The celebrations continue all around equality and gay rights circles (as well they should). What is more interesting to watch is the public meltdown of so many religious and conservative leaders as they froth in impotent rage over this inevitable march of equal rights.
In each and every statement I’ve followed, the so-called opposition cites “god.” Sometimes the person talks about god’s judgment or he or she bemoans American godlessness. I also see the bible being thrown around a lot. I know I have said this before, but I have to say it again: God and the Bible have nothing at all to do with civil laws of the United States whatsoever.
To these voices I say: America is a religiously diverse place (and growing more so). Your concept of god is no more relevant to the laws that govern my life than my opinion of Flash Gordon is in governing yours (he’s just okay). You cannot use “god’s law” to force secular, gay or even moderate Christians to obey your dictates. That’s not how a secular government works. I don’t know how to say it any more simply.
By the way, Todd Starnes had an epic meltdown on this twitter feed over this. He also blocked me from responding to his tweets. I don’t know if I should be angry or flattered, but I have to admit that I have an unhealthy fixation on Starnes, a Fox News mud slinger. Every single problem he sees is a result of America not being “religious enough.” I find him to be the most repugnant public figure on the stage today, above even Glenn Beck or Pat Robertson. He exemplifies the problem with the evil combination of church and state.
Goofballs aside, today is a great day to sit back and enjoy a very hard fought victory for equal rights. Hooray!