It never ceases to amaze the lengths to which so many good, "God-fearing Christians" will go to spread the active hatred and oppression of an entire class of Americans. Their crime? Well, DUH!!...they're homosexual, which means they're in violation of
their narrow, hateful morality God's law.
I myself harbor no great love for homosexuality. Honestly, it's a non-starter for me. Why should my opinion about how someone lives their life matter a damn? What is so wrong, so horrible, so intolerable about people who simply want to be free to live and love as they see fit? Why do so many see it as not only their perfect right, but their moral obligation, to work towards making homosexuals second-class citizens? Why does this even have to be an issue? Or is it simply that the haters would have nothing to cling to if not for their hatred and their ignorance? Are they worried that their lives would be of no import without someone to hate and marginalize?
Since when did hatred become a family value? When did it become fashionably "Christian" to teach that it's OK to hate homosexuals because of their evil, sinful lifestyle? Where in the Bible does it say that Jesus actively taught that this sort of enmity was not only permitted but an obligation required of all who would call themselves "Christian"? You may not realize it, but this could reasonably be taken as evidence that Christian charity is on life support, if not altogether moribund.
I grew up in the Lutheran Church. My parents forced me to go to Sunday School for years, so while I may not be ordained, I think I have a pretty good knowledge of the teachings of Jesus Christ. I've got to tell you that, no matter how hard I rack my brain, I can't recall being taught that Jesus condoned the hatred and marginalization of those whose lifestyle one happens to loathe.
From where I sit, this country took some major steps forward over the past week or so. With gay marriage becoming legal in both Iowa and Vermont (and New York may not be far behind), we at least seem to have the hope of achieving something resembling equality for ALL Americans. No, I'm not naive enough to think that this is something I'll see in my lifetime- perhaps not even in my next- but two states is progress, because it's two more standing for equality than was the case two weeks ago.
The problem here is that there are far too many hateful bigots who are perfectly willing to view homosexuals less as people with hopes and dreams than evil reprobates out to corrupt our innocent children and OUR WAY OF LIFE. Oh, the humanity.... While the idjits rant on about the "homosexual agenda" or the "threat" that gay marriage poses to OUR WAY OF LIFE, they continue teaching their children that hating and marginalizing others simply for who they are is perfectly acceptable. Hatred of homosexuals has for far too many "Christians" become the new Christian charity. The problem here is that Christianity is NOT about hate, and it's NOT about discrimination...and it's certainly NOT about treating an entire class of people as if they're something less than human.
I hope to live long enough to see the day when ALL Americans enjoy true equal, without qualifiers, or "yeah-buts", or "except-fors". I'm a realist, so I harbor no expectation that this will actually happen, but there was a time when no one could have reasonably put forth the dream that an African-American would be comfortably ensconced behind the big desk in the Oval Office. I still believe that Good will defeat Evil, so I have to believe that we can defeat the haters.
Vermont and Iowa represent little...and yet they represent everything. Freedom and equality are worth fighting for, and there are many who have spent years fighting for the same rights and benefits that you and I take for granted. Journeys and dreams are generally accomplished in baby steps, and Vermont and Iowa represent nothing if not steps in the right direction.
Perhaps there's hope for us, after all.