Restrain Your RestraintThis articles discusses topics including- Culture, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy .
I don’t normally get super political in my blog posts, but this is something that I’ve been seeing blowing up on my Facebook and I need to get my thoughts and feelings out there. (But they are right. Nobody is born with a flag across their face.)
There’s a group (whom I believe is based in Michigan) calling for us to restrain the judges. They’re sole purpose is to help America convince the SC judges to vote against marriage equality in the US as a whole. (or, at the very least, not to make any decision at all.) There are many issues with their beliefs, the way they present them, and the way they go about doing what they do. And I want to bring some of them to light for a moment.
Full disclosure: I have no doubt that the people behind this program believe they are doing what’s right. They’ve been taught throughout their lives the views they hold are 100% correct. I can’t fault them for that. I can, however, fault them for 1) not doing their own research in order to get a better understanding of what they’re talking about and 2) doing what they do in a way that is not the most respectful of anyone.
1. Not doing their own research
Check out this screenshot from their website:
There are a number of problems within this list.
1. They want to leave it up to the sovereign vote of the American People? That’s cool, I guess. But do they realize that they will (most likely) lose that vote? As of 2013 (two years ago, mind you) the majority of U.S. peoples (both Christian and otherwise) are in favor of changing laws to promote more equality for LGBT+ peoples. (sauce)
2. State constitutions are great. But there are things that should be kept out of them. When it comes to people’s freedoms across the board, it should be national. It’s not right for people to have to worry about which state they’re in or may get a job in order to know whether or not their marriage will be recognized. Heterosexual couples are recognized as married in every. single. state. Why should homosexual couples not be as well? That’s the definition of a civil right; the definition of, “all men are created equal under God.”
3. There is no “sacred institution of marriage.” Marriage has remained a cultural construct throughout our history that changes as society changes. We also don’t see them complaining about the superficial weddings of celebrities as “usurping the sacred institution of marriage.” Oh, and, in case anyone didn’t know, U.S. peoples (again, both Christian and otherwise) have been decreasingly defining marriage as between one man and one woman. (sauce, again).
4. They state that our first amendment rights are being denied by the SC issuing a ruling on gay marriage. But do they not realize that they are denying people’s first amendment rights in this very campaign? The first amendment guarantees that the government shall give no one religion preferential treatment over another. They are asking for that very thing.
I posted the image with my thoughts a while back (before the billboards even went up) and one of the men behind the campaign told me that I need to study my Bible more, and clearly didn’t learn anything in my Biblical Studies education. Now, this could fall under the next category because any discussion that basically tells someone they’re stupid or don’t know anything (especially without giving facts for one’s own point) isn’t much of a discussion.
Interestingly, though, as the amount of people who think marriage equality should be a thing goes up, the amount of people who believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and “contains everything a person needs to maintain a meaningful life” (even among young Christians) remains at 96%. (sauce). That means that 96% of Christians think the Bible is pretty much entirely authoritative. Over half of those people also believe that LGBT+ people should be afforded the same rights as heterosexuals, that marriage is not defined as a man and a woman, and the amount is increasing that think homosexuality is a morally acceptable behavior. So do all of these people who still believe the Bible as authoritative need to study it more, or are we, as a society, coming to a better understanding of these ancient words?
Also, the campaign doesn’t completely understand civil rights and completely disrespects an entire group of people. The legal definition of a civil right is:
A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury. Examples of civil rights are freedom of speech, press, and assembly; the right to vote; freedom from involuntary servitude; and the right to equality in public places. (Cornell)
grace and peace,