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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay...Gay

Further proof that there is hope for justice even in a Red state. Ok, so it’s not a sure shot, but it is an attempt. Two women from Owasso, Oklahoma (gee, that sounds familiar for some reason) received a marriage certificate from the Cherokee Nation. This is an act that takes advantage of the greatest loophole ever. I mean, everyone knows that the U.S. Government can’t override tribal law, right? Well apparently, another tribal member filed a complaint. He needs to be smacked by both brides claims that Cherokee law prohibits same sex marriage. What the hell? When did that happen? It seems that he may be reading more into a law than what others have before him.

When will we (Americans as a whole) realize that what other people do with their lives is none of our damned business? Let people be who they are, not what we think they should be. But homosexuality is a sin. It says so in the bible. Maybe it is a sin, maybe it’s not. So what? Are you going to hell because you let two people who love each other get married? If you are, you should seriously reconsider what kind of god you are counting on to be merciful when it comes time to face her. Are you slamming God? Are you slamming the bible? Of course not, I am saying that there a few things in the bible that we would dare think of practicing or enforcing today. There are so many, I don’t really know where to start. Oh, let’s just touch on say…slavery, shall we? I mean, we all know that’s wrong, don’t we?

However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)

If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.' If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6 NLT)

I particularly like the way the bible deals with sex slaves:

When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)

Or we could just toss our slaves (as long as we have them now as the bible says we should) a good beating.

When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)

Ah, I know, I know, “How can he possibly think he can use the bible to argue for gay marriage?” Well, I can’t. I just wanted to point out that as great a source of knowledge and guidance the bible is, there are definitely aspects of it that just don’t apply to the modern world.

Isn’t it more important that two people love each other than what gender the object of that love is? I guess I just don’t see what the problem is.


At 7:22 AM, Blogger Breazy said...

well said Goody !

At 8:17 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...


At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I won't slam you for your beliefs but I am little offended as a Christian that
you use the bible as pulpit for your argument on gay marriage. I do as well
believe that we should not judge least thee be judged. Only God has that right.
I myself have no problem with gay marriage but I do believe it is something
that the majority of the hetrosexual population will never feel comfortable
with just as prostitution, and child molestation they think it's sick and just
plain wrong! But, as a americans isn't it wonderful that we all have the
freedom of speech and can voice our opinions.

At 8:20 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

No need to be offended, if you share the same views, then it is just a matter of the instrument I used to attempt to prove my point. I am by no means anti-bible. I just don't think that bits and pieces should be picked out of it and used as a weapon against another persons beliefs.

At 7:00 PM, Blogger JohnH985 said...

I really don't want to get too much in this, cause I'm sure I'll offend someone, but it's always amazing that the christian rightwing just know what is best for the rest of us and it's their job to make sure we do what they think is best for us. For a God of Love there sure is a lot of people that practice hate in his name.

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous mtreiten said...

I'm not offended. We've long ago let ourselves wear clothing of mixed fibers and ignore dietary laws. Not quite at the level of slavery, but a very clear point that's closer to everyday experience. It seems most of the current reactionary elements in the government as well as the populace feel they can pick and choose which pieces of the Bible apply to modern life. As soon as we all agree on that, we can begin to sort things out.

At 4:29 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

And how is it that homosexuality can be lumped into the same category as prostitution or I can't believe this was included, but child molestation.

I just dream of a day when my friends can have all of the benefits that I do. Here's to hoping.

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

A-freakin'-men, Goody! People need to mind their own damned business and let people live their lives the way they want to. Who, in their right mind, would even think that it's remotely okay to tell another person who they should or should not marry? Let them be married! If it makes them happy, right? What ever happened to "life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness"? That's all these ladies want: to be happy. I saw it on the news these past few days. It bothers me that their marriage is not recognised. What's the difference between this and interracial marriages, or a wealthy chick marrying some redneck, or a Catholic marrying a Jew, or whatever. No one should descriminate from race, creed, religion, sex, disability, etc. It's on job applications - So why not marriage licenses?

Wow! I got a little deep there. Sorry. But I'm a firm believer in "if it's not about you or your own business, then butt out buck-o!" Hee hee!

At 11:05 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

no need to apologize, you make some good points

At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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