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The Family: A Proclamation to the World…(and a warning about the Internet)

by Nick Galieti

Some have speculated as to the timing of the release of The Family: A Proclamation to the World (in 1995) and judge its prophetic merit based on the premise that it contains a warning of the ills of same-sex marriage and thus the disintegration of the traditional family unit. While the public release of the proclamation preceded the now noted Supreme Court decision (Obergefell vs. Hodges) that essentially legalized gay marriage nation wide by 20 years, this viewpoint reduces the document to what could easily be viewed as an anti-gay tract or the bigot manifesto. Some of the documents critics impose just such a judgement upon its character.

While there is certainly some merit to the gay marriage aspect of the document’s application to the society of the United States of America, one should not forget that this is a proclamation to the entire world. In what ways does this document offer up a warning to the world, and what other aspects of the document’s teachings have application outside of gay marriage?

Much of what has changed in the world since 1995 is arguably due to the proliferation and constancy of information being communicated through the Internet. Back in 1995, the few people who were privileged enough to own a personal computer may have had a dial up modem that allowed the computer to connect via a telephone line to other computers at a speed of 28.8 kpbs Or Kilobits per second. Today (as of the writing of this article) speeds of home computers, or even a mobile phone, can connect wirelessly to the Internet at speeds up to 1.3 gbps or gigabit per second. The difference in speed by which the internet can transmit data from 1995 to 2015 is approximately 34,000 times faster, in just twenty years time. To further put that in perspective, take a 4 (MB) Megabyte song file, which is about a 3 minute song. Using a 28.8 kbps dial up modem, this song would take over 18 minutes to download. Using today’s internet speeds, it can be fully downloaded in about one second. (more…)

Are you married to a man or woman?

by Nick Galieti

I travel quite a bit with my job which affords me many opportunities for exposure to people from all over the United States as well as other countries. I wear a wedding ring which historically has been an indication that a person is married, or at least wants to appear married. On a recent flight from Salt Lake City to Hawaii I sat next to a woman that identified herself as a life long Utahan, specifically from the Logan/Cache Valley area of Utah. Our flight had a slight delay in take off so we started engaging in conversation about home towns, past travels, and our families.

At a particular point in the conversation this woman asked me, “I see (pointing at my wedding ring) that you are married.”

“Yep.” I said with a hint of pride.

She hesitantly and gently asked, “To a man or woman?”

“Excuse me?” I responded wondering if I heard her question correctly.

“Well, you never know these days and I don’t want to assume and offend someone.”

I suppose the context of this goes to the fact that in the last couple of weeks before this conversation a Federal appeals court struct down the ban on gay marriage in the State of Utah. So, in her defense it was a legally legitimate question as the possibility is live for same sex marriage even in Utah.

However, that was the first time I had ever been asked to clarify wether I was married a man or woman. I have thought about it since and while I didn’t feel that this persons question was ill-intentioned, I wonder if that is a question that is socially acceptable to ask?

So in a generic way I pose that question to you the reader of this article? Is that socially acceptable to ask? Is such a question similar to asking “so who do you have sex with?” Or is it simply just decent curiosity to know more about the person with whom they are conversing.”

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