A friend of mine posted a quote on a social networking site today that said, “Denying another group of people equal rights because of your religious beliefs is still bigotry.”
It looks like that argument is not going away any time soon.
The thing that offends most of us about being called bigots for our beliefs is that the designation is solely reserved for Christians. We never hear of a Wiccan being called a bigot for snide remarks against Christianity. We don’t hear of Islam, a religion who inspires extremists to kill and maim others because of their beliefs, being called bigots. We don’t hear of Jeremiah Wright, Chris Rock or the Black Panthers being called bigots when they talk of killing white people.
Bigotry, as defined by most dictionaries, is a “stubborn disagreement with, or intolerance of, beliefs other than one’s own.” By that definition we are all bigots in some corner of our lives, whether that corner be political, religious, philosophical, or related to athletics, music, literature, or food.
There are several issues regarding these accusations of bigotry.
NO OPINION or BIGOTRY
If it is bigotry to sternly disagree with someone else on a topic, the person who believes a predatory pedophile needs to be locked away in a dark prison somewhere and forgotten is a bigot. If that person were to escape the vice of bigotry, they must accept the criminal’s “right” to his or her criminal acts and improper obsessions.
If I were a doctor and had concluded through diligent research that smoking causes cancer and other health problems, I might choose to spread my message among smokers to save a few lives from the habit. I would be a bigot. To correct myself, I should keep my views and expertise to myself, and even encourage others to smoke. They do, after all, have a right to kill themselves and poison those around them in the process.
When we eliminate our opinion, we lose our strength as human beings. being politically correct takes away our right to free speech, it allows others to control our religion, and it reduces our personal freedoms. The framers of our constitution never intended to create a sterile world. In the same way the LGBT community has a right to express themselves through print, film, and public parades, those who oppose that lifestyle have a right to voice and otherwise convey their beliefs. Our courts have decided that. Further, the doctrine known as the “separation of church and state” was designed to protect religion from government interference. These opinions are constitutionally protected.
MARRIAGE IS NOT A RIGHT, IT IS A RITUAL
There seems to be some confusion as to what rights are enumerated in our constitution. Marriage is not one of them.
On the other hand, God grants us the opportunity to marry, so aside from government, my personal belief is that marriage between a man and woman is a basic human right.
Marriage is a religious institution. Some would argue and say some sort of joining ritual is in place through all cultures, and I would direct right back to that word “ritual.” marriage is a symbolic ritual that occurs within religious communities. There is no biological reason for the ritual. The social elements that those desperate to use to pick away at the argument use are secondary to the symbolic joining of the man and woman.
Reducing this argument to only include Judeo-Christian concepts of marriage, there are important spiritual elements of joining husband and wife under God. We look on in horror when the Taliban destroys age-old statues of Buddha. We supported the aborigines when a famous irreverent pop starlet chose to mock their religious beliefs by playing a male-only instrument on stage. We respect the beliefs of so many others, yet when it comes to Christianity and Judaism, society finds it perfectly acceptable to rape the religion and drag its sacred ritual through the mud.
Homosexuality is condemned in the Torah/Old Testament. There is no disputing that, except with those who have not read the scripture. Some references to this practice (always condemning it) are found in Genesis 19:5, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, Deuteronomy 23:17, Isaiah 3:9, and in the New Testament in Romans 1:27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, 1 Timothy 1:10, and Jude 1:7.
Because Homosexuality is condemned numerous times in scripture, those seeking a loophole always claim that “Jesus never condemned it.” This may be true (it is hard to know because much of what Christ said was never passed down), but it is likewise true that he did not speak out about many other commandments from the Torah, simply because these things were common knowledge and there was no need to repeat them. It is also significant to point out that much of what Christ taught was “positive,” in that there were less “thou shalt nots” and more “thou shalls.” Christ taught us to love God, love our neighbor, and to follow the commandments (the action that shows we love God). The commandments of the Bible are not limited to those ten made famous by Moses. In its words are numerous others, including the multiple condemnations of homosexuality.
What aim do those who support same-sex marriage have in trying to wrest a ritual from religions who specifically condemn their lifestyle? The aim of their argument is not about equality; it is about desecration, revenge, disrespect, and mockery.
There are a number of different avenues the LGBT community could take. There are already “Gay Insurance” companies who provide benefits on par with those benefits granted to real married couples. Many married couples have found that there are often less tax benefits for those who file as married, so there doesn’t need to be a definition of “married” entered into the tax code. If the LGBT community insists changes on those levels, then lobby to change the tax code, not the definition of a sacred practice.
It is hard for many of us to understand why people who pride themselves on being so independent, unique, innovative, progressive, unnatural, and individual want to desecrate the ritual of marriage rather than inventing something uniquely theirs. By refusing to create their own cultural joining ritual, the LGBT community is adding even more weight to this idea that the fight is not about equality as much as it is about destroying those whose God condemns the gay lifestyle.
DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE IS NOT ASSAULT ON SAME-SEX UNIONS
It is strange to see so much hatred aimed at the religious who are trying to defend their sacred rite. Those who are truly trying to follow their religion are not attacking those persons who identify themselves as “gay.” Instead, they are reaching out to them, while not accepting their unnatural lifestyle.
At the same time, violent protests have been held in reaction to traditionalism and religious preservation. Churches and other sacred sites have been defaced and trespassed. Their outer perimeters have been occupied by militants in the unnatural movement. Social media is flooded with propaganda supporting same-sex unions, and in all corners of the media the messages have attempted to twist righteous judgment into unrighteous judgment, doctrinal immovability into superstition and bigotry, and support of the bondage of sin as the same as support of equality and freedom.
It has also been interesting to me to see the actual stances of many churches who oppose this weakening of values and defacing of sacred ideals. While there are some who regurgitate the shallow arguments of “Adam and Steve” or stoop to the same lowness of name-calling that proponents of same-sex union are using, there are many churches who remind all that they disagree with all forms of sexual impurity; they have never selectively singled out gays.
I use the term “unnatural” because our bodies were not developed by God or nature to propagate our species through the behavior that is the core of the LGBT lifestyle. Because such behavior serves no natural purpose and our biology does not support any useful function through such behavior, it is, by definition, unnatural.