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The Great Gay Marriage Debate… June 27, 2011

Posted by marchooks in Politics.
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I recently posted my objection to using religion as a basis of what I believed to be bigotry against gays on Facebook. I followed it up with a request to get one reason why there shouldn’t be gay marriage. The screen capture is below.

The Facebook Post That Started All of This

This sparked a lively debate on the comments section and I began to realize analyze what people were saying. First though, what sparked this thought process was a happen to walk by the television when a reunion of one of the Real Housewives of (not sure) was on. One of the women was a lesbian and the other said that the bible says that it’s wrong and that is what she too believes. I was appalled that no one challenged her on this. They took what she had to say as the truth. Then, New York passed a law allowing gay couples to be married in that state. And it came to the forefront of my mind.

First, I grew up in a Catholic family. I read the bible, went to church every Sunday and for ten or so years went to Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (a.k.a CCD) classes. Which if you don’t know, are the bible school of the Catholic religion. I grew up a religious person, firmly believing in God and yes. that gay people were sinners. I grew up and formed my own opinions. I soon discovered that gay people were not really any different than anyone else. And that they don’t fall in the stereotypes I knew. I discovered that I should care about my own shortcoming instead of worrying about the “sinners”. For background purposes, I am a straight male, 27 years old. So with full disclosure, I continue unabated.

First, I’d like to take on the “bible says gay people are sinners” point of view.  The two main passages I hear quoted the most are from Leviticus. They are Leviticus 18:6  “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female. It is an abomination.” and Leviticus 20:13: “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads” If you believe that scripture should be taken literally than there is no disputing that the Bible condemns homosexuality. And I am not going to argue that point.

What I instead argue is that you are cherry picking verses from the bible and saying that others are “past it’s time”. For instance in Letitivus 18:19 the verse says “‘Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.” I have rarely ever heard this and am sure more than a few have done it. There is also  Mark 12:19 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.” Last I checked, this isn’t custom for women to do. If my brother were to die, I’m not going to marry his wife and have children with her. That is ridiculous. The bible is filled with these. There are passages that if a bride is not a virgin, she shall be stoned to death (DEUTERONOMY 22:13-21) and dozens more like it. The Bible is a book from a different age, to pretend that all of the customs and laws pertain to us in 2011 is ludicrous. And to choose which are and aren’t is ignorant. We as humans are flawed, and our interpretation of the bible is flawed to. None of us are perfect vessels.

Next up, is the “fabric of society will tear if Gays are allowed to be married” argument. I’m not sure how to even respond. The state of marriage in this country is bordering on flimsy. Almost half of babies born in America are born to unwed mothers and the divorce rate is near fifty percent. Allowing gay people to get married would do nothing to change those numbers.

And we can’t forget the “activist judges” argument. When Massachussetts and California legalized gay marriage by a court decision, many conservatives blamed the judges for ruling based on agenda than on legal precedent. And of course, you could argue that. But what it fails to recognize is that many conservative causes have been upheld by judges as well. And I never heard the “activist judge” charge get called when the ban on handguns in the city of Chicago was reversed. The conservatives applauded the change and recognized that a liberal Chicago would never overturn it on it’s own. Judges are one part of the Government the United States has. They have an ability to rule on laws and overturn them. In fact, since they don’t run for election, they can incite the most change or stay the course against public opinion. Brown v Board is a perfect example how judges had the ability to achieve what at the time, our elected officials were not.

In my Facebook post, I have asked for a logical reason against gay marriage. So far, I have not received one. I have received a lot of talk. I have received the argument that I should come up with a reason they should instead of why not. Well the reason is simple. It’s to allow homosexual couples the same rights that heterosexual couples have. From tax benefits, hospital visits, inheritance, to the dignity of being seen as normal. I don’t pretend to be an activist, I’m just a normal guy trying to see why something so illogical to me is overwhelmingly present in our society. Discrimination against gay people is wrong, no matter what your religion. And if you use the bible as a weapon of hate, you don’t understand God at all. The God I grew up believing in was the only one that could judge you. “let he without sin cast the first stone” is a oft-quoted, rarely understood phrase. I think in time, these people will see that they are on the wrong side of history and will regret their ways.


Why Obama Will Win Re-election in 2012 April 19, 2011

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Lately, with the political climate heating up, a lot of people have been wondering whether Barack Obama will have a second term as President of the United States of America. Well, I always answer yes. The preponderance of evidence suggests that he will in fact be re-elected. To cut through all the partisan myths and lies I plan to lay out several reasons why he will be the President through 2016.

Number 1: He’s won before

He’s Barack Obama. This is the man who’s poetic speeches swept the country in 2008. The nation seemed crazed about him as a candidate like none other since John F. Kennedy. He was young, good looking and spoke of a nation most of us had given up on during the Bush years. In 2012, he’ll be making those speeches again. And it will be hard for much of the nation to forget why we elected him in the first place, no matter what facts get thrown into the conversation.

Number 2: His Team

David Plouffe is the best there is. He took a candidate known mostly for a great speech and turned him into a viable option for President. He handled holes in Obama’s resume like inexperience better than anyone expected. Most importantly though, he developed unconventional strategies that took down both Hilary Clinton and John McCain. In the primaries, he made Hilary Clinton’s team seem like bumbling idiots. For Super Tuesday, he worked out a plan that basically kept Obama afloat and developed a far reaching future plan that eventually knocked her out. If you don’t remember, Clinton and Obama were basically neck and neck after Super Tuesday. Clinton’s team predicted that would be their death null so they didn’t put much thought into states after that. Plouffe realized that this is where they could gain a sizeable lead and take home the victory. In the general election, Plouffe designed a plan that would keep McCain on his toes and defending his home turf instead of making inroads on the “leaning blue” states. This allowed Obama to win states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and many others. The plan was to not rely so heavily on Ohio and Florida like previous unsucessful democrats did (i.e Gore and Kerry). These strategies are one of the biggest reasons Obama is President today.

Number 3: Money

Obama is gifted in one thing above all. Getting people to cough up large sums of money. Through his outreach to the internet community, he broke multiple records for donations. In September 2008 he raised a staggering $150 million. He may not have the same kind of donors as before but I assure you, he will raise a ton of money.

Number 4: The Economy Stupid!

The economy is steadily improving. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was puttering along when Obama was elected, on the heals of a banking crisis, American car companies near failure and an ever dropping unemployment rate. The future seemed bleek. But throughout his Administration, Obama has improved the economy slowly. The unemployment rate is back to what is was during the end of the Bush Presidency and the DJIA has gone from 8500 to over 12000. This upward trend will only get better as the election draws near. Obama will tout that he brought us from doom and gloom to hope and progress.

Number 5: A House divided

The GOP is in two pieces right now. The Tea Party and everyone else. Polls are done that a large amount of Republicans in Southern states believe that Obama was not born here. Some believe that we should cut taxes to an all time modern day low. Taxes so low that the government would not be sustainable. This far right of the party can run this party right into the ground. Just like it almost did for the Democrats in 2004.

Number 6: Who’s going against him?

In years past, The Republican party seemed to have a guy waiting in the wings. Bush I then Bob Dole then Bush II and McCain after that. That’s the way it was run. Now in 2012, there is no apparent front runner. Palin has dropped in the polls because that hokey “I love America” thing only lasts so long before people ask for real answers. Palin has none. Romney, who is in my mind the front runner, has problems connecting because his Universal Health Care plan in Massachusetts and his religion. Getting through the GOP primaries is hell. You have to be so conservative that you risk alienating the general population. Right now, according to some polls, Donald Trump is in the lead. This shows exactly what is wrong. The GOP is looking for a hero. Someone they could rally behind to beat the “evil Obama”. Instead they will get a bunch of guys that couldn’t be McCain in the last primary and a reality TV host.

There are just six reasons that Obama will win re-election in 2012. I could have inundated you with more facts and figures but I didn’t want to flood the senses. I will dig deeper with future posts but there is a little to go over. If you disagree with the opinions I have given, please feel free to tell me.

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