Equal is a loaded word. It means that if all is “equal” we will regard all things in the same way.
I do not believe in a god, so I do not believe that I am to be judged in the hereafter for my actions in this life, yet I try to live well, treat others as I would like to be treated, try not to trespass upon the rights of others to live freely and by their own free will. I would never take away the right of those who wish to worship the god of their choosing, or not worship if that is the case, and I don’t believe that religious people are unintelligent, they just have a faith that is as yet has not manifested in my own life. But please, do not inflict the “laws” of your god/gods upon me or upon those who reject those laws as unjust. Please don’t use the writings of your religion to form legislation that does not treat everyone the same. Please for the sake of our integrity as Americans, stop proclaiming equality yet withholding certain privileges from those who desire them. Give gay men and women the ability to marry each other if they so choose.
We have striven for equality for all men and women, written amendments to the Constitution seeking to establish equality in the law for all Americans. But as much as it is written down that all men are created equal, it is not true. We are not each other, we are as different as the clouds in the sky, though formed from the same materials, we are not the same. We are of different religions, opinions, shapes, sizes, down to the DNA in our bodies we are different, yet we cannot have laws which suit each of our differences, it would be chaos. So I am saying this: Let your maker be the judge. If you believe that it is wrong, profess as such, but allow judgment to occur on the other side, wherever that be. We have made laws now for centuries that contradict the Bible, why are we sticking on this point? Because some super religious people find the relationship between two men or two women to be unnatural? Should I remind those people that within that same book can be found laws that say the following:
Handicapped people could not approach God.
The Lord said to Moses “Speak to Aaron and tell him: None of your descendants, of whatever generation who has any defect shall come forward to offer up the food of his God. Therefore he who has any of the following defects may not come forward: he who is blind, or lame, or who has any disfigurement of hand, or who is humpbacked or weakly or walleyed, or who is afflicted with eczema, ringworm or hernia. No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any such defect may draw near to offer up the oblations of the Lord; on account of his defect he may not draw near to offer up the food of his God. He may, however, partake of the food of his God: of what is most sacred as well as of what is sacred. Only, he may not approach the veil nor go up to the altar on account of his defect; he shall not profane these things that are sacred to me for it is I, the Lord who make them sacred. (Lev 21:16-23)
Anyone working on the Sabbath is to be killed. (And you should freeze to death too).
On six days work may be done, but the seventh day shall be sacred to you as the sabbath of complete rest to the lord. Anyone who does work on that day shall be put to death. You shall not even light a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath day. (Ex 35:2)
Stubborn children were to be stoned, and the stoning was to be instigated by their parents.
If a man has a stubborn and unruly son who will not listen to his father or mother, and will not obey them even though they chastise him, his father and mother shall have him apprehended and brought out to the elders at the gate of his home city, where they shall say to those city elders, ‘This son of ours is a stubborn and unruly fellow who will not listen to us; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all his fellow citizens shall stone him to death. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel, on hearing of it, shall fear. (Deut 21:18-21)
Shall I go on?
We should probably redefine right as we have with many of the other outdated and obscure laws taken from the Bible. We made exceptions for the above after all, why not for gay marriage as well? Who’s with me?