I normally stay away from arguments/debates involving the bible. For one basic reason: In my experience, those who get into arguments/debates about the bible, are not willing to have a rational, academic discussion about it. And I don’t have the patience for irrational nonsense.
If you want to have an intellectual discussion with me, by all means, let’s do so. If you are going to pull the “But it’s the word of god and therefore we must do everything it says” card, don’t even bother.
Now, I don’t know this woman. I didn’t do a research on her philosophy or who she is. I came across her video on Facebook from a friend who’s judgement I trust so I decided to give it a try. And she had a number of GREAT points there.
It all could have stopped there.
But then I remembered one of my favourite quotes, which I even have on my FB profile:
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
And you know what? I’m sick and tired of
pompous, ignorant asses people using the most ridiculous reasons to justify being against gay marriage. I know, I know. I do believe that people are entitled to believe whatever they want. Freedom of speech, right? But their reasons… Le ugh. It reminds me of this meme from a while back:
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t have ANYTHING against religious people UNLESS – in their mind, being religious means having the right to tell other people how to live or think, or even worse, to kill those who disagree with them.
I’ve known a many great number of religious people who are decent human beings. I’ve also known a number of atheists/antitheist/agnostic people who are terrible, ugly human beings. And vice versa. Being religious (or non-religious) doesn’t make ANYONE a better (or worse) person. Period. It is their actions, their morality, their compassion, the way they treat others , specially those who have different beliefs, what makes a difference.
Anyway, here’s the video:
One of my favourite parts?
This whole thing perfectly exemplifies why people who cite the bible as a justification for denying others their legal rights are INSANE
And here’s why I so agree with that. ONE thing is a legal right and one other different thing is a religious right. If you think your church shouldn’t perform gay marriages THAT’S ABSOLUTELY FINE BY ME. Every church has the right to not perform them. Gay people just won’t go get married there. But civil rights, legal rights are a completely different thing altogether.
How dare religious people believe they have the right to dictate what my legal rights are? To believe that a nation/state/city should make their laws based on religious beliefs. That’s beyond me.
My other favourite part?
If you’re going to claim that you stand up for biblical principles, stand up for them. But that means stand up for ALL OF THEM. Don’t just stand up for those that give you a person to hate or an easy victim to [something I don’t understand]
It really fracking annoys me when people choose and pick from doctrines to justify their actions. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but that to me, can only mean two things:
1. You’re a bastard and/or a hypocrite.
2. You’re are either too dumb or too lazy to take the time to educate yourself and learn the whole thing instead of just spewing what has been indoctrinated in you
Yes, I know I am being a bit harsh here but it angers me when people pretend to deny other people their human and legal rights based on religious assumptions.
That is simply not acceptable!
PS: Please remember I speak English as a second language. I think I made a few typos/errors so it you spot them, please let me know and I’ll fix them. Thanks! :)