CYKIAE Season 009 Part 07. Babies for Sale – When to Pull Down Gates.
Louise Perry, young English feminist who published the book therefore with the surprising title of The Case Against the Sexual Revolution quotes the story that English philosopher, writer and Christian apologist, GK Chesterton, told. It goes like this and is entirely relevant to our modern tear everything down culture – which includes the sexual revolution going back to the 1960s, powered by the invention of the contraceptive pill and easy divorce.
The story goes like this:
In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, 'I don't see the use of this; let us clear it away.' To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: 'If you don't see the use of it, I certainly won't let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.'
The Family Law Act 1975, introduced by the Whitlam government, was born from the contraceptive pill. The fears, at the time that this legislation were that the Family Law Act would destroy the family. The feminists led the charge on that. They mocked the suggestion that the Family Law Act would destroy the family. They said it was that non-existent thing, the patriarchy that was trying to rob women of their freedom. Now nearly 50 years on we can see how that worked out. The Whitlam government had pulled down the 4,000 year old marriage gate and revolutionised it. Did they know what they were pulling down and what that gate did? And where was that going to leave the children – which this series of programmes is all about.
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