by Jennifer Bowman
A subject far more controversial than the war in Iraq, and even more so than Mel Gibson's epic The Passion of The Christ, America is now facing a far more important decision. Should we allow gays to marry?
This splits everyone's Biblical, moral, and political beliefs. On one hand, marriage was created to unite a man and woman in God's love, but on the other hand, America was founded on the basis of free speech and beliefs without government intervention. As a country, we are struggling with choosing between the new, liberal ideas of "freedom" and our morality as we know it.
I oppose gay marriage. I do not oppose the people themselves, however. If I want freedom to write this, everyone else should have freedom to love whomever they choose regardless of my personal beliefs.
What annoys me is that gays are trying to combine their ideas in with ours - to integrate liberalism with conservatism. They are not satisfied with civil unions, and are trying to take one of the most holy and respected sacraments of the Christian faith, marriage, as one of their own.
Churches are the largest non-profit organizations in America. They are run by their own money, without any intervention from the government at all. This means they can choose their own beliefs and practices (and have also spawned a number of odd churches, such as the nude church - I'm not sitting on those pews!) without being influenced by anyone.
If they're going to enforce the separation of church and state, it's got to work both ways. If I can't pray in school, gays can't marry in our churches. It's just not fair.
Another problem arises from this issue. What is marriage? With a 50% divorce rate, one that is the same for Christians and non-Christians alike, marriage is becoming some sort of class called "Introduction to Sex 101". People treat marriage like they treat dating. They spend money on each other until they get annoyed and then break it off to go look for someone more exciting. Something once seen as a true and unbreakable commitment of love is now a fake pact to get along while they're near the kids.
Families are breaking apart during crises instead of growing together. They tear each other down to get back at their personal problems instead of loving each other. Something more important is at stake here than a simple debate of marriage.
We need to unite together as one and stand against any threats to the bonds of marriage and family. It's personal now.