Pride Island

Random thoughts from a random person…



but what’s new? Hell the topic I am annoyed about is not even new. I was very pleased last week when Obama announced that his administration would end it’s defense against DOMA. For my LGBT challenged readers, DOMA is the Defense of Marriage Act, a tiny piece of legislation signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. It basically says that states do not have to recognize a marriage of a same sex couple performed in another state. It also goes on to define marriage as between one man and one woman. <insert eye roll here>

Now the mentally challenged right is all in a tizzy, screaming that this decision will subvert the constitution, forcing all 50 states to recognize same sex marriage. I personally don’t think that is a bad thing, but then again, I am biased. I would however like to raise a few key points, because I would like to know what exactly the radical right conservative Christians are defending. Wait, I know, the sanctity of marriage. <insert eye roll number two>

Point 1 – DOMA was signed into law by a man who committed adultery, then went to court, placed his hand on the Holy Bible, and lied. What a good Christian boy he is. I can see why he is so loved in this country.

Point 2 – The definition of marriage – I love that. Why you might ask? Let me tell you, I love hypocrisy in its purest form. The Christians have said that this is what God intended. Really? Let’s forget about same sex marriage here for a moment and talk about a little thing called polygamy. How many wives did Abraham have, or David, and let’s not forget about King Solomon.

Now, don’t go screaming that it was Old Testament and Jesus changed all that, because that is bullshit too, even I as an Agnostic bordering on Atheism can interpret passages of the bible. Matthew 5:17 Jesus clearly says “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Point 3 – The sanctity of marriage, are you serious? Have you seen the current divorce rate? Should we sanctify marriage in the biblical terms? Multiple wives and concubines, force a rapist to marry his victim if she is a virgin because he is the one who violated her. Force a widow who has no children to marry her husband’s brother, just pass her down the line and keep it all int he family?

Point 4 – Church vs. State. I know, I have said this before, but it is still true. The Constitution guarantees the separation of Church and State. You can not define marriage in the Constitution based on a religious argument. If a church does not want to marry a same sex couple, that is their choice. They have every right to make that decision based on their religious beliefs. The US Government can not make that same choice. As far as the US Government is concerned marriage is nothing more than a binding legal agreement between two people. Period.

Now that I have made all my points, hopefully with a little bit of clarity, I will start my open rant. I am so sick of defending my life and who I want to spend it with. My life is not a choice, it never has been. I am not asking you to like it or to even agree with it, but you have no right to stop it. Or is this only a free country when it suits your needs and purpose?

You use religion to spout hate and oppression, claiming you are doing the work of God, preaching his word. Between all the different religions and factions of different religions, you have killed more people in the name of your gods than is even imaginable. You all  think that your god is the one and only and everyone else be damned. All of your religious books carry the same basic principles, commandments are even similar, but you are so caught up in who is right and wrong, who will dominate the world, that you don’t even see it. Blinded by hatred and pride, forcing your beliefs and way of life on everyone else.

Let me make clear, I am not lumping everyone into one group or category. If what I said bothers you, then you are probably one of the ones I am talking about, if you find that you agree maybe not with all but at least some of what I have said, then you are probably a well rounded person. I know some very fine religious people of various faiths and backgrounds. I have nothing against any religion or faith, I don’t care if you worship God, Allah, Buddha, or the trail of ants that flows through the forest. I don’t care if you are gay, straight, transgendered, or somewhere in between,  I respect you as a human being. I respect your right to be happy and live your life by following your own faith and path, is it that hard to do the same for me?

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