Wednesday, 18 July 2012
By now, if you have Facebook or an Internet connection, you have heard about these two men who were recently married at a military base. The first same-sex couple to do so. For the article, click here.
Of course there have been some vehement reactions. Often these comments are colored with Bible passages from Leviticus. It’s funny because almost anything can be misconstrued as a sin when you take out singular quotes from the Bible. One often thinks of this famous passage: “Slave obey your earthly masters.” Are all runaway slaves from the 1800s sinners? They certainly did not obey their earthly masters.
And yet one would be hard-pressed to find anyone in this day and age who would advocate such a believe, despite the clear black and white lettering of the Bible. But it should noted, plenty of preachers/religious folks in those days of the (pre) Civil War era certainly fought for slavery. After all, “It’s in the Bible!” Harriet Tubman must be burning in hell for being a sinner and helping other sinners in the Underground Railroad! That servant of the Devil!
And then of course there are those who say – “Why can’t I believe that homosexuality is wrong?”
First we have to recognize the difference between bigotry and belief.
It’s not necessarily wrong to hold a belief, just like it’s not wrong to believe that Christianity is the true religion and Judaism and Islam are flawed. It is wrong however to assert that all Jews are God-killers (and thus cursed for life) and all Muslims are terrorists. It is wrong to assert that since Judaism and Islam are flawed religions they should not enjoy the same rights as righteous Christian followers.
You can believe that homosexuality is not a part of “God’s plan” without being a bigot. You do not have to partake in homosexuality, just as you do not have to partake in Islamic or Jewish traditions. But when you start stereotyping homosexuals, that is when bigotry comes in. When you start saying, “Well homosexuals make bad parents because they are sexual deviants who set bad examples," or "Homosexuals should not have the right to marry because it will somehow bring about the destruction of the world" (Most probably because the Bible said so), that's when you cross the line. *Stares angrily again at the picture of Harriet Tubman aka The Devil’s Servant*
It’s just like saying, "African Americans are dangerous to society because they are often criminals and I have the incarceration rates to prove it!” If someone were to say that (most of) you would say, "You sir/madam, are a BIGOT," and you would be correct in your assertion.
Having beliefs and recognizing and respecting other people’s differing beliefs is key. And of course it goes both ways. A gay person shouldn’t assume that all Christians are against gay marriage and are bigoted against gay people.
Naturally from my post you can guess where I lean. But regardless of my beliefs, I think that homosexuals should be afforded the right to marry.
It’s likely that a gay person has very different values than say a conservative, right-winged Christian. But a conservative, right-winged Christian also has a very different way of living than a Muslim, too. Just because people are different, does it mean they are dangerous? Does it mean the union between two different people is going to destroy the world? Should Muslims not marry because their way of life is so different than the Christian way of life and thus they will raise their children in such a different way it will cause the destruction of our society as we know it?
Should Hindus in our country not marry either? Or Buddhists? Or anyone else with differing ideologies, unless they fit into a certain brand of Christianity, where the nuclear family is man, woman and child(ren). Is it wrong if say, a single man, decides to raise his child with his brother, because his wife died? Is it okay for two men to raise a kid? Is Full House some kind of propaganda for gay men poly-amory? What exactly was Danny, Joey and Jessie’s relationship?
What if the husband died and the wife’s sister-in-law moves in? Is it okay for two women to raise a family together? Isn’t that wrong? Isn’t that somehow going to cause problems because it’s not the specific union as bestowed by God according to the Bible?
Sounds silly but not too long ago, these same kind of arguments came up for interracial marriage. Two different people from two different cultures with two different skin colors would contaminate the world with their mulatto children. That’s why we now have Barack Obama (aka Satan’s Spawn/ the Anti-Christ). His "interracial-ness" is contaminating our country with his support of gay marriage. See those anti-interracial marriage people were right!
What kind of problems actually present themselves from homosexuality? Their “different-ness?” Does being different mean you are dangerous? Does two men getting married on a military base present any kind of danger to our world? They risk their lives for our country, to serve and protect, despite their “different-ness.” Aren’t they a benefit to our world?
It is certainly something to think about if you use your personal beliefs to withhold rights for “different” people. Where is the danger?
To note: One could argue that the freeing of the slaves was dangerous for societal well-being namely the economic downfall of the South. But we still freed the slaves because it was right. Despite what the Bible explicitly says and the danger it presented to society. Even modern homosexual unions do not suppose any serious economic downfall and may in fact cause a minimal boom in the wedding industry, providing job opportunities for people.
What about adoption? Countless children without homes who get passed along in the foster care system may have a greater chance to be raised by two loving people who will remain a constant in their once inconstant lives. Hrm.
Certainly food for thought.