George Weigel, who is apparently a “Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center” has written a terrible article about marriage. His mistakes are pretty revealing, and I’ll write more about them later. For now I just want to point out one hilarious bit.
Weigel’s rehashing the idea that marriage predates government, so no government can dictate what marriage it; it can only recognize it. A government trying do otherwise is a danger to freedom:
And if the state can define marriage by diktat, why not other basic human relationships, like the parent-child relationship, the doctor-patient relationship, the lawyer-client relationship, or the priest-penitent relationship? There is no principled reason why not. Thus gay marriage is another expression of that soft totalitarianism that Benedict XVI aptly calls the “dictatorship of relativism.
Did you catch the funny bit? No, not the “soft totalitarianism.” It’s this:
…the lawyer-client relationship…
Yeah. In George’s universe, lawyers and their clients predate government (and therefore laws?). Thus government cannot define that relationship but can only recognize it, based on those universal and prehistoric customs regulating confidentiality, conflict of interest, and billable hours.
These guys, sometimes they crack me up.