January 7th, 2012
We are at a primary shift in the world right now. Not just with global warming or the threat of the Mayan calendar coming true but of an energy shift that will challenge those trying to hold on to the past as those clutch onto a tree during a tsunami. (I know, that’s one of the most over-used words in the last couple of years but you get the point.)
There are those that want to hang on “traditional” morals but I ask you; what are morals?
When I was growing up, morals were based upon how you treated other people. How you looked to society and said, “No, I’m not going to steal this candy bar.” “No, I’m not going to murder someone”, and no matter how bad you wanted that candy bar or how bad you wanted that person dead, you didn’t.
That’s what morals were to me.
Now, though, in the Rick Perry/Santorum – Michelle Bachmann Tea-bagging troglodytes, morals seem to go in the direction of sexuality. Is it fair to say that the first two mentioned rhyme with “dick”?
Have we really come this far to be going four steps back?
By certain people, we are seen as a fringe group asking for equality but not JUST equality, special rights that aren’t afforded to the general population.
When marriage became legal in Canada, there was a sub-section of the LGBTQ community that fought to keep marriage between the “straights” because it meant that we were becoming more and more like them. In fact, I went to one debate where a very smart Lesbian posed the question, “Why do we want marriage when there’s a 50% rate of divorce.
While that question resonated with me, I kept thinking to myself, “it then gives the chance to fail equally.” And the numbers for gay marriage success and hetero marriage success don’t seem to be any different, from what I can find. However, one website declares, “Gay marriage hasn’t been legal long enough to establish reliable gay marriage statistics, and many statistics don’t separate gay marriage from general marriage rates.”
We are clamoring for positive role models in the media. Not ones that portray us a murderers or psychos or even philanderers but that show us in an honest, real life world where we are just seeking to be normal.
When the gay kiss on “Glee” was broadcast, the straights went up in arms. How could this show, directed at teens, then show a kiss between two men before 9:00 pm? This prompted David Badash to declare, “Glee Gay Kiss: Now, No Network Will Be Able To Hide Same-Sex Smooches.” And all this on the notorious anti-homosexual Fox network. Not bad.
So here is a teenage kiss that happens to be between to young men, still in high school and not one of a perverted old man who’s trying to seduce a young boy. Well that’s the point, isn’t it????
I like Louis CK’s response to a situation like this. It’s frank, yes but it’s honest.
I think I’ve said this before (and bear with me if I have) but how, on Earth, does Gay marriage affect or infringe on Heterosexual marriage?
The answer is, it doesn’t. It only adds another dish to the table of commitment. Maybe that’s the real fear of the Right. That we are, indeed, just like them.
God, that term makes me laugh. The Right. I mean, right to whom? Certainly not to me.
The other day, Rick Santorum came across a young Woman who challenged his theories on gay marriage. For those who don’t know, Rick Santorum is a Senator from Pennsylvania who’s stance on “Family Values” are anything but anti-gay rhetoric that continues to engulf the war between our two divides.
But we’re not that different.
So let’s add to the argument of Rick Santorum. He claims that if the U.S. allows Gay marriage that’s a gateway drug to Polygamy. Not that I have a huge problem with that, hell, let the Mormons have their multiple marriages. As long as it’s between consenting adults, if some Woman wants to be bride #3 then so be it. I certainly know of a multitude of gay relationships that are triads.
But that argument is one ladder wrung from, “Well then those who want to marry a goat should be able to do so,” or the even equally disgusting men from NAMBLA who propose to allow sex with minors. Last time I checked, goats and children don’t necessarily have a voice to say, “NO!”
Due to our “other side of the fence” treatment in the past 50 years, we have been outcasts in a society while we pay taxes and contribute to society.
I want, and have as a Canadian, equal rights in all things – including marriage. And for that I’m grateful.
Now let’s throw Religion into the blender and see what comes up, shall we?
Now I’m not trying to be flippant here, I’m trying to make a point.
The bible also says, “thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.” (King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) So that essentially says my polyester/cotton blend mix is unholy. Also, it’s been proven that multiple cropping is actually good for growing crops. So does that make Farmers sinners?
Is it just me or Leviticus a bit anally retentive? I mean, how could he function, or move his arms, with that broom handle shoved so far up ass?
Again to my point: The world is changing. It evolves like any language – and if it didn’t change we’d be living in huts, watching babies die at a profound rate, life expectancy would limit us to 40 years – AT BEST.
So change is inevitable. It is expected. It is natural.
Stop expecting them to stay the same because as they say, “The more life stays the same, the more it changes.”