Quotes of the Week January 2

“We must start off with the right question. It is not, ëIs there a government interest in not recognising alternative types of relationships as marriage?í, but rather, ëIs there a public interest in societal recognition and regulation of the only kind of relationship that brings children into the world?í Every human society in history has recognised that there is. By losing sight of this fundamental reality, confusion and error triumph.”

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and chair of the US bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defence of Marriage decries court rulings in Utah and New Mexico in favour of gay marriage.


“If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right of religious freedom thereÖThis intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenilityÖThere is a dialogue going on human civilisation. Itís not just this monologue coming from fanatics who have displaced the religious beliefs of their parents into a political movement. That is what happened to feminism, and that is what happened to gay activism, a fanaticismÖIím an atheist, but I respect religion.”

Feminist Professor Camille Paglia criticises the suspension of reality television star Phil Robertson following his public pronouncements defending the Christian definition of traditional marriage.