Tuesday, February 21, 2012

'One of the greatest political power grabs in history'

In my last post, I commented on Lord Carey's outspokenness on Christian issues these days.

Well, he's at it again.

Writing in the Daily Mail yesterday, he called the Government's proposal to alter marriage law to allow same-sex marriage "one of the greatest political power grabs in history."

"The state does not 'own' the institution of marriage," he said. "Nor does the church.

"The honourable estate of matrimony precedes both the state and the church, and neither of these institutions have the right to redefine it in such a fundamental way.

"For thousands of years, the union of one man and one woman has been the bedrock of societies across cultures, all around the world. Marriage is now an integral part of the modern world not because of a government diktat, or a church decree, but because it has stood the test of time - and proved to be the fundamental building block for every stable society."

The ideal, he says, is for children to be raised by a mother and a father who are married.

"Marriage is the glue that binds our country together. . . perhaps, as a nation, we can fool ourselves into thinking that we don't need marriage. But we'd be terribly wrong. Marriage is a cornerstone of our society. . .

"I do not believe the British public wants any of this. The move to legalise same-sex marriage is undemocratic."

Lord Carey was writing in support of a new organisation named Coalition for Marriage, about which more shortly.