In an act of ecclesiastical fiat, James Dobson this week upped the age of heterosexual-only marriage a full 3,000 years. We already know that Bible literalists disagree on how old heterosexual marriage is, with figures ranging anywhere from 2,000 years to 6,000 years. But never before has a Bible literalist changed their former certain date to a new certain date that pre-dates the very creation of Earth 6,000 years ago (by their reckoning).
Dobson has stated both of the following. Both can’t be true.
If the battle to protect marriage takes even five more years, liberal judges and activists will have destroyed this 5,000-year-old institution, which was designed by the Creator, Himself.
Traditional marriage has been the cultural norm on every continent on earth for 8,000 years, even in Greece and Rome.
By flinging such a ridiculous number, Dobson has tipped his hand. Blocking gay and lesbian couples’ access to civil marriage is more important to him than religious integrity. For him, the Bible is a handy weapon, not a sacred text. The question I posed last year is just as pertinent today:
Radical-right Christians who use the Bible as a weapon against marriage equality tend to be Bible literalists and treat the Bible like a history book. But if the Bible provides factual details about marriage, why can’t these folks agree on how old the allegedly heterosexual-only version of the institution is? They can’t all be correct because any Bible literalist will tell you that there is only one way to interpret the Bible – their way. So who is right, who is wrong, and what else might people “certain” about what the Bible says be getting wrong?