June 26th Was A Dark And Brightly Colored Day For America
Friday the 26th of June was a dark day for America’s religious-right; not because the Supreme Court ruled that all 50 states now have to allow and recognize same-gender marriages (most states already did), but because of how the Supreme Court’s ruling showed how shockingly awful the religious-right are at practicing their own religion.
Let’s take an objective, emotion-free look at Christianity. We can generally agree that Christianity is mostly about uplifting and improving the people around you. Does publicly shaming and condemning homosexuals to eternal hell-fire help achieve that goal, or work against it? Does it strike you as particularly Christ-like to publicly rub your disapproving opinion in their faces on their day of days? It’s fine to disagree, it may even be good to disagree, but to quote Plato, “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” Not a fool in that you’re particularly stupid, but a fool in that you’re letting yourself be driven by your emotions instead of thinking issues through (if you’re thinking, “Jesus said calling someone a fool is bad, so Plato was probably a gay”, then this article was written for you). If what you’re saying doesn’t add to the discussion, what are your motives for speaking?
Ironically, most religious people have experienced this same sort of public shaming; people make fun of religion all the time. Those encounters are normally weird, uncomfortable, rude, baseless, and although sometimes well-intentioned, they’re normally just plain pointless; comments like that aren’t going to change the way anyone thinks about their beliefs or “rescue their mind” from their religion. Those kind of comments are redundant, and are driven by angry emotions. People make them because they feel like they have to say something, and so Plato says that they might be fools. In kind, the comments that many conservative, religious folks have been making lately are also weird, uncomfortable, and pointless. They don’t help, they don’t add to the discussion. At best they’re incendiary and thoughtless. If you have made such public posts lately, maybe Plato is talking to you.
Let’s explore some examples of actual public posts by random, religious, right-wingers that were published on the 26th, and maybe point out how they aren’t helpful to anyone:
“I’m not proud to be American today.”
Really? What are you saying? That you’d rather live in Saudi Arabia? Again, most states already performed same-sex marriages. Even über-conservative states like Utah and Alabama. If you were still proud when 37/50 states allowed same-sex marriage, where was the tipping point? “I’m a proud American while only 37 states recognize gay-marriage, but as soon as we hit 44 states, I’m heading to Sudan!”
“Man can’t make right what God has said is sin.”
Why is this being said? It may or may not be true, but saying this NOW, at THIS point in time? It’s as if you’re trying to be that fat, vindictive kid in grade school that tries to rain on everyone’s parade. It’s the functional equivalent of saying, “Gay-marriage is legal? Well, good for you, but you’re still going to hell, ya queer!” Gay and straight folks the world over are already aware that many people are of this opinion, therefore there’s no need to tell anyone.
“Soon people will be marrying their dogs because they ‘love’ them.”
False. A dog is different from a human.
Here are a few conclusions one could draw from this article: Learn to communicate your ideas more effectively; be nice; W.W.J.D; don’t say redundant things; rainbows are pretty; if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything; Gasp! I’m practically a member of the Westboro Baptist Church; Plato was smart.
But seriously, the moral of this story is to just be smart about what you’ve set out to achieve. Whether that’s “winning souls for Jesus”, advocating for social equality, or just about anything really, don’t let your strongest passions become their own worst enemy.