By now, everyone and their mom has heard about the landmark decision handed down by the Supreme Court with regard to sodomy. It’s obvious this will impact several other issues homosexuals and lesbians have on the table at this time. Gay marriage may become a reality in the very near future.
What’s upsetting is the constant implication that gays and lesbians are fishing for “special” rights… as if wanting and expecting the same rights, privileges and benefits as heterosexuals are “special” rights that heteros may consider giving us. As Americans, we should be guaranteed these rights, with no questions. But many people are allowing their religious beliefs to cloud the issue.
It’s fine if you want to quote a line from Leviticus as “proof” that God despises homosexuals as abominations. It’s fine if you want to call homosexuality a “behavior”. That’s your opinion or your belief. We all have them…
Just as we all have assholes. But please, don’t try preaching at me that your asshole is better than mine.
Our country was founded on the idea of religious freedom. This means you can express and practice your spiritual beliefs or non-beliefs without fear of reprisal. This does not mean you can shove your religious beliefs or non-beliefs down another’s throat.
I’m not shoving my being a lesbian down your throat. My being a lesbian doesn’t affect your life at all — especially in the Grand Scheme of Things. It’s not for you to judge me or anyone else. Just as it’s not for me to judge you. However, what if your religious beliefs start affecting my life?
Truthfully, when it comes right down to it, a person’s religious beliefs should not come into play when determining something that will possibly limit another person’s ability to live their life to its fullest.
My wanting to marry another human being does not limit nor harm your life in any way, shape or form. Just as your wanting to marry another human being does not limit nor harm my life in any way, shape or form. Yet, just because the person I choose to marry is a female (as am I), many would rush to keep me from being able to marry… or raise children… or live where I choose… or work. You get the picture.
It’s not “special” rights. It’s rights afforded to all Americans.
Just because someone can quote the Bible line-by-line doesn’t mean they understand Christianity: True reading is in the comprehension of the subject matter. Read about Jesus and his teachings again.
Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged — Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself
Just for reference:
Teachings of Jesus on Religious Hypocrisy