Monday, May 14, 2012
Why I Don't Support Same Sex Marriage
Last week, President Obama publicly supported same sex marriage and liberals celebrated. Many black bloggers and intellectuals heralded it as a historic leap forward for humanity. Not me. I don't care what the media says. Right is right and wrong is wrong. I will never support same sex marriage.
In this secular and hedonistic society, religion and morality have become irrelevant. Although I am flawed, God is primary in my life. Everything else is secondary. Islam, Christianity and Judaism condemn homosexuality as a sin. No ultra-liberal distortion of scripture can negate that fact. Here are a few verses from the Holy Quran, Surah 7:
80. We also (sent) Lut:
He said to his people:
"Do ye commit lewdness
Such as no people
In creation (ever) committed
81. "For ye practice your lusts
On men in preference
To women: ye are indeed
A people transgressing
82. And his people gave
No answer but this:
They said, "Drive them out
Of your city: these are
Indeed men who want
To be clean and pure!"
83. But We saved him
And his family, except
His wife: she was
Of those who lagged behind.
84. And we rained down on them
A shower (of brimstone):
Then see what was the end
Of those who indulged
In sin and crime.
The Holy Bible contains similar verses in Genesis 19. Leviticus 20:13 states that:
"If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable..."
Yes. The Bible was deliberately misinterpreted to justify slavery and Jim Crow. However, like its stance against adultery and fornication, the Bible's opposition to homosexuality is unambiguous. It is not a question of exploitation or misinterpretation of the Bible. Calling someone a "sexual redneck" does not change that reality.
Since the critics are unable to refute holy scripture, they mock God, scripture and believers. They desperately scour the Bible for other "objectionable" verses and exploit those verses to try invalidate the Bible. No one uses those "objectionable" verses to justify adultery or fornication. So why do they drag out those verses to justify homosexuality? For those of us who believe, God's word is infallible and timeless. We are not fazed by current trends. God's word is not subject to Gallup polls.
When that hustle does not work, people try to draw comparisons between the plight of African Americans and the plight of the LGBT community. However, such comparisons don't hold. Unlike homosexuality, racial diversity and oneness of humanity are celebrated in holy scripture. Moreover, race is an immutable and obviously visible biological characteristic. One cannot hide one's racial identity. Africans were enslaved, robbed of their identity, brutalized, lynched, segregated and humiliated just because of the color of their skin.
The oppression of LGBT people in America does not approach the scale and scope of the oppression of black people. Sexuality is a behavior pattern. Whether or not homosexuality is innate or learned is debatable. Unlike race, sexuality is not necessarily a visible trait. One can easily conceal one's sexuality. However, one cannot hide being black. It is outrageous for anyone to exploit our history of suffering and pain to further their own unique and unrelated agenda.
Certainly, Martin Luther King, Jr. employed the nonviolent tactics and example of Gandhi to further the Civil Right Movement in America. Both movements shared many similarities. Both movements were fighting against racism and white supremacy. Therefore, a comparison between those two movements is more justified. Furthermore, Dr. King did not use Gandhi's movement to morally justify the Civil Rights Movement. Instead, Dr. King relied on the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to morally inspire the movement. I wish the LGBT community would stop pimping our movement to further their cause.
In addition to love, the primary purpose of marriage and sex is reproduction of the human species. In order to sustain strong communities, we must rebuild the most basic and fundamental component of society, the traditional nuclear family. With more than half of all black children being raised in single parent households, our focus should be on rebuilding the traditional family, not jumping on the same sex marriage bandwagon.
Finally, we must understand that this whole spectacle is just election year politics as usual. Other than sparking a conversation and gaining the political support of the gay community, the President's statement did not make any practical difference. In fact, he essentially said that same sex marriage should be left to the states. Approximately thirty states ban same sex marriage. The President's statement does not change any of that. I fear that he has only given the Right a reason to rally around Mitt Romney.
This article is cross-posted on Jack and Jill Politics.