Bizarre Article on Porterville SB54 Vote

Michael Shelton, pastor at First Baptist Church and a resident of Porterville, wrote an op-ed piece published today in the local paper that congratulates the Council for an action it did not take:

I want to go on record and applaud the Porterville City Council for taking a definitive stand on the issue of marriage. It is between a man and a woman. History bears this out for centuries, as being the intended state of marriage.

He then rambles on with a long series of arguments we have debunked thoroughly and repeatedly over the last 11 months before Council. We have debunked them so thoroughly that few if any of them were presented to Council during the 90minutes+ of open comments at last Tuesday’s meeting by the way.

For example:

Gay is a choice. Period. End of story. The APA has recently declared no gay gene. It is a behavioral choice.

How can 5 such short sentences have so many fallacies?

Science has never shown a “stupid” gene either.

Full text of the article after the jump, because I can’t believe this is what he meant to publish and the paper has taken material down before.

Voices from the Valley: Argument against council action flawed

August 06, 2009 8:10 PM

I want to go on record and applaud the Porterville City Council for taking a definitive stand on the issue of marriage. It is between a man and a woman. History bears this out for centuries, as being the intended state of marriage.

Though careful thought was somewhat put into print from Ms. Villicana, her argument has several fatal flaws, as does the gay movement’s attempt to redefine traditional marriage.

First, she cites the 14th Amendment. Did she miss the words … without due process of law? Proposition 22 followed by Proposition 8 fulfill that requirement.

California voters prayed, listened to the debates for and against, and made a decision. Fifty-two percent said marriage is between a man and a woman. It amazed me how this has been distorted.

The media, including this paper, the gay movement, tried to say it barely passed with 52 percent of the vote. Yet, President Obama was elected by the same margin, and it was a landslide victory.

Flaw 2 of Ms. Villicana’s argument is the debate over denying loving couples a civil right. Show me constitutional law declaring marriage a civil right. Further, show me a constitutional law that declares marriage a religious dogma. Finnish sociologist and anthropologist Edward Westermarck, the father of modern marriage studies, wrote in 1936 that marriage from its inception is a “social institution sanctioned by custom or law, contains deep biological foundations and developed out of primeval habit, in which over time the human male and female came to live together for sexual gratification, companionship, mutual economic aid and procreation, and the joint rearing of offspring.”

Is this a religious understanding of marriage?

The truth about marriage is it has never been exclusively about “love” as has become the mantra of the gay movement, but for protecting and guaranteeing children the right to a mother and father, not a redaction to “a loving couple.” Every American, straight of gay, should read David Blankenhorn’s book “The Future of Marriage” for it documents the history of marriage so well, and he is a liberal Democrat who by the way, opposes gay marriage. So to call the City Council’s statement that the role of traditional family is baseless and a mere religious value is ludicrous.

I have no problems with who someone chooses to love. I am glad for loving homes that give children a safe place to live. But it is not and cannot be defined as “marriage.”

Flaw 3 is using race. I can hear the name calling now … hater, breeder. Isn’t it amazing how we are being portrayed in a free country where one side wants its say, but we who oppose are supposed to be mute? Gay is a choice. Period. End of story. The APA has recently declared no gay gene. It is a behavioral choice. The new statement, which appears in a brochure called “Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality,” states the following:

“There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles. …”

Blacks have no choice. I am white, my friend Joel is Hispanic. We did not choose these races.

So, due process has been followed here and in 31 other states. The gay movement, though they try to make valid points, have started from the wrong premise that marriage is about the right to love, and is being denied by “religion.” Any argument based on flawed logic, no matter how well stated, is wrong.

Good job, City Council. Keep up the good work. We as the community support you!

— The Rev. Michael Shelton is pastor at First Baptist Church and a resident of Porterville.

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