To love is not a privilege or even a right, but an inherent trait, like the ability to breathe.
If you believe that god breathed his breath into your existence, then you must also believe that he loved your love into existence. To try to deny anyone the ability to love, freely and openly and in the same manner that all other adult humans are able to love, is to attempt to deny them the right to breathe; in effect, you are assuming the role of the god you claim loves all, sees all, created all-but created this love by mistake.
Do you equate your government with your god? Why then did you visit the courthouse for your marriage license and the church for the ceremony celebrating your commitment? If they are one and the same, why do you require the services of both a magistrate and a minister?
I’m aware that our government spends far more on death and violence than on food, education and healthcare. Our government rests on a foundation of greed and narcissism, power and control. None of those things have anything to do with love. On the edge of sleep, I promise the man beside me that this is forever, and he promises the same to me. There is no need to ask a corrupt government permission to make these promises. If there is a god and he sees everything, he hears our words, sees the love he created, and approves-even without the sanction of the secular government. Would your god deny a man and a woman the ability to love and to be loved by the children they’re raising, because we don’t believe in war and greed, and don’t want to associate our love with those malignant traits?
Does your god truly want people to die alone because they were unable to buy the right to partnership? Does your god truly want to watch families collapse under the weight of your prejudice? Does your god truly, in some inexplicable act of cruelty, want to hurt some of those that he created in his image, as you say, simply because they love?
I will not call the morality of the government with which you equate your god into question here-clearly there is none to consider. My question here is one I’ve asked before: how does your faith allow you to not only judge others and attempt to deny them love, but to use the government to perpetuate that prejudice? Where in your bible is the issue of state government addressed? Where in your bible does it clearly define the terms of a legal marriage license? Where in your bible does it mention your god keeping watch over the courthouse doors to see who leaves with the appropriate secular document granting permission to share the love that he created?
Where in your bible does it say that you have the right to judge anyone at all?
So I like this Bob Morris guy. In case you don’t know who he is, he’s the Indiana* state representative who wrote a hilarious letter claiming that Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scouts are in cahoots, plotting to corrupt the lives of young girls and turn them into raving sex fiends. [When I was a kid, my mother used to accuse me of being In Cahoots all the time. Coincidentally, I was also a Girl Scout. No comment on whether I grew up to be a raving sex fiend.]
Apparently, Bob Morris is also a comedian-and a good one. I mean, nobody could say something like that and actually mean it, right? Admittedly, there may be a grain of truth to some of what he’s saying. When I was in Girl Scouts, we spent a lot of time around campfires, singing songs. 30 years later, where did I find myself? Next to a campfire, making out with the long-haired bass player for a psychedelic rock band. Two days later, he corrupted the hell out of my morals, and now we’re happily living in sin. You know whose fault that is? That’s right: those heathen hussies in green sashes and perky berets. Still, much of what Bob is saying is clearly a joke; it’s too contradictory and ridiculous to be anything else.
One of the points he makes is that the Girl Scouts are teaching girls to become lesbians. [I must have been sick the day they gave out the Making Out With Another Girl badges. Thanks to that pesky stomach bug, I’m now hopelessly hetero.] His other point is that they’re pushing a pro-abortion agenda.
Um, Bob? When boys and girls do it, it can create a scenario that might cause someone to think about abortion. It’s called getting pregnant. When two girls do it, it’s just called That Thing You Wish Your Wife Would Do Just Once Please God Don’t You Ever Answer My Prayers I Just Want To Watch. God created abortion because of what HETEROS do. If you need more information about hetero sex and how things work, please click here. I’m not really comfortable explaining it to you, since I don’t know you that well.
Bob obviously knows his stuff. The facts he presented are based on “a small amount of web-based research.” Oh, Bob. I can do that too. I did a small amount of web-based research myself, and it indicates that you’re this guy, or maybe the guy who smuggled meth in a cat food bag. Driving drunk AND smuggling meth? Shame on you. Maybe your letter wasn’t a joke after all-maybe you just got a bad batch of drugs. If you were serious, that’s about the best way I can think to explain it .
*I’ve been asked to point out that not everyone in Mr. Morris’s district is as appallingly ignorant as he is. This is obviously true. Very few people anywhere are as appallingly ignorant as Bob Morris.