Defending President Obama's support of the maligned union, Chalker took up his own evidence of Biblical malfunction by the other side.
"Ordained pastors thundering their opposition based on their view that God, through the Bible, teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman are just wrong," he wrote. "Such a view is at best shoddy, biblical scholarship. At worst, it is a very cruel lie."Chalker reaches into ancient practices and beliefs to refer to the basis of Bible stories, describing biblical references as
"remembered stories, teachings, written memories of historical events and settings which - in some places in the text - had their origin in traditions that were over 4,000 years old by the time of Jesus' birth... So, to assert that the Bible reveals an unchanging and unchanged definition and practice of marriage is a monstrous fabrication. Then, to go on and claim in the very same breath that the Bible advocates the civil marriage as understood and defined by Western culture in the 21st Century is just plain holy smoke."The other side will be outraged by Chalker's blunt dismissal of their argument. But he isn't the first to question the authenticity of every word set forth in the Good Book. (For further reading to substantiate his views, I would recommend Sir James Frazer's The Golden Bough, his exhaustive study of primitive beliefs and traditions that produced offspring in later Christian thought.)
Chalker will doubtless hear about this. His words will not convince the fierce opponents of same-sex marriage that he may be on to something. Still, his piece in the Plain Dealer needed to be said, especially from a brave man of the pulpit.