I was watching The Matrix Reloaded when I came to that really boring part where Neo was talking to the Architect. It was then that I remembered something that I saw on the news late last night. There were two women who wanted to be married and the place that they chose to hold their ceremony refused to allow them to marry there. They filed a lawsuit on the grounds of discrimination. But here’s the catch: The facility that they chose was a church.
Now, I’ve got no problem with gay marriage. I see no reason why I should care what two people do in the privacy of their own home, if it’s not hurting anyone. Hell, I believe that life is short and that we should have just a little bit of happiness in that time. If the person chosen happens to be the same sex as they are, so be it. I truly do not care.
Also, I am no fan of the church. I think that organized religion is an oppressive practice, more often that not used to divide instead of unite. I think its purpose is to control who we are and what we think. There is no such thing as freedom when it comes to the church, and if the church had its way, we would be back in the Dark Ages, when no one could read, no one ever questioned the church, and the church was the only connection between man and God.
However, if you’re gay, why would you expect a church, of all places, to allow you to use their property to perform your immoral, hell-worthy, ceremony? These aren’t my words. The church says that gays are immoral, etc, etc. I think gay people are the most fun one can have without having to put your dick in something.
Let’s be real here. It clearly says in the Bible, the book that is the be-all, end-all as far as the church is concerned, that homosexuality is a sin; an abomination before God. It says it in multiple places, so it stands to reason that a church would likely see a gay person dead before it allowed them to hold a ceremony there. Wouldn’t be such a bad thing as far as the church goes, because that’s two less gay people sucking and fucking their way into Hell.
The women contest that they’re being discriminated against, and they’re right. The church in question makes no secret of that fact. The women also contest that the church is public property and anyone who wants to should be allowed to use it, but it isn’t. The church isn’t public property, because it’s a church. They don’t receive public monies; they are run completely on donations. They can allow you to use it, and they can refuse you. Churches are privately owned and they can kick you out as they see fit, much like Burger King, country clubs, or my apartment.
I don’t see why these women would want to use a church for their ceremony, and upon being refused, I don’t see why they would want to take this matter any further. This is what’s known as “rabble-rousing.” The church has no obligation to these women, because these women are not members, and they are gay, but the women start raising sand, anyway. It would be nice if the church let it go down, but they aren’t, so let it go. It would also be nice if Arabs found a way to express their anger that didn’t include burning something down. We can’t always get what we want.
I also do not believe that this church should be forced to allow these women to use their facility. If it’s against their religion to accept gays, then gays need to go somewhere else, simple as that. All places are not all-inclusive, like gay clubs, for instance. They’re not inclusive to men who don’t like swallowing cock. Sure, they’ll let you in, but at some point, you’re going to be asked if you’d like to smoke some man’s meat cigar, and that’s when you need to ask yourself just what the fuck you were doing in there in the first place.
It’s time for people to understand that things aren’t always going to be what they want them to be. All arenas of life are just not fair, but this isn’t about fairness. A church cannot be made to kowtow to a group that they publicly abhor. If these people get their way, what’s next? Is the Klan going to be forced to accept black people and Jews? The Legion of Doom taking on the Superfriends as members? My mouth accepting swordfights? Sure, it would make them all-inclusive, but it would also just make everybody miserable and someone’s likely to die during the transition. Which isn’t to say these women want to be members of this church; they just want to rent it. But the church publicly hates gay people, so it’s insane that gay people would even want to use church property for anything.
Speaking of churches, in Saturday’s paper, I read about the pastor who attacked his wife. Sad situation, but what there was a part at the end of the article, where one of the parishioners said that she wasn’t going back to the church in light of the pastor’s actions against his wife. The lady was engaged and was about to be married. She claims that it wouldn’t be in her best interests to take relationship or marriage advice from a person who was going through the marital problems that he was having.
I say, all the more reason to listen to him.
At the very least, one should take the opportunity to pick his brain to see what led him to making the decisions he made. I’m only suggesting learning from his mistakes. It can be done from afar, but to truly see what led him to do what he did, it would have to be done face to face. Assuming he’s willing to talk openly and honestly about it. Even if he hasn’t come to terms with what he’s done, he’s still got an experience under his belt that can be learned from. If I was thinking about jumping my wife in a parking lot, I’d probably go talk to a guy who already did it so I could see what I’ve got coming.
And perhaps, the day will come when he sees where he went wrong. When that day comes, he will be able to steer others from making the mistakes that he made. At the very least, he’ll have an entertaining story about life in jail.
My point is, just because someone is making or has made the mistakes that you are trying to avoid doesn’t mean that they can’t be a source of wisdom. If someone has had a failed marriage or birthed a child out of wedlock, it doesn’t mean that you can’t go to them for advice. People believe that going to people who are having relationship troubles or aren’t in relationships themselves is stupid. I say listen to them, because their stories can keep you from punching your wife in the face for putting socks in your underwear drawer
Lastly, there was something else that I saw in the paper, some letters about the specter known as global warming. I’ve wanted to say something about this for a while, but I kept writing blog entries about the Falcons or some crappy movie I saw.
Some people believe that global warming is caused by man. After all, the levels of pollution during the last 100 years is higher than at any other time in human history, mainly because we’ve got smokestacks and nuclear power plants, and so far archaeology hasn’t shown any evidence of an ancient Sumerian rubber factory.
Some people believe that global warming is a buzzword created by liberals and environmentalists and that global warming is a simple climate shift caused by an earth whose temperature ebbs and flows over the millennia. What we’re experiencing is simply the same thing that our distant ancestors went through just before the last ice age that brought us to the brink of extinction. Nothing to worry about.
Personally, I believe that there’s a kernel of truth in both sides. Yes, the temperature of the earth changes over the years, and eventually, the polar ice caps will melt, which is going to start the chain of events that will bring us back to an ice age. I mean, I saw “The Day After Tomorrow” just like you did. At the same time, I don’t believe that it was supposed to happen anytime soon. Our species was supposed to be destroyed by pole reversal or a meteor, not a new ice age. Because regardless of what the Bush Administration or oil companies will have you believe, breathing bus fumes or cities covered in smog is not a natural or healthy thing. Your eyes aren’t supposed to burn when you drive into downtown. The ancient Sumerians didn’t have air quality advisory warnings. I don’t think they had skin cancer, either.
My point is, no matter which side you’re on, I’m sure both sides can agree that all the crap that