Saturday, July 9, 2011
Words, Words, Words: The Semantics of "Family"
The road to hell is paved with best intentions. Semanticists would cringe at some of the twisted ideations behind new uses of certain words, and, sadly, "family" is one of them. Although as we all know this is an age of extended families, the traditional "nuclear family unit" is what is contemplated by the bigoted evangelicals. They want "family," like "marriage," to be the special province of bigoted evangelical social policy, and it's tempting to flaunt the Anthony's as evidence of what many, if not most, nuclear families end up looking like. (Note that in this case, the Anthony's really are a nuclear family: mom, pop, a boy, a girl.) We can start with the obvious: they probably had religious upbringings, too. All four of them are devout liars. If false witness were punished by an omniscient God, hurling lightning, the Anthony's would be long gone, as would such Pastors as John Hagee and such PAC ops as Tony Perkins. These people bear false witness about science and reason and a good omnipotent God would have bolted them with a billion volts long, long ago. Of course, this begs the question: If God is omniscient why did He create the Anthony's, Hagee, and Perkins in the first place? And while we are at it, who created God?
Posted by Jacobus 323 at 3:57 PM