There is, as I’m sure nearly everybody knows, a big deal going on about Christians and gay rights advocates. I offer the following, which is nothing other than my current perspective, in the sincere hope that it will help to resolve the issue in the minds of at least some of the people on both sides
I have to say first off that I am not a Christian but I was
raised by Christians, so I do understand the belief system. To anybody who may
read this I’m going to first ask you to suspend your viewpoint, whatever it may
be, for a couple of moments so you may understand more about the people who you
think are in opposition to you. Some of The Ten Commandments don't apply to everybody
of all religions. I invite you to take a quick look at them from the point of view of someone who is not a Christian...
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me... What's the
point of being a different religion if you can’t have a different god or
concept of just who or what God is?
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image... I think
graven images are kind of cool myself. I like the artwork. It doesn't mean I
worship them though. But even if I did that is sometimes just the nature of being part of
a different religion .
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in
vain... I understand it's a good thing to be respectful to a god and those who
worship them but I really personally think they're big enough to take it
without being bothered. And if my swearing offends someone I sincerely apologize.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy... Good for
thee, not really important to me. If you aren't Christian or Jewish or several
other religions, there is no Sabbath day. Why keep it holy from that point of
5. Honor thy father and thy mother... Good idea provided the
return is acceptable.
6. Thou shalt not commit murder... Damn good idea! I
completely approve. I disagree with versions that say "Thou shalt not
kill" because sometimes killing is necessary. Hitler, for example, was a great person to kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery... Not really any of my
business, or the government’s, who you have sex with, but still a good idea.
It's absolutely great to have someone upon who you can rely, who won’t be
tangled up in random custody disputes or support payments, or won't infect you with
something you really don’t want to have.
8. Thou shalt not steal... Damn good idea! I completely
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor...
Or anybody else I would think! But this is another good idea. Always seek to
live with the truth.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt
not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his
ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's... I'm pretty okay with
coveting. As long as you follow number seven and eight above I'm good. Covet
away. But the second it becomes an ethical issue which effects other people, I’m against
So there are only five of them that I'm really in solid
agreement with. The reason I bring this up is to make the point that you have
to understand a lot of Christians haven't ever had this brought up to them. It
doesn’t make them stupid, insane or dull. It just means they’ve never thought
it through. They run very automatically under the assumption that even if you
are of a different religion the “Big Ten” still apply to everybody. Unless
someone takes the time to point that out to them in a very social way they will
continue to push them, by pure reflex alone, without ever thinking it through. To
some people this makes them look bigoted, like they are trying to use force to
get compliance with their beliefs. This I assure you is not the case for the
most part. And I say "for the most part" with some emphasis because
sometimes the minority of them are trying to use force to make their viewpoint
received. None of us are perfect.
Contrary to what some with an interest in promoting
conflicts would have us believe, most Christians are perfectly okay with you
having a different belief. Thus they can with all sincerity support their view
of traditional marriage without hating the people, who from their own view, the
majority of them are trying to help. The wrong thing to do is vandalize their
property and get mayors to shut them down or spread or listen to false and
sensationalized rumors about them in an effort to create enough strife to drive
them out of business.
Thus are the actions of mad men, and a damn handy way for
all of us to lose all of our freedom. The right thing to do is respectfully
disagree with them, telling them politely why you disagree with them, point out
the parts of their commandments that don't apply if needed and why they don’t,
and move on. That would cover ninety percent of the problems with the current
social strife on the subject which we are currently experiencing. The remaining
ten percent would be handled by spreading well documented, non-sensationalized,
truth about them and if applicable, don't eat their chicken sandwiches. That’s
your choice, which most people agree with and support if you’ve truly been
Just because someone does not
agree with your viewpoint does not mean they endorse what you conceive to be its opposite. There are always going to
be people with whom you are going to disagree. But because they disagree with
you doesn't mean they are going to hate you for it. So do yourself and them the
favor of not hating them for it. It doesn't serve anybody to make more enemies
than you have to.
The real enemies are quite bad enough.