The Republican Party was formed in 1854 to end slavery and protect natural marriage.
According to its first platform, the objects of the party’s concern were the “twin relics of barbarism -- Polygamy, and Slavery.” Abraham Lincoln led the Union to abolish the second relic and Congress abolished the first by denying statehood to the Mormon territory of Utah until it renounced polygamy.
Mormon leadership received a timely vision instructing the LDS church to do that very thing. Utah prohibited polygamy in its state constitution and was added to the Union. My home state of Idaho, due to the Mormon/polygamy question, was also required to forbid any recognition of polygamous marriages in its first state constitution in 1890.
Then here comes the American Psychological Association, which claims to be a scientific organization but clearly is not. While they once, for example, rightly considered homosexuality to be a form of mental illness, now they want to bring back polyamory (a fancy word for sleeping around with lots of people) and normalize people having sex with as many partners as they want.
Their latest effort is to get rid of the “stigma” of what they call “consensual non-monogamy,” which is just gibberish for adultery. Well, some things deserve to have a stigma about them, and rampant adultery is one of those things.
The APA is complaining that the poor unfortunates who engage in polyamory have “marginalized identities.” This project is being undertaken under Division 44 of the APA, which is the “Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.”
So now we are adding another sexual identity to the toxic soup we have already brewed up. Among the new expressions of sexuality the APA wants to normalize are polyamory, swinging, open relationships, “relationship anarchy” (whatever that means) and “other kinds of ‘ethical’ non-monogamous relationships.”
The problem here is that there is no such thing as an “ethical” non-monogamous relationship. Every form of sexual expression outside the conjugal union of one man and one woman in marriage is unethical, immoral, and culturally corrosive.
At the beginning of the gay marriage debate, we argued that if we as a culture accept sex between gays as normal, there is simply no place to stop. It would not be long until every form of sexual perversion would be sanctioned, embraced, promoted, subsidized, and celebrated. It’s not a slippery slope to the bottom, it’s a rocket sled.
As Robbie George wrote in 2015, "If gender doesn’t matter for marriage, they ask, why should number matter? 'If love makes a family,' as the slogan went when the cause being advanced was gay marriage, then why should their family be treated as second class? Why should their marriage be denied legal recognition and the dignity and social standing that come with it?"
As Andre Van Mol, a board-certified family physician in Redding, California and a member of the American College of Pediatricians says, this is simply an effort to promote “marginal sexual practices” with an “academic gloss,” making destructive things sound helpful and good. He adds, “This is what happens when ideology replaces science.”
The APA can no longer credibly claim to be a scientific organization. It’s just a “professional guild” engaged in rank partisan hackery. It won’t be long before this thinking permeates our schools - unless parents loudly intervene - and our children will be emotionally blackmailed into accepting that not to affirm debauchery is a form of bigotry. They will be co-opted into what Van Mol accurately calls “a cult of affirmation.”
Another part of the APA task force on this project is “The Religion and Spiritual Task Force,” whose goal is to “reduce theological barriers” to its agenda. Which being translated, mean they recognize that Christians who believe in the abiding truths of the word of God are their biggest adversaries. Let’s prove them right.
As I wrote at the beginning of this column, the Republican Party was founded to oppose polygamy and slavery, which they called the twin relics of barbarism. Well, America fought off barbarism once, and it looks like we’re going to have to do it again.