Well, I got up this morning, just a day like any other, right? I mean, after all-you get up in the morning thinking that you will have a good day, right? A day in which no puppies get hurt, the candy is always fresh, and there is a rainbow in the sky. A good day. That lasted about as long as it took me to read the news.
Now, many of us have heard about the whole deal with Chik-fil-a and how the management has made its views of gay couples quite plain. There have been articles and information regarding this traveling about the net for awhile, with cities weighing in pro or con, people calling for a boycott of the business, and many other opinions, but today I saw an article that just blew me away. It made me so incredibly angry I was spitting nails! It was a post of a McDonalds sign and it said "we fully support Chic-fil-a, now try and boycott us"
Seriously? I mean, come on here! The more I thought about it, the madder I got, until I had what you could call a "rightieous head of anger" I know I didn't spell that right, either. Then I read a completely unrelated article which sent me over the top. It was from a lady who says that her daughter has a Kindle Fire, and she just found out that the CEO of Amazon is donating 2.5 million dollars in support of same-sex marriage. She says that she does not want to be a part of this, and then asks if A.) she should throw the Kindle away or B.) can she order books and apps from places other than Amazon.
Wow. What can you say to a person who is like this?
Lets start with a little background. Amazon CEO Steve Bezos and his wife announced last Friday that they are donating 2.5 million to a campaign to defend Washington State's same-sex marriage law. Bezos is not the only Washington State billionaire to donate in defense of same-sex marriage. Both Bill and Malinda, as well as Steve Ballmer, have each donated in excess of 100,000.00. this gives the advocacy group Washington United in Marriage almost 5 million for their campaign to let same-sex couples get married and enjoy the same legal, medical, and social benefits of marriage. By contrast, the group Preserve Marriage Washington is expected to spend between 4 and 7 million to deny same-sex couples the right to get married.
Here are my thoughts on the issue. First of all, you should know that I am married to a wonderful woman. Marriage is, by far, the best thing that has ever happened to me. Like most married couples, we not only share the bed, we share our lives. We deal with financial issues, home maintenance issues and health challenges as a couple. We spend our days and our nights together, enjoying each others love, company, and support. We also enjoy a wide variety of legal and societal advantages which are conferred upon married people, from the ability to visit each other in the hospital to homesteading rights to health benefits to inheritance benefits.
Far more than just those benefits, being married is a true joy to me. And the idea that some organizations would spend millions of dollars to deny loving couples that particular joy (along with the tangible social benefits) is just plain mean spirited.
What in the hells is wrong with you people? We have so much strife in the world as it is, life is so difficult as it is. It is hard enough to find good friends and even harder to find a life partner. if two consenting adults want to declare their love for each other, to make each other their special person, and spend their lives together, nurturing and caring for each other, how can that possibly be your business? many so-called 'leaders" walk a fine line, saying that it is OK for same-sex couples to enjoy the benefits of civil unions, but they are just not allowed to call themselves "married".
One of the absolute greatest points of pride for me is when I get to say that I'm my wife's husband.
What possible ludicrous reason could you have to deny same-sex couples that little happiness? What insane, repressive twist of the mind allows you to think that it is OK to let same-sex couples use the 11 character phrase "civil union" but will spend millions to deny the 8 letter word "marriage"? With all that is happening in the world today-we are fighting diseases, our soldiers are still dying in wars, the ecology, the ecomomy-these are real issues. Worrying over whether or not your daughter reads Harry Potter (or the bible for that matter) on a Kindle Fire because Bezos made a donation to a cause he cares about (and many of his employees greatly care about) is not a real-world issue.
Here is what I would suggest. The Kindle Fire is a good little machine. Amazon's books and apps are wonderful, they work on many different platforms and on many different machines. You could throw away the Kindle. go ahead and waste the 200.00 dollars. you could also then destroy all of your kindle books, and if you have ever bought a paper book from Amazon, you could go ahead and burn that too. You could then tell your friend how virtuous you were when you burned those books. Better yet, you could find a gay person (they are lurking everywhere, you know!) and just give the Kindle Fire to them. Boy, that would sure learn them sumtin', wouldn't it?
However, I should warn you, you probably will not be able to buy digital books from anywhere else. Apple, for example, has long supported the rights of its gay employees, so you will not be able to purchase from the itunes store. Barnes and Noble has a solid reputation for supporting its gay and lesbian employees. Google has actively lobbied on support of gay and lesbian couples.
You will probably want to avoid reading the bible as well. Although it is subject to debate, there even some support for the idea that the bible itself is neutral on the subject of homosexuality.
So, how can you protect your daughter from the forces of evil that want to allow people to live and love freely? How can you protect her from reading books that open her mind to the modern world? How can you defend her from people who want to freely use an eight letter word to describe their relationship?
Well, I can't suggest that you read the bible, because it could corrupt your daughters mind. However, she is a girl, so you would probably feel somewhat safe with sending her to your local Catholic priest for advice. you should probably stay away from the anti-gay preachers because they clearly cannot control themselves. You should also probably stay away from republicans like Mark Foley and Larry Craig, because they clearly cannot keep it in their pants. And for the record, it is much harder to find a Democratic gay scandle, because Democrats seem to prefer cheating on their wives with female hookers, rather than doing it in airports with young men. Go figure!
I would also recommend that you avoid the evangelicals as well, because if they are populated by people like Ted Haggard, they are clearly not safe to be around, either. Strangely enough, many Americans think that almost one in four Americans are gay, when the number is closer to 2%. Even so, that would mean something like 6.6 million Americans are gay. That is about the population of Chicago and L.A. combined.
The answer is quite simple. Keep your Kindle. Let your daughter read books. And stop hating people because they are different than you.
America was founded on the idea of freedom. What could be more supportive of freedom than letting people be free to use the word "marriage" to describe two people in love, who have committed to spending their lives together/
What could possibly be more American than that?