I started out my Monday in a fair mood (it is Monday, after all) but then a coworker sent me this. And while rage mode set in, I tampered it down to a reasonable level of smoldering anger after I read this article. Oh, Texas, you glorious assholes.
Of course, they’re reading the first Amendment to the Constitution – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” – and shouting that making marriage equal for all is a violation of their rights to freely exercise their religion. Problem, however – marriage is not, nor has it ever been, an exclusively “Christian” institution. It is an institution presided over by the government. See, now, Texans think that they can “oppose same sex marriage because it’s against their religion.” Guess what? Unless someone is making you get married to a same sex partner against your will, they’re not actually prohibiting your “free exercise” of religion. You can practice your religion on your own time however you damn well please. But when you are at work (for the state and federal government) your JOB takes precedence over your squeamishness at same sex marriage. Sorry that thinking about two people of the same sex having sex makes you uncomfortable, but I have a hard time imagining you laying with your ugly wife. *shrug* unfortunately for me, that’s not a good enough reason to demand you get divorced – or to demand that you can’t get married in the first place.
What if the only person in your county was opposed to straight marriage? Can someone in Texas make this stand? Make a claim that straight marriage is against your religion, because its sanctity has been compromised. If I was in Texas, and not Vermont, I would become a clerk of a county just to do this. Someone please take this up. Please.
That mode of protest honestly probably isn’t the best. I found the best image that, I think, sums up Texas’ argument:
Texas, you’re pretty fucking dumb.
Also, I like that the resounding argument is that we “have and always will be a Christian nation, so we need to uphold those values.”
You know, that First Amendment you like to wave around like the bible you so callously flail around piecemeal and without context? Yeah… you’re doing it again. There’s also that very specific piece about the separation of church and state in the first amendment – “The First Amendment not only allows citizens the freedom to practice any religion of their choice, but also prevents the government from officially recognizing or favoring any religion.” Hi so, since marriage is a GOVERNMENT practice, not a religious one, you can’t really go ahead and allow your county clerks to just refuse same-sex couples their right to marry because it’s against YOUR religion. Sorry, doesn’t work that way. Would be really convenient for you if it did though, right?
Very likely, Texas isn’t going to listen and change their minds based on my foul-mouthed argument. But I imagine that they got the idea from this little propaganda piece making its rounds on social media via over-zealous “Christians” (I put that in quotations because I can’t seriously call them Christians unless they’re Christ –like, and these people are so far from Christ they may as well be humping Satan). You can find that piece here (if you really want to). I think the most hilarious part was that I found this piece via a relative’s Facebook page. She calls herself a Christian, but is ready to refuse the right of two consenting adults to get married – because she doesn’t like it. Bigots in general make me really angry, so I had to say “Oh wow, so you want to deny people from being happy? That’s great. And you call yourself a Christian? How dare you.” It made me so mad I was nauseous. I think it makes me mad more because if Christ was here, he’d be really, really disappointed with his disciples. Whatever. I’m not a Christian.
I’m so ragey and I need more coffee and it’s only Monday. How the hell does all the stupid crap find me on a Monday? Lame.