Comments: Bishop of Buckingham writes Letter to a Saloon Bar Moralist

Praise to the Lord for favoring us with Bishop Alan!

Posted by Charlotte at Friday, 31 May 2013 at 7:09pm BST

In other news, George Carey is showing the intellectual incision and moral courage that so distinguished his time in Canterbury.

Posted by Interested Observer at Friday, 31 May 2013 at 8:27pm BST

"In other news, George Carey is showing the intellectual incision and moral courage that so distinguished his time in Canterbury." ("Gay marriage plan 'paves way for polygamy', says Lord Carey")

So of the 15 countries and 15 U.S. jurisdictions that have enacted same-sex marriage, how many of them have subsequently enacted polygamous marriages? None, you say? I guess the slippery slope is not so slippery after all.

Posted by dr.primrose at Saturday, 1 June 2013 at 1:32am BST

But what about your Bishop of Salisbury and the new article by Andrew Goddard? If a successful argument, all it does is box the Church of England into a corner less connected with society.

Posted by Pluralist at Saturday, 1 June 2013 at 3:28am BST

I hear you, Pluralist. Sometimes I think disestablishment would be absolutely the best thing that could happen for CoE. But it really seems quite complicated, the layers of practice that has developed through the centuries...

Posted by Cynthia at Saturday, 1 June 2013 at 7:29am BST

Polygamy is of course practised in much of the Bible (when people trumpet the Bible as being their authority for being against same sex marriage) and polygamy is invariably an opposite sex phenomenon so it isn't even clear how one could lead to the other.

I think the greatest risk of polygamy returning is using the Bible as a basis for social policy. If you use the Bible as the basis of your moral reasoning it is only a matter of time before people will take it too far and ask for polygamy to be reintroduced.

Posted by Craig Nelson at Saturday, 1 June 2013 at 10:36am BST

I can see how one can lead to the other. The thinking is "the only acceptable sex is straight monogamous sex. Gay people are deliberately straying from that norm. If we give them what they want, then the next thing will be that straight men no longer see why they should be restricted to one woman, when that is so against their nature, and so there will be pressure to relax the rules for other groups too. And so we will all become polygamists and then the next group will insist that their desires for marrying their sheep must be allowed too..."

If you start out with the premise that gay people are immoral and only out for sexual pleasure the rest follows quite easily.
The polygamy argument says much more about the speaker's mind than it says about marriage equality.

Posted by Erika Baker at Sunday, 2 June 2013 at 8:15am BST
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