A LETTER FROM KEN DRYDEN

On the website of the federal Liberal Party, there is a letter entitled “Why I Support Gay Marriage Bill” and it is written by Mr. Ken Dryden, Minister for Social Development. One would assume that the title means that he is there to push forward the socialist agenda of the Liberals. I know that the gay marriage issue is dead for now, but I can’t help but point out the lack of any firm beliefs on the part of Mr. Dryden, at least that is what I summate from his letter to the Toronto Star. I will excerpt it, but feel free to read it yourself.

Should Mr. Dryden ever aspire to become a greater part of the Liberal team, please be sure to keep the following in mind before casting a vote.

Mr. Dryden states that “When you are a regular citizen, you have the right not to have a public opinion. You have the right to remain quiet, even to have no private opinion at all. As a Member of Parliament, I lose that right.”

Why is it that as an MP, you lose the right to have no private opinion at all? Isn’t that exactly what we tell MP’s of faith, of any faith, that they must have no private opinion on government matters? Why all of a sudden does it reverse itself for Mr. Dryden because it is convenient?

Mr. Dryden states “I went to church as a child. I loved the hymns and, at times, the feeling of church, the quiet and community of it, the getting-dressed-up, family-together niceness of it.”

I don’t know what to make of this paragraph. Just what is family-together niceness? Would that be the same with two fathers? I believe Mr. Dryden missed the whole point.

Mr. Dryden also states “I found the Ten Commandments interesting, what was included and what was not. I thought the name, “The Golden Rule,” pushed a bit too hard, but I’m not sure I have heard 11 such simple, non pushy words — “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” 

I don’t know what Bible Mr. Dryden was reading, but I have yet to find one that includes the Golden Rule. This was a lesson in etiquette, kindness, and manners that was past on from parents to their children. It is sad that more people don’t still pass it down, however, it is not found in Scripture. Also, Mr. Dryden, the Ten Commandments are not only interesting as you put it, they are the basis for our criminal code, or at least used to be. They are also rules with which to abide by in your life.

Upon informing the reader that he has read the Bible from “beginning to end“, Mr. Dryden continues. “Most of the wisdom of the Bible has held up in different times and places and for different people. But to me, no wisdom is timeless, each is challenged by a new time. Some pieces of wisdom last; some don’t.”

I believe that the Minister of Social Development just told us that he thinks the Bible is outdated for our enlightened modern times. While some claim that the Word of God does not condemn gay marriage, Mr. Dryden simply tells us the book and its wisdom are irrelevant today.

Of homosexuals, Mr. Dryden states that “Our biggest challenge as human beings, I think, is to get along. To learn about each other, to accept difference, to give the same chance to others to live their lives as we would like them to give to us. To allow others to share fully and completely in the world.”

Whoa, hold on. As Tim says, “Back the truck up!” I would agree with the Minister that we are challenged to get along. Of course. We ought not be mean, cruel, or dispiriting. To give others the same chance to live their lives as we would like them to give to us is okay too. No one wants to take chances away from anyone. But the point where you start mixing in the deceit is when you include accepting differences. There is nothing wrong with pointing out something that is wrong. This is not cruelty, it is simply pointing out truth. As for allowing others to share fully and completely in the world, how is allowing two men to get married ever going to do that? There are just some things that people can’t partake of. Get over it! We can’t all be a part of all things. It’s not possible, and its not the end of the world. To say that not allowing two men to marry is depriving them of happiness, that is just not so. Get a grip.

Near the end of the article Mr. Dryden says, “I think the great majority of Canadians on either side of the same-sex marriage debate are not 100 per cent sure or comfortable. That is important to know.”

I am truly sorry, sir, but you cannot speak for others. I myself am 100% sure that gay marriage is wrong, and most others who don’t agree with it know it is wrong too. If you are unsure, maybe you should give it some more thought, especially before you write your next letter.

My favourite quote from him is “It’s okay to be 60-40 or 70-30 on this.” Way to truly believe in something, Ken. Apparently he isn’t too sure that this is right, either.