[Note: If you are a conservative christian and don't want to be pissed off, stop reading here.]
Wow. I shouldn't still get surprised by anything that conservative christians will do to force their beliefs on others, but I am. Take Maine for instance where Stand for Marriage Maine, heavily funded by the conservative christian movement narrowly repealed the gay marriage law. The whole campaign was based on lies and fear mongering to people who can't think for themselves. Sadly there are a LOT of those people out there still. Here are just some of the lies that are on the Stand for Marriage Maine website. (You should also watch the TV promos while you're there. Unbelievable.)
Lie: Vote Yes on 1 protects [marriage] as an essential institution that has benefited mankind since the beginning of time.
Truth: Since the beginning of time?? Get a grip. The version of marriage to be protected here- monogamous between one man and one woman- is a relatively recent invention. Gosh, if you consult the BIBLE- which, according to the science bashing conservative christians IS the beginning of time- you will see clearly that Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon, and others all had multiple wives. Why aren't you getting polygamy on the ballot? If, as you lying bastards believe, the bible is the indisputable word of god, then you better believe all of it.
Lie: Every culture in the world understands that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Truth: Have you heard of the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, South Africa, Norway or Sweden? Those cultures believe that gays and lesbians should have the same legal standing in marriage as heterosexuals. Or don't they count?
Lie: Maine citizens from all walks of life and backgrounds, whether religious or not, agree that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Truth: 47% of Maine voters believe otherwise.
Lie: [If same sex marriage is permitted] Maine will have abandoned its commitment to promote monogamous marriage as a foundation of society and an important policy to enrich Maine families. The interests of children in ensuring healthy marriages will be eliminated.
Truth: Did the Maine legislature allow for polygamy when it voted for gay marriage rights? NO. How will children be harmed if gays and lesbians are afforded the same legal rights as heterosexuals. THEY WON'T. Research shows that children raised by gay and lesbian parents are just as healthy as those raised by heterosexual parents. (But we aren't even talking about that here. ) These fear tactics are so very typical of the divisive behavior of these so-called christians. If Maine wanted to protect marriage "as a foundation of society", THEY WOULD HAVE OUTLAWED DIVORCE!! And here's what Jesus says about that in Matthew 5:32 "But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery. " Look it up. Then look in your own church to see who the adulterers are and prevent THEM from remarrying.
Lie: If the gay marriage law takes effect, teachers could have little choice but to teach young children there is no difference between gay marriage and traditional marriage and parents could lose control over what their kids learn in school about marriage.
Truth: NOTHING in the law passed by the state legislature of Maine dictates that teachers would have to say ANYTHING about marriage to their students. Yet, isn't it funny that these christian nut bags attack school boards across the country to force the teaching of creationism in favor of evolution. It never fails to amaze me that these hypocrites say that gay marriage is forcing our "lifestyle" upon them. Yet, when we say we don't want christian teaching in our schools (because, let's face it, the non-christians might get offended) we are christian bashing. F*cking hypocrites. And we know Jesus had a lot to say about hypocrisy. Look it up, bitches.
I am so weary of this fight. I am so weary of the lies that are told in the name of Jesus. I am so sick of the focus that conservative christians have placed on gays and lesbians in order to maintain their culture of fear and divisiveness. I am sick about the amount of money raised to prevent me from having the same legal privileges (not rights folks, privileges) that are afforded couples who happen to be heterosexual that could have been used to help people improve their lives. I don't profess to be a religious person, but I do know enough about the philosophy of Jesus to understand that the conservative christian movement is an extremist perversion of christianity and I think they've got a big surprise waiting for them. Peace and love are hard to find in the crazy rantings of today's talabanic christians. What a shame. I trust karma and the universe enough to know that one day these hypocritical ass hats will be dinosaurs. One by one they will fade into obscurity. Buh bye. Can't come soon enough.