Love wins; religion loses its mind

The internet has been divided ever since the SCOTUS ruling; that equal marriage should be legal across all 50 states in America.

In the red corner, we have the positive messages; the show of support, relief, celebratory posts, as well as the reminder that there’s still a lot of work to do.

In the blue corner, we have the haters; the conservatives, the religious and generally narrow-minded folk who think that treating one group of human beings with the same respect as another group is a Very Bad Thing.

On my Facebook feed over the past few days, there’s been all sorts of tantrums thrown about the ruling that banning equal marriage is unconstitutional. These are just a few:

  • The classic “now gays are allowed to marry, what’s stopping paedophilia/incest/etc”.
  • Claims that “Satan is dancing today”, that SCOTUS has brought God’s wrath on America.
  • Memes popping up to the tune of “America needs God”, or “The Supreme Court is not the supreme being“.

Predictably, most of these arguments are made by religious groups or individuals – who claim to be loving, no less. How they equate driving people to suicide or putting them to death with “loving”, I dread to think.

If you're using the bible to hurt other people, you're using it wrong. "Love does no harm to its neighbour, therefore love is the fulfilment of the law." - Romans 13:10Now, I’ll be honest; I don’t have much emotional or mental capacity to fight with right now. What I was thinking when engaging with one of these people I don’t know, but, as a genderqueer, trans-masculine, pansexual, ex-Christian person, I’d witnessed one tantrum too many.

I replied by posting this meme (right), and the response, typically, was a load of cherry-picked bible passages. Attempts to pick holes in them was met with more bible passages. Then I gave up.

Had I the energy to fight back, I have my own armoury of bible passages:

Matthew 23:1-36 – English Standard Version (ESV) (From Biblegateway.com)

Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees

23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear,[a] and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi[b] by others. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.[c] And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. 11 The greatest among you shall be your servant.12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.[d] 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell[e] as yourselves.

16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ 17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? 18 And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’ 19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it. 22 And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.

23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside ofthe cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? 34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, 35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah,[f] whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. 

I am getting so sick of these righteously indignant tantrums – and, let’s face it, that’s what they are. Who’d have thought that granting equal rights to a group of people could be so terrible?

Especially when you consider what traditional marriage can really mean:

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