Mailbag: 'Modernism' can be a slippery slope

August 28, 2010

In the Aug. 7 editorial "Some traditions deserve to die," the Glendale News-Press chided the California electorate for the passage of Proposition 8 in 2008. The editorial went on to castigate the public generally for moral and religious views that have been used to "justify what everyone now considers to be hurtful, discriminatory means of subjugation."

I would respectfully like to point out that our very existence as a nation is based upon moral and religious grounds. The founders of this great nation fled a country that would not allow them to exercise religious freedom. Likewise, many of our criminal and civil laws have their roots in moral and religious principles.

So, let's be honest here and admit that much of what we hold today in our laws and customs has some sort of religious or moral precept.


Without entering into the debate on the appropriateness of same-sex marriages, let me just say that the issue provides a slippery slope. If we decide that same-sex marriages are to be condoned, we may well be opening the door to other views of marriage.

For example, in some societies, it is appropriate for a man to have more than one wife. Perhaps we should embrace this concept as a part of our modern and enlightened view of the institution of marriage. Perhaps too, we should allow brothers and sisters to marry, or maybe brothers and brothers, as well as sisters and sisters.

We also have taboos on the age of consent for marriage. Perhaps those too should be removed so that children can marry.

I realize that I am offering some absurd examples in a contemporary sense, but I am doing so to point out the risk to be assumed for simply discarding the traditions of the institution of marriage. Since it is an institution that I have enjoyed for nearly half a century, I would like to see its principles and values continued and not diluted under the guise of modernism, or simply in the eyes of the editorial, a "faded tradition."

Robert B. Taylor

La Crescenta

Disagreements don't need to become war

The letter from the Rev. Bryan Griem ("So-called Christians should read manual," Aug. 24) reminds me of the comment "Just because I am paranoid, doesn't mean that people aren't really after me."

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