Kats (wildrider) wrote,

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On the joys and woes of second-class citizenship

Okay, maybe it's just me, but read this section of the proposed Amendment to the Constitution (no matter your stand on the issue): "Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any state, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups," and tell me that it doesn't say NO ONE should be allowed to get married. "Upon unmarried couples or groups." Does not specify same-sex couples. It says "unmarried couples."

So if this Amendment were actually implimented, wouldn't it mean then that ALL marriages would be illegal?

I read a letter to the editor yesterday which said in a nutshell that it was an "absolute law of God" that homosexuality was an abomination. I had to write back (probably won't be published, though) and ask if the writer also eschews cheeseburgers, shellfish, and never trims his temples or beard, since all those are absolute abominations, as well. Why will "Christians" trot out the Old Testament every time it suits their purpose but ignore everything Jesus said about changing it? Ah, well. Read a terrific Op-Ed in the Times this morning about the situation; it compares Gibson's new movie to our "preacher-in-chief" (hehehe) leading the country in legislated morality (you have to be a member to read it): http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/26/opinion/26DOWD.html?th

If folks want to trot out biblical passages concerning marriage, in Matthew, Jesus comments that any divorced person who marries again is committing adultry. Of course, Henry VIII took care of that one by just starting a whole new church.

I wish "Christians" wouldn't so narrowly define God. He is infinite, and therefore we can't possibly define Him... or limit Him to what a few men wrote down in a book. I don't remember which paper I read it in (probably the SF Chronicle), but a biblical scholar commented that many people invoke the bible, but very few of them have actually READ it.
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