Prejudice vs. Religious Conviction
With everything going on in the news concerning same-sex marriage, religious freedom, and the scandals that arise when these issues collide, there is one burning question that begs to be answered. When does one's religious convictions overreach into someone's civil rights? I could have written an extensive article citing Bible verses, the Constitution, and historical civil rights events, but I think this chart sums it up beautifully and succinctly. Please note that the definition of "same-sex relationships" as used in this chart is any sort of "non-traditional" association or union, including but not limited to, marriage among members of the LGBTQ community.
Let's put this into perspective.
1. When was the last time a Jewish friend told you you can't eat a ham sandwich? If your answer is anything other than "never", your friend was wrong. Eat your ham sandwich, if you wish. *
2. When was the last time a Mormon friend told you you can't drink coffee or Coke? If your answer is anything other than "never", your friend was wrong. Drink your caffeinated beverage, if you wish.
3. When was the last time a Catholic friend chastised you for using birth control? If your answer is anything other than "never", your friend was wrong. Use birth control, if you wish.
4. When was the last time a Hindu friend told you you can't eat beef? If your answer is anything other than "never", your friend was wrong. Eat beef, if you wish.
5. When was the last time a Muslim friend chewed you out for not wearing a head covering, or for not making your woman wear a head covering? If your answer is anything other than "never", your friend was wrong. Don't bother with a head covering, if you wish.
6. When was the last time an Atheist friend told you you are an idiot for believing in God? If your answer is anything other than "never", your friend was wrong. Believe in God, if you wish.
So, when was the last time a you, or a Christian friend, told someone else that a same-sex relationship is wrong? If your answer is anything other than "never", you or your friend was wrong. You have no say over other people who chose to have a same-sex relationship. Especially now since, thankfully, civil rights laws are in place to protect this.
Oh yes, and....
7. When was the last time one of your LGBTQ friends made you feel bad for being in a heterosexual relationship? Never, right?
"But Kyndria, I don't have any Jewish, Mormon, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim or Atheist friends. I also don't know anyone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer."
Seriously? That's really sad. You really need to get out more.
* Granted there are times when you are in a person's home or in a foreign country when it would be best to adhere to someone else's traditions so as not to bring attention to yourself, such as eating the food that is served to you, or dressing appropriately for that country, but for the purposes of this article, we are talking in the U.S. in public, or in your own home.
Kyndria Brown studied Bible and Theology at Wheaton College, Wheaton IL, and has her degree in French literature and culture. She has three adult children, the oldest of which is a member of the LGBTQ community.
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