平等結婚

24Aug08

Here’s a comment I made on someone’s blog about how non-biblical marriages (i.e., featuring homosexuals, cheaters, divorcées, etc.) are destroying the concept of family and are therefore a detriment to society.  Basically the OP was arguing that for a society to flourish, it must follow the Bible, especially in the area of marriage and family.  So I asked:

I’d like to set up an example to preface my question, if I may. Since Buddhism is a non-theistic religion, a Buddhist marriage has nothing to do with any god(s) at all; it’s all about the two people involved and their love and respect for one another. In that way it deviates from the modern Christian norm, just like same sex marriage. It’s not about glorifying Jesus or “growing in the Lord” or anything like that: only the simple fact that two people who love each other would like to formalize their relationship and be together forever.

My question is this: is a Buddhist marriage valid and moral, despite being non-Christian in nature? Despite the fact that it could be interpreted by outsiders as a totally selfish act? Why or why not?

The reply was:

Thanks for the questions, Reynvaan.

Whether Buddhist, Hindu, or anything else, I still believe God is God. That makes him Lord, whether anyone acknowledges him or not. So, I do believe marriage, as God institutes it, is valid.

I don’t think he really answered my question at all.  Is a Buddhist marriage, which is about nothing more than mutual love and respect, a true marriage?  How about a same-sex marriage, which is probably also centered on nothing more than the love of the two people involved?  I didn’t think of it until just now, but what about two atheists, or a “traditional” marriage between two people who decide not to have children (or who can’t have children at all)?  “(My) God is God, so marriage is marriage,” is kind of a non sequitur; it dodges the issue at hand, which is essentially, “do you oppose same-sex marriage on the basis of biblical tradition, or because you think gays are icky?”  I don’t mean to set up a straw man here, but I’m betting on that last one; if it were based solely on biblical precepts concerning marriage, then he should probably be championing the opposition to any kind of non-Christian/non-biblical marriage, instead of picking on one small group.

That’s why he dodged the question.  If he had said, “Yes, a Buddhist marriage is totally valid and moral and acceptable and equal,” he would be admitting that marriages with no biblical basis should be allowed.  But if he had said otherwise… well, I’m betting he didn’t want to open that can of worms.  I guess it’s not okay to speak out against the rights of a major religious group, but it’s fine to deny equality to people who only make up about 7% of the population (+/-).

Sometimes…  yeah.

*UPDATE!* I checked back tonight to see if anybody else had replied to my comment, and there was one response:

==is a Buddhist marriage valid and moral, despite being non-Christian in nature?==

The purpose of the union of a man, as husband, and a woman, as his wife — the Godly, marital unit referenced throughout the Word of God — is the production of Godly children [Malachi 2:15 AMP]. “Godly” refers to what is of God, and “what is of God” refers to the product of His Word. A buddhist is not Godly.

So there it is!  A Christian actually implied that Buddhist marriage is not “true” marriage, because it is not based in Christian tradition!  I wanted to post a response asking him if he would then oppose it and all other non-Christian, non-child-yielding marriages with equal resolve to the opposition of same-sex marriage.  Unfortunately, he and another commenter had turned the thread into a flame war, so the OP disabled comments.  本当に残念だよなぁ。Oh, and he also claimed that GLBT people make up just over 1% of the population, which means it must be a modern, totally voluntary invention of mankind.  Bollocks.

तत् त्वम् असि,
– Reynvaan

P.S.  About that series on the Bhagavad Gita I proposed a while back… yeah, maybe not so much.  I finished the Gita, but then I kind of got caught up in the Dhammapada and the Qur’an… and Final Fantasy… again.

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