This letter is in response to Jane Anderson and Paul Anderson [June 25-26 letters]. The two letters shared a single, basic message that specific people should not share the same rights as everyone else, because their religion says so. This is, by definition, bigotry, Paul.
You want to know what the top secret, evil intention of the “homosexual agenda” is? It’s equality. In the same way that it’s wrong to refuse someone service because of skin color, it’s just as wrong to turn around and reject another group to the same service.
The argument over marriage equality is simple. One side respects the rights of individuals to marry those they love; the other denies those rights based off of ancient text. Are you happy with your side?
“God’s law” does not supersede Illinois law, Jane. That’s the entire point of the First Amendment and the secular society we live in.
And I’m very sorry to break it to both of you that biblical quotes do not verify anything you say. If you’re a Christian, cool, whatever. But how dare you suggest we should all follow your ideals, especially ones that place certain people’s rights under fire. You should be ashamed of this.
I write in defense of civil rights, and don’t aim to attack your religion in the newspaper. But if you use religion to validate your politics, then you’ve placed it directly in the range of fire.
If you would like to avoid the kind of debate that many religious people would be offended by, I highly suggest finding a new way to validate your anti-equality argument. Because in the 21st century, “God says so” doesn’t cut it.
That said, I congratulate the couple. Homosexuality is simply a form of love, and deserves our respect because of it.