My good friend Russell has done a wonderful blog post this week about intolerance, and I thought, my goodness great minds think alike -- or perhaps fools seldom differ -- whichever way you happen to view it. In any case, unless you have been living on the dark side of the moon, you know by now that California's Proposition 8 has been overturned for being unconstitutional. I was shocked when Proposition 8 was passed during the last election, and I was pleased to hear it has been overturned.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since July 2005, and it's no longer an issue here. All of us in Canada have friends and acquaintances in same-sex marriages, and it is openly accepted. Same-sex marriage in Canada has not caused the world to end, and has not destroyed the sanctity of heterosexual marriage, and in fact, same-sex marriage has a much lower divorce rate than heterosexual marriage. In addition, a recent study reported in New Scientist has concluded that "The children of lesbian parents outscore their peers on academic and social tests, according to results from the longest-running study of same-sex families. ... Compared with a group of control adolescents born to heterosexual parents with similar educational and financial backgrounds, the children of lesbian couples scored better on academic and social tests and lower on measures of rule-breaking and aggression." So what is everyone afraid of? Why is there so much opposition to it?
Anyone who finds someone to love, and who loves them, should be counted as very fortunate. Not everyone finds love like that, so who are we to tell those folks who they should love? I don't think homosexuality is an anomaly of nature, and I don't think it's a choice. I think it's the way a certain percentage of folks are created, and that percentage may be higher than we know. I personally don't understand homosexuality because I am what is referred to as "straight". But then again, I don't understand people who like rice pudding, although some folks think it's wonderful. However, far be it from me to tell people they shouldn't like rice pudding, just because I personally don't care for it.
People often quote the Bible and say that gays and lesbians are breaking God's laws. But the Bible also says it's okay to have slaves. According to the Bible, it's even okay to sell your children into slavery, or to buy other people's children as slaves. There are several rules and regulations set out in the Bible as to when and how to do this. The Bible also sets out when people shall be stoned to death.
"A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them." Leviticus 20:27 In fact, according to the Bible, a woman should be stoned to death for not being a virgin on her wedding night.
What the heck...!?
Okay, how many of you would be alive today if that practice were still in place. Can I see a show of hands?
I'm not a big fan of organized religion -- any religion. It has caused so much trouble through the centuries, and continues to do so now in the 21st century. However, I was raised to believe in God, and I would like to think that if He does exist, He prefers love of any type over hate -- of any type. But, I have a problem understanding why people think it's okay to tell other people how to live, or whom to love. Is it really anyone's business, especially if it's not hurting anyone else? What am I missing...?
Just don't get me started on rice pudding. It's ghastly stuff. There should be a law against it...