The whole world now knows that my beloved home state, North Carolina, is comprised of a majority who believe that it is wise and prudent to deny basic human rights to a large segment of its population, the Lesbian and Gay communities. And the so-called Christian Right (which is neither, in my opinion) figured prominently in the creation and passage of a constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be the exclusive right of heterosexuals.
Ignorance, my friends, is no longer bliss; ignorance is bigotry, hatred, fear, and deadly judgmentalism.
I am frustrated by – and extremely weary of – “Straight America’s” constant disparagement of the lesbian and gay populations through its completely inaccurate use of the term “homosexual lifestyle”. There is simply no such thing, just as there is no heterosexual lifestyle. Plainly put (once and for all, I could hope), homosexuality is a matter of the heart, an emotional and physical orientation. Nothing more, nothing less. Just as there are a multitude of lifestyles within the straight population, there are multitudes of lifestyles within the gay and lesbian communities, and so I urge supporters of gays and lesbians to contradict use of the term “homosexual lifestyle” at every opportunity. And of course, there’s also its sister term, “homosexual agenda,” that when uttered by the heterosexual right sounds like a dirty word and is tantamount to saying something like, “homosexuals want to recruit the children and spouses of normal Americans.” Get over yourself. The homosexual agenda, if such a thing exists, is that equal rights to life, liberty, justice, and the pursuit of happiness without fear for loss of life, jobs, benefits, and children be available to all, be shared equally by everyone.
Whether in two years or twenty, Amendment One will be repealed. And it will be repealed, as a devout Christian friend and I both declared today, because of its inherent “lack of reverence for Life.” I firmly hold that this is an important time to be alive: ALL of us, whether we realize it or not and as odd as it may seem, are working together, even within our oppositional stances, to increase Love’s expression on the earth. BOTH “sides” are participating in creating a future in which, ultimately, Love prevails.
Among the many Facebook responses I saw this morning concerning the moral travesty of May 8, the following three posted quotes affected me the most.
“Do not depend on the hope of results…you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself…You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people…In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.” Thomas Merton
“I can’t for the life of me imagine that God will say, ‘I will punish you because you are black, you should have been white. I will punish you because you are a woman, you should have been a man. I will punish you because you are homosexual, you ought to have been heterosexual.’ I can’t for the life of me believe that is how God sees things.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“If you have to make a law that hurts a number of people just to prove your morals or faith, then you have no true morals or faith to prove.” http://www.someecards.com
May we work for the cause of Love and may “the reality of personal relationship,” as Merton asserts, “save everything.” Amen.
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