It’s Not About Religion!04.16.09
New York may be the next state in line to allow same-sex marriage. Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) introduced a bill to follow in the footsteps of Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa.
Of course, he’s got himself a lot of opposition. Not surprisingly, this opposition consists of the religious community, particularly from Sen. Ruben Diaz of NY, who just so happens to also be an Evangelical pastor. (I’m sure he’s very fair in all of his decisions and doesn’t let his religious duties impair his governmental ones.)
“I think it’s a laugh in the face of the new archbishop,” Diaz said Thursday before the start of his meeting. “The Jews just finished their holy week. The Catholics just received the new archbishop. The evangelical Christians just celebrated Good Friday and resurrection. He comes out to do this at this time? It’s a challenge the governor is sending to every religious person in New York and the time for us has come for us to accept the challenge.”
Please take note that the religious people are the ones who are making this about religion, not the secular population. The governor of a state introducing a bill that would affect civil law has nothing to do with religious doctrine. There is no infringement upon anyone’s personal beliefs here. This is not about religion! We don’t have a law for every single one of Moses’ commandments, or for all of Jewish kosher laws, or Muslim sharia law. This is because we are not a nation ruled by religion.
Anyone who thinks that homosexuality is a sin and that it should be shunned and ignored and “cured,” deeply offends MY beliefs. But those people are entitled to those beliefs. And just as I don’t have to agree with them, they don’t need to agree with gay marriage. It also means that they’ll just have to deal with it and realize that their belief system isn’t the rule of our secular, free country.