The Dump

I recently saw a friend post a link for a website called Dump Starbucks. I clicked it because my husband is very into coffee (he often roasts his own beans at home) and so I was interested what this might be about. What I found was not what I was expecting. It is a website calling for people to “dump Starbucks” because the company has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. I was actually shaking my head as I read what they had to say. I debated whether or not to say anything on my blog about this because I don’t want things to get all political, but I just can’t seem to keep my mouth shut. Or my fingers still!

One line I found particularly upsetting is “Starbucks has declared a culture war on all people of faith…” I will say that I am a Christian and I know what the Bible says about homosexuality. I will also say that I 100% believe ALL people should have the same rights in America, including the right to marry any other person they choose (provided both people are of legal age to make that decision). I do not feel that Starbucks has declared war on me at all.

Here are some questions I have for the Christians out there who are against same-sex marriage:

  • What are you thinking?
  • Do you really think if same-sex marriage is illegal those people will just decide to give up their lifestyle and marry someone from the opposite sex?
  • Are you so naive that you think people will not just choose to continue living together simply because they are not allowed to marry?
  • You believe homosexuality is a sin and that’s why you want it to be illegal. But what about greed, lust, jealousy and lying? How would you feel if your rights were taken away if you did any of those things?
  • Why is this any of your business? If you are against same-sex marriage… don’t marry someone of the same sex. Problem solved. Why have you decided this affects you in some way?

I read a wonderful article a while back regarding my last question. Amy Koch (a Minnesota Senate Majority Leader who campaigned to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, and who resigned after cheating on her husband and “engaging in a relationship with a Senate staffer”) received a letter of apology from the gay community. Click here for the full article. I thought it was so funny and appropriate. Please enjoy this excerpt from it.

“On behalf of all gays and lesbians living in Minnesota, I would like to wholeheartedly apologize for our community’s successful efforts to threaten your traditional marriage,” reads the letter from John Medeiros. “We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love have cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry.”

Honestly, why do Christians believe allowing gays to marry will destroy their own marriages. Seriously, someone explain to me how that works. But the heart of my whole point is we live in America. Where people are free to believe whatever they choose. God or no God. And why should any American be denied any rights because of what they do or don’t believe and who they choose to love?

Published in: on April 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm  Comments (4)  

Whose side are you on?

As many of you probably heard there is going to be a lot going on on October 30th in Washington, DC. Stephen Colbert will be hosting the March to Keep Fear Alive, while John Stewart will be hosting the Rally to Restore Sanity. In case you have not heard anything about these two events, here is some info about what each event is about.

The Rally to Restore Sanity is looking for people who “think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler.” They also say theirs “is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority.”

While the March to Keep Fear Alive wants to remind us that “America, the Greatest Country God ever gave Man, was built on three bedrock principles: Freedom. Liberty. And Fear — that someone might take our Freedom and Liberty” and that ” ‘Reason’ is just one letter away from ‘Treason.’ Coincidence? Reasonable people would say it is, but America can’t afford to take that chance. ”

In a world where Ronald Reagan can be President, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura can be Governors, and Clint Eastwood and Jerry Springer can be Mayors, it seems the line between entertainment and politics is getting a little blurred. Even this morning Stephen Colbert (in character) testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee.

Maybe these men have more political sway than even they realize. So, which rally would you attend?

Published in: on September 24, 2010 at 11:48 am  Leave a Comment