by Jonathan Head


Why It's Un-Armerican to Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

And it's probably not what you think.

Let's think back to why some of the first colonists, as most Americans are taught in public school, left Europe for the New World in the first place: to escape from religious persecution.

That bears repeating:

To escape from religious persecution.

In other words, people of one religion were trying to tell other people what to do, what was right. This didn't go over too well with those who disagreed, hence why many people fled Europe for the New World.

There they could practice their own religion without being told by someone else what they can and can't do, simply because they are of a different religion, with different beliefs.

This means that one of the core principles behind the foundation of America and its "separation of church and state", was to prevent the people of one religion from controlling those of another. The government is a neutral entity (a nice ideal) that does not discriminate based on religion (or lack thereof) or a difference in beliefs.

So this absolute mess in Kentucky with a clerk (a government worker, who is supposed to be a neutral party) refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her personal religious beliefs, is complete bullshit.

She is actively persecuting others based on her personal religious beliefs.

Why, again, did so many flee Europe for America those hundreds of years ago?

To escape religious persecution. To escape religious persecution.

It seems pretty clear cut to me, irregardless of whether you agree with the Kentucky clerk or not, that what she is doing is decidedly un-American. 

Maybe in fifty years or so, we'll look back at this moment in time with amazement, surprised so many people didn't grasp such a simple concept. 

Until then, it's just embarrassing.