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COVER STORY The meaning of Christmas

CANBERRA OBSERVED Parliamentary stampede tramples freedoms

EUTHANASIA Palliative care remains the true solution

FOREIGN AFFAIRS The more Zimbabwe changes, the more it stays the same

AGENDA FOR AUSTRALIA Putting the 'fair' back in the fair go for farmers

OPINION The new Reformation: How Christians found themselves on the 'wrong' side of history

PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIETY Why Marxists will not engage with opponents

ECONOMICS Kim Beazley rides in as a white knight for the TPP

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS Mergers could give unions a striking profile

MUSIC Sounds like ...: A vain search for meaning

CINEMA Casablanca: Contender for the 'perfect film'

BOOK REVIEW Australia behind the scenes in WWII

BOOK REVIEW Political sparks at the 'Friendly' Games

GENDER WARS If children can decide to change their sex can they join the army or marry?

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HOMOSEXUALITY, MARRIAGE AND SOCIETY

Rabbi Shimon Cowen

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The question of same-sex versus traditional marriage is part of a larger argument – between two views of the human being and society – which branches into important subsidiary questions. Is the human being primarily a physical being, whose polymorphous impulses determine changing moral identities? Or the possessor of a conscience or soul, with an objective moral template, that arbitrates between impulses?

On homosexuality as a “variant” sexuality with a claim to marriage: does “homosexual” define a person; or is homosexuality something other than the essence of the person, impacting it from physical, psychological or cultural sources?

With regard to children and marriage: is “love” alone sufficient to warrant the creation of children by donor reproduction for same-sex couples; or do children’s deepest needs require full biological identity with, and nurture from, their mother and father? As for the homosexual him or herself: is there a valid choice to struggle with one’s own homosexuality; or is that struggle the illusory outcome of “internalised homophobia” and therapy to change homosexuality should be banned?

In its consequences for school education: should sexually diverse identities be encouraged in children; or does authentic education mean socialising children into traditional, universal values?

Only when the mantras and slogans of the debate are set aside and the different approaches to these questions are examined, can we sense what the real issues and answers are.

About the author

Rabbi Dr Shimon Cowen, son of a former Governor-General of Australia Sir Zelman Cowen, is the founder and director of the Institute for Judaism and Civilisation. His interest in the core universal values at the root of the great faiths and traditions is the subject of his two recent books, Politics and Universal Ethics and The Theory and Practice of Universal Ethics: The Noahide Laws.


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