It’s pretty simple, really.
I can not imagine a United States in which women were not allowed to vote, in which they were considered more as a man’s property, his birthright, his just reward for manhood. I can’t imagine a United States in which black people were considered property, slaves, people owned and bred for the profit of white men. I simply can not imagine a United States in which entire nations of people, the American Indians, were exterminated because white men wanted what was theirs.
And to do these things in the name of a god, a deity, a faith practice that holds to some ancient tenets most of 21st century civilization finds barbaric and so out of touch with present reality as to be rendered irrelevant superstitions is appalling, oppressive, and the very definition of evil.
Now don’t misunderstand, I think people should be allowed to practice their chosen faith but within constraints that will be the content of the upcoming post on faith practice. Denying the civil right of marriage to inter-racial couples is the stuff of antiquity. To deny same sex couples the right to marriage is also the product of a similar hate-filled thinking process. To deny gay men and women from serving in the military is just as ignorant, intolerant, and, like the aforementioned marriage issues, the product of forcing a narrowly defined faith practice on people who do not hold to the teachings of that ancient religious belief system.
Additionally, the whole marriage concern poses another interesting issue. The church claims that they must “defend the traditional definition of marriage.” That tradition is, of course, born in the very religious intolerance of which I’ve already written. In other words, marriage is a curious legal and religious institution in which church and state are not separate. The founding fathers built as a major and fundamental tenet of this nation the separation of church from the state. They, after all, had fled the religious tyranny of the protestant British Empire, though Sarah Palin might think it was the North Koreans.
I strongly, adamantly advocate for the separation of church and state. Obviously, in the context of marriage, we need, as a nation, to explore this intermingling of the two. The two must be separated!
As I have written before, if a church does not want to “endorse” or participate in a same sex couple’s marriage because that marriage is inconsistent with the ancient teachings of their church, teachings to which they choose to adhere [are any of them out there still doing blood sacrifices?], then they should not be required to. But for any religious body to try to inflict their faith practice on others is unacceptable and completely out of touch with the fundamental and founding tenets of this nation.
I frankly am glad that the religious front organization, the bogusly named Family “Research” Council, was labeled a “hate group” the day before yesterday by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Indeed, they are a hate group. They are trying to force their hate-filled beliefs about a minority group on the nation as a whole.
Their activist agenda is immoral. Their activist agenda perpetuates a culture of hate and intolerance that continues to encourage and even endorse violent words, verbal assaults, bullying, taunting, physical assaults, murders, suicides, verbal abuse, distrust, and hatred. This can not be tolerated by those who value the separation of church and state, who value tolerance, understanding, civility, and who aspire to live by the golden rule. Their activist position is the antithesis of American values, is the antithesis of who I believe God to be and what God wants of people. And while this post will not be popular with some of my very conservative friends, I believe in my soul that my position is the moral and just one that will stand the test of time.
People can oppose marriage and military service equality and not be a hate group. I can respect that. And for those who find the notion of same sex marriage and inter-racial marriage something loathsome, then I invite them to live by the simple words Whoopie Goldberg recently said, just “Don’t get one.”. It’s pretty simple really; isn’t it. In the land of the free and the home of the brave, no one will force them to. They simply must stop trying to force their chosen, narrowly defined, religious beliefs on those who do not accept them as the teachings of a loving, relevant God.
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