Then watched the videos that can be found at Tom & Shane which put me in a happier mood. Then I heard that Obama was all for Gay marriage which made me smile, especially after viewing the first video. I have to confess, I was never really into gay rights, not because I didn't believe in them (obviously) but because I didn't see it as big of an issue as it is. Could have been because I have no desire to marry right now, or because I don't really know all the perks and benefits of marriage, other than the spiritual aspect of it. However after hearing Shane's story it really touched me and helped me realize how important marriage equality is.
That all being said, Obama's news that he now supports and believes in same sex marriage has caused many views to be shared regarding this topic. My issue is with the religious people who say same sex marriage is wrong because of what the Bible says.
Now, let me explain a few things before I go on my rant about these "holy rollers." I am a Christian and I am also Catholic. I practice my Catholicism because I am comfortable with it and it helps me be a better person. However, this does not mean I believe EVERYTHING the Catholic church believes in or even does. It is true, religion is a man made concept and can cause more harm than good, but I do not let me religion obscure from my beliefs i.e. Equal Rights. I can go on and on about this topic but I will tie everything together with the statement that religion is to aid humans into being more spiritual, and to help them be better people. What religion is not meant to do, is to tear people apart, which is what it seems like it has been doing for thousands of years. I practice my religion because it is what I have known my whole life, but I do not believe everything they say, because religion is politics and with politics comes lies.
Moving on to my final rant, I am sick and tired of religious people in general feeling a sense of entitlement to the "Kingdom of Heaven" because they either go to church, or they volunteer, or are heterosexual. I hate to break it to you people, but you can do/be all those things and still go to hell for being a bad person!
As I recall, Jesus befriended the meek and the weak, not the strong and the powerful. If you really want to get into the "Kingdom of Heaven" you had better think twice before passing judgement on another person. Because I can almost guarantee, when we all are judged before God, (if that is what you believe in) and as a gay man I plead my life and how I tried my bes to treat others as I would have liked to be treated; that is with respect and kindess, vs. a Catholic Christian or a Mormon who justifies their intolerance for people who are different or people that have "gone against the Holy Bible (which was written by a third part, not Jesus Christ and has had MANY edits and omitted stories)" I am willing to bet my life and soul that I will be given more mercy than the hateful religious lover.
That is my rant and those are my beliefs. I hope you watched the first video because that is what really opened my eyes to the issue of Equal Love Equal Rights and has caused me to feel so strongly about this matter now.