Monday, October 10, 2011

Homophobia and religion muddy the 2012 political waters.

It seems that homophobia and religion are front and center in the 2012 political debates. I understand that people's religious beliefs will have an effect on their views of all subjects, but isn't there a separation of church and state in these United States? Are we really united?

GOP candidate (R) Rick Santorum recently stated that he would reinstate the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" military rule if he is elected. He also states that openly gay soldiers will cause uneasiness when it comes to close sleeping quarters and showering. Really? These are his major concerns?

Candidates often use the bible as their defense of their anti-homosexual stances. I thought a political candidate or office holder was to use the Constitution as a barometer of the nation's laws?

Many candidates openly base their views on the bible and their religions. In the past, people were concerned that John Fitzgerald Kennedy would base his Catholicism and loyalty to the pope, in his decision making as President. Well, as we know, the problems that plagued his presidency had nothing to do with religion.

Can we really truly be united and keep religion out of politics? It seems that we cannot. This election year has put the bible and religious views front and center for better or for, on the most part, worse.

Is our country going in a new direction and philosophy? Has the GOP become a new political dynamic? I think that marriage equality and the repel of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" have just hit many raw nerves and the candidates are just frustrated and grabbing at anything they can to make their points.

I feel the country is changing, for the better.  New York State has allowed Marriage Equality, "Don't Ask Don't Tell" has been repealed, people's attitudes towards LGBTQ are changing, LGBTQ people are better understood and we know that it is NOT a choice.  It's going to be OK and I feel good things are in store for LGBTQ people.

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