Posts Tagged ‘same-sex marriage’

DOMA and Done

June 27, 2013

supremecourt

Now that the Supreme Court has rejected DOMA and the California Proposition, many people are coming out screaming “foul!”

One Senator from Missouri said the Supreme Court is going against the will of the majority. And she claimed it sets a very bad precedent.

It is always sad when our elected officials show such obvious ignorance of what America is supposed to be about.

Certainly the rule of the majority is the law of the land but only after the other boxes have been checked off. Legalizing discrimination, as Bill Clinton put it, is a very bad precedent and flies in the face of “liberty and justice for all”.

The very religious sector of our country appears to think that somewhere in their scripture they are commanded by Jesus to “go out and tell everyone else how to live” rather than worry about their own relationship with the Almighty.

Legislation of this stripe is what sets a bad example.

If this type of “majority rules” discrimination were allowed to run rampant, we would soon outlaw left-handed people, blondes, people who like cookie-dough ice cream, blacks, Native Americans, Hispanics, Jews, Neo-Nazis, gun owners, Catholics, and any other various groups trying to practice living a free life pursuing happiness as they see fit.

And there has already been legislation on each of those things at some point.

Discrimination should not be legislated.

Period.

No matter what percentage of the population wants it.

Perhaps they should find another country which allows such atrocities and move there.


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And Where Does God Stand on the Issues…?

October 16, 2012

Here in an election year, I have heard a lot of people refer to scriptural references about the issues confronting us today.

Sure, a lot of it is coming from the “Christian Right” who are extremely political in their stance. They advocate against abortion and against gays.

One bumper sticker I have seen frequently is “God is Pro Life”. Apparently, the driver thinks God has nothing to do with the end of the life cycle. Perhaps they somehow think God brings life and Satan brings death, but I don’t know.

I do know that they want the gestation cycle to continue and the live birth to take place. Though they seem to have no issue with sending the little tyke off to war several years later. Yes, the Christian Right is very big on war, it seems. How that should differ essentially from abortion escapes me. Perhaps when the fetus reaches its fiftieth trimester it becomes expendable after all.

Either way, their stance is unsupported by scriptural reference. Yes, really.

If you check what it says, both Old Testament as well as New, God gives us choice. It is the one powerful gift that has been given us by our Creator. Yes, God IS Pro-Choice.

Making abortion illegal does not remove the choice. Years ago, women were getting abortions when it was illegal and many died from it. I think the method we currently use is far better. Outlawing it again will only return us to those dark ages. Choice still reigns supreme.

Many think our lives have been pre-written, that whatever is going to happen has already been written and the Creator already knows which choices we are going to make. That seems a little unreal to me. If our lives had already been fore-ordained, what would be the point of volition. Unless, of course, we were already going to reach salvation, what would be the point of choosing a righteous path. It’s like the old catch-22. If we were already condemned to hell, what would the point be? The reason for choice would be non-existent. The need for our living our lives would be pointless. The need for a universe of choices would become essentially choiceless and pointless and completely useless.

No, I just cannot agree with anything like that. The Almighty does not have that sinister a sense of humor.

The same-sex marriage issue is another politically hot topic. Why, I haven’t a clue. Why do we have so many Christian busy-bodies trying to tell other people how to live their lives? One might get the idea that they already had everything about their own lives in such perfection – Godliness-speaking – that they have time to help “straighten other people out”.

People claim this is a Christian nation but I find the vast majority here – self-proclaimed Christians included – to be more like the people Jesus told to quit being so judgmental, offering to let the sinless cast the first stone.

And since I am fairly certain the percentage of the population falling into that blameless category is extremely close to 0.00% I wonder why these people can call themselves Christians.

Unless, of course, they are talking about some other “Christ” than the one mentioned in scripture.

He, unlike they, had no interest in politics. He was more concerned about us improving our individual relationships with God.

And I certainly don’t see anything resembling that on any of the ballots or party platforms I have seen.

a Little Clarity

May 10, 2012

Today, the newswires are abuzz with Obama’s changed stance on “gay marriage”. Mitt Romney is feeling pretty good about it and is confident that the die-hard religious right will now put him in the White House.

Oh, yes, let’s give it up for the religious fundamentalists in this country. Just like the religious fundamentalists of another major religion (i.e. Muslim, in case you did not make the connection), our home grown version would like to create a theocracy in America based on their narrow interpretations of Holy Writ.

They proclaim loudly that such abomination is spurned by the Almighty!

Sure, but didn’t He also say that He was the final judge and jury, not us. And didn’t someone else in scripture talk about casting the first stone? And wasn’t there a little message somewhere about not killing anyone? Sorry, I must be a little confused because I know how ardently the “religious right” supports our troops and reveled in the judicial murder of Osama Bin Laden.

Funny. I don’t see any form of Christian-ness in that mix.

This morning, I heard a couple of comments on the radio by Pastor Chuck Swindoll. He was talking about legalisms and how many people bandied such things about to somehow salve their own wounded egos. Legalities are a way to enforce our beliefs on others – quite the wrong venue for such things – and force them into what we expect people should be like.

Only in such a supposedly “Christian” nation would such a vast number of people try to force conformity on what God hath wrought.

Yes, He made each of us different.

And it was not so half the population could force the other half to conform to their concept of normality. Perhaps if we dig a little deeper we might begin to understand why we are each so very different.

And through such understanding we might actually learn to grow a little closer to the Creator.

Yes, just like Jesus told us to do.