Yesterday was a great day for my country. Yesterday, an almost two thirds majority decided marriage equality should be a thing.
Now the fight is not quite won yet. This result isn’t legally binding for anything. But we were heard. Loud and clear. “Don’t be assholes,the gays are people too!” In the next few months this will be our history. Admittedly, shamefully late to the party, but we got there.
Yesterday I was at work when the announcement was made. Outnumbered four to one by outrageously dedicated pentacostal Christians who, with every atom of their existence, are opposed to the very idea of homosexuality. So yesterday, I got a very unique perspective on exactly how afraid these people are. I got a very clear picture of how religion is failing and why. I was bathed in hatred and homophobia and judgment. These ‘children of God’, spent the day spewing vitriol so vile that it left me sickened and convinced atheists are more Christian than the Christians could ever be.
I don’t believe in God. For a general idea how God fits into my life just google what Stephen Fry thinks about God.
But, I’ve been listening to “god botherers” my entire life. I know God created man with free will. I know God asked man to be kind and compassionate and most of all, not judge. I know God sent Jesus to die for all our sins. Which apparently only applies to eating bacon and working Sundays?! I feel in my soul that announcing “well Satan and his poofters are running the world now” after a Yes result is not something God would care for. I feel in my soul that people who genuinely believe that homosexuality and transexuality and everything inbetween, is either a lifestyle choice or demonic possession, are making God sad.
I struggle to understand how anyone, who has ever been attracted to anyone, can believe anyone has any control whatsoever, over who they find attractive.
Myself, I have a thing for tall blond boy band types. Eddie Perfect, Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Gosling/Reynolds. You know what I mean. They pop up in my field of vision and the reaction is 100% involuntary. Cartoon heart beating out of my chest all the way.
So why is my attraction perfectly normal and a male feeling the exact same attraction as me an abhorrent sin produced by the devil? I can come at the notion that God is infallible. But it wasn’t God who wrote the bible was it? It was a bunch of men, years after the fact, who carefully edited events to serve their own purposes. And then… it was translated countless times. Mankind is most definitely fallible. Between Jesus telling them how to serve God and their putting into writing how we should serve God. I feel a few personal opinions have been thrown in for self serving purposes.
So yesterday I got to witness a very special moment in the history of mankind. I got to see the very very real fear of those who have spent thousands of years controlling the minority, become the minority. People who basically, throughout recorded history, have bullied, abused, cast out, brutally murdered, tortured and do everything they could to break these people, are now outnumbered by these people and us who support them. And they are properly frightened.
But they shouldn’t be. See… we’re not assholes. We understand that its ok to believe different things. We don’t like to be told what to believe so we don’t tell anyone what to believe. We wont treat them the way they treat people. Because we see the emotional damage their beliefs and judgment causes and we don’t want to make people feel like that. Its not nice to make people feel bad. Most people learn that as small children. I don’t see how being nasty in the name of God is ok?
Marriage equality wont be the end for humanity. Life will go on and not much will change. Maybe we will see more love because less and less people care about the genders of those in love?
But for all the God fearin’ folk out there. Nobody wakes up one day and says “you know what? I think I’ll be gay! That looks like fun! The wrath of every religion embodied by angry people who follow me around calling me an abomination! I can’t wait! If I’m really lucky my family will disown me leaving me homeless in my teenage years and I will learn valuable lessons of survival while I live on the streets!” Yeah. Thats not a thing. Look at the suicide rates in the rainbow community and you will see its not a choice. Its who your God made them and for the longest time they have buried it in shame. You don’t need to hate them. Because of you they already hate themselves more than enough. Way to go! Its time to make a decision on what sort of person you want to be. You don’t have to be gay. You wont catch it. You just have to understand and embrace the concept that some people just are gay and you have to be nice to them too.
To leave on a positive note… I’m bloody proud of ya ‘Straya!