Adrienne BoettingerFriday,28 December 2012

The Snap:

If you want to take a yuletide trolley ride, don’t don that gay apparel or more than your halls might get decked. At least that is the case in Annapolis where a trolley operator gave up $50,000 a year so that he wouldn’t have to allow same-sex marriages on his trolley. Apparently it wasn’t just the Pope sending out hatred in his Christmas cards. It was also county clerks, wedding photographers, Tories and trolley operators. On the other end of the spectrum, we’ve got Dutch people de-baptizing themselves and Piers Morgan amending the Bible. Happy birthday, Jesus!

The Download:

As we approach the end of 2012 (and of course the perilous fiscal cliff – drink, suckers!), apparently some people wish the world had ended because of the impending doom associated with legalized same-sex marriage. You know what will happen with gay marriage, don’t you? Our lives will be threatened, our rights stripped away and the cast of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will make us watch The Wizard of Oz until our eyes bleed. It’s gotta be pretty damn terrible to turn away business in this hellish economy. And the Pope wouldn’t waste an opportunity to spread compassion and love in celebration of the day of Jesus’ birth if things weren’t that dire, right?

Oh, wait. You mean that gay marriage doesn’t threaten our very existence? That’s right, you sanctimonious, un-Christian hatemongers; gay marriage is as threatening as a kindergarten full of Quakers.  Yes, I did just call the Pope un-Christian (and somewhere in Baltimore my mother weeps and says the rosary for her errant daughter). When did, “Love one another as I have loved you” start meaning “unless that person is homosexual in which case you should take away all his or her rights and  spew hate-filled messages of fear and anger?”

The Pope actually had the audacity to say that being gay and/or supporting gay marriage threatens the essence of our humanity. I’m sorry, Father, but seriously??  Of course he has the right to believe or say what he feels to be true but it is appalling to me that the steward of nearly 2 billion souls would use Christmas to spread such ugliness.

It’s safe to say that I’m not going to be allowed back at Catholic Singles anytime soon so let me give a shoutout to the thousands of Dutch Catholics trying to figure out how to de-baptize themselves rather than be affiliated with an organization so vehemently opposed to gay marriage. However, I think Piers Morgan may have taken the lunatic express to Crazytown when talking to Rick Warren about amending the Bible to allow for gay marriage. And yes, I still read and believe major parts of the Bible; just not literally. For many, the Bible is the word of God but unfortunately it was dictated to some men and as they say, the devil is in the details.

Hat Tips:

Baltimore Sun, Salon, Washington Examiner, Reuters, Huffington Post, Image Credit: Flickr

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