Same-sex marriage threatens religious freedom?

Posted: January 14, 2012 in Current Affairs, General
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Be warned – this isn’t a book post. I don’t usually get involved here with social and political issues, but this is something I feel too strongly about to pass on. The Washington Post ran an article entitled Religious leaders: Same-sex marriage threatens religious freedom

You can read the full article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/religious-leaders-same-sex-marriage-threatens-religious-freedom/2012/01/12/gIQAmvKvtP_story.html?tid=sm_btn_tw

Now, did you see this? Religious leaders say that allowing same sex couples to marry will end up “forcing or pressuring both individuals and religious organizations — throughout their operations, well beyond religious ceremonies — to treat same-sex sexual conduct as the moral equivalent of marital sexual conduct“.

Erm, yes, because it is! Only a bigot would argue otherwise.

All their arguments are based on the fact that their religious beliefs prevent them from treating same sex couples equally. Well, what does that say about their religious beliefs? We live in the 21st century when personal freedom and liberty should mean something. If they argue that their freedom allows them to show prejudice towards gays, then we can equally argue that our freedom allows us to be prejudiced against religions. It is a nonsense, a circle that leads nowhere. The law should allow them to believe what they want, but not give them the liberty to preach their offensive bile and not allow them to escape prosecution under humane and fair laws which guarantee our safety and rights. To give in to them is simply licensing hate.

Comments
  1. Tara Lain says:

    Hi Tris–I’m with you. While i have to defend to the death their right to be stupid, bigoted idiots, i do not have to condone laws that allow them to act as such. American attitudes are bizarre. We go on about our glorified concepts of “freedom” and defend the institutions that most impinge it. Ridiculous. The founding fathers were for the most part mystics who, despite their own limitations and bigotries, were somehow able to create a document that said “we hold these truths to be self evident”. How amazing is that? And American’s hold up these icons as ideal while denying the very things that they said were self evident–life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Thanks for letting me climb on my high horse. : )

  2. Pomma says:

    Great post and point and I wholeheartedly agree with you Tristram. I get so weary of reading these religious group spout same the garbage they have spouted from the very beginning. I have been a supporter of LGBT rights since the beginning. I have been a married heterosexual since I was 16 years old, and still after 36 yrs of marriage never understood any religious organizations bigoted hatred against same sex couples wanting the same commitment. These people are simply nothing but a bunch of unhappy individuals who thrive on too much self religiousness and chaos.

  3. Oh please cut me a freakin’ break. What I truly don’t understand is that if a person is not LGBT (and I’m not) why do they care? I mean, I hope I don’t come off as self-centered or shallow, but what’s it to me if Jim and Sam down the street are getting it on or want to get married? How is that my business?

    IMO there is a great deal of minding of other people’s business in this society. Where have people’s rights to privacy gone?

    As for the religious freedom argument–pfft. No one is asking anyone else to alter their belief system or change their mode of prayer, just to LEAVE OTHER PEOPLE ALONE.

    Can someone please enunciate a good reason to oppose gay marriage that does not include references to God, religion or tradition? As an atheist, I’m not impressed by any of that.

    What I am impressed by is the notion that we treat everyone equally in this society, or are supposed to. I also think that gay marriages may give a shot in the arm to the wedding industry, which I’m sure is suffering like every other business sector.

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