Most of my posts are about me trying to figure things out. I think that’s what this is designed for; for me to pontificate on my questions and, hopefully, get a response that clarifies current events.
By current I mean in my life time.
We often measure events in our own puberty/timeline but when you look at the history of the planet, changes happen over centuries and we’re just like hungry teens wailing at a microwave, begging for our “hot pockets” to be done quicker.
So I’m going back to an old favourite. The Gays.
Yup, that’s right: The Gays.
I usually have to be inspired by some outlying force to get me to write. Something that intrigues me or makes me question the nature of human reactions.
And…This blog’s muse winner is? (DOT DOT DOT)
How can he sit so nicely with that broom handle shoved so far up his ass?
Rick Perry. At first I was thinking he was Steve Perry, lead singer for Journey and, eventual, solo artist; thus the title of this piece, “Oh Sherry”.
He has this ad for his current political foot race for Republican leader that promotes his Christian philosophy; which I don’t have a problem with Christians but this one makes me wish for a Roman coliseum and truck load of Lions.
In this self gloating, bigoted, piece, he actually states that, “I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve, openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas.” Then blah, blah, blah Obama’s war on religion – blah, blah, blah liberal media: He goes on, ad nauseam (and it’s only 0:31 seconds) and I’ve linked the actual video, here.
It doesn’t shock me that there are those who are of faith that deem homosexuality as a sin, as the last crusade to maintaining their hold on Western culture. I get it. We are a poisoned people who constantly remind them that the West is falling into disarray. We are the neon lights promoting “barely legal teens”, strip clubs and “She did WHAT with a horse?” websites. Littering their junk emails and up and down their main streets.
I’m OK with that.
But what does bother me is when you actually look at the teachings of Jesus Christ, he talks of love, forgiveness and acceptance. Now am I going to sit here typing that Jesus WAS actually the son of God? No. That’s not what I’m about. I question everything. Is there a heaven? I don’t know. For all I know the Mormons could be right and, other than the 3% of the world’s population, we’re all headed for a first class ticket to damnation.
I offer up this.
Those who believe in Jesus and Catholicism, Christianity and the bread crumbs of spattering of other deviations of religion are still missing the point.
God is love.
I’m not even saying that I believe in God. I don’t, I do, I don’t, I…well, maybe. I mean MAYBE He/She/It exists but I’m an eternal skeptic. Hell, every time I step on an ant I think I’ve pissed off Buddha and I’ll come back as a cockroach. Just the best looking cockroach with a six pack and a great big….well…I won’t type that word.
I’ve been faced with the nature of God many times. I spent four years as a cross-wielding-bible-thumping-holier-than-thou reformist who mea culpa’d into being straight. I’ve even argued, at my front door, with Jehovah Witnesses about the inconsistencies of the Bible.
I, profoundly, defend anyone’s right to believe what they believe but I’m not at the point where I’m going to buy tickets and get on the ride.
This is why it bugs me so much. If Christianity is all about love then why are the Gays getting the stocks when it comes to human rights?
Not that there aren’t other groups that are safe. Women, cultural minorities, the disabled are all targets for attack. We perceive them as different and therefore undesirable and, possibly, a threat.
A comment in one of my blogs stated that I jump in logic so I’m doing my best here to connect the dots – and if this is longer than usual, forgive me. I’m trying to go from A to B to C and so forth, whereas I usually go from A to F to X.
Gay marriage is an inevitable reality. Why? Well because as Gay people we’re just not going to take anymore. We’re going to stand up and defend and acknowledge that we have a place in society and we’ll bring the rest, kicking and screaming if we have to.
One of our biggest flaws is that we are both sexes, all races, all ages, economic brackets. We are Lawyers, Doctors, Sanitation workers and bus drivers. We don’t conform to one specific group but rather, we are all of them. And because of that, we can hide. It’s not like a Black man or a Woman can easily hide their differences, we can morph into whatever society wants us to be.
The problem is, is that it means we are expendable and we can change if, sigh, we only met the right Woman or Man.
One of the proclamations is that Gay marriage will undermine the sanctity of Heterosexual marriage. Really? This from a country (I’m looking at YOU, America) that has drive-thru chapels (see Las Vegas), Brittany Spears and Kim Kardashian who’s marriages lasted less time than I’ve had to do my laundry, and a divorce rate that would make a revolving door spin off its rotating floor.
What REALLY bothers me about this Rick Perry ad (and at the end when he says, “I’m Rick Perry,” I was hoping beyond hope that he’d end it with, ”and I’m a douche bag.”) is that religion is a choice. Being gay is not. You can choose to be Christian, Catholic, Muslim and the plethora of other philosophies that are derivatives of the same, fictional, stories. But having feelings isn’t.
I could be in a heterosexual union but I also know I’d be cruising the parks, trolling the public washrooms and sneaking around on my wife and, basically, living a life of fear and shame.
That’s not why I was put here on this Earth.
See, I don’t need saving. I need a dose of reality.