Obviously the issue of gay marriage has been on in the news and on my mind a lot lately. For my last post where I had read some of Leviticus to get more material, which I already knew was there, but I didn’t know specific location of anything in the book. Upon reflection of the holistic biblical context I feel like an idiot for not seeing this correlation sooner. The Old Testament concern about male on male action is no less about hygiene than chapter 15 that describes human discharges. Female homosexuality seems to get a pass. Leviticus covers every other coupling under the sun from three generations worth of instructions on incest to bestiality but no there’s no mention of inter-female relations in the whole Old Testament. I found this interesting and relevant to helping my point on the biblical concerns really being about hygiene.
Back to my thoughts on hygiene and medicine, in those days they didn’t have running water or any awareness of viruses, bacteria, or other immunity considerations. Every disease, sexually transmitted or not, was interpreted and treated as a spiritual affliction cleansed by water and whatever other mumbo-jumbo they perceived to have helped at some point prior. I’m not saying these people were void of medicinal ability. I’ve read about olive oil being used as an antiseptic, soap being made from animal fat, and they instruct people to wait after bathing before considering themselves clean. The point is that they clearly didn’t have much to work with in the way of knowledge or resources and it was found easier to leave camp or kill their own people than keep them around to inflict their uncleanliness on the rest of the group.
This explains why the severity of sexual uncleanliness decreased by Paul’s time when he just put homosexuality alongside promiscuity. Society didn’t need to kill for it anymore, but as the end of Romans 1 indicates God was perceived to be perfectly capable of taking you out if he wanted to. But disease was less of a risk to society because specialized practices like plumbing and medicine are just a couple perks which come from settling in a populous city. Doctors still didn’t know what an immune system was but with the added knowledge and resources which comes from being a hub of trade a bunch of different mumbo-jumbo possibilities sifts out to expose consistent medicinal commonalities and the latest stock of supplies for carrying them out. The goal of the doctor was still a matter of helping the patient’s spiritual fortitude along to the point of sustaining itself but the quality of care was far better than what could be provided by nomads in tents.
So this consideration begs the question of why human sodomy would still be considered morally unclean if there is now zero possible social ramifications for it. We’ve bottled virtually every disease known to us, grasped it’s method of transmission, and are well on the way to finding cures or at least methods of neutralization. Even the homeless have the ability to access plumbing, soap, anti-bacterial lotions, bath tissue, washing machines, and hospital care. The biblical concerns about human sodomy are as obsolete as eating pork, shell fish, or going outside the camp to bury excrement with a trowel.
I’m not sure if this is what actually lies behind the Christian aversion to LGBTI marriage outside their schematic for love and devotion. Jesus talks about the man and woman becoming one flesh thing in Matthew 19 and Paul about one husband one wife in 1 Corinthians 7. But these are as much statements against divorce as they are definitions of union and since evangelical Christians have a divorce rate of roughly a third it hardly makes sense for them to declare their Christianity to be the morally superior one.
Of course all of this is a non-issue for the LGBTI community; they just want the right to stand by their partner legally as well as personally. We don’t police the bed room so how consenting adults express their love isn’t even a matter on the table. And the establishment clause of the first amendment prevents the government from making laws solely for the reason of enforcing the views of a religious establishment.
Civil issues based in the reality of what it means to be a human seems to cause hangups for certain Christian perspectives. I don’t understand how the civil rights issue of “separate but equal” doesn’t get naturally correlated with gay rights. In a republic such as ours law is meant to protect the minority from the majority anyway and there has yet to be a qualifiable reason for a judge to rule against the legal marriage of any two consenting adults regardless of sex.
Passing the buck to God, Jesus, or some other biblical entity doesn’t alleviate a person’s responsibility for actively favoring segregation. And when I do delve into biblical reasoning it always exposes the stark contrast between Christian beliefs and The Bible as a whole. The Christian’s who stand by Leviticus 18:22 must be completely oblivious to the existence of Leviticus 20:13. 1 Cor 6:9 puts homosexual acts along side greed, slander and drunkenness. I haven’t heard of a rise for another alcohol prohibition and Fox and Friends is caught red handed for misrepresentation all too often without having to recant despite their mostly Christian demographic.
Besides all of that marriage is a word which has already changed much in the last 2000 years. Betrothals and the exchange of dowry are already things of the not so distant past as are marriages between races. Love and vows are up to the couple and any legal adult can be ordained a minister in minutes. Ceremonies are different the world over. The divorce rate in this country is abysmal at best. The word marriage can be used synonymously with monogamous to describe a seemingly devoted pair of animals. Where reproduction, devotion, ceremony, and respect isn’t a necessity for marriage what sanctity is being defended within the institution aside from personal ego?
“There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil.” – Gandalf
The only time I have ever heard evolution be portrayed as survival of the fittest in modern times is by people who don’t understand how the hierarchy of natural selection works. All natural selection means is that an organism that survives to the point of reproduction has adaptations which allowed it to survive and pass those adaptations on to the next generation. If the anti-social behaviors of sociopaths don’t pass on then the adaptation causing them to be dead ends in terms of evolution. Applying that reasoning to the Aurora shooter, James Holmes, if he had some perception of mutant superiority over the rest of the species he effectively proved himself wrong by assuring that his lineage is a dead end. Whatever adaption he had to have violent disregard for human life has accumulatively pissed society off and he will now almost certainly die by execution or old age.
In case it isn’t clear, no the individual or genocide committing group of xenopaths has any adaptation that another within their species doesn’t have. Hatred, weapons, strength, or whatever other outward focus at some point must stop so the relations can get back to getting their compassion on. This is why “Thou shalt not kill” and the other tangible social commandments could be written and taken to heart by a people bent on brutally destroying other societies of humans. In turn different other societies came along to spank Israel out of their self-righteously narrow vision of solidarity. Over time the definition of what it means to be human has expanded from ideology to states or from races to demographics either way marching toward the human common denominator which has existed all along.
Thou shalt not kill has existed before writing just as it exists presently among other species in nature without detailed instruction yet still manage to maintain their relative forms of society. Our dependence on communication, knowledge, sex, and young-rearing means that our species can only survive by compassion with relations. To be human is to be social because anything else means inevitable extinction.
Sheesh, talk about a rambling blog. At least I managed to come to some semblance of a finish so I can post it and be done.
I wonder what would happen if voting got tied in with paying taxes via what I’ve started calling in this article a “tax ballot.” With the development and availability of modern information technology it’s possible for voting and taxes to occupy the same time frame for every state, provide a “paper trail” in the form of a series of digital exchanges that the voter/tax payer initiates and can track personally.
A system like this would also open the door to true government transparency. I spent a while trying to figure out where my tax dollars go and couldn’t get further than the typical pie-graph of defense, medicare/medicade, social security, and various other black box systems voted on by representatives. Whatever happens in the black boxes obviously money goes into the pool and expenditures come out another side, for many of them to the aid or paycheck of another citizen. In the system I’m wishing for privacy precautions should apply which means that the system shouldn’t be able to display on basis of individual or business except for the case of the individual or business logging in. Displaying pools by county with additional drop down pools for public offices and organizations as well as fed and state tax expenditures.
In time this kind of system can be revised and expanded to include functionality for bidding in or out various services that are new or obsolete in local government which can be expanded wider until it reaches a federal level. This process would give tax payers some self-representation and, therefore, personal responsibility for the way the local, state, and federal government distributes services. A government for the people could start to becoming of the people and by the people.
I don’t know if this speaks worse for Huckabee, or for the journalist that chose this quote but use these phrase and envision them as the summary of American government and people. I hope that’s not the basis behind Huckabees supporters… America would be come the scariest place on the planet. I would volunteer to join a civil war if it meant saving my girl from that sort of world. Luckily this wont be the commonality driving all Republicans. They aren’t all so selfish as to vote based on narrow, superficial opinions.
Just a little rant defending the constitution:
The constitution may have been mostly founded by Christians (Franklin and Jefferson were deist) but they all agreed on a document that protected the personal liberty of ALL from the federal government. We were also established as a republic to keep one bias from creating liberties for themselves… which is what marriage currently is.
What other day can you celebrate once every four years without ignoring the other three? I think they should make the leap year day a day of uber cool celebration or something… don’t know what one could do on that day… visit the beach or something. Me? I watched the Oscars and ate hot tai food with me ma and old friends. Grand ol’ time. LotR all the way, they completely deserve that and more… pitty Gollum man didn’t get recodnised, or any of the other actors for that matter.
Just before that I made a mess in my spiffy new car while making a wendy’s root beer float(frosty + root beer). I put the frosty in and was able to put the lid on… then I turned the car on. When I look back down, fizz was slowly bubbling from the straw hole in the lid! Luckely most of it ended up out side or in my mouth… There was some on the seat, I havn’t wisened up to carrying napkins yet so I made a desision to screw the pants and save the leather :p Other than that, the float was a success, not bad for 2 bucks 🙂
Before THAT I watched Head of State, with Chris Rock. Good flick. I think it’s one I’ll watch every election year. I want to get a bumper sticker that says Vote Mayz for president… I worry for where our country is going, often voting is just choosing the less of two evils. I hate polatics, my mind doesn’t grasp of all of the veriables involved very well; there’s a lot B.S. flung around there too. “Bah… go back to being a grunt, stop pondering what is beyond you, Dustin.” Yes concious… grumble mumble.