The other day, I made mention, on an online friend’s page, that marriage equality (and thus America’s entry into the 21st century, as far as basic human rights go) would be one of the legacies of Obama’s term in office. Silly me. This was an American online friend and true to form, it took bare seconds before the dribbling, batshit insane bigotry was on show:
Marriage initially meaning a covenant with God between a man and a woman that is all but completely ignored and mocked by those who want nothing to do with God and after everything was said and done, flashing the symbol God used after he flooded the earth as a symbol of pride mocking Him.
Oh yeah, I also mentioned the Affordable Care Act, which was met by:
And all this health care crap is a cover-up and people don’t realize it or understand it for what it truly is because they’re not doing their research!
So yeah – raving religious bigotry and wingnut (but non-specific) conspiracy theories (complete with “do the research” mantra)… in the space of two comments after my own. And this wasn’t even on a wingnut site… so it really does kinda enforce my attitude of constantly looking at America and going, “What the fuck is wrong with you people?”
Still I’m going to ignore the conspiracy theorist and focus my attention on the religious bigot with his love for the rainbow and how precious his definition of marriage is. Of course, in his righteous outrage, what he doesn’t realise is that
- he is still perfectly entitled to believe whatever he wants to believe, regarding his definition of marriage;
- giving people the same rights you enjoy, in no way diminishes the same rights you enjoy;
- denying those people the rights you currently enjoy, purely on the grounds of “my imaginary friend doesn’t like it” makes you a terrible, terrible human being. Or, as I like to call them, “a Christian.” Nobody is forcing you to marry somebody of the same gender, nor attend their weddings, and it’s certainly not going to make you and your wife suddenly divorce.
- The irony being that you’re so fucking upset that gay people can marry and “mock the covenant with God between one man and one woman,” but you probably have absolutely no problem with divorce between straight couples. Just like the bigots who won’t issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but will to people who have committed adultery – and take a guess which sin is mentioned in the 10 Commandments kiddo…
- The other important thing is – it’s absolutely none of your fucking business. End of story. You carry on with your little Bronze Age mythology, and at least try and keep your bigotry to yourself and not com across as an awful human being, and we’ll carry on with ours. Deal?
- Oh yeah. It’s probably worth pointing out that, in America, this bigot’s parents and grandparents were using the same religious arguments to protest the SCOTUS lifting the ban on interracial marriages… in 1967. But some people are just doomed to be on the wrong side of history.
- And finally, and if you think allowing gay marriage is going to lead to people marrying children, or their pets, they you don’t understand the concept of consent, and should not be allowed out in public, without a minder.
But enough of your petty bigotry, let’s get down to you being so horrified that the rainbow has been used for the Pride movement, and not to commemorate God killing everybody on Earth, except 8 people, who then indulged in some wholesale incest, in order to repopulate the Earth. But more on that later.
Firstly, if this little bigot can put his righteous indignation to one side for a moment, I’d like to show him two pictures:
Yes, the first is what’s known as the Rainbow Flag, or the Gay Pride Flag… and the other is a rainbow. My bigoted friend is too bus wallowing in outrage to notice that there’s one small difference between the two… the former only has 6 colours, as opposed to a rainbow’s 7, so technically it’s not a rainbow. It’s also worth mentioning that the rainbow flag has been around since at least 1913, as a symbol of peace and world unity… but again, those aren’t things my bigoted friend would be interested in.
There is, of course, one other significant difference between a rainbow and the Pride Flag: the latter is a bit of coloured cloth, whilst the former is a big, huge representation of the electromagnetic spectrum found between the near infrared and ultraviolet, curving across the sky and caused by the refraction of light through water droplets (h/t to the author of this post for pointing that out to me). It just goes to show how great your persecution complex must be, if a multi-coloured flag looks like a rainbow to you. Getting offended by the Rainbow Flag, is much the same as getting offended by Photoshop’s colour wheel.
So, yes, the Rainbow Flag might look like a rainbow, but it’s not technically the same rainbow that Christians see as this awesome shiny that their God gave them… right after committing the greatest act of genocide ever seen. But don’t take my word for it, here’s Ken Ham:
Now, I’m not going to go into the technicalities of just why it is an absolute scientific, physical impossibility for God to have “invented” the rainbow only after the flood… or alternatively, for there to have been anything alive to see him invent it, if he had. The reason I’m not, is that it’s already been done by a good friend of mine, who even uses small words that Christians can understand.
So, now that we’ve ascertained that God couldn’t have “invented” the rainbow post Flood (all this, of course, based on the premise that these people see the Bible as a history book and not a fantasy novel), thereby promising humans that he’d behave and wouldn’t ever do it again… unless it was to send floods and earthquakes and tornadoes to various places… usually as punishment for the gays doing something… miles away from the area that the disaster actually hit.
Genesis 6:11 starts off the drama: “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.” The italics are mine, because it highlights a very important point. At no point between Adam & Eve being told not to eat the fruit and Moses on Mount Sinai, does the Bible give any indication at all that Man has been given any kind of divine behaviour guidelines. None. Zero. Zilch. And you’d think that a book that goes into pages of genealogies and the dimensions of a boat, would mention something as important as a few “Guys, don’t do the things” comments from the Almighty.
But there aren’t, so in essence, Man has no idea that he’s being “corrupt and full of violence” because – and here I get to use the wonderful “no morality without God” argument people like Ray Comfort and Ken Ham like to use – they have no yardstick against which to measure their behaviour.
In other words, the Flood happened based on a solely subjective decision by God to wipe out Man, because they were pissing him off… and yet, they had no way of knowing they were pissing him off. So, after deciding to save one family… and ignoring that the world would be populated via incest for a second time… God drowns everybody in a giant megalomaniacal, genocidal clusterfuck… and then says to the stunned survivors, “Yeah, sorry about that. But look – something shiny!! Of course I totally just made it. No, you didn’t see something like it before the Flood. No, you didn’t… look, how long can you tread water, motherfucker?”
So yeah, in essence, not only are you a terrible person for thinking that some people don’t deserve the same you do, but if you think rainbows are special and come from your imaginary friend… congratulations of worshiping a mass-murdering madman.