Deep Thoughts: Acceptance

I’m not usually one to use Facebook for a political platform considering most of the time I have little knowledge about what’s transpiring in Sacramento or DC (I have a deep seeded desire to change that). However, as most are probably aware, the Supreme Court has been listening to arguments on marriage equality since yesterday. As a result, there has been a “red” epidemic on Facebook. You may have noticed profile pictures changing from something generally narcissistic to something initially confusing:

I’m not going to go a lot of detail about this, but it’s not confusing. It’s quite simple. This symbol is a representation of people supporting the right for marriage equality. If you want to read more about the history of the mark, you can read more here.

I changed my profile picture to this yesterday as soon as I found out what it meant. Mainly because it held deep meaning to me. I don’t really care who or how many people “like(s)” it and I am most certainly not under the impression that this will impact the world. I don’t believe it frees the oppressed and then I wipe my hands of it. I think it would be much more useful to go picket in front of the courts, but sadly, I can’t. There are great people at work right now (and all those previously) and they should get some credit right now – they took this to the courts. I’m proud of their dedication and perseverance.

So as an alternative, since I STILL want to proudly display that I am in full support of equality, I let 825 people know my stance. And I also let anyone googling my name know my stance, too. I support all types of equality – gender equality, racial equality, etc. I view the oppression of same-sex marriage to be the equivalent of any racial law that we created to separate and degrade humans. Because in the end, that’s where we’re all the same – we’re humans – and it truly is close-minded ignorance and hate that allows someone to choose to limit the freedom of your peers.

Don’t think it’s ironic or useless because even a silent voice can be heard. We wave flags of our nations because of pride, we wear t-shirts of our favorite bands to show identity – this is no different. If you support it, show it. A little support is better than staying silent. But for those of you making fun of it or degrading it, don’t be an idiot. If I were to introduce a Baptist to the Hunky Jesus Contest in SF for Easter, they’d be REAL upset. Well, I’m real upset if you make fun of MY belief. So let’s take it from the Beatles and “Let it Be.”

I wish I had a better handle on language to say what I want to say without writing endless paragraphs. With that thought, I should express that I have a minor celebrity crush on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for producing the song and video “Same Love” below. I think some of their lyrics are truly incredible statements. Concise and profound.

“America the brave still fears what we don’t know
And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago”

Jesus had two daddies didn’t he? I think he turned out just fine… and I’m pretty sure that my Christian teachings as a youngster stressed the WWJD thing a million times. Well, I’ve read the bible front to back – twice. And no where does it state that you should condemn others for their choices. You don’t have to agree, but you certainly don’t judge.

“It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins
It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference!
Live on and be yourself”

For people who think that this fight isn’t one comparable to racism or religious freedoms, you’re living in a parallel universe. That’s exactly what people thought about blacks – they weren’t on the same platform as the rest of us whities and they didn’t deserve freedom and rights. We proved that to be unconstitutional. Or what about women suffrage? Do you still think that women are lesser humans than males? If you don’t AGREE with the same-sex marriage concept, at least admit to yourself it’s the same concept as these other movements. If that logic doesn’t ring into your head, I think you’re hopeless. Please unsubscribe to my blog.

“I might not be the same, but that’s not important
No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it”

So true. I have so much respect for people who fight for OTHER’S rights. Just because you’re not gay doesn’t mean this isn’t your fight. This is for equality of humans, remember? Support your peers. Whether or not they get married doesn’t trample on your perfect marriage and its sanctity, so let it go. Does a white dude using the same bathroom after a black man make your shit smell worse? Or does drinking after a woman make your balls shrink? Come on… we’ve reversed laws of segregation, let’s reverse the laws of banning equality. Period.

“And a certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law is gonna change us
We have to change us”

We have to start somewhere. Then it’s up to us individually to evolve. Read a fucking book.

“Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one”

If you believe in Allah or Jesus or whatever… you still believe everyone else comes from the same GOD you do, right? So we’re unified regardless of our beliefs.

I can see your brain going blank. Let me break it down:

If you are a Christian, you believe in a single GOD named Yahwey.
Therefore, you don’t believe in other GODS, ie. Allah doesn’t exist.
According to the bible, GOD created all life.
This in turn means that GOD created all the people who believe in other religions, ie. Muslims and Buddhists.

I see a head nod. Moving on…

If someone is a Muslim, they believe in a single GOD named Allah.
Therefore, they don’t believe in other GODS, ie. Yahwey doesn’t exist.
According to the Koran, GOD created all life.
This in turn means that GOD created all the people who believe in other religions, ie. Christians and Buddhists.

That’s what those crazy people think, right? Stay with me, WASP.

If you mash those two logical “proofs” together, regardless of what GOD you believe in, everyone agrees that we came from ONE entity. So, someone is right. Lots of people are wrong. But the point is, we’re all here. Put the petty playground arguing to an end and see the bigger picture.

Anyway, I’ve probably confused you more. Regardless, I feel like the lyric was amazing and expressed a huge concept using very few words. It’s great to see something meaningful in music again. It’s been on hiatus far too long. [Take that, Selena Gomez.]

In the end, I just wanted to put it out there that I am all for equality. I hope the Supreme Court is, too.