Some people in the States are very upset that the Supreme Court has finally acknowledged that to disallow homosexuals the right to marry each other is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Therefore, trying to find a path to achieve such disallowance is also against the law. One must comply with the law not only from within government services, but also from within any business that purports to serve the public.
That’s really all there is to this issue. It’s simple. One must not discriminate!
Lately, there has been an idea in the U.S. that has garnered interest and adherents that the government cannot compel you to do things that are against your religious beliefs. Some people who have not thought this through have become quite excited by the prospect of being able to claim exemption from the law based on the ‘higher authority’ of their religious beliefs. This is a position that is foolhardy in the extreme. All one needs to do to make its fallacy apparent is to take the time and trouble to think it through.
In theory, there is a separation between church and state. In practice, that separation is not total and complete, but I’m not about to get troubled by the fact that Christmas trees might adorn public spaces at Christmas time, or that Christmas, Good Friday and Easter are at once both religious and statutory holidays. Both Canada and the U.S. have shared histories of development as nation states that spring from mostly Christian traditions. Let it be.
But no one has the right to invoke the dictates of their religion into any government process or activity. To imagine that doing so would solve a problem is as ridiculous an idea as anyone imagining that they can solve a problem by simply killing their opponent. It may sound appealing, but it tends to multiply the problems, and it creates more serious problems than it solves.
I do hope that those who live in Bible-belt regions of the U.S., where religious zeal often crests, think it through to its logical conclusion before passing laws that would surely backfire on them in some very serious ways.
Fundamentalist Christian woman – “Following the dictates of my heart-felt religious belief and conviction, I deny a marriage license to any gay couple that shadows my county clerk’s office. God’s will be done!”
Fundamentalist Muslim man – “Following the dictates of my heart-felt religious belief and conviction, I must slay anyone who does not embrace Islam. Failure to embrace Islam is an insult to Islam, and insults to Islam are punishable by death. Therefore, murdering infidels is my sacred duty. God’s will be done!”
Let’s get it straight. My advice to fundamentalists everywhere is to shrug your shoulders, say “Whaddaya gonna do, huh?” and walk away from this issue, though it burns you to your very core. Take solace in the idea that those who do not agree with you will surely burn in hell for an eternity. Give this one to God and just keep walking.