As I write this, the Dow Jones has gone below 10,000 for the first time in four years. My retirement savings are evaporating in front of my eyes. My dream of pursuing a third career in theatre – well, who knows what is going to happen with that. And the candidates continue to throw arrows and barbs at each other.
One of the issues here on the left coast that seems to be heating up is the California proposition 8. I really just don’t understand what all the hoopla is about on this one. I’ve seen the commercials for the “vote yes” and they resort to the worst kind of fear-mongering and fib-telling as far as I can see. They try to convince voters that allowing gay marriage will make it possible for churches to lose their tax exempt status – say what??? And that same sex marriage will be mandatory teaching in the schools. Huh? Geez, could any of this be more transparently false? A quick Google on this one confirms that this is simple untrue.
As for losing tax exempt status, the only reference I’ve been able to find to this is an isolated case in New Jersey when a church didn’t want to rent part of its facility to a same sex couple for a civil union ceremony. This happened because the part of the property the couple was attempting to rent was generally held out to the public for public events (it was a pavilion), not the church proper. So I’m not sure this “losing tax exempt status” argument is really valid – it’s again, an argument completely out of context.
Let people who love each other marry. There is really so little love and peace to go around these days. Why squelch that which exists? All of this seems like homophobia and fear of change cloaked in badly articulated arguments. Why are we worried about who is marrying who when the economy is going into the crapper? Where are our priorities?
BTW – I pigged out on Pepperidge Farm goldfish last night. Ah, the simple things in life.