.

"a step into the dark"

Unfortunately to some, there is no darkness, there is no light, there is no right or wrong. All is relative. Someday, they may discover that is not true. But what price will they have paid by then and what will be left of a society that has followed them?
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