I know you guys are eager to start working on an “It Gets Better” video specifically geared for 1000 year old Jim Lehrer, but bear with me for just a few moments. I’m sure most viewers of either political persuasion can agree that tonight’s debate was less than groundbreaking. I also realize that most people have their minds already made up, and that nothing short of one of the candidates declaring they enjoy eating babies will have any impact on anyone.
But I spent an hour of my evening watching this, and want to pretend it makes a difference. Humor me.
*One last warning. I am unashamedly liberal, so this will be slanted against Romney.
I am not going to address the controversy over immigration policy, though conservatives need to keep in mind that George W. Bush and John McCain (along with 23 other Republicans, as Obama mentions) supported this brand of immigration reform. What I will address is this partisan lack of respect for the President.
Warning: Creepiness at Link
During my childhood, my parents would often allow my siblings and I to each choose a video to rent either on Friday or Saturday night. My mother would make one of our favorite meals (homemade pizza, burritos, spaghetti, etc.), and we would spend Friday and/or Saturday nights watching the movies we had rented. To this day, it is one of my coziest memories. What would happen periodically when watching those movies, however, illustrates the point I am about to make.
As most children do, we loved horror films, and our parents would allow us to rent them. We watched so many I wouldn’t even be able to account for all of them. There were exceptions, though; my parents had a very low tolerance for four-letter words, and a strict no-nudity policy. A movie would instantly be turned off if any nude body parts were shown. “Dirty” words usually were tolerated a bit more, but not by much. The first time the F-word or something similar was uttered, my father would groan. The second time, he would complain audibly, usually stating “One more time and it goes off.” The third time, he would hit the stop button on the remote. This time we would groan that it “wasn’t fair” and usually insist that our friends all got to watch the movie. This was never a tactic that worked. To this day, there are a lot of 80’s movies of which I have only seen about fifteen minutes.
This will be the first installment in a series called “Creepy Bible Stories.” The story of Lot and of “Sodom and Gomorrah” begins a full 18 chapters into the bible, so I’m skipping over quite a bit of creepiness just to get to it first. Given that it is probably the story most often mentioned when ignorant homophobes want to denigrate gays, I thought I would jump in with some facts.
Turn with me, if you will, to Genesis Chapter 18.
Towards the end of this chapter, we see Abraham arguing with God over a city called Sodom. Sodom apparently is a very, very naughty city (what with sodomy being named after it and all). As the Old Testament God is frequently given to temper tantrums and fits of violent, destructive rage (see an earlier story about a man and an ark), he really wants to fire-bomb Sodom. Abraham, voicing the sentiment felt by any sane reader of the bible, asks God why he would destroy the good with the wicked.
Dear Christian Voters,
I respect your right to believe the way you want. Regardless of how I may personally feel about the tenets of your faith, I respect you as individuals. I understand that the Constitution affords us freedom of religion (as well as freedom from religion). I was raised in a religious environment, and some of my closest friends and family are members of the clergy. I realize how important faith is in the lives of most people. I may joke about the extremists within your faith being “KKKristians,” but overall I respect that the crazies no more speak for you than the 9-11 terrorists speak for all Muslims (which is something you should keep in mind, but that’s a different post).
I am not writing this to debate your religious beliefs. I am simply asking that you look closely at the behavior of the leaders within your party and ask yourself if their concern for you and your way of life is genuine. Do they share your values? Or are they exploiting your religious faith to get votes?