A very insightful piece from a clever Rabbi.
"What is the Judeo-Christian concept which it appears that Tocqueville,
Washington and Eisenhower saw as the bedrock upon which American
democracy stands? The Jewish Conservative columnist Dennis Prager,
defines it this way:"
"“The concept of Judeo-Christian values does not rest on a claim that the
two religions are identical. It promotes the concept there is a shared
intersection of values based on the Hebrew Bible (“Torah”), brought into
our culture by the founding generations of Biblically oriented
Protestants, that is fundamental to American history, cultural identity,
and institutions. That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is
united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:24, is one of
the first values stated in the Bible. It is this Biblical prescription
which is the foundational building block of our American society – the
nuclear family. As defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary: “A family
group that consists only of father, mother, and children.”
"Raised without this stabilizing factor in their lives, young people, are
bereft of the parameters taught by the Judeo-Christian ethic –
discipline, moral principle, the work ethic, respect and responsibility
for one’s fellow human being, to enumerate but a few. The result is a
chaotic life without direction and purpose, providing little of lasting
meaning, joy and even mundane success for the individual and society as a
whole. Of particular concern is the phenomenon of the absentee father
so much a part of this issue."
Of course "the government" could have instituted some kind of civil union law, but that was never the point. The point has always been the destruction of the nuclear family and wreaking chaos on young lives forever.