Joe Biden Joins the Movement for a False “Equality”

June 18, 2019

by Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg


Earlier this month, Democratic front runner Joe Biden reportedly declared that when it comes to his run for the presidency, the “Equality Act would be his top legislative priority, an effort to enshrine LGBTQ protections into the nation’s labor and civil rights laws.” Biden’s announcement brings up a very important question: Is our society strengthened or weakened by the advancement of such “equality” legislation? Certainly Biden and most public institutions think so. However, for those who know the Natural Law and the teaching of the ancients concerning law and language, a very different conclusion emerges. 

A law, according to Thomas Aquinas, is a “dictate of reason promulgated by a proper authority for the common good.” Conventional laws are made by a legislative body for the common good. However, in order to be good laws, man-made laws must be in accord with the Natural Law.

The Natural Law is the law written on our hearts — in other words, part of our nature. This Law is known by its effects. When one breaks the Natural Law by murder, lying, or stealing, it is exceedingly evident that these lawless acts are an offense to persons and society alike. Human sexuality is also subject to Natural Law. Although it is perhaps less evident than the above mentioned offenses, deviating from the Natural Law on human sexuality has detrimental effects on society as well.

The United States of America is a country founded on law and order. Our deepest roots extend into the Ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Roman civilizations. A great American professor once said “to discover what we have inherited from the Greek intellectual tradition, the Hebrew moral tradition and the Roman political tradition, is like a fish discovering water.” The progressive effort to cut us off from the Natural Law and our ancient roots is like sawing off the branch of a tree on which we sit.

Biden’s major aim is to facilitate “equality” laws concerning things that are inherently not equal. The crux of the problem lies in what LGBTQ advocates call “equality.” They are not asking for “equality”; they are asking for inequality. We can turn to Aristotle for an illustration that shows how the LGBTQ demands for equality are a misuse of speech and an injustice.

Aristotle’s clarity of thought and precision of language are an overwhelming inconvenience in an age that abuses speech such as ours. Aristotle makes the relationship between justice and equality clear in his “Politics” as he explains:

It is thought that justice is equality, and so it is, though not for everybody but only for those who are equals; and it is thought that inequality is just, for so indeed it is, though not for everybody, but for those who are unequal; but these partisans strip away the qualification of the persons concerned, and judge badly.

A clearer and more succinct explanation of the errors concerning the “equality” movements has not been rendered. All human souls are equal in intrinsic dignity and worth, but when it comes to law in society, there are many things that make us potentially unequal. For an example, to make the false claim that a married couple such as a man and a woman is equal to a couple such as a man and a man is to make the claim that unequal things are equal. This is simply bad judgement because one has to “strip away the qualification of the persons concerned” in order to make the claim. The union of a man and woman is not an  equal thing to that of a man and a man or a woman and a woman. To call unequal things equal is a misuse of speech.

As one modern philosopher paraphrases Aristotle’s point, “the worst form of injustice is to try to make unequal things equal.” The LGBTQ movement demands that inequalities be treated as equalities. However, honesty dictates renaming the “Equality Act” the “Inequality Act” in order to speak the truth in representation. The veracity of this statement resonates in the heart and mind of the well-formed citizen.

This very misuse of speech in calling the movement “equality” in the attempt to make unequal things equal necessitates the lie that men and women are equal when there are countless ways in which they are not. Men and women are complimentary; men and men are not. This leads to the web of untruths surrounding the majority of LGBTQ ideology.

Joe Biden’s political priorities may be good news for President Trump’s re-election efforts. In spite of tremendous propaganda proliferated throughout society, there are still many families that bristle at the misuse of speech and wrestle with their consciences on these questions of “equality.” Biden’s asserted platform on pro-abortion and pro-LGBTQ rights is a terrible form of injustice. This will do him no real favors even if the polls indicate otherwise. The deeper problem is that his new priorities abuse speech to go against the Natural Law and the wisdom of the ancients. If he continues to assert “equality” laws based on the misuse of speech, his efforts will serve to lessen his chances of election and further erode the moral fabric of this great country.

Photo credit: Phil Roeder via Flickr, CC BY 2.0


Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project, a writer in residence and teacher of philosophy and theology at Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta. He is also a senior contributor to The Imaginative Conservative and has written for numerous venues on matters of faith, culture and education.

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8 comments on “Joe Biden Joins the Movement for a False “Equality””

  • jojo says:

    I’m a church-going Catholic and Steven Rummelsburg neither embodies my values or even remotely speaks for me.He speaks for himself.

  • flo says:

    If we are to believe Steven Rummelsburg, it is natural law to sadistically mistreat LGBT citizens as less equal than him. If indeed this is “natural law”, then this Christian heterosexual says she is morally repelled by this man’s bigotry.

    • jk105 says:

      Yes, Flo. This is the same guy who wrote some edits here saying the law should reflect his own biased religious views. In his theocracy, gays can be shunned in public accommodations. In his theocracy, the state can violate the religious liberty of Christian churches by denying them the legal right to marry same-sex couples. So now he trots out this nasty piece of ancient philosophy so that gays can lose their jobs and heathcare–because his so-called religion says so. I too am a Christian who objects to the bigotry.

  • Ker Lee says:

    This writer neglects to mention that in this devious so-called natural law, Aristotle and Aquinas also sanction slavery. Aristotle states “he is of someone else when, while being human, he is a piece of property; and a piece of property is a tool for action separate from its owner.” According to Aristotle, natural slaves’ main features include being pieces of property, tools for actions, and belonging to others.[3]
    Aquinas largely agreed with Augustine that slavery and thought that the universe did have a natural structure that gave some men authority over others

    A son, as such, belongs to his father, and a slave, as such, belongs to his master; yet each, considered as a man, is something having separate existence and distinct from others. Hence in so far as each of them is a man, there is justice towards them in a way: and for this reason too there are certain laws regulating the relations of father to his son, and of a master to his slave; but in so far as each is something belonging to another, the perfect idea of “right” or “just” is wanting to them.

    Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica

    And while it was perfectly acceptable for a master to hit a slave, it might be better to be merciful.
    Why does Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg dishonestly hide this bigotry from the reader? Why doesn’t he point out the brutally immoral history of “natural law”? Perhaps he doesn’t want us to connect the dots. That is, he uses a tainted philosophy that was used to own slaves for the purpose of demonizing and defaming yet another minority today.

  • patsy says:

    “A law, according to Thomas Aquinas, is a “dictate of reason promulgated by a proper authority for the common good.” Conventional laws are made by a legislative body for the common good. However, in order to be good laws, man-made laws must be in accord with the Natural Law.”

    Really?
    Aquinas’s disgusting natural law theory poses a question: is rape worse than what in his bigotry he calls unnatural acts, since rape harms other persons, while consensual sex against “nature” do not? The answer is unequivocal: the four non-procreative forms of sex are worse, since–though not harmful to others–they are sins directly against what he calls “god” himself as the creator of nature. According to this logic, rape, which may at least lead to pregnancy, becomes a less serious sin than masturbation.

    For the sake of humanity, I thank God that Rummelsburg and his abnormal law warriors are not the ones making laws!

  • kaysha says:

    Wow Rummelsburg is alergic to the truth!
    “The union of a man and woman is not an equal thing to that of a man and a man or a woman and a woman. To call unequal things equal is a misuse of speech.”

    No one is using “equal” as in “same as”. Rummelsburg is the one misusing speech. One can also say that the union of a black man and a white woman is not an equal thing to that of a white man and a white woman.

    However race and sexual orientation are covered under the equal protection clause of the constitution. So although they are not the “same as” white heterosexuals, they are equal under the eyes of the law, therefore deserving the same constitutional rights as white heterosexuals.

    The rest of his “natural law” hocus pocus is his own quaint private religious beliefs, remnants of more barbaric times. Rummelsburg has the right to believe that “natural law” means the moon is made of cheese, that heterosexuals are superior to gay people, but I won’t silently suffer the American government forcing his superstitutions on the rest of decent society. He should keep them to himself.

  • danap says:

    The only thing “false” is Rummelsburg’s honesty. While he is free to belive in the medieval notion of “natural law,” an honest man would admit that throughout history people interpret “nature” differently just as people’s concept of God is different. No one has a monopoly on interpreting “natural law” and I believe it violates the US Constitution to use the state to implement his straight-forward reactionary religious ideas. Rummelsburg worships a god that created gay people so that they can be second-class citizens. Many other Christians take Jesus’s word seriously (as opposed to the pot of poison called “natural law”) and believe it is their religious and secular duty to love all God’s children. Rummelsburg speaks for his own right wing prejudice. I pray for his hateful soul.

  • jk105 says:

    Steven Old Boy endorses bigotry again. It is an obsession of his. Steven Old Boy promotes theocracy again. Again!

    Steven Old Boy is free to believe in his hideous so-called “natural” law with his hate-infested fellow right wing religionists. But in the name of religious liberty, he should keep his immoral depravity away from us Christians who believe in treating all God’s children with dignity and respect–including the children God made gay. In other words, don’t use the machinery of government to harm people he hates.

    And yes, gay lives are equal to heterosexual lives. God made us that way.

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