I guess that in the future we will have children in our state who will be very puzzled by the (increasingly) archaic celebration of Father’s Day.
Especially since, with the passing of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act, children will be conceived and born in Victoria without a legal father (cf. “Singles, lesbians win fertility rights” (David Rood, The Age, December 5, 2008)).
Also, the innocent question of “where do baby’s come from?” will get more and more complicated to answer as the social reform agenda of the present Brumby government gathers pace.
Of particular concern are the narrow parliamentary margins by which these radical changes are being voted into law in our society. This latest Act was passed by 20-18.
In reflecting whether this has all come about due to a lack of familiarity with the biblical creation narrative, I realised that it is probably more true to say that the current push is coming from people who have a total cognitive dissonance in relation to the overarching meta-narrative (IOW, they’ve lost the plot). It isn’t just the biblical narrative with which they have lost touch, it is the entire “Boy meets Girl” narrative that has been the fuel of human story telling since God-knows-when. (Does anyone know if Mills & Boon have released a line of romantic novels for lesbians? – Sorry, a google search has just answered that question for me. Iiiyyiich!)
But of course, we know that the little tikes conceived in the test-tubes of our Assisted Reproductive Technology Units DO have daddies. They simply are not given any part in the story.
Today’s Cathnews links to a great article “Do you have the courage to defend Christian marriage?”
by Joanna Bogle (of “Come on in, it’s Awful!” fame). She says:
I’m with Teaching about God’s plan – that the human race is precious, that God loves us all, that the future of humanity passes by way of the family, and that a family is centred on a man and a woman united in marriage – requires courage. Are you brave enough to stand with me on this?
Yes, I am with you on that, Aunty Jo. (Only, not to quibble, but what you describe isn’t just “Christian” marriage – it IS marriage per se).