Thursday, July 14, 2011

Don't Like? Don't Do!

Have you seen this dribble posted on FB or making the email rounds?
Don't like gay marriages? Don't get one. . . . . Don't like cigarettes?  Don't smoke them. . . Don't like abortions? Don't get one. . . . .  Don't like sex? Don't have it. . . . .  Don't like drugs? Don't do them. . . . .  Don't like porn? Don't watch it. . . . .  Don't like alcohol? Don't drink it. . . . .  Don't like guns? Don't buy one. . . . .  Don't like your rights taken away??? Don't take away someone else's.
I am reposting this ignorance not because I agree, but because it is so easy to prove false. 
The 1st error is that the writer assumes that all of the above activities are a matter of personal, private choice but don't hurt anyone except the... doer. 
Drinking and smoking are not naturally bad for an adult if done within moderation at appropriate times and places. The right to own a gun is enshrined in the US Constitution. And it follows logically that if I have a right to life, I also have the right to protect and defend my life with force. Thus smoking, drinking, and owning a gun are not in the same catagory as shooting heroine, killing unborn babies, and spreading disease into the population through perverse, self-destructive sex acts. 
2nd- I do concede that what adults do in private is their business, an exercise of their God-given liberty. But what about MY liberty when the government forces me to hire, rent to, serve, and advertise for such people? Where is MY liberty... when government schools teach my kids that those behaviors are OK, but won't allow my kids to disagree out loud or hear a different view on campus? Where is my liberty when your smokers, drinkers, druggers, and perverts come down with lung cancer, serosis, brain damage, STDs, and illegitimate kids? That' s when these advocates of liberty suddenly want to force me and other tax payers to foot the bill through health care and welfare programs.
3rd- homosexuality isn't illegal in the US, and many so-called Christian denominations perform gay weddings. Gay marriage laws violate the freedom of the majority by forcing us to hand a license, a tax break, extra insurance coverage, and ...maybe even a foster-child in state custody to a gay couple. We are forced to express official approval and to foot the bill. Today I read that the state of Illinois is trying to kick 2000 foster-children out of a Catholic orphanage because the Church won't follow the state's gay marrage law. So who is the real bully there? Whose rights are being violated? (hint: read the 1st amendment)
Ironically, the friend who posted the defense of "liberty" above would NOT allow any of his friends to post statements disagreeing! So much for freedom and tolerance...
Guest contributor: Joseph Herbert 


Karen said...

Wow Peggy! AWESOME post!!

Karen said...

Wow Peggy!! AWESOME post!!

Laura F said...

I have a friend that posted this today. I thought it was ridiculous and I was going to respond by saying:

Don't like slavery, don't own a slave. Don't want to be killed by a drunk driver stay off the road. Don't want to know what abortion looks like don't click this link (then provide a link).

Pictom said...

How do gay marriage laws violate the freedom of the majority?
So tax breaks are exclusive to heterosexuals?
What is this “extra insurance coverage” you speak of? Do you mean if I am a gay and employed and my employer offers family insurance to its employees, that I should not be entitled to it?
And it sounds like you would rather have a child spend his/her life in an orphanage than into a home with a loving, caring parent?
If you don't approve of the above, then don't participate in them but don't deny others the freedoms they have because you somehow think you are superior and disapprove of their lifestyle.
Sounds like you are the bully here in saying that you are right and anyone who does not agree with you should not have the same freedoms you have.
Since you seem to be posting this as a catholic issue, what would Christ say and do? How would he feel if he saw the way you were treating his creations? Are you saying he made a mistake in creating homosexuals?

Soutenus said...

I think the only sensible part of your comment was to ask what Christ would do.
Answering that question lead me to write the post in the first place.

Soutenus said...

I just read a really cool article that I want to share. It is called, Gay, Catholic and Doing Fine

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