>I’ve calmed down somewhat. I’m still a little upset, but time will pass and I’ll calm down even more.
Yesterday, I was emailing a friend about how upset I was over this whole vote. She wrote something that made me take a step back and look at the outcome very differently. She said that if anything, it was those gay marriage propositions on the ballots in all those states that made the conservatives come out of the woodwork and vote.
Here I was concerned about war (silly me) and I thought people actually supported it, when in fact they don’t even care about it. They are more concerned with “moral issues” according to a news article I read this morning (as linked above).
I just love that. “Moral issues”. Why are people against two men or two women who want to legally be married, raise a family, and have all the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts? And what’s wrong with calling it a marriage? It’s a legal term we are all familiar with that means two people are coming together to form a family. And if you think that gays and lesbians cannot raise a quality family then you are completely ignorant. This “moral issue” has nothing to do with any religion. It’s all about civil rights.
I find it hard to believe that these same voters don’t have a “moral issue” with war. I was raised Catholic and I remember priests talking about the church being against war. It shouldn’t be an alternative. It goes against everything Jesus taught us. A true Christian will not support war.
I’m starting to get all riled up again. I need to go outside and watch the rain fall, take a deep breath of cool clean air and calm down.
>Sorry, had to pop in another comment here…
You’re being kinda naive about war. Historically, EVERY war has either been about territorial expansion/defense OR religion. And don’t assume your friend is right about the gay marriage/election connection…
Of course, since I have gay friends that have been “married” ceremonially, I may be biased, but I don’t think ANY laws should be written that even address marriage. It just shouldn’t be part of any legislative agenda… That cuts both ways, no special privileges for gays, no special barriers either.
>I agree with you. The gay marriage thing should be a non-issue. No one is allowed to be discriminated against based on race, creed, sex, disability, sexual preference, etc. That is already law. I guess it really comes down to legally defining what is a marriage.
I know that war has always been religion or territory based; however, that doesn’t make it right. Besides, that is not the point. I’m not talking about what happened for the past few hundred years; I am talking about right now. I question any church, parish and/or religious group that supports going to war in this day and age. War is not spiritual. It’s secular. It arises from fear. Even though I feel that violence is not an answer, I can understand wanting to defend your country. But that is not the case with Iraq, as far as I can tell.
What really intrigues me is that these “moral” people (probably Christians) are more preoccupied with who someone is having sex with as opposed to violence done to someone. Who cares who is sleeping with whom consensually? Unless I am in a relationship with one of the parties involved, it’s none of my (or anyone else’s) business what two adults do behind closed doors.