"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." --Bishop Desmond Tutu

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More Unhinged Wingnuttiness

For your viewing pleasure, I give you the NRO's Michael Novak's posting at The Corner.
President Obama recognizes no difference between the Jewish-Christian covenant between a woman and a man (a covenant that they will have and nurture children, if they are so blessed), and a civil contract between two persons of any sex, in order to set up a household of affection and sexual favors.

This is a relapse into paganism.
Wow, where to go with this... First, marriage is not the exclusive province of the "Jewish-Christian covenant" any more than funerals are. Hindus, Buddhists and even us atheists get married every day. And many of us don't want to have kids (or, in my case, any more kids). So should they not be allowed to marry? Should older Americans who have no chance of procreation be prevented from getting married? This whole breeder excuse for man-on-woman marriage is really revolting.

Marriage in our society is a civil union. Civil. Got that? The religious component is merely an add-on. A fluffy follow-on to the civil proceeding. Ordination is unnecessary. Judges can marry people. And guess what, it's perfectly legal. As someone who was married by my brother-in-law who, through the use of the Internet, became an ordained minister in the Church of Spiritual Humanism, the religious component of our marriage was non-existent.

All the LGBT community is seeking is not to force your narrow, biggoted church to perform a ceremony against the will of the hateful parishioners, but rather to share in the same rights and priveleges as heterosexual couples under the protection of the 14th amendment to the US Constitution. Wingnuts need to understand that there are amendments to our Constitution other than the 2nd amendment. The 14th is a good one to read because it clearly states
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Equal protection. That's the core of the 14th amendment. Equality. No discrimination in law. And, as we have established, marriage is a civil (i.e. legal) contract between two parties, there is no standing to block LGBT couples from sharing in those same rights under the equal protection clause.

What Obama actually did was call for the repeal of the abhorrent "Defense" of Marriage Act. I wish some wingnut or other conservative type would explain to me why marriage needs defending? What does the fact that Sam and Bob got married have to do with you? Why does this hate have to consume your lives? If two men or two women love each other, why do you get to tell them they're not entitled to the same rights and priveleges as a man and a woman? Where do you get off?

Conservative Christians are only happy when they're telling people what they can and can't do based on their own narrow view of morality. You know what? Fuck off.

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