It’s been an interesting few weeks here in the US with regards to gay marriage. With the Supreme Court decision effectively legalising it in all 50 states just a few weeks ago, it’s been fascinating to see the fallout from the religious right as they are dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Here’s my deal with religion: I don’t care for it myself, but I’m happy for people that get something out of it, provided they don’t use it as a club to beat others with. You go to church/temple/mosque/whatever and think that it helps you in some way? More power to you. When we have elected officials refusing to execute their official duties in the name of religious tolerance, that’s when it becomes a problem.
And my absolute biggest problem with Christians in particular here in America is their hypocrisy.
The Bible contains many, many prohibitions. A few of the more egregious ones:
- You can’t eat bacon or pork in general (Leviticus 11:4)
- Torn clothing (Leviticus 10:6)
- Tattoos (Leviticus 19:28)
- Marrying after divorce is adultery (Mark 10:11–12)
- Women talking in church (!) (1 Corinthians 14:34)
- Wearing a garment made of two or more fibers (Leviticus 19:19)
- Eating seafood (Leviticus 10–11)
- Working on Saturday (Exodus 31:14–15)
- Trimming your beard (Leviticus 19:27)
There’s plenty of others out there but you get the gist of it. So, what makes the bible’s anti-gay verses so much more important than all of the rest? I’m sure somewhere there are people who strictly obey all of these and everything else, and whilst they probably lead incredibly backward and plain lives, they are at least consistent in their actions. The vast majority of Christians though? Not so much. Jesus tattoos…cheeseburgers…eating at Red Lobster…shaving your beard…wearing a blended sweater…working on the weekend…well you get the point. The hypocrisy is on such a staggering level that it’s essentially hiding in plain sight. Gay people getting married? Time to latch onto that and act like it will open a portal directly to hell and drag the whole world through it.
I get the feeling that religion isn’t meant to be like a buffet at a restaurant. You don’t get to pick and choose the bits you’ll follow and the bits you won’t. So when Rowan County, KY Clerk Kim Davies refuses to issue marriage licences to homosexual couples, maybe she should read up more on Mark 10 where it speaks about no divorce (she’s currently on her fourth marriage, which, the bible teaches, means she should technically be put to death).
I simply do not understand why gay marriage in particular seems to provoke this outrage amongst much of America. I don’t see them picketing seafood restaurants or men’s barber shops, so why this hatred for gay people? For the most part they’re just trying to live their lives the same as everyone else. They aren’t trying to turn you gay or subvert your children or any of the other nonsense stories that I’ve seen and read from fundamentalist Christians.
It’s a big world out there, full of both great and terrible things. People should try to embrace the former, repair the latter, and realise that gay people are not the enemy.