Wednesday, October 15, 2008
You can believe that homosexuality and gay marriage are wrong. You can believe that those who do it will be damned and go to hell. No one’s saying you can’t continue to believe that, but that doesn’t give you the right to tell other people they can’t be homosexuals.
Allowing homosexuals to marry doesn’t deprive you of any of your rights as a citizen. It doesn’t materially harm you in any way. Did the world end this summer because gays could marry in California? Did you lose money because gays could marry in California? Were you physically harmed because gays could marry in California? Were you forced to believe gay marriage wasn’t a sin?
Proposition 8 is trying to write a religious believe into the Constitution of the State of California. It’s trying to force everyone to believe that gay marriage is wrong. What’s next? Will Catholics all band together and try to make us all believe in transubstantiation? Will Mormons write polygamy into the Constitution? Do you want anyone to force a belief on you? Then why are you trying to force beliefs on others?
Thousands of Christians died at the hands of the Romans rather than have beliefs forced on them. Yet somehow it’s ok for you to force your beliefs on others? Christ spoke no words against homosexuality. “But what about Corinthians… what about Romans 1:27…” Do you call yourself a St. Paulian? No, you call yourself a Christian. Voting yes on Prop 8 is the most un-Christian thing you could do. It is the opposite of “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” It is the opposite of “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” It is the opposite of “Love they neighbor as thyself.”
Christ would vote NO on Prop 8, and so should you.
And as a Californian, a resident of a state that’s very flag declares it to be its own “Republic”, are you going to let a pastor from Orlando, Mormons from Salt Lake City, and out-of-state religious zealots tell you how to vote? This great state runs itself. It needs no help from outsiders, thank you very much. Prop 8 was failing until outside religious groups started pouring money into it and started coming here to preach. I say get the hell out of our state and let us decide how to live our lives.
Actually, if I were a theologian, I might argue successfully that Christ wouldn’t vote at all.
In 1789, the governor of Australia granted land and some animals to James Ruse in an experiment to see how long it would take him to support himself. Within 15 months he had become self sufficient. The area is still known as Experiment Farm. This is my Experiment Farm to see how long it will take me to support myself by writing.