Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"How could ye have forgotten your God?"

Following the passing of the Marriage Equality Act in New York, many people I know (and don't know) were both vocally and online expressing the idea that this is a sign of moral decay in the country, and that those who support same-sex marriage have forgotten God.

Today, I read a news article about a twelve-year-old boy who had his foot bitten almost all the way off by a bull shark. Because of his family's clear thinking and the speediness of treatment, he is expected to make a full recovery. He and his family were quoted in the article as saying they were so grateful that "God was with them." The top-rated user comment on the story was, "God was with them? Was he the shark???"

This offends me far more than does the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York. Which is worse, the fact that people who do not belong to a religion that says same-sex is wrong, but who have just as much likelihood of being good, honest people who serve their fellow man as you do can now marry those they love, or the fact that on an individual basis God is mocked every day? Whether it's by taking God's name in vain or mocking him outright, moral decay in this country isn't something that's caused by legislation. It's caused by individuals.

But nevertheless you see countless people who will gladly decry entire groups of people, people they don't even know, for their supposed efforts to destroy the country's morality, while turning a blind eye to those little acts which destroy the country's morality so much faster.

That's really all I have to say.

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