Is government a more powerful force than love?

I didn't join this site to take other people's words out of my mouth.

I attempted to emphasize the importance of love amid the current trend of legalized gay marriage. I'm not anonymous, so anyone can go to Facebook to verify my support of my gay friends' new marriage intentions.

Marriage is a much older religious institution than a governmental one, and marriage is younger than love. Tell me ThinkAtheist, does law matter more than love?

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Comment by Strega on May 25, 2014 at 11:32am
You're comparing apples and pears, Andy. Love is an emotion and laws are a man made construct. You might as easily compare happiness to a watch mechanism. What points of reference would you compare to assess the merits of the two disparate items you selected?

Love gave me my wife. Laws have now changed to enable me to cohabit ate with her. I am really at a loss as to what underlying point you are trying to make. Love wasn't enough to allow cohabitation, we needed laws to change to enable our love to flourish.
Comment by Oluwa-Shola Aiyenuro on May 25, 2014 at 11:25pm

They preach Love, and yet deny some people the right to love and be happy. No man has right to hold a person's personal freedom. I believe everyone do what they like and how they do it shouldn;t be anyone;s business.  I support what ever makes the couples happy.  Because that where they all find own peace of mind.

Comment by Andy Hoke on May 26, 2014 at 12:57am

I'm currently operating at a surplus of ignoratio elenchi.

Again, I find myself curious. I'm a little confused by, yet interested in the thoughts of others. Under these circumstances, I am inclined to perform some research, which consists in part by asking questions. Call it sociology.

I ask a question, and I attract ire. They say that philosophy is questions which may not be answered, and religion is answers that may not be questioned.

Apparently I have been questioning answers which may not be questioned.

In an attempt to emphasize the importance of love in the human experience, I advocated what I believe to be humanity's greatest quality. My bad.

It seems I have confused atheists with freethinkers.

I'll probably weigh in for a few minutes once a week through the summer (whether you like it or not), then I am done with this 'community'. If this group isn't that interested in love and the quality of life for humans, if this group worships law and substitutes Al Gore for John the Baptist, I really can't see this site as a terribly good use of my time. It's a big internet.

I know that homosexuals have a cause to celebrate. What government now makes of this religious institution is a big deal to you, right? That's cool, I'm happy for you, but to celebrate a religious institution seems fairly odd on an 'atheist' website. Just sayin'.

Comment by Dustin on May 26, 2014 at 9:05pm

"Tell me ThinkAtheist, does law matter more than love?"

I do not understand the question.  Am I the only one?  

If I do understand it in the way that I believe it is being asked, then I am left wondering...why does such a question ever need to be asked and for what reason?

It seems so obvious to me.   

Unless there is an underlying meaning behind the question I do not comprehend?

"Marriage is a much older religious institution than a governmental one"


Or do you mean when Genghis Khan has a concubine for each day of the year with leftovers to spare.  

Or Polygamy perhaps?

Or are you speaking about arranged marriages?

Comment by Davis Goodman on May 26, 2014 at 10:42pm

I'm sorry you haven't learnt anything yet about critical thinking, how to properly phrase questions, admit when you make even the slightest error, how to clarify your ideas, answer any questions anyone asks you, relent or play by the basic rules of rational discourse. I guess it's a failure on our part Andy. We didn't try hard enough.

Comment by Ed on May 27, 2014 at 1:20pm

Law versus love? Love versus law? It is a little confusing and I believe a rephrasing of the question might help those of us unsure what you're asking.

Comment by Andy Hoke on May 27, 2014 at 11:23pm

Lots of negativity in response to (what I thought) was a basic, albeit unorthodox juxtaposition.

Ok, I promise never to ask if love matters more than law on this website; the question itself is apparently profane.

Sorry that my question ruffled this community's collective feathers.

Comment by Dustin on May 28, 2014 at 1:29am

Huh!?  Profane!?  Ruffled!?  Feathers...!?

I'm sensing some trolling going on here...

And trust me, I know, cause I do like to troll - But I do my best to keep it out of this website.  I usually only do it when I am in gamer-mode.  :)


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