Legally Sinful

We get two newspapers every morning (my wife loves to stay on top of the news) and all I usually do are the comics and word puzzles. To me, everything else is the same old drek. However, this morning I couldn’t help but notice the front page story about how the US Supreme Court decided not to decide about gay marriages. They left it up to the states. As a history major and avid history buff, I agree with that decision. Mainly because it is constitutionally correct- those powers not specifically given to the federal government are left to the state governments. Marriage is not a federal issue, it is a civil one. The Supreme Court should not interfere.

What’s that leave us with? According to the Florida Today story, more than 60% of the states of this country will allow gay marriages; in other words, if we define normality as a condition where the majority of the population performs that particular activity, then gay marriages will be “normal” for citizens of the United States.

I have family members who have declared they are gay, and I love them. I know gay people, and I don’t treat them any differently than anyone else. But I am also someone who believes in God and that He says homosexuality is an abomination. It is a sin. Of course, I am also a sinner, and in God’s eyes, sin is sin- whether I am homosexual or whether I lie to people, in God’s eye it’s all the same. It’s a sin, so I don’t believe that we should treat gay people any differently than we treat anyone else, since we are all sinners. You’ve heard it said before: hate the sin and love the sinner.

But I do not agree that it is normal, and I do not agree that it is right, just as I don’t agree that murder, or adultery or idolatry is right.

From a scientific view, gay marriage is planned extinction. After all, the natural (not legally normal; at least, not anymore) way of things is that species survive through propagation. I am sure the gay population recognizes that same sex marriages can’t produce children. I think in science class one of the ways to define if something is alive or not is whether it can reproduce itself. If men marry men and women marry women, then other than adultery or fornication (both sins, if you recall) there is no chance of the human species propagating itself if gay marriages are the standard. Oh, yes- there will be enough of those minority types, you know- the ones who don’t go along with the crowd, the outsiders, the (what shall we call them?) oh…yes…the heterosexuals. Those people who believe that we should do what the body is designed to do. There’ll be enough of those around to produce babies that the gays can adopt. Of course, the more children that grow up in a family of two same-sex parents, the more likely they will find that to be the correct way to live and will, most likely, want to do what their parents have done.

Maybe we should organize a movement to send a bill to Congress asking for a constitutional amendment to change the name of this country to Sodom, or Gomorrah? After all, by the third generation of gay marriages those children will think heterosexual is wrong.

Everything I am saying is not “gay bashing”, and anyone who is thinking that is an ass. What I am saying is psychologically and socially sensible. It just follows that as more and more children are raised by same sex parents, more and more adults will find same sex relationships normal.

The truth is, they aren’t. Maybe they are the majority, maybe they are legally allowed, but that is not the way humans are designed. If you want to self-propagate then become a mollusk. All mollusks are hermaphrodites. In fact, that’s probably the best way- there won’t be any animosity about gay or straight, there won’t be any spousal abuse, and the divorce rate will certainly decrease!

I am also willing to bet that the gay marriages will prove to be more stable than the heterosexual ones- our divorce rate is nearly 50%, right? I think that, after fighting so hard to get the right to marry, gay couples will naturally fight more to keep their marriage intact. For us different-sex marriages, so very many of us (myself included) are on second or third marriages. Gay marriages may offer a lesson for us, the lesson being: that which is worth fighting to get is worth fighting to keep.

That doesn’t say I am for gay marriages- I am not. I am not a proponent of, nor do I find acceptable, homosexuality. I believe it is as normal, forgetting my legal argument above, as any other physiological condition. Sexuality is more a condition of emotions than organs. I don’t think anyone can argue that, especially since most every transsexual states they are a person trapped in the body of the wrong sex. We also know, scientifically, that emotions are strongly influenced by hormones. Give a man enough progesterone and he will be very confused; the same will happen if you give a woman too much testosterone. We each have some of both of these hormones, and in the correct balance, with the proper psychological environment, I believe that everyone would be heterosexual. I believe that homosexuality is a combination of both hormonal and environmental conditions that come together in a way to over-ride the natural gender identity.

In other words, I believe it is a choice. Just as someone with allergies chooses to overcome their condition with proper medication or sneeze their way through life. Just as someone with diabetes can take insulin or suffer the consequences of their disease. It is a choice to stay the way they feel or take medication to overcome the imbalance, and maybe go through counseling to help understand who they are once their hormones are in balance.

Just the same way we choose to accept the Grace of God or reject it. Most of us just prefer to stay the way we are- we don’t want to be holy. Maybe because we hated all the “holy” people we ever knew, maybe because we are honest enough to say,  “The heck with eternity- I just want to have fun now.” Maybe because we are just happy as we are, sort of like sheep being led to slaughter. If the grass along the way to the slaughter house is green, fresh and tasty, “Yum!! I’m in heaven. Lead on, Macduff!”

If you are not right with God, if you are reading this and not a Believer (of course, why would a non-Believer be reading this? Oh, yeah- maybe they want to see if there is a better way) or if you don’t know what to believe, believe this- the Acharit HaYamim (End Days, i.e., The Apocalypse, Baby!!) is right around the corner. The last real haven in the world for religious freedom and uprightness has become a sinful country, with corruption everywhere and sexual sinfulness not just occurring, but (now) legal.

I love this country, and I served in the Marine Corps to protect it. I believe in the ideals we once stood for. But I gotta tell ya, I am second-thinking things. I took an oath to protect this country from all enemies, foreign and domestic, but how do I protect us from ourselves?  We have kicked God out of the courts (remember when the 10 Commandments hanging on the courthouse building were adjudicated as unconstitutional?), we have kicked God out of the schools (Brown vs. the Board) and now we have kicked God out of the very institution He created- marriage.