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More Lies About Homosexuals from the Religious Right

The Family Research Council has fired another salvo in the debate on legalizing same-sex marriage with the release of a new documentary that details the harm same-sex marriage can inflict upon a society. (LINK)

Here we go again.  The “dangers” of same sex marriage.  Anybody want to take an over-under on how much unbiased science is going to be in this DVD?  Here’s a list of their major complaints:

“Some immediate harms involve a loss of freedom for people who disapprove of homosexuality, and the threat to religious liberty for religious nonprofit groups, such as Christian adoption agencies,” says Sprigg.

If you missed it, Sprigg is talking about the fact that religionist adoption service providers will be forced to abide by anti-discrimination laws if gay marriage is illegal.  For comparison, let’s substitute another word:  “Some immediate harm involves a loss of freedom for people who disapprove of blacks, and the threat to religious liberty for religious nonprofit groups, such as Christian adoption agencies.”

We’ve been down this road a number of times before, and the same logic has been used.  Women weren’t allowed to vote because they were “inherently” less capable than men of understanding the intricacies of politics.  Blacks weren’t allowed to… well… do much of anything except be poor and uneducated… because they were viewed as “inherently” less intelligent than whites.  Now homosexuals aren’t allowed to marry because they’re “inherently” less capable of raising healthy children, staying faithful, etc.

It’s just bigotry.  Let’s not give it more credit than it’s due by calling it something more polite.

Also, businesses and governments would be forced to provide benefits to same-sex married couples.

Yes.  They would.  That’s how not being a bigot works.  You treat other people fairly and equally, even if you have personal disagreements with them.

 The harms extend to the must vulnerable in our society – our children. Legalization of same-sex marriage would mean schoolchildren would be indoctrinated to support homosexuality – something that’s already begun in states that recognize same-sex marriage.

Yes.  They would.  But let’s put this in less bigoted language:  Schoolchildren would be taught the principle of fairness.  They would learn that some people love men, and some love women, and it doesn’t matter because love is a wonderful thing.  They would learn that it’s wrong to tell someone who they have to love, and wrong to punish them if they don’t see things our way.  They would learn the principles of tolerance and open-mindedness.




3 thoughts on “More Lies About Homosexuals from the Religious Right

  1. If you look at the Loving v. Virginia case, which legalized interracial marriage throughout the country, you will find one of the most absurd statements using religion to defend miscegenation laws. When the Lovings were first ordered to leave the state of Virginia for violating the state’s “Racial Integrity Act” in 1959, Judge Leon M. Bazile said the following when handing out the verdict:

    “Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”

    The parallels are absurd… and absolutely disgusting.

    Posted by bellesouth | June 25, 2011, 8:14 am
  2. Hamby,
    This may come as a shock to you but I want to thank you for identifying and describing the many injustices in this world, many of them to my dismay being perpetrated by not only my fellow Believers, but by me as well. Since the beginning of my time on your blog, I have learned many great things. Perhaps most important to me is that I should not in any way hinder the ability for my fellow human beings to pursue their personal freedom and happiness, even when it runs counter to my own deeply held religious beliefs.
    Believers are called to be an inspiration to the world, and my reality check is that if I was an outsider looking in, I wouldn’t be inspired. What would Jesus do to inspire regarding the issue of Gay Marriage? Jesus would be at the wedding reception turning the water into the best wine, while the religious are outside protesting the event and questioning why Jesus is associating with Heathens. Such loving actions require both Believers and non Believers to focus inwards at our own imperfections, not the imperfection of others. We forget that it was Jesus example of this love that forever changed the world, not condemnation…



    Posted by PG | June 25, 2011, 6:25 pm
  3. We forget that it was Jesus example of this love that forever changed the world, not condemnation…

    You had me up until that point. Jesus (if he existed) might have inspired you, but to me he is just a rip off of older archtypes. I don’t need him to inspire me, especially since to get to know him I’ve got to wade through the rest of that horrible book. Maybe re-write the bible and leave out all the raping/murdering/slave owning bits?

    Posted by Alex Hardman | June 27, 2011, 3:20 pm

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