Thursday, May 15, 2008

California, aspiring to compassion the rest of the nation cannot.

I'll be damned...

"(CNN) -- The California Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, saying sexual orientation, like race or gender, "does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights."

In a 4-3 120-page ruling issue, the justices wrote that "responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation."

"We therefore conclude that in view of the substance and significance of the fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship, the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples," Chief Justice Ronald George wrote for the majority.

Beneath the clamor of wedding bells, you can already hear an outpouring of indignation over this emanating from the pulpit. Throughout history, there have been a string of scenarios where religious moderates are forced by modernity to admit that their religion is being inhuman - we are rapidly approaching one of those times.

How will you religious moderates react? There is a clear divide here between what is right, and what is fundamentally Christian. Will you evolve with the rest of us?


Anonymous said...

Everybody has opinions and beliefs. There will be some for it and some against it. There has never been a time when everyone agreed, or even cooperated with one another. Of course some christians will object. So will some athiests, agnostics, pagans, buddhists, hindus and many others.

Since you are not a Christian, why does it matter what they think? Several other world religions will object to it too, not just Christians. For example some world religions don't just voice an opinion in some countries, they execute.

Cute choice of words. Christians and others usually believe they were created by a God who loves them. Athiests and agnostics tend to believe they evolved from muck. Some guy theorized that some people were created and others evolved and whatever they believe, that's how they personally came to be. That's one way to validate everyone's opinion.

You said, "I'll be damned" By whom and for what? Doesn't sound like any fun to me.

Leah said...


You ask why it matters to a non-Christian what a Christian thinks. Personally, I am fine with a Christian- or anyone- believing whatever they want, as long as it does not effect unwilling parties. But when it comes to same-sex marriage and many other issues, this is clearly not the case.

Yes, there are irreligious people who are against same-sex marriage rights, but most opponents seem to be motivated by their theology. I am fine- though I certainly think they are wrong- with a Christian believing homosexuality is immoral. But if Homosexual and Bisexual people are denied equal rights and persecuted because of this irrational belief, then I feel it is my duty as a citizen- and as a human being- to stand up to that persecution.

You go on to say that "Athiests and agnostics tend to believe they evolved from muck." This is a gross misrepresentation of what evolution is. If you want to be taken seriously, I would strongly suggest you educate yourself a bit more on the topics you are discussing.

On the topic of validating everyone's opinions- while it sure sounds fun to tell everyone that they can all be right and that every idea is simultaneously correct in magical super happy fun-time world, that simply is not how the real world works. If I say that the earth is a flat plane and you say it's a cube, obviously only one of us can be correct, as the two things innately contradict each other. And when we are presented with the evidence that shows the world is round, no rational person would insist that flat-earth or cubic-earth theories should be humored and validated simply because they make people feel good.

-Leah Culbertson-Faegre