My workout yesterday was fine and dandy, and I improved from my last go-round with resistance. No vomiting, or embarrassment to report. Pure cardio tonight, hopefully with UNCW at UNC baseball to follow. A nice little Tuesday.
(This blog was never meant to become a political space, but I was pretty fired up this morning, so here goes.)
I can’t say that I’m not embarrassed after seeing some discussion over Amendment One this morning via various forms of social media. Gems such as this:
“I hope that gay marriage shit don’t pass in NC then we gon be known as a faggot state lmao”
I hope this is an extreme case. The problem is that I don’t think this is an extreme case. I would bet the number of folks who think voting ‘no’ legalizes gay marriage is extremely high. The irony of a grown man using ‘lmao’ isn’t lost on me, either.
Then there are doofus clowns like this:
‘I love that the opposition to amendment one cannot find concrete evidence to prove that it will do anything but define marriage#1man1woman‘
That’s just not true, but I won’t bore you with a list of the consequences that you’ve read a hundred times.
The only basis for this argument is religion. You know, that bastion of light that you go to for love and acceptance from a higher power. Here are a couple of ‘about us’ statements from church websites I quickly Googled:
We are a unique Baptist congregation with an open heart, an ecumenical spirit, and a focus on the main thrusts of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A fellowship of faith bound by a covenant with God and with each other and is committed to the ideals of community, freedom, service and worship.
I don’t know the ideology of these churches in particular, but an overwhelming theme of most churches is welcoming, inclusion and the like. If that’s the case, then why are folks hiding behind their faith in voting against the freedoms of another group?
Seven passages of the Bible, which have been mostly proven to not actually address loving homosexual relationships, but actually forced sodomy, child rape, and other awful related acts, which should be condemned.
But if you insist on a literal interpretation of the Bible, you’re ignoring one key passage from Matthew:
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
My great grandmother was highly religious and loved Jesus, but never once in my life mentioned anything about gay marriage. I can’t recall her once condemning anyone, or anything. She was a religious woman in the truest sense of the word — she loved. I seem to remember her hugging every person who ever walked through her door.
My parents gave me the opportunity to feel religion out on my own. I occasionally went to church, attended a religious-based camp a couple of times, and did my own reading.
As I got older, I unfortunately discovered that religion wasn’t my grandma’s religion. It was a religion based on keeping the offering plate full and sobering up enough to make it to service on Sunday. It often condemned fundamentalism in other religions, and justifying it’s own fundamentalism along the way. Getting into a contest between religions to see which can out fundamentalism the other is going to end nothing but badly. (See: Current/brewing wars.)
The Bible has great lessons that apply to today. The Bible was also written thousands of years ago.
Guess what else is useful from thousands of years ago — the wheel. We’ve kept the functionality of the wheel, but gotten rid of the heavy stone that made it inefficient.
Let’s keep the functionality of the Bible, but get rid of what’s weighing it down, and never forget its most important lesson:
Do to others as you would have them do to you.