On one of my flights today I noticed a heavyset man in the row in front of me reading some religious magazine. I caught the title of one of the articles and almost threw up. I forget exactly how it was worded, but it basically was about how much more religious persecution could the church endure these last days.
My god! The very people who persecute other people whining about their little fantasy persecution complex. I was disgusted. I remember this same language when I was being brought up in the extremist religious right: how God was blessing us every time we were persecuted for our faith.
The problem was, only the most mentally unstable among us would believe that religious people in Pensacola, one of the most religious and extremely conservative cities in the nation, were being persecuted! By who? By what?! But oh, the yoke of persecution was just so hard to bear.
Then, to explicitly bring my point into the sharpest possible focus, the title of the next article was: Same Sex: Different Marriage! I’ve blogged before about this perverse mingling of church and state with religion owning a civil right over which government should be a guardian and protector. If religion wants to have it’s own holy sacrament above and beyond the civil right to all of the benefits and accommodations of legal marriage, fine. Knock yourself out. Call it something else. Make it your own. You can even deny people your holy sacrament if they aren’t willing members of your little religious club. You’ve got that right! But don’t deny people civil rights! That’s evil.
I wanted so badly to say to this man: Over Weight: Different Marriage. (Both he and his wife were exceedingly so.) You see, even if these extremists were correct, and I personally don’t believe they are, and being gay were a choice, certainly they must admit that being overweight is a choice. And, in the church in which I was raised, it was called a “sin!” You were defiling the temple of god €” your body, because of your own selfish, hedonistic, gluttonous ways.
So, why shouldn’t we vote on fat people‘s right to marry? Why shouldn’t fat people be denied the right to marry? The research indicates they have children who also grow up to be fat. See, they are recruiting, just like the wacky religious extremists insist the gays are.
Isn’t it all just ridiculous and absurd?!!!!!! There is just no difference! I don’t know: Maybe some gay people choose to be gay. Maybe some fat people choose to be fat. Maybe some gay people are born to be gay. Maybe some fat people are born to be fat. The point is people should have the legal right to marry the person they love when the other person is of age and consents because they love them back.
You probably find my calling this man and his wife “fat” offensive and disrespectful. Good! You should. Just as you should find calling a person a fag just as offensive and disrespectful. But one is condoned in this culture and the other not. Oh, the difference a single letter makes!
My god, sometimes I think we live in the weirdest world filled with people trying with incredible meanness to impose their will on others! Enough already!