By Rick Green
Would it make any sense for a rock and roll musician to demand acceptance to the Classical Music Hall of Fame because he has decided that the definition of “Classical Music” includes his method of smashing guitars after a good Van Halen style riff or two?
Of course not. He or she needs to stick with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland because words mean things and definitions matter.
Homosexuals are trying to change the definition of marriage when they absolutely, positively do not fit the definition. Marriage has meant the union of one man and one woman throughout history. Distorting that definition to also mean two men, two women, one man and 6 women, or any combination other than one of each is simply mislabeling the package.
A grocer can put a label that says “steak” on the chicken or pork all day long, but it does not change the contents. It’s simply mislabeled and creates confusion.
No matter what the Supreme Court decides in the cases being heard today and tomorrow, a homosexual couple cannot equal marriage without completely distorting and changing the word and the institution. They do not seek acceptance, they seek destruction of the institution of marriage so they can recreate it in their own image.
This effort to ask the court to force all Americans to change an institution that has stood for thousand of years makes about as much sense as asking the Supreme Court to force the Classical Music Hall of Fame to accept Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, and David Lee Roth simply because these very talented musicians have, on their own, decided that their music should now be defined as “classical” rather than “rock and roll.”
If you were attending a classical symphony (not that I’m capable of staying awake in one, but just pretend for a moment!), and David Lee Roth suddenly swung in from the rafters on a rope (picture the music video for “Jump”) and then the curtain in the back of the stage rose to reveal Rick Allen of Def Leppard miraculouslyjamming out on a huge drum set with his one arm, followed by one of those floor opening, stage rising decepticon like entrances by Nickelback, Daughtry, or some other rock band…would anything seem a bit out of place to you? (Now you know what fantasies are going through my mind when I’m forced to dress up and attend a formal event.)
While this might be an extremely entertaining evening, especially watching the horror on the faces of the classical music lovers, it would NOT be a classical concert regardless of any decree from the Supreme Court.
Picture the formal scene of the Vienna Philharmonic with Maestro Carlos Kleiber conducting. The packed Hall is full of formal dresses and tuxedos enjoying Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 when Ozzy Osbourne walks onto the stage in Ozzy leather and chains, stands right beside Maestro Keiber, and conducts his famous biting off the head of a live bat.
Something feel strange in that moment? Anything out of place? We should feel the exact same way when we see a picture of two men or two women being “wed” at the altar. It just doesn’t fit because it is absolutely, positively out of place.
The bottom line here is that gay couples are at the wrong concert and asking to join the wrong Hall of Fame. The court should tell them to enjoy the freedom of having something that is not the norm, but our free society allows them to have. It’s not marriage, it’s gay co-habitation or domestic partnership or even a “civil union.”