Religion and the Right

The Tea Party rally was just breaking up when I picked up my daughter from her day camp at Central Park. A woman standing at the fringe of the crowd held a big poster that read: “Gay Marriage is a SIN! God said NO on Prop. 8! God says preserve DOMA!” On the poster was a huge cross. My nine year old daughter asked me what her sign meant. I told her it was against human rights and the woman was a nutcase.

DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, was signed into federal law by Pres. Bill Clinton in 1997. It basically says legally valid marriage is limited to opposite sex couples, absolving individual states from extending the financial benefits and tax credits to which only heterosexual couples are now privy. And who supports this unconstitutional Act denying civil rights?

--Republicans for Family Values
--The Tea Party
--Focus on Family
--Proposition 8 [banning gay marriage] supporters (And who were they? Proposition 8 got on the ballot backed by millions from the Roman Catholic Church, and the Mormon Church, and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations, and, well, you get the picture.)

The foundation of this nation is based on a separation between church and state. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights prohibits the establishment of a national religion by the Congress or the preference of one religion over another, non-religion over religion, or religion over non-religion.

Our civil rights should not, MUST NOT be a determined by the church, or be beholden to any religious sect or organization/s. I am an atheist. I don’t recognize the Bible, Old or New Testament as truth, and as an American citizen it is my federal civil right NOT to believe according to our constitution. Christian morality doesn’t apply to me, or the many gay people who wish to marry. It should be in their civil right to do so. Yet senators, congressmen, presidents still choose religious ideology over constitutional laws that guarantee every U.S. citizen equal rights and protections.

Regardless of their religious persuasion, our elected officials have sworn to uphold our constitution, including The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, and have no right to push their religion's morality onto every American. Millions of our tax dollars have gone and will go to lawyers and court time over DOMA, absurdly prejudicial and preferential legislation originally meant to limit states financial liability, without understanding, maybe even acknowledging the cost to civil rights. Right-wing extremists like the Tea Party and Focus on Family have adopted DOMA as a monicker, preaching biblical text that says homosexuality is a sin and it should never be recognized as legitimate. But I don't believe in the bible. And I don't think being gay is a sin. Sin is a religious construct meant to control followers. I believe indifference to suffering and willful ignorance are the greatest evils.

They'll fight it out in court after court, appeal after appeal, blowing many more millions in tax dollars over a law that shouldn't have been written, yet alone endorsed and enacted. Pres. Clinton himself has said he would like to see DOMA repealed. If the right-wing has its way, DOMA will stay the law, limiting marriage and the benefits that come with the union to only heterosexual couples.

Doesn't really effect you? Not your fight? There are bigger issues out there of import...

Watch out! Today it’s denying gay rights, but tomorrow may be a woman's right to choose, or Interracial marriage, or maybe Jews again, or Muslims this time, or... You and your ideology may be next on the chopping block of the religious Reich.

1 comment:

J. Cafesin said...

If our Supreme Court Justices and Society at large are willing to uphold [what they perceive to be] unlimited gun rights of the second amendment, then why is it they don't support the 1st Amendment?