April 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
Gay marriage. One of my favorite topics to discuss.
I hear homosexuality is unnatural, immoral, abomination, etc.
Even the common, “America was built on Christianity”, well that’s incorrect. Several of our founding fathers were deist and even hated Christianity. To name a few, Thomas Paine, John Adams, George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, were all not Christians. Yes, Americans fled here for freedom of religion, but we did not build this country on the Bible or Christianity, and we can’t hold any citizen to abide by it. The same goes with the laws.
If you want to go by the books:
“…That the people have an equal, natural, and unalienable right freely and peaceably to exercise their religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that no religious sect or society ought to be favored or established by law in preference to others.”
Should we oppress and limit the “rights” of gays just because the country was supposedly built on the Bible? Or majority of Americans say they are Christians?
History shows us, the United States has a way of using minority groups to fight in wars, in hope of gaining favor from the government upon returning. Like Native Americans in the Civil War and Blacks in WW2. Both returned home with the same results: a lack of rights and government protection.
Thank God President Obama repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. I understand the military, being a macho institution, wants to instill that same mind-state, but for someone to fight for your freedom in fear of being punished for their sexuality is insane.
When Blacks fought in WW2 (for democracy and rights) they returned home and received no democracy and rights. The same democracy they fought, died, and risked their lives for, they were denied. What a disgusting hypocrisy. Unfortunately, so many people, especially Blacks, dismiss this idea and label the parallelism.
Maybe because Blacks like to paint themselves as the biggest victims, as James L. Robinson illustrates in his great book. Yes, we went through hundreds of years in slavery, but we can’t dismiss the history of oppression and harassment the Jews, Irish, Italians, Koreans, Japanese, Native Americans, the gay community, and others, went through in this same country. It would be very disrespectful. Staunch patriotism is the nation’s defense.
A more recent example was during the Japanese tsunamis this past March. As soon as the tsunami hit, Black people brought up Hurricane Katrina and showed little sympathy to the Japanese. After the whole situation, I brought up we should take a lesson from the Japanese government; their swift response and countrywide support shouldn’t be ignored.
So we are, arguably, exemplifying this same hypocrisy. The same bigotry! Why? Because we can’t see past anything. Because we believe this country’s foundation was the Bible. This country was not built on Christianity. It was built on slaves and immigrants backbones! The ones who did practice Christianity, used the Bible as a tool, an excuse for slavery, racism, and Native American slaughtering. That’s the only Christianity this nation was founded on.
I don’t think we should revert to that Christianity, should we?
Because this is America! Gay marriage is not an American value! Don’t be blinded by the propaganda. What are American values anyways?
I think the most important question is whether or not gay marriage is a right. If so, then no matter what a person or politicians says, we must permit gay marriage.
Humans pick and choose what to follow and what to ignore. We pick out portions of the Bible (Matt. 7:1) and use them against people or for our own sanity. We pick out portions of the constitutions and case rulings and ignore others.
In the case of Loving v Virgina, Chief Justice Earl Warren states, in a unanimous decision:
The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.
Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival. Skinner v. Oklahoma(1942). See also Maynard v. Hill(1888). To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the 14th Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. The 14th Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.
I think that’s a pretty clear decision by the supreme court.
The above points were compressed as much as possible. I don’t want to convince anyone to be pro or anti anything. I want you to open your eyes and see the truth, whatever the truth is. Don’t listen to empty-minded, soundbite politicians. Look for yourself.
We have to be open and seek the truth. It’s cool to have different beliefs and ideas. You don’t want everyone in America to be conservative Christian, that would be scary.
Until next timec.