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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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tiirz
Feb. 26th, 2004 08:57 pm (UTC)
Actually, an abomination is just something you need to confess to before you offer sacrifice, according to a book on translations I read. And since Christians really don't do much of that anymore, isn't the concept pretty invalid anyway? I just really can't wrap my mind around what the problem is for these people anyway...
sillymagpie
Feb. 26th, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC)
My dear, you can't understand belligerent Christians--or other fanatics--by using logic. Thought only makes them more upset.

"Don't waste your time arguing with idiots," as my mom used to say. To which I add, "It only frustrates you and annoys the idiot."

>;-P



wildrider
Feb. 27th, 2004 12:23 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what it's like in the Christian mythos -- of course, the language is taken from Leviticus, which is pretty strict about a lot of things and almost all of it has been abandoned by the Christian church... except the gay thing. Christians don't keep kosher, generally don't make sacrifices, don't avoid sex during "unclean" times, don't shun people with open sores, cut their beards, etc., etc. Most of the laws (absolute laws of God) written in Leviticus are conveniently forgotten by most so-called Christians, who, as Susan said, "...prefer the Old Testament because Jesus said to love your enemies and to turn the other cheek and, if you're rich, sell what you have and follow him, and of course, no one wants to DO anything Jesus said, just reap the everlasting benefits of associating themselves with him."

As I've always said, a careful reading of Genesis proves conclusively that evolution AND creation both happened. ;)

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