What About My Religious Freedom?
by Dreorg, Fri May 08, 2009 at 04:06:23 PM EDT
Like we need another SSM diary, but this is starting to really tee me off. A Southern Unitarian-Universalist is generally about the most laid-back person you can meet, but get one mad enough, and we'll go Julia Sugarbaker on your ass.
I'm just sick and tired of people using religious freedom as an excuse to justify their bad behavior and bigotry towards GLBTs. I'm over it. Separate from the fact that I'm gay, and that it is my life and my rights and responsibilities, privileges and obligations as a citizen and a member of this society, I'm sick and tired of religious conservatives speaking as though there is a religious monolith in this country.
I'm a UU (Unitarian-Universalist). As much as any two UUs will agree on anything, we'll agree on the inherent dignity and worth of each individual, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Some member churches of the UUA have been performing ceremonies for same-sex couples for over twenty years. Many congregations have voluntarily completed Welcoming Congregation training in order to better integrate GLBTs into the fold.
So what about our religious freedom? Or the religious freedom of the Metropolitan Community Church? the United Church of Christ? the Quakers? Reform Judaism?
The religious arguments leveled against same-sex marriage operate under the conceit that all religious traditions support the one man-one woman concept, rendering my religious beliefs and the religious beliefs of millions of others non-existent.
I'll be completely frank - I think that any religious freedom arguments against the civil contractual arrangement labeled 'marriage' are irrelevant. But if one is going to operate from the perspective that they are relevant, then it is time to pull the rug out from under groups like NOM and the Prop 8 people. They do not represent my religious beliefs or the religious beliefs of millions of others, and I'm over and done with them presenting themselves as the guardians of my religious freedom.