The Gay Marriage Debate: Leave your belief at the door


1It is often said that Christians should not push/impose/force their beliefs on the rest of society.

I find this not a little bit interesting.

What is meant by such a statement?  It is quite simple: You have beliefs that impact your life, which I don’t care for.  So please refrain from doing whatever you’re doing in the event that your beliefs end up impacting my life in a way that I don’t care for.

The premise is simple – this is my life not yours.

An issue has again raised its very ugly head due to events that are taking place over in the US.  For more on this check out the front page of the NY Times here.

I’ve been reading blogs, Fb posts, and articles around the traps that are hellbent on wiping the other side out.  These kinds of ethical issues draw out the worst of both sides, which is a real shame.

It is immature.

Whether it is the legalisation of prostitution, the privatisation of the state-owned railway or the implementation of industrial reform there is a political process that is to be followed in order to create legal norms in our societies.  One aspect of this is public debate in which exists numerous parties (not two!) that fight it out for their own piece of the ideological pie.

Shhhhh!But no matter how many parties are fighting for the pie, how dare anyone or any party try to remove opposing voices from the debate.

The call for Christians to leave their beliefs at the door is not only naive (how can they?), but also contrary to the very pillars that our modern societies are based on.

Furthermore it is simplistic.  There are many people who are not religious that hold ‘traditional’ views on this matter.  So what request is to be made of them so that their view/s might not impact in a similar way to the christians’?

What we see in these debates (on both sides) is a kind of insecurity, the kind of insecurity that one can see in autocratic states where any given ideology cannot fly by political persuasion alone.

Voices are silenced.

Perspectives are outlawed.

Make no mistake, debate is to be had, due process is to be followed, and outcomes are to be respected, but on no terms are Christians (or any other party) to be quiet because their beliefs impact their voice, whether we agree with them or not.

2 comments on “The Gay Marriage Debate: Leave your belief at the door

  1. Ian Patullo says:

    An interesting post, but I think there is some irony there, too. At it’s heart is it not saying that people have fundamental rights (the right to be part of political discourse) and that we should not listen to people who want to take that away? (how dare they?)

    Compare that to the debate at hand where homosexuals, and their supporters, are claiming they have a fundamental right (equality under the law) and that we should not listen to people who want to prevent that.(how dare they?)

    In both cases we have people arguing for a right, and saying that if you oppose it, you are not just wrong, but wrong for arguing against it. What would you say is the difference?

  2. I see what you are saying but the issue is beside the (my?) point. My point is that both sides can believe what they want and think what they want of the other party as long as either side does not try to stymie the other opposing voices (which I think is happening on both sides mind you). They should both use the political process that is available to them.

    We can speak of all sorts of individual rights but the political process that we have to use is not one of quieting voices but of hearing and evaluating. When one party demands the other to leave their worldview to one side because it might impact others’ lives then we have a disruption to that process.

    Every(?) political decision gives and removes individual rights not just ones regarding sexuality.

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