I think I should qualify some of the comments I made yesterday. I get fed up with people like Mark at Chesterstreet, Peter Labarbera of the Americans for Truth about Homosexuality and DL Foster at the Gay Christian Ministry Watch. Two of them, DL Foster and LaBarbera, make their living trying to make the lives of gays and lesbians harder by using their religious beliefs to spread persecution. Mark doesn’t do this for a living, but he still tries to make the lives of gays and lesbians harder in the same way that his good buddies do.
The endpoint of all of this is that they want to get rid of all gays and lesbians, either by changing them (which hasn’t been proven actually works) or by pushing them back in the closet with draconian laws–all because of their religious beliefs. This isn’t compassion. This is theocracy on a micro-level and this is why Mike Huckabee should never be president of this country. We’ve had enough of theocrats like Bush who have taken their religious beliefs and have tried to make it the law of the land. You can’t have a democracy and a theocracy all at the same time. If Huckabee gets in, you can bet we will be on the road for less and less rights and more and more church. Luckily Huckabee doesn’t have a chance. He is too conservative even for the conservatives. But people like Mark, Peter and DL all show why we cannot rest and let views like this wreck our lives more. Oh sure, they think they are doing good, but they just can’t or won’t see it from our point of view–because they believe (and that is the key word here) that they are God’s chosen and are correct.
Just because someone wrote “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24) doesn’t mean that every single person in this country has to follow that same religion. Why on earth should the rest of us be forced to live under any religious law? Should we be living under the Sharia? Or the Ten Commandments (yeah, I’d like to see some of these so-called Christians actually living up to the 10 Commandments!)? Or the hundreds of laws and ways of living found in the New Testament? That is what a theocracy is. Not everyone, and certainly not most of the Christians living in this country would care to live under the Ten Commandments. If they did, they wouldn’t be supporting Bush and his war in Afghanistan and Iraq (You Shall Not Kill). If they did, they wouldn’t be divorcing right and left (You shall not Commit Adultery). If they did, they wouldn’t have crucifixes and religious pictures hanging around their necks or in their houses (You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth). If they did, they wouldn’t be swearing (You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name). If they did, every single one of them would be remembering the Sabbath (Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy). If they did, they wouldn’t be stealing (You shall not steal); they wouldn’t be lying (You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor); and they wouldn’t be greedy (You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor).
So that is why those who condemn gays and lesbians are hypocrites. They themselves don’t live under the commands that their God set down, yet they jump and scream and get laws changed for some random verses they apply to gays and lesbians. You don’t see them jumping and screaming to change the divorce laws, do you? You don’t see them jumping and screaming to make people go to church (on the Sabbath), do you? No. Because they can’t and/or won’t live under the very laws that they are pushing on everyone else. The pick and choose verses they think they can make a quick buck on. They wouldn’t dare come out with a website called Americans for Truth about Divorce and try and push for no divorce based on religious beliefs. Nope, they wouldn’t do it. Instead they pick on a group of people who are not living under their own beliefs so they can make a buck or so that they can feel better about themselves. Well, not all of us are going to roll over and let these hypocrites have their way.
Now I feel better. 🙂