Renowned Expert Expounds on Why Natural Families Will Endure and Why Wise Governments Should Encourage Reproduction

November 1, 2008 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

allan-carlson.jpg“The nature of equality is to set up a legal system allowing men to be men and women to be women. The sexes should be able to fulfill their biological destiny as a marital pair. It comes down to another saying of G.K. Chesterton’s in which he describes a human being as a quadruped with four legs in two different bodies.


This is based on the Biblical message of two becoming one flesh. That’s the nature of our species. Androgyny denies our complementary nature. Men and women differ biologically in matters of human reproduction so the law must protect and cherish those differences.” – Dr. Allan C. Carlson

Dr. Allan C. Carlson, President of the Howard Center for Family,
Religion & Society and the Director of the Family in America
Studies Center, is one of the leading experts on family and marriage in
the United States. The following are excerpts from an interview by
writer Bernard Chapin touching, in part, on Carlson’s latest book The
Natural Family: A Manifesto, co-written with Paul T. Mero. To read this
great interview–which covers everything from traditional marriage, to
anthropology, to how socialism impacts families in its entirety–click
on the link provided below.

First off, let me ask about your manifesto itself…

We have to recognize that the family is something older, more
natural, and innate than government. Yes, the government can persecute
and undermine the family in the short-term, but, in the long run, it
will triumph as it is the more enduring institution…

…Couldn’t one make a convincing argument that the United
States government currently interferes in our privacy to a massive
degree (particularly in regards to marriage)?

…Even in our age, the child’s greatest chance of being happy
and healthy is to be raised by two natural parents; having a mother and
a father increase the chances of a child’s success dramatically.
Ideally, that’s why government gets involved. They should encourage
reproduction. That’s what a wise state would do and such a government
would be a limited one. The state must protect the home as a healthy
society is built upon healthy homes.

You argue that socialism gains greatly from the denigration of the family…

Dr. Allan Carlson: …Of course the joke here, the supreme
irony, is that in Scandinavia feminism turned this into a very odd
development. Women’s work became socialized and transferred to the
state. The government then took on the traditional function of the home
and family with the state providing child care. Then women, in turn,
rejected the private sector and largely took jobs within the
government. They continued to do what has traditionally been women’s
work except now they provide child care for other people’s children.
Their role has not changed but now they’re married to the state.


BC: I noticed that you mentioned body dimorphism in relation to the
sexes in Chapter 2 which brings me to ask, what is your position on
evolutionary psychology? Would you agree that there is a biological
basis for human behavior?

Dr. Allan Carlson: Yes, there is a biological basis for human behavior,
but what I find so fascinating is not the differences between the
creationist and the social-biological views but, rather, the
similarities between them. What’s so striking is the way in which they
agree with one another. The Biblical view can be found in Genesis I and
II where it states that man needs woman, a helpmate, and that together
they should become fruitful, multiply and inherit the earth. Well, most
of what you need to know about marriage is right there in Genesis. The
paleo-anthropologists astonishingly tell the same story. C. Owen
Lovejoy writing in the journal Science
argued that from the very moment humans emerged on the African savannah
the pairing off of males and females emerged as a unique feature of the
species and provided the basis for our success. What distinguishes
humans from other creatures is our long-term monogamous relationships
which focus upon childrearing. A commitment to this bond and marriage
is what has given us an edge in regards to the other species. It
defines us. Both accounts show that marriage is not an arbitrary
construct but instead our defining characteristic.

BC: I’m assuming that most readers are unfamiliar with your book, so
would you please clarify your position on gay marriage? What do you
make of the theory that it will result in the decline of heterosexual
marriage due to its alienation of straight men?

Dr. Allan Carlson: I think that’s a probable consequence but back up
here a little bit. The problem with marriage today isn’t just gay
marriage. The problem we face is a revolution in marriage law that’s
been going on for three or four decades. Radicals want to
deinstitutionalize marriage. They want to take the marriage contract
and strip it of its contractual language. Marriage is far weaker today
than any business contract as one party can easily get out of it and
there’s no recourse for the party who wishes to maintain it. Look at
illegitimacy, a term that used to be well-known, now out-of-wedlock
births are treated no differently than legitimate ones. This has been a
revolution in the law. Gay marriage comes in at the end of this long
process. Nowadays marriage carries few obligations and has more
penalties than it does obligations. There are a few benefits as well
such as health care and social security
advantages which, understandably, are very attractive to gay couples.
The thing is though that if all we do is stop gay marriage then we
won’t be doing very much to revitalize marriage itself and preserve it
as the core unit of society.

BC: I liked a phrase you had very much, “the violence of androgyny.”
You define it as the negation of woman and man. How would you respond
to those who claim that androgyny is the basis of equality due to each
sex acting just like the other?

Dr. Allan Carlson: Those people have grossly misunderstood the meaning
of equality. The nature of equality is to set up a legal system
allowing men to be men and women to be women. The sexes should be able
to fulfill their biological destiny as a marital pair. It comes down to
another saying of G.K. Chesterton’s in which he describes a human being
as a quadruped with four legs in two different bodies. This is based on
the biblical message of two becoming one flesh. That’s the nature of
our species. Androgyny denies our complementary nature. Men and women
differ biologically in matters of human reproduction so the law must
protect and cherish those differences.

BC: Thank you very much for your time, Dr. Carlson.

Source: Archaeology News – Bernard Chapin

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