Mostly Good News!

8 Nov

First of all, the longest and nastiest election in history is over. Second, President Obama won re-election. (Thanks be to God!) Third, Maryland passed the Marriage Equality Act.

The only bad news, from my point of view, is that we also passed the Gambling Law, which allows for even more casinos to be built in Maryland.  The one just north of us has removed some of their slot machines so the place won’t look so empty, and these things – like the lottery –  draw those folks who really cannot afford to play. Also, like the Maryland Lottery, the proceeds are supposed to pay for education.  This has not happened with the Lottery, and there is no reason to expect that it will happen with the casinos.

People are screaming that the Marriage Equality Act will “promote immorality”.  How many of us are living in a marriage which involves divorce on the part of one or both parties? How many of us go shopping on Sundays? How many of us pass along emails without checking Snopes to see if they are actually true?

The Old Testament injunction against homosexuality is included in Leviticus, which also provides for stoning your neighbor who uses the Lord’s name in vain, avoid contact with women during their menses, and gives permission to sell your teen-aged daughter into slavery. (And how many of us have been tempted to do exactly that?)  Why pick out only one part. Go for it all, or forget it!

And there’s that little thing in the Constitution about “Equal protection under the law” to be considered.

Ah, well. Here endeth today’s sermon.

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2 Responses to “Mostly Good News!”

  1. Reverend Ref November 8, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    People are screaming that the Marriage Equality Act will “promote immorality”.

    From what I’ve seen, what “promotes immorality” are cute interns; but nobody wants to ban them. Oh well . . .

    • thisendoftheswamp November 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      Oy! You posted this a week ago, and it just dawned on me you didn’t mean *hospital* interns. Man, am I dense!

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