On Sunday, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their equal rights anthem “Same Love” live during the Grammy’s. Certainly, it was wonderful to see this unfold before our eyes and not only did they perform the song live, Queen Latifah then simultaneously married 33 straight, gay, and lesbian couples.
As expected, this prompted the Christian right to tell the world how offended they were.
Kirk Cameron posted this on his Facebook page:
“How did you like the Grammy’s all out assault on the traditional family last night? As a husband and father, I am proud to announce the release of my new family movie, MERCY RULE. Last night, the lines were drawn thick and dark. Now more than ever, we must work together to create the world we want for our children. I’m hoping that just as Fireproof restored marriages, MERCY RULE will strengthen families.”
During his radio show, Rush Limbaugh said:
“It was horrible, it was despicable,” and stated that Macklemore’s lyrics had “openly attacked right-wing conservatives and Christians.”
Todd Starnes of Fox News said on his Twitter:
“…mocking marriage and cramming a social agenda down our throats,” and “This was not about marriage. This was about bashing god and the church.”
Lynn Wolley, Conservative Radio Host, incoherently wrote an article titled “Gay Agenda takes over Grammys” and in it he said:
“Me, being me, I did not know the Grammy Awards were on last night — but was TV surfing, and there they were — and I was excited because Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard were going to come out and play. I saw that, and some of McCartney’s stuff, but apparently I missed the “Gaymmies.”
I don’t know these people, but — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” gay anthem became the theme song for 33 newlyweds with Queen Latifah officiating the marriages. As the network, CBS was complicit in this celebration of perversity. WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME WHERE THIS COUNTY GOES FROM HERE? Homosexuals have taken over the country and I’m just curious to see what they do next. I guess they want a gay president. Maybe a gay Pope. (!)
I dunno. I didn’t see the gay stuff, but I got bored quickly by the crap that now passes as music and I decided to pop in a disk and watch an episode of THE MENTALIST. I love The Mentalist as it is all about logic. The Grammy Awards were all about perversion. So what can we do?
I suppose that a few years from now, same sex “marriage” will be as common as divorce is now. I’ll bet it fades out with time as more and more men realize that women are pretty dang special. I guess we’ll see.”
In his article “Didn’t you hear? Satan attended this year’s Grammy Awards” for the CatholicVote, Stephen Kokx wrote:
“If you’re like me, chances are that you were filled with anger when you saw the platform evil was given at this year’s Grammy Awards. Don’t think that that feeling is wrong. It is, in fact, a good thing. For it is a righteous anger that gives evidence to the fact that your soul is rightly oriented to God, that you are disposed to live according to His will, and that you despise that which leads souls into the abyss.
Just remember that our war as Catholics is not against flesh and blood. It is against the spirits of wickedness and the prince of darkness. As Pope Leo once said: ‘Catholics are born for combat.’
Join me in that battle.”
And I’m sure others can be found. Quite frankly, I’m mad. Not mad because they said those things, but because people actually hold those beliefs as universally true.
I too wasn’t always so welcoming of the LGBT community. I held ass-backwards beliefs and tossed around slurs and puns for the fun of it. That was some time ago, though. I soon realized homosexuality wasn’t a choice and the state should recognize any adult, consensual marriage. So equal rights? Damn right, I support it.
And so do man others. We’ve seen a very positive trend lately. 17 states allow for gay marriage while 33 still support a ban. It’s still an uphill battle, but it’s continuing on strongly. And as it should!
Very often, we hear the Christian right stupidly claim that “marriage between man and a woman was God’s commandment. It’s immoral to allow gays to marry!” But is this true?
Well sure, heterosexual marriages exist in the Bible. But so does marrying your rapist, marrying your deceased brother’s wife, marrying numerous amounts of women with seemingly no end, forcing slaves to marry one another, and forcibly marrying refugees of war. Not so “moral” is it?
So, my message to the Christian right will conclude as such:
- Gay marriage won’t influence the spread of AIDS. (See Catholic proselytizing).
- Two men or two women marrying one another doesn’t directly interfere with your life.
- Stop using Bronze-Age literature to support your bigoted ideals.
- Homosexuality isn’t a choice or a fad. People are people and they are free to love whom ever they want. If they want to marry, great! The state should recognize it just the same as it recognizes yours. That’s the great thing about being a secular nation; it doesn’t need to appeal to the popular religious belief. And so what if your God doesn’t want them to marry one another? Perhaps he shouldn’t have created them gay.
Embrace humanity, embrace love, and embrace equality. Lose the dogma and bigotry.