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Letter to the editor: Changing meaning of words

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 1st, 2014

Mr. Travis Pearson and those of you wishing to use language to change the meaning of words, are you ready? Your editorial, Mr. Pearson, in the June 25 edition of the Telegram was very interesting; however, might I suggest you consider a few things before you become committed to what you call same-sex marriage and its benefits.

Your quote from Lupe Fiasco about fear I assume was pointed toward those who oppose gay marriage and that they do so out of fear of those who are attracted to the same sex. No one is afraid of the same sex attraction. Is it possible these individuals who oppose have thought ahead and have hopes of strengthening society through traditional marriage?

Oh, I know we have free speech. However, when we speak, it should be what is true. Don’t give me the, “I can decide what is true.” It just doesn’t fit, and how does a person know what is true? How do you know a line is crooked if you do not know a straight line? It is through truth.

So fear, free speech and how about moving with the times, or being progressive. Not all thought is for the benefit of society. You mentioned the high divorce rate; that is not the fault of marriage, it is because we have become narcissistic: I decide, I know, I need.

You even said “if homosexuals want to marry, why should I care?” There you have it. You should care since we live in a community, together in a society that considers the common good – for this is real progress.

A sound society is free not to do what they want, but the right to do what they ought. We think we can simply change the meaning of a word, and that change makes the word mean what we want it to mean.

You know, I have heard people say of their pets, “They are part of the family, or they are my children.” Do you really think because they say the pet is their child that makes a pet a child? Of course not.

You can’t just change a word to mean what you want because it does not change the reality. This would take us to Babel. You know, if same-sex couples want children, they must go outside their ‘marriage’ to have a child, and that child comes from a man and a woman. It is part of the natural law, or does it no longer exist?

Marriage, a committed good marriage, provides the child a family. A good marriage strengthens society, and a good marriage teaches values and principles passed on to the next generation.

And from where does the next generation come? This is where we need to place our efforts. Same-sex marriage is not a marriage, it is something else. Invent another word, but don’t call it marriage.

Finally, how about God? My question to you would be, what is your source of Truth?

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