America is back to normal. After the hard fought 2012 election, there is something almost reassuring about the news that two powerful boy-toys, CIA Director David Petraeus and Lockheed Martin’s incoming CEO, Chris Kubasik, were forced to resign due to extramarital sexual affairs.
There’s something about men with power: they just can’t keep their zippers zipped. Over the last couple of decades, the U.S. has been witness to wave after wave of infidelity scandals with considerable social power and position.
The 2012 election was a major rejection of the Christian right’s culture wars against the rights of woman to choose an abortion and use birth control and homosexual couples to marry. It may also prove to be a pivotal event in the long war against public shaming of married people who commit infidelity, who violate the “sacrament” of monogamous marriage.
According to current estimates, more than half (53%) of first marriages end in divorce and more than half of men (57%) and women (54%) admit to committing infidelity in a relationship.
Clearly, far more is at stake in the Petraeus and Kubasik affairs. While both incidents seem to have been voluntary and non-coercive, other concerns are at issue. With the former, national security might have been violated; with the latter, corporate employment policies were breached. Both are firing offenses for the male honchos involved.
The bigoted Cardinal uses the same tired “slippery slope” and thinly guised biblical arguments as justification to deny civil rights to gays. The world’s not going to crumble if people stop using sectarian Catholic definitions for what is and isn’t a family.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, has branded the proposals as ‘madness’ and a ‘grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right’.
He also accuses the coalition Government of trying to change long standing laws.
The Prime Minister however, is a ‘passionate’ advocate of the change, telling his party two years ago he supported gay marriage ‘because I am a Conservative’.
But in an article for The Sunday Telegraph, Cardinal O’Brien wrote: ‘Since all the legal rights of marriage are already available to homosexual couples, it is clear that this proposal is not about rights, but rather is an attempt to redefine marriage for the whole of society at the behest of a small minority of activists.
‘Same-sex marriage would eliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child. It would create a society which deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father.
‘Other dangers exist. If marriage can be redefined so that it no longer means a man and a woman but two men or two women, why stop there? Why not allow three men or a woman and two men to constitute a marriage, if they pledge their fidelity to one another?’