Freedom of Thought

There has been a tidal wave of support for gay marriage in recent months in the United States. Many people have made public stands and promote the idea of "being on the right side of history." This support has coincided with two cases, Proposition 8 and DOMA (Defence of Marriage Act), that are now before the United States Supreme Court. "Prop 8 was the California ballot referendum passed in November 2008 that banned same-sex marriage, reversing by popular vote the state Supreme Court's decision just months earlier to recognize marriage equality." "DOMA is a United States federal law that restricts federal marriage benefits and required inter-state marriage recognition to only opposite-sex marriages in the United States. The law passed both houses of Congress by large majorities and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996."

Ultimately these cases are not about gay marriage, they are about civil rights. Gay marriage is not a civil right! Being gay is not the equivalent of racism, misogyny, or misandry. It is important that we make this distinction otherwise our culture will decay into total chaos. Being gay may not be a choice but there is no difference between that and bisexuality and polygamy, from a sexual expression perspective. People have different sexual preferences but it is still expected that they control themselves. The color of your skin and your gender are impossible to control, it is a brute fact of life. The difference between possible and impossible is a characteristic of a civil right.

Governments should always act in the best interest of society as a whole with a long term perspective. They should only legislate what is absolutely necessary, otherwise they are in danger of taking away our freedom. Gay marriage is not in the best interest of society because it does not support reproduction. Same sex couples are also not the ideal environment for children to be raised, even people who are gay will admit that. Contrary to popular opinion, women and men are fundamentally different, as nature clearly shows, and the diversity is irreplaceable for producing healthy children.  No-fault divorce like same sex marriage should also not be supported by the government since it is not in the best interest of society. Gay marriage is not crucial for society to support. Homosexuality is commonly accepted and in general people are allowed to practice what they want in the privacy of their own home. The cases before the Supreme Court are not about supporting gay marriage, since that is already generally supported, but it is about being able to prosecute those who stand against it.

Homosexuality is immoral. Lying is immoral. Stealing is immoral. Morality is a standard of what is right and wrong. Having a standard is crucial in order for society to survive. The belief that certain things are right and wrong is what stops people when there is nobody around. Everybody, whether they will admit it or not, adheres to a certain standard of morality. Many people do not have a basis for this standard, but it is still crucial to stop crimes from happening. We need to realize that it is better for people to have a standard of morality then to have big brother looking over our shoulder.  Even though you may not agree with someones standard of right and wrong, you are glad that they have one other than doing only what is required by the law. Would you rather somebody return your phone or take it when you leave it behind somewhere? The government and special interest groups cannot, and should not be allowed to, control what people think, that is a civil right.

Everybody has a right to believe what they want and express it in a appropriate way. We know that we will not agree with everyone, which means we need be prepared to be offended and discriminated against, but that is better than be controlled. Some discrimination is essential to every free society and is simply the lesser of two evils. It is stupid to think that discrimination only occurs with regards to sexuality. Different people groups stick together and give preference to their own rather then to outsiders. Although this is wrong, it is par for the course. Instead of trying to eliminate all forms of discrimination, and in the end eliminate freedom, it is more important to limit only the most crucial and leave the rest up to conscience.

Societies need to act on solid principles and common sense. Race, gender, and age are things that are impossible to control. It is a given of nature and is a solid principle to guide legislation. Sexual orientation may also be a result of nature but it is not impossible to control. If you open the door to homosexuality you also open it to pedophilia, incest, and polygamy since there is no clear principle that would indicate those are not produced by natural inclinations. Government and leaders cannot fix of all of our problems since they are us. They should limit themselves to only the very minimum of clearly demonstrable principles and leave the rest up to consciences. The death of the conscience will inevitably bring the death of a free society. This is one civil right that we should all fight for even if it means we may be discriminated against.


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