Thursday, February 12, 2004

Misplaced priorities

Just a quick post today. The gay marriage debate continues in Boston. Some people want everyone to have the right to marry the person they love. Others want to codify bigotry and create a level of second-class citizenship. The shocking part of this has been the black ministers opposed to this, claiming the Bible preaches against it. These "men of God" would do well to remember that the Bible was used to support slavery in the 19th century. For these people to turn around and use the Bible to hold down another minority...it's sad. Almost as sad as the 10 year-old girl who said a gay man "would burn in Hell" in front of the State House yesterday. No child should be saying anything like that.

And remember, God says NOTHING about homosexuality. The only negative reference to it is in letters written by Paul. A man who was trying to spread Christianity across Central Europe and the Middle East. A man with an agenda. What he says must be taken in that historical context. And it must also be remembered that he was NOT the voice of God. In fact, central to any Protestant faith (and most Christian blacks are Protestant) is that no one person speaks for God, the way Catholics believe the Pope does. So when these people use Paul as a cornerstone for their bigotry, they are saying he speaks for God, which he does not. Only one person in the New Testament truly spoke for God, and that was Jesus. And he says NOT ONE WORD about gay marriage.

When these opponents speak of gay marriage violating God's law, what they are truly speaking to is fear in their heart. The concept of gay marriage either scares or offends them personally on such a level that they can't allow it in society at all. What they would do well to remember is that in the United States, you can be personally offended. But that doesn't allow you to force others to act in accordance to your whims. It's called freedom, people.

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