(originally published on LiveJournal)
Part of my family is very conservative. I sent out an email message recently, updating everyone on Jack, and giving out our new and improved web site. At the bottom, I wrote: Vote Barack Obama and If you live in California, vote NO on Prop. 8. One of my aunts wrote back a response filled with inaccuracies about homosexual relationships, “partial birth abortion”, and Barack Obama’s support of abortion in general. I spent 3 hours writing the counter-arguments. I’m sure it won’t impress them, but at least I tried. To make sure that the exercise was not for naught, I have decided to post the very long message here.
My response is so long that LiveJournal won’t let me post it all at once.
OK people, here it is. I know that my spirituality is at odds with yours, which is why I try not to talk politics and theology. However, I think it is important for you to know that I have studied quite a bit, and my opinions are informed opinions, based on many sources, including the Bible. Jesus was inclusive. He didn’t care if you were male or female, slave or free, Jew or Greek. If you accept the Catholic thinking on Mary Magdalene, then he also accepted prostitutes as his disciples. We know he accepted the “unclean” all the way up to Roman guards. Jesus was truly, a community organizer, with emphasis on the community.
Homosexuality is most likely biological. Evidence strongly indicates that it is not a choice, a complex combination of biology and environment causes people to be gay. Homosexuality isn’t a psychological or physical disorder.
I am firm in my belief that Jesus would have welcomed GLBT disciples. If that upsets you, that’s OK. It’s OK to have different opinions. They make life more interesting.
My thought is that you know you’re right and I know I’m right, so the couple of hours I took to research Aunt Terry’s notes probably won’t matter. But I learned a lot in doing it. I hope you have a chance to at least read through it. I don’t expect you to change your minds. It’s simply important to me that you understand that I won’t change mine.
- Current Location:work, Pleasanton, CA
- Current Mood: annoyed
- Current Music:”Keep Holding On” Avril Lavigne
- gay marriage,
( 8 comments )
Sep. 30th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)I generally avoid talking politics with family for just this reason. They aren’t going to change, and all it does is rile folks up. I knew you had conservative folks in your family, so I was surprised that you put that tagline on the end of your e-mail, to be honest.
Sep. 30th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)My cousin started by sending me mostly false statements about Obama. He obviously didn’t mind provoking me. When I got to the end of the update message, I thought – These are my opinions, this is my email message, I’m going to say what I believe in.
Oct. 1st, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)I’m gonna disagree on the notion that they aren’t going to change because…I changed.
I bet you’ve changed too. (Granted, I don’t know you.)
Sep. 30th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)I can’t wait to see the rest of the email. I am always conflicted when it comes to responding to stuff like that. On one hand I don’t like to see false information disseminated. On the other hand, even if I spend 2 hours refuting the false information with reputable sources to back me up, the person who spread the lies and misinformation is almost certainly not going to change their mind or stop spreading lies.
Oct. 1st, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)Hey! I just posted the email message in two parts. The first is about gay marriage and the second is all the rest.
Most of the time, I don’t bother. But the information she was using was so obviously false, that I felt I had to respond. Furthermore, it was also an affront to me. I’ve spent quite some time researching these subjects, and I felt the need to share that.
Oct. 1st, 2008 09:32 am (UTC)Jesus wouldn’t vote.
He was into this otherworldly kingdom thing. It seems he was pretty aloof about temporal politics.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)Actually, that’s what I think too. I just liked the title “Who Would Jesus Vote For?” Sometimes the marcomm person in me comes out.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)WWSPD?