As I was reading up on the passage of Proposition 8 in California, I came across some interesting statements made by those who are actively against the proposition. Jennifer Pizer, a staff lawyer for Lambda Legal (the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS), said: “We think it is early to go into federal court and ask federal courts to say we have a federal right to marry.” (1)
Why? Because they would lose. There are lawsuits currently in California courts saying that Proposition 8 was passed unlawfully and, “Other lawsuits could follow, but gay rights groups have called on supporters not to file cases in federal court. They fear that a loss at the U.S. Supreme Court could set back the marriage movement decades.” (2)
Now, here’s the hole in their system. In order for there to be right and wrong, there has to be some standard of right and wrong. If do you not believe that God is the standard (obviously if you think homosexuality is a good, and right thing, you do not believe God is the standard, because His Word is clear that homosexuality is sin – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:8-11), and therefore, for Atheist, “Morality is defined as the principles of ethical behavior given by society, culture, family, and religion.” (3)
But here’s the problem – society just spoke, and said it is wrong to say that marriage is between two people of the same sex, but rather is only between one man and one woman. Therefore, under their own standard of morals, they must submit to what society has said it right. But no, they, being a minority rebel, and fight – and therefore by their own standards are immoral.
I hope you’ve drawn lines into other problems with an Atheistic worldview – because if moral standards come from society, that means at one time, slavery in America was actually a good thing! And that the ban on intermarriage between whites and blacks was actually morally right until the majority said it was wrong. But they would not say such a thing – and therefore have a gaping hole in their world view.
And if, you, as an Atheist hold to morals from the “fact” that, “happiness and suffering of other human beings matter to us such that we should seek, whenever possible, to increase their happiness and decrease their suffering.” (4) then you also have a problem. For in the situation of a masochist, who actually enjoys giving pain to others, you have a dilemma, for you will have to choose who will be unhappy – either the masochist, or the victim. I assume you would choose to free the victim – but why? You have a hole in your system as well.
Morals only make sense if the God of the Bible exists.
“and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.” (Romans 1:32)