I just read an article about the prejudice being experienced by heterosexuals in Provincetown, Massachusetts. You don't encounter examples of this occurring very often. Apparently, someone has posted all the names of townsfolk who signed a petition wanting to ban gay marriage. All the individuals identified were members of a local Catholic church.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why they signed the petition. Those listed say that they have been harassed as a result of the information release with one lady reporting that her car was defiled by dog feces. Another man says he has been called a "Breeder." The typically hated have all of a sudden become the haters.
I don't condone bigoted remarks by any group. However, it sure sounds like someone has some pent up anger and doing a little “rage against the machine.”
Why am I telling this story…because our South Carolina legislature is about to spend time, tax dollars and campaigning opportunities on the Gay Marriage Amendment. This agenda item seems somewhat wasteful since we already have two laws on the books (Sections 21-1-10 and 20-1-15) that prohibit marriage for gays and lesbians.
I will have to admit I have Libertarian leanings, not to be confused with those of Glenn McConnell, but I think the effort to promote this agenda is wrong on so many levels. The most pertinent complication is the conflict associated with basic human rights. That being said, I hate to break the news, but the bible does not prohibit homosexuality. The word “homosexual” was never in the bible. This is a modern word that was created in the last 400 years with the introduction of the King James Bible. By all accounts, this version of the bible was created out of pre-existing religious texts enhanced by what King James thought was politically and morally correct. This shouldn't surprise anyone since typical tradition suggests that kings believed they were ordained by God, not unlike Bush, but let’s not digress. In King James’ case, he had the opportunity to enhance what became an “authoritative text.”
So, if you think homosexuality is in the bible and I can’t talk you down, I have to tell you that I see nothing but cherry picking on this one. Why is it that when people talk about homosexuality they almost always reference the Old Testament, a document in which slavery is an acceptable practice, women are perceived to be secondary to men, and shellfish shouldn't be eaten? We don’t think these practices are morally acceptable, so why the does the controversy surrounding homosexuality and marriage/civil unions continue? How do the “morally superior” know the difference between suffrage, slavery and homosexuality?
Science says homosexuality is normal, the American Psychological Association says it’s normal, some religious sects are accepting, but not most Republicans. Somehow opponents don't seem to notice that "traditional" marriages have a 49% divorce rate. Gays and lesbians aren't even counted in the game.
I also wonder why there is a house bill and a senate bill about hate crimes and school safety. The hate crimes bill makes it a crime to commit a violent act on someone due to their sexual orientation. The school bill makes it a crime to harass a kid at school due to their sexual orientation. This is schizophrenic logic.
So here we go again on the marriage amendment, an unnecessary bigoted law. The Libertarians hate it because it’s government regulation, most Democrats and some Independents hate it because they think it’s wrong. Who loves it, let's see…oh yeah, Republicans and their "values agenda."
This scenario is ever-present in South Carolina. As a State, we are setting a perfect example of people being duped into voting for knuckleheads because they fall for the Republican war cry about gays and lesbians desecrating our moral fiber. I would hope that as citizens of this great state and nation, we are not so disconnected with the world to believe that homosexuality is the most important issue we’re facing. Let’s take off the proverbial white hoods and recognize what we are doing to fellow human beings that are in loving committed relationships and are deserving of basic human rights.
I know it’s those darn activist judges we have to fear, they may get it into their heads that all people deserve equality under the law; even gays and lesbians. What would they be thinking? Republican politicians are constantly telling their constituents that the nation has to be protected or saved from activist judges and the "gay hordes" that are destroying the moral fiber of communities, brainwashing children and promoting "deviant" lifestyles.
Take the plank out of your own eye before you go after the speck in your brother or sister's eye. The road to heaven is not paved by Republicans or the "religious" right.