Why is there this strange and ignorant assumption that the prospect of gay marriage is actually a threat to what they like to call "traditional" marriage? As you all know I am also on Facebook [link]
and in the last few days I ran across several groups that are passionately and obsessively against gay marriage. I believe we all have a right to an opinion on all issues but these people will not accept an opinion from anyone but their own kind. I understand that I am dealing with fringe believers so I was diplomatic and tactful in asking precisely the question I started this with. "How is gay marriage a threat to heterosexual marriage, will heterosexual marriages become less relevant or annulled if gay marriage is allowed?" That question got me hate mail, homophobic slurs and a demeaning critique of my culture, all for asking that question in that very way. Is this right? Is this what Christianity (these people proclaim they are Christian) has devolved into or is this what it has always been?
I was always under the impression that we live in a nation that espouses the value of a separation of church and state. I like this idea because I don't think that any faith should lord over other faiths. The religious fundamentalists love to quote "scripture" and yet they fail to realize that the word scripture simply denotes a religious text and since there are thousands of religions out there it is safe to deduce that there are thousands of different scriptures and all are relevant in their own way.
I am shocked by the level of hate and rage that these people feel towards the LGBT community, the folks who support the freedom of choice when it comes to reproductive rights etc. These people live amongst us, the vote and they spread their message of ignorance via the very far reaching technology of the internet. Yet another downside of technology as these voices should never leave the backwoods where they are from.
Mind you I do respect freedom and I do believe that we all can have an opinion but I believe that your right to an opinion ends at the point where it begins to affect and control my life. If you don't want a gay marriage don't have one and if you don't want an abortion don't have one either. I am not a fan of going to church and so I don't go and I don't feel a threat to my way of life because people do go to church despite the fact that many fringe churches do have a desire to eradicate people like me from the planet. In the end who are the tolerant and forgiving one? Is it the peace, love and "non judgemental" fundementalists christians or is the "perverse" and "depraved" bisexual French chick( and those like me) who supports a freedom of choice?
Definitely looking forward to some opinions.