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August 4, 2012

Comment of the Day

by Stephen Littau

The following “Comment of the Day” from Rebecca was in response other comments responding to Brad’s satirical* post entitled: ‘Wendy’ Condemns Chick-fil-A President Remarks On Gay Marriage.

1. Attn: Bible-thumpers: If you haven’t read your Holy Book in the original un-pointed Hebrew and Aramaic, you have no idea what the Bible actually says. Also, if you haven’t read the Talmudic commentaries, or those of other respected Biblical scholars, you’re missing a lot of data that you kind of *need* to speak about what the Bible means with any authority.

2. “Traditional Marriage” is in the eye of the beholder, given that there are huge numbers of *freaky* “marriages” in the Bible, and given that historically marriage was a property, inheritance, procreative, or political arrangement for hundreds or even thousands of years before anyone came up with the notion of “romantic love” having anything to do with it. Moreover, traditionally, it was arranged for the children by the parents. Choosing your own spouse is an extremely modern twist on marriage.

3. Real and measuarable harm is done to LGBT individuals whose partnerships are not recognized by the state. No harm is done to your church if they marry, or if my church chooses to marry them. No harm befalls your family if theirs is united before God, or a judge. No one is going to make gay marriage mandatory.

4. Living your values is Freedom. Forcing others to live your values is Tyranny.

Comment by Rebecca — August 4, 2012 @ 10:25 am

Though I agree on all of Rebecca’s points, I believe that point 4 is the most important in terms of living in a free society.


*’Wendy’ did not actually write the e-mail. The faux e-mail was written by Brad as a joke that apparently few people got. Satire or not, the post has provoked 30 comments of a more serious discussion.

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3 Comments

  1. So much for defending freedom vs. tyranny. What about the CEO of this company being able to simply say what he believes without the libs/GLBT community setting out to destroy his business? Where is the liberty in that?

    Comment by Ray — August 7, 2012 @ 1:41 am
  2. Ray:

    As long as the libs/LGBT community doesn’t use the force of government to get their way (as some mayors have said they would do) nor use any violent/threatening methods themselves, I have no problem with them setting out to peacefully “destroy” the fast food chain by encouraging people not to patronize Chick-fil-A. It’s a free country; let your conscience be your guide. If you agree with Chick-fil-A, dine there, if you don’t then don’t. It’s really no more complicated than that.

    Comment by Stephen Littau — August 7, 2012 @ 6:29 am
  3. Oh sorry Rebecca!! Since i havent listened to any of the respected Biblical scholars or read the first bible im crazy for thinking my pastor or the niv version or millions of other Christians are anywhere close to being right!! I may as well live my life in sin and act like all the other haters of common since because heck its pretty tough being a Christian and hated by so many spoiled ass brats that grew up with MTV and all the other crap Hollywood has put in their heads. But you know im going to take a chance on Heaven its a better eternity!!!

    Comment by rick — August 7, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

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