Rev Joel Hunter, spiritual advisor to President Obama just appeared on Andrea Mitchell. He said that "God defines marriage". I'm sure others have said the same a million times before and maybe I've even heard it said before. But hearing this clergyman say it just now hit me more intensely than ever just how ridiculous and hypocritical and just plane insane this assertion really is.
No vid or transcript available yet, but all you need to know is the man said, "God defines marriage".
I've got a few questions I'd like to hear asked of Rev Hunter.
Why should an entire nation be expected to subscribe to your particular interpretation of what God has to say on marriage or any other topic?
Oh, and on marriage, why are marriages not currently required by law to be performed by religious officials? Why are non-clergy allowed to officiate at weddings and sign marriage certificates? Or do you believe civil laws on this should be changed?
Why is your god to be accepted as more authoritative than any other god or interpretation of what god says? Do we have freedom of/from religion or not? Are you not attempting to establish not just Chrstianity, but your specific understanding of it as a government sanctioned religion?
But here's what I'd most like to know, Rev Hunter. Are you really prepared to have congress legislate according to what your God says? If so, then let's make a deal. Just as soon as we're done banning same-sex marriage I suggest we move to ban all US lending agencies from charging interest.
As a gay male, sure, I'll put marriage equality on the table just as soon as you're willing to put charging interest on the table.
Actually, no, you ban interest first, then let's talk about banning same-sex marriage. Yeah, that's better. You'd never put banning interest on the table which leaves me open to telling you to STFU about what god has to say.
Oh, and Rev Hunter? Fuck you, you cherry-picking, freedom of religion-hating piece of shit.