… and eff off! … um… if you would please be so kind. (◕‿~)✿
There would be none.
From the religious standpoint, it is a violation of an ancient law, a bible verse from the Book of Leviticus written two thousand years ago. By this logic, (and I’m using the word very lightly), we should legalize slavery and define the rules on how to beat your slave.
But, that is what you believe is the inerrant word of your god. So, okay, let’s dance to that tune. Guess what. It still doesn’t affect you!
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The fact that you, (and I), don’t fully understand how someone can feel romantic love for a person of their same sex, or that your religiosity makes you see gay love as an abomination; furthermore, that you might be grossed out by thinking about the ‘how’s of gay sexuality, are not good reasons for gay people to be denied the right to get married.
If you think that homosexuality is a choice, please think really hard and try to remember when you decided to be heterosexual. You won’t be able to remember, because you didn’t. You were born that way, and so were they.
Why should heterosexuality be more valued, or viewed as more normal, or more moral than homosexuality? It isn’t.
Why should you be concerned with what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their home?
Gay marriage is a matter of justice. Gay people are people, they deserve the same privileges and protections associated with marriage that everyone else is granted.
More importantly, homosexuality is a form of love, and just for that it deserves respect.
The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”
― David Foster Wallace
Saying that other people’s marriage is against your religion is like saying that I can’t have cake and ice cream because you are on a diet. @Monicks
One of the most overrated and trite phrases believers ultimately shout at atheists and skeptics, in their frustration when we retort with our evil reason and logic to their attempts of proselytizing is “Jesus loves you!”
Jesus loves you? What does that even mean?
When someone loves you, they go out of their way to show you their love for you. Think of your parents, your siblings, your closest friends, your life partner. Think of the people you love, you worry about their wellbeing, you do things to please them, you want them to be healthy, content, their needs taken care of, in a word — happy.
What could Jesus ever do for you? Does he look after you? Does he feed you when you’re hungry? comfort you when you’re sad? heal you when you’re sick? or at least if not magically, does he remind you to take your meds? Does he stay up until you get home to heat up dinner for you, and keep you company while you eat? Does he worry about you and give you a call when he hasn’t heard from you in a while? No, he doesn’t.
These are some of the things that anyone would do for the people they care about, and you probably do some of these things for the people you care about. Even if Jesus had existed, and was a real person and demigod two thousand years ago, he can’t do anything for you today. Heck! If Jesus had had the power the bible says he had, he could have done so many amazing things for all mankind; instead of healing a couple of blind men and a couple of lepers, he could have eradicated blindness and leprosy, and done so with much less effort than our scientists eradicated poliomyelitis; instead of turning water into wine for a wedding, and feeding a few hundred people with bread and fish, he could have appeared a freaking river full of fish for all Ethiopians to feed off; wouldn’t that be something awesome and worthy of someone with such powers and love?
— Monica Salcedo (@Monicks) December 7, 2011
— Monica Salcedo (@Monicks) December 7, 2011
But Jesus loves you.
According to the Christian doctrine, no matter who you are, whether you believe in him and his heavenly father or not, whether you’re good or bad, if you’re worthy or not of his holy love, Jesus loves you just the same. Deservedly or not, you are loved by Jesus. Jesus loves everyone, and does exactly as much for everyone — nothing.
Love without a single demonstration is not love, it’s just a word. Now is when I should remind you of the millions of people suffering and dying from disease and famine in the world, right? I don’t think I need to.
What makes love meaningful and wonderful is precisely its uniqueness; you are loved because you are special to the one who loves you.
Jesus loves everyone.
Jesus’ love is meaningless.
You think differently? Prove me wrong, and I’ll change my mind.