The Grand Ellipses

I listen patiently when I am waiting for reality to respond. I act impulsively when I have no idea what's going on . . .

"The Grand Ellipses … “? I love that moment when i’m thinking about something, or listening to something and i have that … moment. It’s that pause before you have your realization of clarity. So, i thought that would be a good name for this, to refer to that grand moment when we let our mind settle, let the questions and turbulence stir a bit and allow free thought to reign.

Go Gay Marriage!!!

Go Gay Marriage!!!
With the Supreme Court finally discussing Prop 8 and DOMA, it has EVERYONE talking. I could not be happier that this conversation has become so public! I have been so tired lately of people not talking about these very important issues and skating around it because of the cry for religion. To me, the most important part of this argument is that if you take away the bible away from this debate, it’s a pointless conversation. This is about equal rights … civil rights. 

Lets not all pretend that this isn’t a religious conversation that has hardened the political atmosphere. 

So, why is it so controversial? Why are people so afraid of the gays? People are spoon fed certain indoctrinations from childhood and, unfortunately, these indoctrinations very often lead to hate-filled discrimination. When your religion is, historically and narratively, the reason for discrimination, I whole heartedly feel that you must reevaluate that text and its theological values. This is not an argument to end religion, just for people to question what they know. 

There are many philosophical arguments that we can get in to regarding the historical context of the bible and how we simply live in different times, but those are broken arguments. If someone went to the Supreme Court today and argued against interracial marriages … we’d laugh at them. If someone argued for slavery … we’d laugh at them. If someone argued for rape … we’d laugh at them. If someone argued for the submission of women … we’d laugh at them. There are a great many things that are “moral” atrocities in the bible and we have every right to say that they are evil and we need peace and progress. 

The repeal of Prop 8 and DOMA would be a wonderful step in the direction of progress. The federal allowance of gay marriage would be an even better one. I’m skeptical as to whether or not our religiously minded political side will let that happen just yet … but they should. Arguments to this have happened so many times throughout our history as a nation, and every time, we find progress and a better way to love. We need to extend that love now, more than ever. 

I write this because it is an important conversation and we should all talk about it for the sake of our friends, family, neighbors, lovers, strangers, enemies, frenemies, coworkers … etc. 

I also need to write more blogs, so here i go with another attempt.

Mark Stickney