DrMyers’s Blog

November 13, 2008

Proposition 8: Walking the Fine Line!

Filed under: Election,Government,McCain,media,Obama,Politics — drmyers @ 7:54 pm
Tags: , , ,

While a majority of Americans were waiting on election results to determine the next President of the United States, residents in California were just as if not more anxious while awaiting the results of a Proposition.  An issue once thought to be settled, was rehashed election night and has led to what some may argue the “Vote that crossed the line”.

Proposition 8 articulates wanting to amend the state constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman.  If that’s not clear enough, the “Official” language of the proposition state, ” Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry”.  Whereas many people cried tears of joy on June 16, 2008 as wedding bells rang throughout the state, this euphoria has been short lived.  Marriages are set to stay in place until the final votes are tallied and are certified.  Judging by exit polling and the votes already tallied, a close race will dissolve thousands of marriages throughout the state.

I have often wondered what prompts constiuents to form their opinions when voting regarding their fellow brothers and sisters.  Is this vote based on the outer appearance of their neighbors or the actions that take place in their neighbors private bedrooms.  Race, Sex, and Sexual Preference have often had a strange allurement when people have had to make core decisions: hiring for jobs, educating our youth, caring for our sick,  protecting our country, and finaly the way two consenting adults decide on how the relationship they share will be defined.

After doing some reading, I have become aware that the African-American vote sparked by the presidential election although aided Obama in getting closer to the White House, this vote also added to the redefinition of the house shared by same-sex couples recently married.  One would be surprised that some African-Americans do not consider the rights of homosexuals equal in merit of the rights fought for during the Civil Rights Movement.  As an African-American myself, I find this hard to believe, but I also have encountered many people who still view homosexuality as a choice simply based on who one would chose to be sexually intimate with.  What was very enlightening to me is that the country of South Africa recognizes Same-Sex Marriages, and I bet a lot of African- Americans even realize that it’s being done in the motherland!

In my mind, knowledge is to blame.  Believe it or not, there are many towns across this nation that boast to be 100% gay free.  I can remember the harassment one of my classmates received when it was assumed and/or believed the he was homosexual.  Small cities have used the term GAY as a negative brand of shame, scarring millions of young men and women causing them to either, straighten up and fly right or to simply end it all by dying physically, mentally, or shutting down emotionally.  Year after year, seniors graduate from their high schools, still unsure of who they are sexually, or fully aware that their happiness will never be respected by their families, and now for those in California, recognized by the state.

Some of the biggest supporters of this proposition were sects of the church.  In New York on yesterday, protesters marched on the Mormon Church, displaying their disagreement of that church’s support of this proposition.  How church’s get themselves involved in these things, one will never know, but let’s be very clear; basing public policy upon what is and what is not accepted in the church is not what I understand this country or the church to stand for.  Jesus stated two truths that directly relate to his topic.  The first was to  “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar, and render to God what is God’s”, this statement ends all arguments, that a christian must choose between his church and his state.  Our, and yes I am a born again christian, belief is personal and can only be displayed by our personal lifestyles, not the implementation of our lifestyles translated through policy onto other people.  His second statement instructed that “What is done to the least of mine, is also done to me”.  This second statement, for Christians, should be a “reality check”, something that keeps us meek, humble, and definitely non-judgemental of anyone we do not understand or agree with.  Again, some major supporters of this Proposition were sects of the church.

Walking the fine line of defining faith and family, I can only offer this remedy which is fact.  Homosexuality is nothing to fear, and is not contagious, and when writing those famous words, “All men are created equal”, I am almost certain it did not exclude homosexuals.  To those homosexuals who’s lives are being negatively affected by this, I urge you to go and speak to those pastors in the small rural town in California.  Answer their questions, visit their homes, you may be the only homosexual they have ever met.  And to the churches remember:  God Saves Souls…not Sex!

Advertisements

4 Comments »

  1. Well said, my friend.

    Comment by Brandi Collard — November 19, 2008 @ 11:55 pm | Reply

  2. I wish more relig. people could see the big picture as you have done on this issue. With some getting all fired up that “the end is near” I am glad to find voices of reason in a sea of fear. If they are secure in their faith they really should not care if same sex couples marry. I also like how you used bible verse to make a point to the relig. people maybe it will help those who do not feel church and state can be separate find some reason and a way by faith to make it so.

    Comment by Heather Berzins — November 20, 2008 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  3. Well said.

    Comment by Angela Scholder — November 25, 2008 @ 10:35 am | Reply

  4. A letter from one Christian woman to other Christians. I am struggling with an overwhelming sense of hurt and sadness. The hurt comes from the discrimination of my relationship. The discrimination that my relationship with my Lesbian partner of 5 years. Writing into the California Constitution that our relastionship does not deserve the equal rights under the law and in society that straight people enjoy. As most straight people love and respect their spouse, I love and respect my partner. As fiercely protective as straight people are of their family, I feel the same fierce protective instinct for my partner.
    This issue that Prop. 8 brought to the forefront is highly important to me because it has everything to do with me and my personal life and has no effect on straight people and their family. If I were to get married, it would not diminish or take away anything from straight marriages one bit.
    Isn’t there enough in this world stacked against love, and against hope, and against those very few and precious emotions that enable us to cope with life?
    We are just a couple of people excited and passionate at the prospect of just a chance of nourishing love and having all the tools available to fight against its destruction.
    How could we not be disappointed and angry? How could we not carry a deep sense of injustice? The votes against our lives and our equality are unfair, unjust and wrong.
    The fact that religious people were at the forefront of taking the right to marry away form thousands of people is shameful. How does this follow what Jesus calls the second greatest commandment “Love each other as yourself”? This violates the core belief of our Christian faith to treat others as we want to be treated and the promise that every American citizen makes, no matter their religious belief, to uphold the values of liberty and justice for all.
    People should be allowed to make their own choices and that they can read the Bible for themselves and get revelation for their own lives. Human beings should not be the dictators of revealing the meaning of God’s intent.
    This idea is in alignment with the basic fundamental Baptist principles of liberty and protection from the denomination in the majority’s ethics imposing its standards on the denomination in the minority.
    Why should the governing authorities prefer the conservative Catholic or conservative Evangelical definition of marriage over the Buddhist or United Church of Christ or Unitarians’ definition of marriage? Not everything that comes out of secular society is good. Not all faiths are created equal.
    This may force Christians into reconsidering what it means to be united in Christ. Are we united with traditions like the Mormons, who claim the name of Christ, but under radically different interpretations than the Baptists? Are we even members of the same body of Christ? When we are suspicious of each other’s faith, is this how the body functions? Could it be that our acceptance of others who do not believe exactly as we do, be the test of our true faith?
    This raises a question unanswerable at this point. In fact, no one has come up with a satisfactory answer to it yet: how do we live in a diverse society, with the courage of our convictions but respect the views of others? Or to put it more simply, how does God intend for us to live together, yet apart?
    Liberal believers, particularly from denominations such as the United Church of Christ or the Universalists, acknowledge that belief exists in a diverse cultural setting. For them, the church is pretty much where it was in Paul’s day: aware of, and impacted by, other belief systems. These are not seen as a threat so much as an opportunity to hear how “God is still speaking.” There’s nothing to lose, no way to go backwards, because things are continually moving forward.

    Comment by Cherryl Weaver — November 25, 2008 @ 10:00 pm | Reply


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: