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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Put Another Brick In The Wall

yesterday voters in texas hit the poles to vote on proposition two. which would constitutionally ban gay marriages in texas. according to the majority of those who voted we should not allow gay marriage in the state of texas. all if not the majority of the those who are opposed to gay marriage are professing christians. i know why they voted to approve the amendment. they feel that by allowing gay marriage that they are contributing to the demise of our society. that they are supporting that which is against God.

personally i feel that they are acting very selfishly, and i don't think this is how God wants them to act. they voted against gay marriage to protect themselves. at the same time they are pushing away those who they should be showing unconditional love to. we have learned throughout history that shoving your beliefs down someone else’s throat is not the way to win them to your side, but out of our selfishness we forget this and do it anyway. it saddens me to think that we christians continue to build walls between us and those who don't believe what we believe. why do we continue to build walls that Jesus worked so hard to tear down? Why?!

there will be many conservatives happy today that gay marriages have been banned in the state of texas. many who will claim victory. when actuality they lost another battle. yes, you might be right and they might be wrong, but when we point our fingers at someone they become defensive and defensive people are not open your beliefs, feelings, or opinions. just as your not open to theirs.

3 Comments:

At 11/09/2005 12:09 PM, Blogger kerri said...

wow, this is not at all the direction i thought this post was going to go.

i tend to agree with you. it was hard to know which side of the line to stand on, but.... oh gosh, i could write for days on this... i feel convicted about this issue, i feel that this law is wrong, and whenever i struggle so deeply about something, i usually opt to stand on the side of grace. (which is why i'm sad today).

 
At 11/09/2005 12:21 PM, Anonymous YayCoffee said...

Great post!

Well, and let's not forget that what we voted on TOOK AWAY THE EQUAL RIGHTS OF CITIZENS OF OUR STATE because of a religious belief. Uhhh... we have separation of church and state for a reason. This is such a GROSS DEFILEMENT of HUMAN RIGHTS it sickens me!

Believe what you will about the moral rightness or wrongness of homosexuality or same-sex marriage... but no matter what you think--the LAW is NO PLACE for the religious-based moralizing of our society.

Christians who believe in the SIN of same-sex marriage should not PASS LAWS that take away human rights, and are thereby HATEFUL--thus making all us Christians seem hateful. They should reach out and love people. Part of that is protecting their LEGAL RIGHTS!

OMG! I could go on and on and on about this... and I probably will on my blog later this afternoon.

I am sickened. I am disgusted with my state. I am ashamed to call myself a Texan, and I worry about what this does to the name of Christians everywhere.

Congratulations, Christian Coalition--your mixing of religion and politics has quite effectively alienated an entire subgroup of people from a God who loves them.

Sad.

 
At 11/09/2005 1:35 PM, Blogger The Monkey Attack Victim said...

YayCoffee said most of what I wanted to say. I firmly believe that we don't need the GOVERNMENT to tell us what is morally right. Really, we can't even get our elected/appointed officials to obey the current laws, why are we trusting them to be our moral watchdogs. Um, the Bible definitely said something about not stealing. I suppose theft must not be as bad as hot man on man action.

I also want to point out that I think Texas was very tricky and shady on this point. They didn't try to get the prop passed during a major election like for governor or president. No, they chose to have this very important legislation during an election that most of the state barely noticed. Only 8 items were on the ballot. There was very little public debate (or at least, none I saw. No ads, no protests). Why? Why not get the President or the governor to back you up? Because they didn't want to risk losing votes or having to take a stance. Instead, the conservatives snuck this law in the back door which seems very cowardly to me. Oh yeah, your beliefs seem really strong to me. I'm just saying, Prop 2 would not have passed so easily in 2006 or 2008.

 

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