My poet friends can read all of the double meaning and irony into that title that they would like.
I read a great blog post the other day by James Erich about why states in the U.S. allowing gays to marry was no infringement on anyone’s religious rights. It was so succinctly and logically stated that I had to share it with my facebook family, and now share it with you.
No, marriage equality does no damage to your religious freedom. No priest or preacher or rabbi now or ever has been forced to perform any ceremony they didn’t agree to perform. It simply allows legal rights for all of us, regardless of religion.
Honestly, Church, you have twisted the words of the Bible to shut me out, so why in God’s name (literally) would you think I want your approval? You’re doing a fine job destroying that old holy book yourselves. I’m not going to help you, nor do I want your help, “Reverend,” with my own marriage. It’s about the law, and though not in the way you allege, it’s about morality. I would simply like the legal right to be free of your religious oppression.
I thought about answering one or two protests that always come up on this issue, but again someone else has done this so thoroughly and thoughtfully well, with brevity that cuts to the heart of the objections that I thought I should just share it. This time it was a graphic that I found here.
- Hey Jim, let me teach you about religious freedom (thepunch.com.au)
- Southern Baptists Reinforce Their Prejudice Against Gays (lezgetreal.com)
- Law Society backs equal marriage, says faiths will not be forced to marry gay couples (pinkbananaworld.com)