This is a piece from my best-friend Adam about the labeling of those against gay marriage as bigots. As a man of the world I agree in live-and-let-live and never gave much thought to the LBGT agenda nor what it is doing to the religious community; but Adam offers a terrific perspective on how the conscientious objectors feel in regards to being labeled something that misrepresents their opinion.
I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it. -Voltaire
Matt Walsh’s blog has an excellent take on the debate as well:
The case against the labeling of traditional marriage supporters as bigots:
I have a problem with the argument that all who are opposed to homosexual marriage are bigots. Here’s why…
I have an objection to homosexual marriage not out of bigotry but out of morality. While we are all called to love each other and treat each other with respect, it doesn’t mean we have to accept moral relativism as truth. For those who are in a state where homosexual marriage is granted, the LBGT community can legally marry but that doesn’t change the foundation of faiths. It’s a marriage of the state. Every culture has a different history and tradition with marriage with most officially believing it’s between a man and a woman. There are a large sum of people who subscribe to these traditions which means it’s not just a outlier of bigots. Is the only way to deal with this is to label everyone on the other side a hater? Is the strategic move here to shame the majority into submission?
While in the eye of the law they are equal, it doesn’t change the fact that the two stances are opposed in faith. The new permittance of homosexual marriages does weave room into society however that doesn’t mean it’s ok for them to now force others to accept what they believe. That doesn’t mean those with objections are bigots, it’s clearly a differentiation of philosophy.
The voters will decide about homosexual marriage and those who do marry will be free to live with their families just like any other culture is free to live theirs. While there may be some whom are blatantly bigoted, what about the majority of Christians, Muslims, etc. who have a real objection in regards to what the definition of marriage is? This isn’t a hate issue for us but why should we take part in something that clearly goes against our morality? Why can’t we object and not be made out to be criminals?
Specifically in the cases of wedding providers and not other areas of life, why should the devout be forced to decide between the closure of their business and providing a service against their conscience? I only say this in the specific argument with the wedding, not other areas of life and culture because it’s about the philosophy not the person.
After reading the law, which holds no substantive language that states the permission of discrimination, I find the upheaval about it less about bigotry and more about submission to the LGBT lobbyists.