The sanctity of marriage

In the late 1800’s, people fought to keep marriage defined as the joining of a man and woman of the same skin color. It wasn’t long ago that some people felt interracial marriage would ruin the “sanctity of marriage”.

Yesterday, that same spirit of intolerance, using the same flawed arguments, succeeded in passing an amendment to the California state constitution to retroactively invalidate the matrimony of any two people of the same gender.

The first amendment and article six of the constitution of the United States of America guarantee the separation of church and state by saying that no religion shall be unfairly recognized by the government.

Yesterday, the people of California ensured that the Christian bible’s supposed definition of marriage is the only one that can be recognized by the state of California by voting “yes” on Proposition 8. Yesterday, a blind eye was turned to the constitution by pandering to the desires the world’s largest, most influential cult.

1) This is an obvious repeat of the controversy surrounding interracial marriages. The same arguments being used then are being used now.

Just like the joining of a black man and a white woman was considered impure prior to Loving v. Virginia, the joining of a woman and another woman is being construed as impure today.

Only the word we use to describe this perceived impurity has changed; “miscegenation” has become “abomination”.

2) The majority of the funding for the Prop 8 campaign came from outside of the state of California.

Over $40 million in campaign funding came from the state of Utah alone (want to guess which institution?). It’s clear that the desires of the people of California are being trumped by a tyrannical outside party with deep pockets.

3) It is not the state’s place to define marriage.

If two consenting individuals want to make a contract between themselves to join in matrimony, that is their contract to make and the government’s job to uphold. If they wish to call that contract “marriage”, it is their right to do so, and the government’s job to recognize it.

4) The wedding of two people of the same gender doesn’t directly impact the rights of heterosexual couples.

Inevitably when I speak to supporters of Prop 8, they feel that they are being slighted. I’ve yet to hear a compelling argument for how gay marriage directly impacts their lives. Just a bunch of fear mongering that the “moral fabric” of our country will be destroyed.

Let me get this straight. Getting married to a stripper of the opposite sex in Vegas… OKAY. Getting married to someone you dearly love of the same sex… BAD. Loud and clear.

Gay people will continue to be gay regardless of if you let them marry the people they love. If ever there were an incredible uprising of gay pride, it will be in the aftermath of this unconstitutional marriage of church and state; the only marriage that can be considered a true abomination.

I’m hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court’s tradition of curtailing the state’s unholy affairs with religion in favor of civil liberties will hold strong when presented with the opportunity to overturn Prop 8 and all equivalent state amendments.

Ewige Blumenkraft!

I’ve created a new category for this blog titled “Adventures in Anarchy”. The name isn’t particularly important, but I plan to use this category as a placeholder for my philosophical, theological, technological, or just plain nonsensical links, rants, and drunken musings.

As most people close to me know, I’m a huge fan of the late anarchist, writer and occasional time traveler Robert Anton Wilson whose life and works are the true inspiration for today’s posting. I’m going to kick off this blog with a bit of musing over what I see as his most compelling philosophy.

Nothing “is”

RAW strongly believed that we can never know truth, but only our own perception of truth. He understood that all human comprehension is filtered through prejudice, fear, hate, love, and paranoia (“reality tunnels”) and that anything we experience will be naturally masked by those ancient primate emotions. RAW believed that the most dangerous concept is certainty, because it shuts minds off from alternate views, manufacturing ignorance which, in turn, commonly leads to war, misunderstanding and injustice.

I’ll leave you with some of my favorite RAW quotes:

“Nobody sees the obvious, nobody observes the ordinary. There are more miracles in a square yard of earth than in all the fables of the Church.”

“Belief is the death of intelligence.”

“It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.”

“Certitude is seized by some minds, not because there is any philosophical justification for it, but because such minds have an emotional need for certitude.”

“Animals outline their territories with their excretions, humans outline their territories by ink excretions on paper.”

“The function of Theology? The recitation of the incomprehensible by the unspeakable to pick the pockets of the unthinking.”

“I used to be an atheist, until I realized I had nothing to shout during blow jobs. “Oh Random Chance! Oh Random Chance!” just doesn’t cut it!.”

“I just preach that we’d all think and act more sanely if we had to use “maybe” a lot more often. Can you imagine a world with Jerry Falwell hollering “Maybe Jesus ‘was’ the son of God and maybe he hates Gay people as much as I do” — or every tower in Islam resounding with “There ‘is’ no God except maybe Allah and maybe Mohammed is his prophet”?”

“Reversing a sentimental error of the ’60s, the new anti-war slogan should be MAKE ASSASSINATIONS, NOT WARS. And, best of all, if this idea catches on internationally we can expect at least 50 contracts on George Bush the first week.”

“The Snafu law holds that, the greater your power to punish, the less factual feedback you will receive. If you can fire people for telling you what you don’t want to hear, you will only hear what you want. This law seems to apply to all authoritarian contraptions, especially governments and corporations. Concretely, I suspect [Bush] knows factually less about the world than any dogcatcher in Biloxi.”

“You are precisely as big as what you love and precisely as small as what you allow to annoy you.”

“You know, I have found a new way to get high and stay spaced out for hours on end, and the government can’t stop me… It’s called senility.”

“I think I got off on the wrong planet. Beam me up Scotty, there’s no rational life here.”

Personal rants as well as book exerpts are available on his website. Additionally he authored portions of the Principia Discordia.