This has been a good week for gay rights.
I don’t pretend to understand all the judicial details. I just know that the Supreme Court ruling means we’re a step closer to ridding ourselves of discrimination because of sexual orientation.
In most cases, I can appreciate both sides of national issues. I may not believe what gun rights activists have to say, but I can intellectually comprehend the rationale behind their position.
Same goes for people who are against a woman’s right to choose an abortion and even those anti National Endowment for the Arts folks.
They’re wrong, but I get why they think they are right.
That’s not so for homophobes. I honestly do not understand their prejudice and every explanation they offer is utter bullshit.
Thursday on NPR’s Morning Edition I became so angry at the idiots who were upset about the ruling that I practically drove off the road.
The epitome of this idiocy was a woman who said, “What the Bible says about marriage is one man and one woman, set it up a long time ago. And I feel that’s still true. I don’t think truth changes through the years.”
So, the Bible says marriage is between a man and a woman. Maybe it does. I haven’t read the Bible so I don’t know if that is the case or not.
But I do know that the Bible says a lot of things that aren’t relevant today and I don’t think you should be able to cherry pick the ones that support your beliefs and ignore the others.
We’ve all seen those lists of ludicrous Bible beliefs that are impossible to follow in today’s world though, so I’m not going there. I don’t even have the biblical knowledge to try.
Even if you accept the premise that the bible is “the truth” the statement that “the truth doesn’t change” is still wrong.
Of course the truth changes. There are many, many things that were once considered true by a majority of the world and that have since proven to be false.
The earth is flat for one.
And how about slavery. That was certainly a widely accepted truth that is now recognized as an abomination.
Then there’s the status of women. At a point in history the truth was that women were their husband’s property. And that they were too simple to be property owners or vote.
Unfortunately the one truth that probably will never change is that ignorant, fearful people will hide behind the bible to rationalize their baseless bigotry.