May the Force Now Wed You? Jedi Knights may perform marriages
This Week’s Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us
by Rebekah Maxwell
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a great war waged in the minds of men. Seeking to cast off ancient restraints, they now faced an essential void…what is marriage? Who can now say? How can we reconcile what is true with what we want to be true?
A compromise is proposed. Keep the state out of marriage, they said. Let the church define marriage, they said. So they will.
But who defines what a “church” is?
The government, of course…because they’re theological experts. For proof, check out a new law proposed in Scotland that, while completely overhauling their marriage statutes in order to legalize same-sex marriage, also declares any group “promoting a belief” a viable authority to marry couples. Including the Jedi Knights.
The Free Church of Scotland has raised concerns about religious and civil partnership ceremonies being joined by a third category.
Church spokesman, the Reverend Iver Martin says, “The third category is quite astonishing because it is the so-called belief category without really defining what “belief” means.
“There are loads of people in a diverse society like this for whom belief can mean virtually anything – the Flat Earth Society and Jedi Knights Society – who knows?
That’s no joke: it’s actually quite plausible. In England, “jedi knight” or The Temple of the Jedi Order is the second-most popular “alternative religion,” with more than 175,000 people listing themselves as Jedi in the 2012 nationwide census. What’s truly silly is the notion that self-proclaimed students of Yoda will be performing marriages, when any true Star Wars fan knows Jedi can’t get married. But digressing, I am.
Reverend Martin continued, “I am not saying that we don’t give place to that kind of personal belief, but when you start making allowances for marriages to be performed within those categories then you are all over the place.”
The Scottish government is holding public consultation on bill.
A spokeswoman said: “Our current consultation covers not only the introduction of same sex marriage but also the detail of important protections in relation to religious bodies and celebrants, freedom of speech and education.”
But she did say they’re considering “the introduction of tests which a religious or belief body would have to meet before they could be authorized to solemnize marriage.”
Because I completely trust this policy that will require officials to perform same-sex ceremonies against their consciences, from a government that allows preachers to be arrested for reciting Bible verses about sexual sin (check the cases of Harry Hammond, Stephen Green, and Dale McAlpine).
But the government says it will “ensure that no religious group or individual member of the clergy would be forced to conduct such ceremonies.” Unless you count the threat of prosecution by a continental Human Rights court as being “forced.” No biggie.
Ah, the self-destruction of the mythical secular society. First, we buy the notion that mutually-exclusive truth claims can all be true at once…resulting in a cancelled state of no established truth. Then comes the “validation” that you can believe anything you want, including belief in nothing, as long as you don’t impose your non/beliefs on others. That seems reasonable.
Then, when sensitivities heighten (as they must, in the absence of objective reality, when the only standard is not based on evidence but on personal emotion), those opposing your beliefs/behaviors must be silenced. It’s not about “belief” any more. They disagree with what you claim, therefore they hate you. They can’t say words that criticize what you like…that’s “violence.” Inevitably, this results in a drastic imposition of values, and the loudest victim group wins the argument.
And when those honored institutions that provided us stability and structure for centuries must be silenced by the fluctuation of public whim, or must contradict their very essence to be allowed to continue, in what other anchor will society trust? Nature abhors a vacuum, therefore, any “values-neutral” utopia we deceive ourselves into trusting is merely a mirage…just waiting a dominant, unyielding force of ideology to topple the delusion and leave us empty-handed and servile.
It really shouldn’t be too hard to conquer western civilization. We’ve surrendered our defenses and weakened our own foundation already. And, to paraphrase Master Yoda, that is why we fail.