When deprived of a logical argument
Enter Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George and his six auxiliary bishops (presumably, Snow White has a cold). According to their pastoral letter urging parishioners to contact their state legislators to oppose marriage equality; “The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible.” Apparently George has a running discourse with nature.
The Chicago Tribune continues:
While traditional marriage advocates have cited Scripture as the basis
of their objections to civil unions and gay marriage, Roman Catholic
leaders have been highlighting their belief that same-sex relationships
violate natural law.
In the mid nineteenth century, natural law held that God created black people as inferiors to white people. Therefore, God intended for black people to be the property of white people. Similar arguments were used to justify segregation.
One of the more infamous examples of natural law came from the bench in the criminal trail that was the predicate for Loving v. Virginia. The presiding judge bloviated:
Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.
Natural law means whatever the adherent wants it to mean. It is predicated on