Day Without a Gay

10 Dec

Today, all over our great country, people are calling in gay to work. No, that wasn’t my cold meds talking, you read that correctly. And doesn’t that just conjure up a fun image of a puzzled boss on the other end of the phone when their employee says, “Hi Ron. Listen, I can’t come in today because I’ve got homosexuality.” Read more here.

I heard something today that made me mad, and so, you get to read about it. A man was saying that in times like these (aka, major recession), if you have a job you should show up for it. If you don’t show up, there are plenty of people waiting in line to get a job – any job – so you should lose yours and give it to someone who won’t stay home because they have a point to make.

No, good sir, you should not. Furthermore, you should rethink those eyeglasses.

This is my humble opinion: Gay people do not have the same rights as straight people. I simply believe we should all have equal rights.

We are all entitled to our opinion, that’s the beauty of living in the United States. I do think, however, that if you want to argue against gay marriage and use the Bible as the reason why – you don’t want to have that conversation with me. Why? Because I’ll win, that’s why. If you don’t think a man and a man or a woman and a woman should be married, fine. Just say that. Just say, “I don’t like homosexuality and I don’t think homosexuals should be allowed to get married.” But please, please do not hide behind the Bible by telling me that homosexuality is an abomination.

Why? Well, the Bible contains lots of things in it that aren’t relevant to today’s times. Do you think we should uphold everything the Bible states? If so, you better find something else to do on college football Saturdays. According to Leviticus 11:7-8, touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Any crab leg lovers out there? Bad news, Leviticus 11:10 says eating shellfish is an abomination. Hear someone say GD? I don’t like it either, but is it really necessary to stone them to death as stated in Leviticus 24:16?

What about these examples from an open letter to Dr. Laura (that was forwarded around a few years ago)?

“-I want to sell my youngest daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. What would a good price for her be?
-Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. What’s a reasonable price for a Mexican? How about a Canadian?
-When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev.1:9). However, when my neighbors complain, should I smite them?
-Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.19:27. How should they die?
-My wife occasionally insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says she should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill her myself? Or is it okay to call the police?
-Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Is it really necessary for me to get the WHOLE town together to stone my father for cursing or blaspheming? (Lev.24:10-16)

-I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Leviticus 15:19-24). The problem is, how can I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.”

Church and State are separate for a reason. Laws should not be made based on the Bible. That doesn’t make me a bad person, and it doesn’t mean that I’m not a Christian. It means that I do not think that everything in the Bible should be taken literally, and that I think it’s wrong for people to use the Bible as their excuse for the reason they believe gay marriage should be against the law.

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3 Responses to “Day Without a Gay”

  1. Anonymous December 11, 2008 at 2:31 am #

    Give me a break! Can I call in tomorrow and miss a day because I am straight?

  2. Mandi December 11, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    Sure you can, Anon. It’s called a “personal day.” You can also marry whomever you choose – as long as they are the opposite sex, that is.

  3. Annette December 12, 2008 at 12:35 am #

    Great post, Mandi!! Quite a few people are ‘bible-selective’, and choose only the parts they want to apply, I’ve noticed.

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