From the editor: March 28, 2014

Human Body
Robert P. George

We Cannot Tell a Lie

This week's controversy over World Vision's announcement that in the US it would hire employees in homosexual "marriages" points out just how divisive "gay marriage" remains. The policy was quickly reversed after strong protests.

This is an issue that will not go away—unless those opposing this latest "advance" of the sexual revolution surrender, die off, emigrate, or go to prison. Because of the overwhelming "pro-gay" views of the media, Christians will be publicly marginalized and their voiced opinions reckoned as hate speech.

What about Christians and "hatred" of "gays"? What follows is an unpublished portion of a new Salvo Magazine interview by Marcia Segelstein of Robert George of Princeton University, who is also a Touchstone senior editor.

Salvo: One conservative Christian recently wrote that in the battle for traditional marriage, "Christians too often chose intolerance over charity when it came to how they treated gays." Have we, as Christians, demonstrated a lack of love for gay people?

Robert George: No, we've been falsely accused of showing a lack of charity and a lack of love because that was very convenient to the arguments of the other side, a very effective tool. In fact, the overwhelming majority of people of all faiths who've been involved in the protection of marriage have gone out of their way, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church goes out of its way, to proclaim the truth that all men and woman are precious. Human beings have a profound and inherent dignity, an equal dignity, as creatures made in the very image and likeness of the Divine Creator and Ruler of the Universe.

This has never been something hidden. It has been frequently affirmed and re-affirmed, yet there are those who wish to refuse to hear it because it's politically useful to their cause to depict Christians as mean-spirited or bigoted or hostile to people just because they don't like something about them. It's a slander. And for us to pretend that the slander is true is itself a sin against the truth. I'm all for confessing error and wrongdoing where error and wrongdoing have been committed. But I see no point in confessing sins that one has not committed, especially when doing so is the precise objective of those who wish unfairly to tar people or a movement as bigoted or hostile.

It may be that such confessions are intended to win points from the homosexualists, but something darker is at play here, I think. The social and psychological force being used against ordinary citizens who have merely believed and acted as have their fathers and mothers and ancestors for millennia on this matter comes from evil. I say that because evil is aggressive and parasitical on the good, deriving its only sense of meaning from its activity of destroying a created good. "Gay marriage"depends on the institution of marriage in order to be considered as something real (which it is not).

To refuse to affirm a lifestyle, or to say that it is morally wrong, is not a crime. Rather it an exercise of moral conscience. To attempt to force someone to subvert their moral conscience is not activism. It is evil. That's a moral judgment on my part, made not from hatred but from, I pray, a godly fear of evil—and a love of the good. We must never surrender, but rather overcome evil with good.

—James M. Kushiner