I truly do love the opportunity these Anti-Prop-8 comments give me to (a) think outside my frame of reference, and (b) share what I come up with as a result. 🙂
Here’s the comment for those who missed it:
First of all – quite sincerely – I congratulate you for standing up for your beliefs. I disagree with your beliefs completely, but I support your decision to quit using Google’s blog software because you disagree with their political endorsement.
(Though I hope that if one of your children realises she or he is gay, that you never refer again to your belief that your God wants them to be celibate and alone all their lives and never mention it again: Committment and sincerity are good things, but parents with your views have driven their children to suicide when they decided their religious beliefs were more important to them than their children’s lives.)
That said: How do you justify your belief that Americans ought not to be allowed freedom of religion? You argued in your blogpost over at your googleblog that the government ought to enforce legal/civil penalties for what your religion defines as “sin”. That’s fine for you (not necessarily for your children) so long as the government is enforcing your religion. Once drop freedom of religion, however, and you cannot assume that the government in power will always be enforcing your religious rules on other people: they may enforce other people’s religious rules on you.
Thanks for your sincerity and your support about my switching over from blogger. 🙂 I’ve been most pleased with the respect and caring shown me by those with opposing views. I hope I come across as showing the same. In turn, thank you for posting what is obviously a contradicting opinion on the matter.
Here’s the deal. We aren’t controlling behavior. We are setting (or attempting to set) the legal definition of marriage. Well, re-setting, seeing as a ton of people already voted on this 8 years ago. Same exact words.
If this Constitutional amendment passes, it will not change in any way the legal rights of gay/lesbian domestic partnerships.
If it fails, and a VERY few people are allowed to overthrow what a MAJORITY of voters put into CA code, then I foresee the following consequence:
The religious freedom of individuals, families, and organizations being severely persecuted. (And I do believe this is primarily a religious-freedom issue, by the way.) Why?
Let’s say a homosexual couple wants to rent out a church for their marriage. The pastor says, “Sorry, but I believe homosexual behavior is sinful, and I won’t perform a same-gender marriage.” The couple sues and easily wins the case because *legally* the pastor can’t discriminate there – thanks to that handful of judges.
Please, my Anti-8 friends, explain to me why that would be fair? I invite your comments and will try to respond fairly and respectfully. I know in your eyes, that case up there would be a victory… But can you see why it’s so wrong to impose your beliefs (that same-sex marriage is okay) on others? That pastor would be totally in a bind. Same with, say, a wedding photographer that refuses to shoot a gay marriage, an adoption agency refusing to sponsor a homosexual couple, or a doctor refusing to perform artificial insemination for similar reasons.
And what of religious private schools? To say nothing of what will be taught in public schools, and how it will affect children being taught at home that homosexual behaviors are wrong?
If Prop8 passes, it would protect private & religious institutions, schools, and companies. I’m sorry for the pain this must be causing individuals who want to marry someone of their same gender. No matter how gently it’s handled, approached, debated, it’s going to cause a lot of hurt, and I recognize that. Please know that in no way at all do I feel hate towards people identifying themselves as homosexual. It isn’t fair to ask me to accept their behavior, however.
More to say on the subject. I didn’t at all address that 2nd pgph. I’ve sacrificed all the sleep I can afford to sacrifice, though. If only time had a pause button! 🙂