I was so happily surprised when I received the following piece from my friend Andrew Heist. Andy and I graduated high school together and somehow have managed to remain friends. I say somehow not because of distance or different schools or jobs, but because I identify as a Democrat and Andy is a Republican. I know, right?
I love this piece, as you will see for obvious reasons, but also because I think it shows a part of me I don’t always express. I have conservative friends (and family) and I accept all people in my life as long as they are respectful and deep thinkers. Ain’t nobody got time for half-cooked ideas. I tend to rant and rave on here like a liberal lunatic so I think it’s good for the general population to know that.
And so without further distraction…. I bring you Andy’s Easter/Gay Marriage Piece.
This weekend is Easter Sunday, the single greatest holiday of Christianity. This is the celebration of Christ dying for our sins. Which we will revisit.
After a good week of “talking” (you guys just posted photos, that isn’t discourse) about Gay Marriage, I would like to come out as a Conservative Republican who attends church on the reg. That would make me a member of the “Christian Right” which as I have gathered, is quite hated among most of you. However, while “we” are portrayed a certain way, I am actually educated (BA Economics), well versed in the Bible (20 years of reading), think with actual logic, and if you haven’t dismissed me for being conservative yet, please continue.
For those of you using Bible verses. Stop. My friends on the right quoting Leviticus, you are correct that those are actual verses. It says a man should not lay with a man. Good job finding that on the internet. My friends on the left, you are also correct when you point out that Leviticus also bans other ridiculous things such as wearing blended fibers and having tattoos (My shirt right now is blended cotton and I have two tattoos…my bad). These are actual religious laws that were written in the Old Testament. The historic reasoning for some of those religious laws is actually sound, oddly enough. And these would be great if this was 5,000 years ago. Back when God would smite civilizations for drinking from the wrong river.
Here’s where it gets fun. If you’ve ever seen a play, you know that there is an Intermission. This is the break where you go to the bathroom, grab drinks, and head back to your seat. Go see Jersey Boys by the way, the Intermission is the worst part, stops the show. Anyway. When it comes to quoting the Bible in this debate, everyone appears to have gone to the bathroom, gotten their drink, and gone home. There is an entire second act. Namely, the New Testament.
The first four books of the New Testament are called The Gospel. I’ll leave out the preachy part for my atheist friends. This is where Jesus was born, then showed up in a Temple when he was around 12 (maybe like 20?), then showed up as The Man. One thing that he said right before a stoning was “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.” Hold onto that, we’ll refer back later. He performed miracles, walked around on water, got betrayed, was brutally murdered (crucified), descended into Hell (I get it for some of you, Hell doesn’t exist), rose again, and then ascended into Heaven (I get it again, you guys, leave it alone) Anyway, before that, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the light, nobody gets to the Father except through me.” This was when God became a forgiver, and not a destroyer. This was the new covenant.
When I say the new covenant, I mean that the old covenants were written in the Old Testament, refer to Abram (Abraham) and Moses. Each covenant is “over-ridden” by the next. Which means, the New Covenant (Jesus) is our current. Unless I am wrong and my friends who are Reverends will correct me. This means, while we may refer to the laws in the Old Testament, they are just that, old. The death of Jesus was the forgiveness of our sins. Which means, even if you consider a Gay man a sinner, he is also a forgiven sinner. Just like you, who cursed or lied at some point TODAY, is a sinner. Cast that stone. I fucking dare you. Oh wait…you can’t. Also, I just swore. I’m a sinner, if even to prove a point.
So now that we covered the Bible, let’s talk America. In my opinion this is the greatest country ever. It’s my opinion, deal with it. Hippie. (I lived in a commune for two months so I can call whoever I want a hippie.) Anyway, we have a constitution and amendments to said constitution. In my opinion, the two amendments in play in this debate are the 10th and 14th. I know you just wiki’d those so you can’t get mad when I say you didn’t know those amendments.
Anyway, The 10th basically says anything not mentioned in the constitution is left to the states (this is my favorite of the amendments by the way). The 14th basically says you cannot cannot make a law denying privileges that others enjoy (lawyer friends, feel free to roast me). So buckle up, here comes the opinion of someone who is firmly religious and kind of an Originalist with the Constitution.
Marriage was never defined in the Constitution, so some states decided that you could marry who you wanted (10th). Some people got pissed because some people are like that, you can never please everyone. Guess what? Now the 14th comes into play, because a right that is extended to some citizens is not extended to others. This amendment, under the Equal Protection Clause, decided Brown V. Board of Education and I hope it decides this decision as well.
The government should never have been involved in marriage to begin with. Honestly. In my opinion they come too close to anyone’s home by licensing the union of two people. However, if they must intrude, which they always do, intrude on everyone. Give everyone the same benefits. We were founded on the principle of freedom for all and I’ll be damned (swore again) if we do not live up to it.
So yes, as a Conservative Republican, I support Gay Marriage. I support it because Jesus forgives everyone (even Westboro Baptist…..sigh) and because the government should not deny anyone of any right. So get married, live your life, raise some kids to think for themselves. It is your right, and I honestly do not give a damn (swore again) about what you do with the life you want to lead.
I am still a Republican and will continue to be. I am a Republican because I believe everyone deserves the right to live their life with minimal government intrusion.