Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Theological analysis of One Vision song by Queen: Traditional marriage vs homosexual union



Marriage





In the previous post, I proposed a rewriting of the lyrics of the One Vision song by Queen to make it aligned to the advocacy for traditional marriage of one man and one woman. Queen's original lyrics is darker, because the story is about a man looking for another man to spend the night in bed. To see this, let's analyze the important stanzas of the poem.

A. SEARCHING FOR A MAN
One man, one goal, one mission.
One heart, one soul, Just one solution.
One flash of light, yeah, One god, one vision. 
If we assume that Freddie Mercurie wrote this and the persona in the poem is a projection of himself who is a homosexual, then the lines describe his search for one man that can satisfy his sexual cravings. One heart--he wishes the man to love him. One soul--he wishes the man to be fully united with him, as imagined by Pablo Neruda:
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep

B. GLIMPSE OF GENESIS

One flesh, one bone, One true religion.
One voice, one hope, One real decision.
Wowowowo, gimme one vision, yeah.
The phrase "one flesh, one bone" recalls the exclamation of Adam upon seeing his wife, Eve:
So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.l 22 The LORD God then built the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman. When he brought her to the man, 23 the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of man this one has been taken.”* 24 m That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.* (Gen 2:21-24)
But for a homosexual man, the phrase "one flesh, one bone" becomes something else: not a woman, but another man.

The phrase "one true religion" refers to the Catholic Church:
2105 The duty of offering God genuine worship concerns man both individually and socially. This is "the traditional Catholic teaching on the moral duty of individuals and societies toward the true religion and the one Church of Christ."30 By constantly evangelizing men, the Church works toward enabling them "to infuse the Christian spirit into the mentality and mores, laws and structures of the communities in which [they] live."31 The social duty of Christians is to respect and awaken in each man the love of the true and the good. It requires them to make known the worship of the one true religion which subsists in the Catholic and apostolic Church.32 Christians are called to be the light of the world. Thus, the Church shows forth the kingship of Christ over all creation and in particular over human societies.33 (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
In the worship of the Catholic Church, man becomes united with God by receiving the Body of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. In the homosexual religion, worship is done by the union of two bodies of the same sex. Religion is derived from the word "religare" meaning "bind." The Holy Eucharist binds man to God, while the homosexual intercourse binds two men in the act, in such a way that they form one flesh, so to speak.

The phrase "one voice, one hope" refers to the homosexual man's longing for intercourse with another man. If he finds a man with the same longing, then they decide to spend the night together--the "one real decision".

The phrase "gimme one vision" means that he has still not found the man he is looking for. So he keeps searching.

C. NO GUILT OF SIN
No wrong, no right.
I'm gonna tell you there's no black and no white.
No blood, no stain.
All we need is one worldwide vision.
The phrase "no wrong, no right" already shows the breakdown of moral sense. This is the same temptation of Satan to Adam and Eve:
You certainly will not die!b 5God knows well that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know* good and evil. (Gen 3:4-5)
That is, for the homosexual, it would be man, not God, who will decide what is good and what is evil.

The phrase "no black and no white" refers to gray areas of morality--or the fifty shades of gray. If the world is black or white, then actions are either sinful or not sinful, and cannot be both at the same time. St. Ignatius of Loyola also refers to black and white when it comes to theological matters. As he wrote in his Spiritual Exercises:
Thirteenth Rule. To be right in everything, we ought always to hold that the white which I see, is black, if the Hierarchical Church so decides it, believing that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Bride, there is the same Spirit which governs and directs us for the salvation of our souls. Because by the same Spirit and our Lord Who gave the ten Commandments, our holy Mother the Church is directed and governed.
 The phrase "no blood, no stain" has two levels of meaning.

1. Murder

The "stain" refers to sin, as used in the dogma of the Immaculate Conception:
We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and therefore should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful.
On the other hand, "blood" refers to the sin of murder, as in the story of Cain:
Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out in the field.”* When they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.c9 Then the LORD asked Cain, Where is your brother Abel? He answered, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”10 God then said: What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!
 By declaring "no blood", the persona in the poem says that there is no murder in the homosexual act. If there is no murder, there there is no sin.

b. Virginity

The phrase "no blood, no stain" alludes to the blood stains in bed sheets, which happens when the woman had her first intercourse, as the law of Moses illustrates:
If a man, after marrying a woman and having relations with her, comes to dislike her,g 14 and accuses her of misconduct and slanders her by saying, “I married this woman, but when I approached her I did not find evidence of her virginity,” 15 the father and mother of the young woman shall take the evidence of her virginity* and bring it to the elders at the city gate. 16 There the father of the young woman shall say to the elders, “I gave my daughter to this man in marriage, but he has come to dislike her, 17 and now accuses her of misconduct, saying: ‘I did not find evidence of your daughter’s virginity.’ But here is the evidence of my daughter’s virginity!” And they shall spread out the cloth before the elders of the city. (Dt 22:13-17).
So in the poem, if there is "no blood, no stain" the woman is not anymore a virgin. But if we push through with the homosexual man as the persona, then the "no blood, no stain" becomes obvious: an intercourse of two men would not have a blood stains resulting from the breaking of the hymen which only the woman has.

D. VISION OF HAPPY MARRIAGE

I had a dream when I was young, A dream of sweet illusion,
A glimpse of hope and unity, And visions of one sweet union.
 But a cold wind blows, And a dark rain falls, And in my heart it shows.
Look what they've done to my dream, yeah.
Young boys and girls dream of getting married someday, a marriage of one man and one woman. But for a homosexual man, his dream is to be married to another man. But perhaps the society during his time is not yet acceptable to same-sex marriage. So even though though he dreams of being united to his lover in a sexual intercourse, society disapproves of his dream.  This explains the third and fourth lines.

When Freddie Mercury sings  these lines, the sound is a wailing rage that reminds me of the incantation of the Barrow wight while he prepares to slaughter Frodo and the hobbits:
Out of the formless stream of sad but horrible sounds, strings of words would now and again shape themselves: grim, hard, cold words, heartless and miserable. The night was railing against the morning of which it was bereaved, and the cold was cursing the warmth for which it hungered. (See Fog on the Barrow-Downs, Lord of the Rings, p. 141). 
W can see that the persona is angry because a happy marriage life with a woman is not for him, so he wishes to settle with a mockery of the real thing, the homosexual union with a another man.

E. HONEYMOON VS JUST EXCITATION
One vision!
So give me your hands, give me your hearts. I'm ready.
There's only one direction.
One world, one nation, Yeah, one vision.
No hate, no fight, Just excitation, All through the night,
It's a celebration, wowowowo, yeah.
1. Homosexual Intercourse

The phrase "give me hour hands, give me your hearts" is an appeal for support and sympathy, which is now what the LGBT lobby is doing--and they have been successful with the vote of 5-4 by the US Supreme Court Justices legalizing same-sex marriage.  The persona of the poem envisions a worldwide lobby, which explains the line "one world, one nation, one vision." And rightly does St. Paul warns us:
Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.g12 For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.h 13 Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.i 14 So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate,j 15 and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.k16 In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one.l 17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.m (Eph 6:11-17)
The phrase "no hate, no fight" is an appeal for tolerance of the homosexual lifestyle. Whoever censures the homosexuals are then branded as bigots.

The phrase "just excitation through the night" refers to the homosexual intercourse.  It is a fitting worship to the god of lust and pleasure.  It's a "celebration" of their freedom to be enslaved by their basest desires.

2. Intercourse of Husband and Wife

In contrast, the intercourse of the husband and wife during the wedding night is the true celebration.  It is not just pure excitation, but something else: a union blessed by God for the procreation of children and the union of two persons into one body. As the prayer of Tobit and his wife shows us:
“Blessed are you, O God of our ancestors;
blessed be your name forever and ever!
Let the heavens and all your creation bless you forever.a
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You made Adam, and you made his wife Eve
to be his helper and support;
and from these two the human race has come.
You said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone;
let us make him a helper like himself.’b
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Now, not with lust,
but with fidelity I take this kinswoman as my wife.
Send down your mercy on me and on her,
and grant that we may grow old together.
Bless us with children.” (Tob 8:5-7)
It's a staggering thought. The Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins describe it best using the persona of a priest, in his poem At the Wedding March :

GOD with honour hang your head,
Groom, and grace you, bride, your bed
With lissome scions, sweet scions,
Out of hallowed bodies bred. 
Each be other’s comfort kind:
Déep, déeper than divined,
Divine charity, dear charity,
Fast you ever, fast bind. 
Then let the March tread our ears:
I to him turn with tears
Who to wedlock, his wonder wedlock,
Déals tríumph and immortal years.


F. ONE BAR, ONE NIGHT


One [echo] (One vision)One flesh, one bone, One true religion.One voice, one hope, One real decision.Gimme one night, yeah. Gimme one hope, hey. Just gimme, ah.One man, one man, One bar, one night,One day, hey, hey.
While the words in the previous stanzas can apply to the love between a man and a woman, the second line in this latest stanza is already explicit on what the poem is really all about: two men meeting in one bar and who then spend one night together. The phrase "one day" seems to be words of hope that such a thing should happen in the future.  This is the persona's one vision.

G. GIMME FRIED CHICKEN

The last stanza looks like a heroic couplet.
Just gimme gimme, gimme, gimme Fried chicken.
Vision [fading]
This sounds anticlimactic. But this is a sign of the persona's failure to find the man who can satisfy his sexual longings. So his vision turned into a vision of food: fried chicken.

What's the connection between the homosexual act and the fried chicken? If we read this in Aquinas' theology, we can see that sexual lust is an appetite which requires temperance the same as for food:
Temperance is about the greatest pleasures, which chiefly regard the preservation of human life either in the species or in the individual. On these matters certain things are to be considered as principal and others as secondary. The principal thing is the use itself of the necessary means, of the woman who is necessary for the preservation of the species, or of food and drink which are necessary for the preservation of the individual: while the very use of these necessary things has a certain essential pleasure annexed thereto. (Summa Theologica, q. 141, a. 5). 
Thus the control of sexual appetite can be obtained by controlling our appetite for food through fasting and abstinence.

C. Conclusions

The song One Vision of Queen speaks of a homosexual man's hope to find another man in a bar who would agree to spend a night with him.  He is angry that society does not approve or tolerate his sexual preferences. Unlike that of the union of one man and one woman in marriage, the homosexual union is only physical, just pleasurable sexual stimulation: it cannot bring forth new life to form a family and the bond does not unite two souls in one body blessed by God.  Sexual appetite is similar to appetite for food--both can be abused through lust and gluttony.  But these appetites can also be cured through temperance via fasting and abstinence.


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