I have been avoiding talking about controversial subjects on the blog, lately - in the interest of not offending anyone. Another reason I avoid it is because, I have realized that it is really no one's business what I believe... I want to be judged not on my political beliefs or my religious leanings. Honestly - those things change regularly! And even if I change one or the other, it doesn't change WHO I am, and consequently how I should be perceived.
But this issue is not one of them. I would love to be judged on this. As a matter of fact, if you have a problem with anything that I am saying... please feel free to leave my life and/or challenge me on it because I MIGHT just do the same to you.
I am super fired up, yall.
So, as many of you know, I was
heavily indoctrinated with organized religion raised in the church. My family has/had strong religious views that I thoroughly absorbed. I went to church every Sunday, I read my bible almost everyday, I didn't use profanity (still don't - only because I would sound ridiculous doing so, now...), I even (gasp) waited till I was married to have sex. Now, I usually do not offer that last bit of information out because it may be slightly misleading. I may not have went *all the way*, but I was NO angel. Mkay?
When I went to college (after my wild freshman year - in which I basically broke all of my personal rules mentioned above - except the sex thing), I got serious about my religion. I read the bible like a text book. I collected supporting texts - like a bible dictionary and other reference books. I got to a point where I could go toe-to-toe with guys who went to theology school. So, when a co-worker approached me about tithing (assuming that I didn't agree with the way it is normally taught in today's churches - because I didn't KNOW any better) - I laughed in her face and showed her how wrong she was.
My uncle and I used to be pretty close and constantly talked about how lost people were - who didn't believe what we believed (which was Calvinist - also considered Reformed). Some other Christians weren't even considered actual Christians to us.
But even when I was so hard core, I did not understand why same sex marriages were illegal. The laws obviously aren't meant to prevent sin. I mean, who WOULDN'T be opposed to a law that prevented people from *thinking* of doing the wrong thing, or having sex before they were married, or marrying a non-Christian, or um, BEING a non-Christian. (All these things are sins, according Christian belief, by the way).
So, when I see that people are opposed to recognizing same-sex marriage, because *they don't agree with the lifestyle* - it REALLY annoys me. This comes down to a human-rights issue. EVEN IF you believe that same-sex relationships are sinful, there is no logical reason why you should single out *those* sinners. The only thing you are doing is preventing them from receiving basic rights that opposite sex unions receive. Which is NOT fair.
So, sorry if I offended you. Actually, no. I am not sorry. If this post made you angry. GOOD. Because I am angry - and so SICK of self-righteous Christians using *I don't agree with the lifestyle* as a reason for not recognizing same-sex marriages. It's asinine. It's unfair. And it is preposterous for you to think otherwise.
That is all.