Independence Day

July 4thI may get in trouble for this.  My conservative friends may skewer me.  But I agree with the Supreme Court’s decision to let all people legally marry.  Give me a chance to explain.

First, I hear you.  “Constitutional Law” is a joke.  The 200+ year old document doesn’t address the issue.  Nine judges sitting in a room can’t divine what the Founding Fathers intended.  They are long dead and gone.  Does it even matter?

Second, the rallying cry, “America was found on Christian principles” as an anchor for pseudo religious-state beliefs is nonsense, too.  Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, but give to God what is God’s.”   Not “no taxation without representation.”  The Bible preaches being a good citizen, not inciting a violent revolution.  These are hard lessons, no doubt.  But don’t even get me started on slavery.  “God is love.” And Jesus said, “love your neighbor as yourself.”  Treating fellow humans like cattle doesn’t resolve with this core teaching.  Are you still reading?  Am I making sense?  The argument that the United States was founded on Christian principles as justification against the recent court decision isn’t logical to a Bible loving Christian when taken as more than a slogan.  Aren’t we all too smart for this now?

Third, Christians believe that Jesus is the greatest gift God has given us.  Second best?  I’d argue free choice.  To create intelligent beings then to allow them autonomy is awesome.  It takes guts.  It takes risk.  The creation can reject the creator’s way of living in favor of his/her own path.  This is true love.  It doesn’t make is less so just because it hurts sometimes.  Every parent knows what it feels like when his/her offspring rejects good parental wisdom.  If we can agree that free choice is a God-given gift of love, then we ought to agree that taking away such freedom is dehumanizing, even if we disagree with the choices that might be made as a result of such a gift.  After all, free choice is the one Biblical principle this great country was actually founded upon.


*Husky Harlequin is the author of the new time travel novel Time’s Alibi or The Quantum of Jazz Between the Sun and the Grave.  It’s more than sci/fi; it’s a political statement.  Grab a copy and visit another dimension during your lunch break.

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