Who would have thought that it would be the same-sex marriage proponents that would be the ones to make me rethink my tacit approval of legalizing the practice?
I just have to say, first, I hate this issue. I wish it would just go away – and it would, if the left didn’t want to keep it around to scare people into voting against the scary Republicans.*
That said, my core beliefs, which are more libertarian conservative than traditionalist conservative, keep me from supporting laws that favor the moral values of one group over another, unless the law is needed to protect the rights of others.
My husband and I have had this debate over and over, where I say, laws should not be based on my moral beliefs, and he reminds me that all laws are based on someone’s moral beliefs. Why shouldn’t we fight for ours?
Well, because two wrongs don’t make a right.
At the same time, I end up living under laws that reflect someone else’s forced morality.
And those people are a bunch of intolerant bigots, guided by fear, if I could borrow their language for a moment.
Merriam-Webster defines bigot as: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.
I would say that this reflects the attitudes coming from the left regarding conservative Christians, no?
The problem with being libertarian these days is that no one else is, not enough people to prevent our rights from being trampled, anyway.
So, I realize that, even though I believe in the biblical definition of marriage, not everyone does, but everyone deserves the same legal protections.
In return, Vermont is one step closer to silencing Bible-believing Christians and forcing them to violate their religious beliefs – and they are giddy about it.
Over at my favorite blog of tolerance, Green Mountain Daily, people were spouting off about the idiot-bigot-moron opposition to same-sex marriage, because, of course, anyone who disagrees with them has no good argument, where someone said that no one has been harmed by same-sex marriage.
I pointed out that the Catholic Charities of Boston was forced to adopt children to gay couples after Massachusetts passed a gay marriage law, so they closed their doors. I would consider that harm. The state should not force a religious organization to violate its beliefs. Then there are all of the children who were harmed by the closing of an organization known for finding homes for difficult-to-adopt children.
But Freedom of Religion is just one of those unimportant little freedoms that was merely listed in the First Amendment. It’s not like the Freedom to Marry, which is made up, or the Freedom from Intolerance, which is a farce.
That’s not being negatively affected by same sex marriage, that’s being negatively affected by bigotry.
Ah, the magical B-word that shuts down all disagreement as invalid. If they just agreed with me, they wouldn’t have had their rights violated.
Then there’s this,
To me, this is an example of the problem with Church structure. The staff and board of Catholic Charities recognized that gay people often make great adoptive parents. Yet their experience and judgment is not respected because in the Catholic Church power flows one way from the top down, and not much common sense flows with it.
See! It’s not the rights-violating actions of a state that refuses to recognize the freedom of religion we are supposed to have in this country; it’s that pesky church! If only it would use some common sense and abandon its centuries-old beliefs.
At least there are some straight shooters, who are willing to lay it all out,
Here’s the problem: religious beliefs, if granted unconditional freedom, will inevitably be used as a justification to infringe the freedoms of those who do not share them.
I see, so let’s just beat them to the punch and infringe on religious freedom.
That gem was accompanied by this enlightening quote, “Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” Beautiful.
So this is what we face. I guess that’s what I get for supporting other people’s rights, huh? I get a nice big, thanks, but now we have to continue on with our war against your beliefs.
Let me bottom line this rant, no one has a right to be accepted. You just don’t. The law should not be used to force people to approve of your lifestyle, even if you claim you were born that way.
Live and let live needs to work both ways.
Frankly, I am pretty pissed about this. I am sick and tired of the left going on about freedom, when all the while they have no respect for freedom; they just want their way. But when it comes to someone else’s freedom, they couldn’t care less about protecting it. In fact, they want to restrict it.
My only consolation is knowing that there will be a lot more people lining up to fight back, including me. We might have supported your pursuit of legal rights, but we are not on your side in your crusade to suppress religious freedom.