The Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, released this statement via Facebook:
“Marriage is a basic human and social institution. Though it is regulated by civil laws and church laws, it did not originate from either the church or state, but from God. Therefore, neither church nor state can alter the basic meaning and structure of marriage. Marriage, whose nature and purposes are established by God, can only be the union of a man and a woman and must remain such in law. In amanner unlike any other relationship, marriage makes a unique and irreplaceable contribution to the common good of society, especially through the procreation and education of children. The union of husband and wife becomes, over a lifetime, a great good for themselves, their family, communities, and society. Marriage is a gift to be cherished and protected.”
And I have a very simple reply: How dare you? How dare you try to impose your internal beliefs and rules on the rest of us. You have no rights to me, or to anyone else who does not voluntarily choose to follow your teachings.
There is so much talk about the attack on religion. Well, I think we need to talk about the attack from religion. Right now, as seen in the post from the Archdiocese, there is a national discussion on Gay Marriage. Yesterday, President Obama came out in favor of Gay Marriage (a.k.a. Marriage). This is not an indication of any sort of policy change, or a sign of laws. It was a statement of personal belief, which we can only hope will translate into policy. As with every argument, there is more than one side.
On the Pro-Gay Marriage side, the arguments are thus:
1. Marriage is a legal contract between two consenting, legal adults, which comes with certain legal benefits and responsibilities.
2. Marriage is a public celebration and recognition of a committed relationship.
The Anti-Gay Marriage arguments seem to be:
1. Gay Marriage will destroy Straight Marriage…somehow
2. Gay Marriage will lead to people marrying kids, dogs, horses, pies, trees, etc…somehow
3. Gays want to force churches to conduct gay marriages…somehow
4. Marriage is only for making babies
It is the “somehow”s that are confusing. Straight Marriage has done a pretty damn good job of destroying itself. Divorce rates are somewhere around 50% or higher. As for the marrying of kids, etc, none of those are consenting, legal adults. Kids, dogs, horses, pies, and trees are unable to enter into legal contracts. And, to the forcing of churches, they are protected under the 1st Amendment from having anything of the sort happen. Churches have always been able to deny marriage to whomever they wish…within their own communities. Which is how it should be; if a priest, pastor, minister, etc does not want to perform a wedding and sign the marriage license, they do not have to. But, they do not have the right to stop someone else from signing it.
And that, I believe, is the main reason behind the attack from Religion: the fact that their influence does not extend beyond the doors of their churches. They want to dictate to the rest of us how we’re supposed to live our lives. It angers them to no end that they are not allowed to convert “by the sword” like the good old days.
So, I say to all the religious people in America: remember, your rights to my actions stop where I say they do, not where you say.