It’s been quite a week here in NYC and across the good ol’ USA, right?
As Bob Dylan wrote and sang so many years ago – The Times They Are A-Changin’. Those lyrics are so appropriate for what has been happening lately. Especially in light of the Supreme Court’s decision which now legalizes gay marriage across all 50 United States. Now, as many of you know, I never, ever like to really discuss politics and religion unless it’s to poke fun. Most politicians are idiots no matter what party they are in anyway, so they are an easy target. I’m not an overly religious person to begin with. To me, it’s an evil subject matter, unless you pen a blog or column devoted to them. Then more power to you. I just see both as a subject that causes more pain, anger, and arguments than any other across the globe. So I usually steer clear.
Yet, when it comes to this I feel different. I feel as if this is a momentous decision, and one that has such a profound affect on not just this country, but the world. I want to write about it. There has been a shift in humanity. A shift in reasoning. A cause for celebration. After all, more than for political or religious reasons this is a human rights decision. One that should have been made long ago. I have always said “Live and Let Live”. It still boggles me as to why so many people get so uptight and freaked out over two people of the same sex marrying. Who cares? They aren’t hurting anyone. They aren’t hurting you. They want love, compassion, and happiness just like anyone else. No matter who they sleep with, live with, kiss, or hold hands with. No matter what a legally binding piece of paper says with their names on it. Gay or straight don’t we all want the same thing? To be happy and live in peace?
Yeah, yeah, I know all the Bible thumpers and religious zealots are screaming and whining that it’s some sort of sin, and the beginning of the end of the traditional family as dictated by divine scripture from eons ago. I have never seen so many people divided, and so much hatred spewed across the internet, Facebook, talk shows, Twitter, radio and other media outlets across the board. Yet, at the same time there has been even more of an outpouring of support and praise for what has transpired. To me, you can really distinguish the true character of a person by what they are saying about this, and by their actions. I find it ironic, if also laughable, at how these same people throwing rocks at glass houses also have multiple divorces under their belts, support these multi-millionaire preachers who keep getting caught in sex scandals, never if hardly ever go to church themselves yet quote the Bible about this, and commit all kinds of sins yet think they are pure.
Puh-leeze! These people really need to get over it and just stop. Life goes by fast and we are all here for a short time. No reason to live a life of hate. Be accepting of others. It’s really not that hard no matter what your religious or political beliefs are. Move on and worry about your own lives rather than trying to enforce your ideologies on people you don’t even know. I think we all have enough of our own problems to worry about.
I’ll step away from the pulpit now as I just wanted to get my two cents in on this matter after reading more than a few ignorant remarks on my Facebook timeline this week. It just amazes me at what comes out of some people’s mouths, and what is really in their souls. All I know is that when I came home late Sunday night from visiting family out on Long Island and walked across the city streets I looked up and saw the Empire State Building all lit up in rainbow colors.
It put a smile on my face and made me feel so proud to be living in NYC at that moment. Score one for humanity. Yes, Bob, The Times They Are A-Changin’.