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Chicago Cardinal Francis George Says Gay Marriage is an Irrational Concept

Cardinal Francis GeorgeAs pressure builds for Illinois lawmakers to take up the failed gay marriage bill again in the fall, opponents will be doubling down in an attempt to stop the inevitable expansion of equality. Chicago's Catholic Cardinal, Francis George (pictured right), is one of those longtime foes, having released a letter back in January telling parishioners to demand lawmakers put a stop to the 'redefinition' of marriage

In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday, Cardinal George reiterated his anti-gay position, saying you don't need faith to see the faults in same-sex marriage.

"This is first of all a rational issue before it's a faith issue. That is, it's nature that tells us what marriage is, that in marriage, men and women aren't interchangeable. We didn't invent marriage. The church didn't invent marriage. Nature gives us marriage. The Chinese are not Americans, and they're not Catholic. They know what marriage is. Where did that come from?"

Perhaps Cardinal George should check out this handy little guide to the 8 types of 'traditional marriage' in the Bible before diving any further into the 'rational' arguments against gay marriage.

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  1. How funny. If only I could laugh.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 31, 2013 12:23:30 PM

  2. said the queen in the red beanie.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Aug 31, 2013 12:27:48 PM

  3. Well, I suppose that the marriage of two people of the same gender is irrational in his closed, simplistic philosophical system. Of course what he really means is that it is against the beliefs that the popes and he hold. He uses philosophy as a rationalization for his beliefs. One might add - as a rationalization for his bias, otherwise known as antigay animus.

    Posted by: john patrick | Aug 31, 2013 12:28:25 PM

  4. I'm with Sean - tax him and his church. They can no longer pretend to recluse themselves from politics (if they ever have).

    Posted by: John Freeman | Aug 31, 2013 12:29:49 PM

  5. Vint, I love your comments. Although I did think I spied my three cats in some kind of weird, secret ceremony one night.....

    Posted by: john patrick | Aug 31, 2013 12:30:35 PM

  6. Ratbastard: He has to wear red. He's a male cardinal.

    Posted by: john patrick | Aug 31, 2013 12:32:00 PM

  7. If there were any state in the union with fewer than 50 cases of child molestation by Catholic priests I might, MIGHT, listen to their moral pronouncements. (And same gender attacks, at that.)

    No, I'll take my moral cues from Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And mazel tov to her for always getting it right.

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 31, 2013 12:36:10 PM

  8. uhm, 'nature'? homosexual male penguins 'marry' and raise orphans - and all animal species have same-gender pairings. so it's natural to have same gender marriages!!!! where did he study biology?

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 31, 2013 12:58:58 PM

  9. Irrational?!?!
    Where's the rationality behind giving tax breaks to religious groups who are clearly overstepping the boundaries separating church and state? (i.e. pushing doctrine, promiting political candidates, etc..) If these groups want to get into the political game, then remove their tax exempt status. To play politics, then, pay the price.

    Posted by: M. Drake | Aug 31, 2013 1:15:05 PM

  10. two words: GAY PENGUINS

    Posted by: fanboi | Aug 31, 2013 1:20:19 PM

  11. Homosexuality is found in nature, marriage isn't.

    Posted by: JMC | Aug 31, 2013 1:33:14 PM

  12. Traditional human marriage is the chief getting 100 wives and the remaining men having to fight over the scraps. Declared celibacy is really a way to convince the chief you aren't after his women so you can have access to his wealth.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 31, 2013 1:35:55 PM

  13. George, honey, love the hat! Oh, by the way, Nature didn't "give us marriage". I've checked every science book I have and can't find any reference to marriage being a part of Nature. Also, "god" didn't "give us marriage". Marriage equality is simply a natural, rational progression of human evolution. It makes sense to me. Too bad it doesn't make sense to you. Maybe that hat's too tight on your weasely, petty, tiny, Catholic pea-brain.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 31, 2013 2:00:42 PM

  14. Sorry, can't read this article, don't have time. I've got to get ready cuz I'm gonna gay marry a moose.

    Posted by: kodiak | Aug 31, 2013 2:10:54 PM

  15. Said the nasty, stupid creature in a red beanie and matching dress. Right.

    Posted by: Geoff | Aug 31, 2013 2:15:11 PM

  16. more irrational than believing that the moment you eat a piece of bread with a sip of wine it magically turns into "Christ's" flesh and blood as it makes its way into your stomach?

    ok thanks for sharing.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 31, 2013 2:17:05 PM

  17. Pi is irrational. e is irrational. Even the ratio pi/e is irrational. Marriage equality isn't.

    Posted by: Fritz Keppler | Aug 31, 2013 2:42:47 PM

  18. Irrational says the man in the funny red dress.

    Posted by: DW | Aug 31, 2013 6:44:37 PM

  19. Irrational, really, how about believing in an omniscient being that allows millions to die of poverty, illness and starvation annually, with the hope that this divine being we have no proof of will allow only you and others who share your beliefs to live for eternity... Really? who is irrational here? Go look in the mirror before you take that leap of faith buddy.

    Posted by: Sean | Aug 31, 2013 8:23:03 PM

  20. Ha! That's probably his Grindr Profile Picture. Who is he trying to fool? God?

    Posted by: JoseRVG | Aug 31, 2013 9:34:14 PM

  21. A man who prays to a little white cracker has no business telling other people what's rational. How's that lobotomy working out for you, cardinal?

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Aug 31, 2013 10:33:10 PM

  22. CELEBACY is an irrational concept.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 1, 2013 3:54:19 AM

  23. No Cardinal, it is a fact.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Sep 1, 2013 8:19:25 AM

  24. Why can't we get the urban savages to attack priests instead of drag queens?

    Posted by: Hagatha | Sep 1, 2013 12:32:54 PM

  25. He's bitter and hateful because he's a self hating closet case that fled into the clergy in the olden days because he hated his natural homosexual feelings. His parents were proud, but they never knew the reason why he joined.

    He and all the other old gay priests are just hating jealous foolish assholes.

    Posted by: Anthony | Sep 1, 2013 1:10:24 PM

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