After reading this article by some daft Theologian arsehole written in response to this Newsweek cover story about Gay Marriage and how the Bible in fact supports our adoption of Gay Marriage Rights, all I wanted to do was scream. very. Very. VERY. LOUDLY. And I did. At my monitor.
Seriously, it doesn’t matter a freakin’ damn what the Bible says about X, Y or Z most especially not what it says about human relations. It is a flawed, self-contradicting, anachronistic bunch of bollocks and no right minded person should be looking to it to inform themselves about the relative morality and rights associated with same-sex couples being allowed to marry just like anyone else. I am confident that most same-sex couples who are in love with eachother and committed to each other would make far better married couples than the majority of heterosexual couples, and where parenting becomes an issue, I can almost guarantee that the majority of committed same-sex couples would far outstrip the parenting skills of most heterosexual couples.
The author of the Newsweek article, Lisa Miller, gives a very good comment:
Would any contemporary heterosexual married couple—who likely woke up on their wedding day harboring some optimistic and newfangled ideas about gender equality and romantic love—turn to the Bible as a how-to script? Of course not, yet the religious opponents of gay marriage would have it be so.
So, if the Bible has nothing useful to offer us about human relations within a marriage, what the f**k are we still doing reading the damn thing?!?
Its morality is CLEARLY suspect, its message is one of unflinching loyalty to the almighty lord god or eternal damnation, and even the smallest infringement of any of this overlords decrees result in death, followed by eternal torment, who the hell is buying this bullcrap…?
I’m certainly not, and I encourage anyone who reads this, believer or non-believer to open your eyes and your mind. Religious opinion, that is, opinions that are informed solely by religious reasoning, is NOT acceptable for use in ANY kind of discourse other than theological matters.
God’s punishment for adultery is death. Do we in Civil Societies kill adulterers as a matter of public judiciary? No.
God’s punishment for working on the sabbath is death. Do we regularly kill on-call doctors and nurses who work all days of the week and all hours of the day to keep people alive and healthy in a public forum? No.
And not to be exclusive to Christianity, Allah, through the Koran, and Yahweh himself, not to be outdone command us to seek out unbelievers and those that would whisper to us “come let us worship other gods or none at all” and put them immediately to the sword along with the inhabitants of their entire village, burning it to the ground and ensuring that a population of man never ever lives upon that ground again. Do we regularly destroy every single city that contains a single person of another faith who proselytises to us? No.
So if we are not following the more severe decrees set forth by God, Allah and the Bible, WHY ARE WE STILL READING THE F**KING THING AS IF IT CONTAINED SOME USEFUL INFORMATION?!?!?!
Gay people deserve all the rights that heterosexual people enjoy. And I mean ALL the rights. Those who wish to rant on and on about man and woman in a marriage being the basis for society simply to need to look around. In the 21st century, single mothers, widows, widowers, and gay and lesbian couples despite the ire of the religious are the things that our society is based upon alongside heterosexual marriages. Since the sexual revolution the man/woman family unit paradigm has been removed and replaced by a modern family unit which is highly flexible and unique.
The only reason we have ever-increasing numbers of anti-social behaviour from the youth of today is due to apathetic parenting and an apathetic youth whose ears are just as deaf to the incoherent moral values of religious faith as they are to ethical and rational moral values. In Ireland, this excuse of widespread godlessness is the one used most often when speaking about this issue, and has been brought up in relation to gay marriage.
It is a flawed argument and smacks of severe desperation on the part of the religious.
Right, I’m sick of talking about this crap now, it’s just making me angry. I think I’ll go record a youtube video and vent my frustrations there.