Our Lady of Wisdom
I can only give you the briefest of personal reminiscences, drawing a bright and colorful map such as a good and loving father might leave for his children, painting in the most memorable sights and filling up the pages with the most remarkable scenes, then taking you by the hand, and leading you through the landscape towards a higher spiritual reality.
The dome of our State House in Augusta is topped with a golden statue of the feminine personification of Wisdom; and Wisdom is spoken of in the Bible in the most sublime terms.
“I, wisdom, was with the Lord when he began his work, long before he made anything else. I was created in the very beginning, even before the world began. I was born before there were oceans, or springs overflowing with water, before the hills were there, before the mountains were put in place. God had not made the earth or fields, not even the first dust of the earth.” (Proverbs 8:22-26; see also Ecclesiasticus 24; and The Wisdom of Solomon 6-8.)
That such a beautiful angelic power stands watch over a legislative body beset by such extreme folly is a deep and painful irony. I for one would be delighted if Wisdom would glide down from the dome of the State House with the light and sure step of an angel, and then reprove each and every legislator, one-by-one.
If one excludes the confounding of light with darkness, the confusion of day with night, and the mistaking of good for evil, there can be no worse error than to unite the same sex in marriage. Sanctifying the union of man with woman is therefore the simplest of all laws to write, and the one which requires the least deliberation. Only the most perverted souls and the most deluded minds can arrive at the opposite conclusion.
As Philo of Alexandria wrote, homosexuality sterilizes a land and blights its people; requiring God in His mercy to send down merciful punishment to protect mankind. In his “Treatise on Abraham,” Philo gives an exposition on the subject which has never been excelled. I quote part of it here.
“…but also those who were men lusted after one another, doing unseemly things, and not regarding or respecting their common nature…and became like women in their persons, corrupting in this way the whole race of man, as far as depended on them.
If the Greeks and barbarians were to have agreed together, and to have adopted the customs of the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah, their cities one after another would have become desolate, as if they had been emptied by a pestilence.
But God, having taken pity on mankind, increased, as far as possible, the natural desire of men and women, for the sake of producing children, and detesting the unnatural and unlawful custom of the people of Sodom, he extinguished it…not by any ordinary chastisement, but he inflicted on them an astonishing novelty. For on a sudden, he commanded the sky to become overclouded and to pour forth a mighty shower, not of rain but of fire; and the flame poured down, with a resistless and unceasing violence.”
Should anyone doubt the words of Philo, the greatest of sages, let him hear instead the recent statistics from the town of Ogunquit, Maine, where the Sodomites have settled and gained political power. The most recent vital statistics show 173 Marriage Certificates, many of them for “marriages” between male homosexuals. The number of Certificates of Live Births is zero. Under the influence of Sodomite “marriage” the town of Ogunquit is dying out, as Philo correctly predicted.
Therefore, let no one object to my use of the battle metaphor. Though no blow was struck, no shot fired, and no blood drawn –- and this was as it should be — the outcome of this struggle will prove more consequential to Maine than all the wars and all the armed conflicts ever fought in this state, as one side fights to protect civil society, and the other side seeks to overturn the laws of nature.