I know that somewhere along the line, someone is going to flame me for a post I write, and hopefully, they’ll read the post in its entirety before uncorking the gas can & lighting the match. And if any post is going to do that, this will be the one.
Anytime someone starts talking or writing about rights for homosexuals, especially gay marriage, the emotions start rising, and the words start flying before any rationality kicks in. So let’s make a few things clear.
I have a cousin who is a lesbian, and has been living with her life-partner for over 20 years. I know of married couples that don’t make it that long, nor have the dedication or commitment of staying together for better or worse. I have worked with homosexuals, and haven’t felt threatened (although sometimes I have been uncomfortable). With that being said…
The majority of religions in the world condemn homosexuality, citing it as unnatural and not part of the procreation of the human race. If we look at the Old Testament, God nuked a city or two for the practice. Islamic-controlled nations stone or otherwise execute homosexuals (pay attention, you Liberals!). The modern Christian movement that I was raised in states “Love the sinner, hate the sin,” although there are other Christian churches that seem to confuse & mix the two.
Let’s also note that governments also have made laws banning homosexual relations and acts for moral and health reasons. And those laws are still on the books in many areas of this country, although they are rarely enforced – non-discrimination laws have mostly overridden these laws & ordinances.
Homosexual couples are fighting for their rights, specifically, for an equal legal standing as a married couple. They are fighting for this standing using the legal system, and vocally opposing any religious organizations (or others) that voice their objections. They are also using the educational system to promote their points of view on the acceptability of the homosexual lifestyle – I seem to remember a few years back about a grade-school reader that has the premise that a child has two daddies living in the same house without a mommy present.
Now I’m not going to sit here and pronounce that I have all the solutions – there is no solution that will make everyone happy or comfortable. Religion is theology and beliefs, and those will not be changed, whether it is Christian, Islam, or the Church of Bob. Straight couples or singles, like me, will also feel uncomfortable or object to homosexual teachings in the schools, or the promotion of an alternative lifestyle to their children. The homosexual agenda, in my opinion, is really one to garner acceptance of their lifestyle from a legal, religious, and moral standpoints.
Starting with religion and morality, fat chance. If the religion prohibits the homosexual act, then unless a religious movement is started that redefines homosexuality as not a sin and not a moral conflict with beliefs, then the religious angle is out. That now leaves the legal angle.
Laws are fickle things, created and passed by politicians with agendas. The agenda used to be for the simple reason for improving greater good of the country, and that also included morality (remember Prohibition?). Now, it’s for garnering votes for the election, and morality (or any semblance thereof) is out the window.
And this is why I object to the recent announcement of President Obama’s support of gay marriage. This is nothing more than politics, a political expediency designed to 1) appeal to a specific Liberal voting base, 2) fulfill a 3-year old campaign promise to support gay marriage to the states, and 3) to distract the voters from his abysmal record in office. President Obama is making the rounds in full campaign mode, making speeches and appearing on talk shows, promoting his “new” position.
Why the homosexual community doesn’t see that they are being used by the politicians is beyond me except that they will take whatever support they can get. The means justifies the ends in this case – President Obama gets support from another group, and that group gets what they want (kind of…).
Whether or not President Obama announced his support of gay marriage, I see where the legality of a homosexual marriage will eventually be approved as a “legal union,” probably within the next five to ten years. The laws are going to be changed on the local and state level, probably not on the Federal level (unless Congress makes that their business too). And I see where churches will be created or change their theology to accommodate homosexual marriages. This will happen without the campaign grandstanding of President Obama.
No, I do not like the thought of homosexuality being front and center in not only a Presidential campaign, but in our society as well. Do I hate homosexuals? No, I do not – how can I when I have a cousin that is a lesbian? But that does not mean that I have to have the homosexual agenda thrust in my face every day. And that, my readers, is what I find most offensive.