They weren’t the first Christian sect to surrender and they won’t be the last, but the Norwegian church is one of the official state churches to give up on holy matrimony. The headline is “Norway’s Lutheran Church to celebrate gay weddings“.
Norway’s largest religious body, the Lutheran Church, voted by an overwhelming majority on Monday to allow gay marriages in its places of worship, a right enjoyed in only a few other countries.
Eighty-eight of 115 participants at a synod in the western town of Trondheim voted in favour of developing a second wedding service that would enable the Church to marry both same-sex and heterosexual couples.
Widely expected, the result was met with a standing ovation from participants who could be seen sharing tearful hugs in a live webcast, with only a few disappointed faces in the crowd.
Only Sweden and Denmark have so far allowed gays to marry in a major Church, in addition to several congregations in the Anglo-Saxon world.
Norway is, in the tangled phrase, a parliamentary representative democratic constitutional monarchy. Which is to say, the country votes on cultural matters. And, as has always been obvious to those who stop to think on it, countries that vote on cultural matters eventually vote the wrong way and thus descend into madness.
Can Truth be voted on? Of course not, yet democracies believe it can. In a democracy, especially an old one, the voting process, like in a bureaucracy, becomes the overarching goal, not Truth. The Truth is that two men cannot be married to one another and, even more importantly and a point almost always forgotten, it is morally absurd and quite evil to force anybody to say that two men are married.
(The same is true for two women, incidentally, but men go off the rails faster than women sexually. If you agree with that biological fact, it is easy to show that you must eventually conclude that two men or two women cannot marry.)
Another instance. Up until last week in these once United States we didn’t need a law to say that perverted and insane men are barred from women’s bathrooms. The culture itself provided that knowledge. But a good portion of the citizens began to lose their sense of truth on this simple subject, and a local government felt it had to make such a law. This is unfortunate because it reinforces the false notion that Truth can be legislated, i.e. voted on. It’s true the law in this case came down on the side of angels, but what can be voted up can, and surely will, be voted down.
Just like laws now forcing people to say two men are married (bakeries have to bake cakes etc.), it’s a good bet there will be duly enacted legislation by democratically elected politicians to force citizens to say that certain men are women. This is evil; it is tyranny. There are no other words for it. But it will all be “legal”.
Interestingly, in 2012 government adopted a constitutional amendment to officially change the name of Norwegian church to the “Norway’s people’s church”. This followed a similar move in Denmark, which also voted to call Falsity truth in the matter of marriage. Punters surely put their money on the side of gmarriage when that happened. The closer a body moves towards mass democracy, the faster and more likely it will go off the rails.
According to some reports, “priests who do not want to marry a same-sex couple will still have the right to object. Clergy members are given the chance to decline performing ceremonies if they disapprove of same-sex marriage.”
These sort of accommodations never last. Secular Bishops will put the squeeze on recalcitrant clergy who hold to Christianity, moving them to dilapidated parishes, say, or making them page count hymn books, or whatever. Only a few will resist. Some will leave the church, but probably more will never enter it, preferring to join a Church where voting is not given prominence.
What about other state churches in Democracy? Space does not permit a full analysis. Suffice to say many of them have given up The Ghost. The Church of England plans “blessings” of gmarriages, though it says it will forbid gmarriage proper on church precincts. This is, of course, de facto gmarriage, and it’s a good guess the first clergywoman who performs a gmarriage will not be punished.
Not too many places left who hold to the Truth.