If You Listen Carefully, You Can Hear The Sound Of Civilisation Crumbling.It's one thing to laugh at the opposition and mock their lack of rationality at times.
It's one thing to have those who see things differently to how you do agitate for acceptance and "tolerance". After all, we're all equal, don't you know?
But what happens when those asking for acceptance, and tolerance, and all the rest, don't get their way?
Well if you're a person who runs a restaurant in California, a gay-friendly one, and you just happened to vote for Proposition 8, and even donated to it, then you're in for a bit of a wakeup call.
Basically, Marjorie Christoffersen, who just happens to be a believing mormon, donated $100 (yes, a whole one hundred dollars) of her own money to the "Yes" campaign for Proposition 8 in California. Her church asked her to, and she did. What her private thoughts were on this were, I would have thought, her own business.
For her to have spent her own money in this way makes her a traitor to homosexual people everywhere.
It doesn't matter that her clientele are gay-friendly and she has gay staff working in her restaurant.
It doesn't matter that even those howling her down acknowledge that her business has done a lot of good work in the field of gay relations.
It matters that her beliefs led her to donate against gay marriage.
The comments on the blogs I've linked to above are hysterical, and I don't mean that in an amusing way.
My favourite comment so far? This one from Peace. Love. Lunges.
....Shame on Margie and shame on her entire family. I feel sorry for the 89 people and their families that work at the restaurant, but they will find other jobs. I feel much more sorry for the more than 18000 families that have had their marriage stripped from them - and I feel sorry for the other gay couples that won’t have the chance to marry.
BTW - this woman also donated money from the gay community to the relection of George W Bush to the tune of $1000. Do a google search on her name.
And the shame that she still supports the rape of gays by keeping us from having marriage.[Emphasis added.]
This particular quote boggles my mind, because we can talk about rape as being all about power (and having been raped a long time ago I can appreciate that aspect of it), but what about the marriage thing?
Historically, marriage has been about power and property for most of its existence.
It's for the protection and procreation of the family; if we didn't have familial structures, then we'd be no more than animals rutting in the scrub out in the bush or forest somewhere.
With a social structure revolving around a family unit of (generally speaking) father, mother and offspring, there is some reason for people to actually invest in a future existence and hopefully some prosperity.
I am taking religion out of this one because people tend to get upset about it, and this is not a post for debating that at the moment.
But I digress...
It's only been in the last few decades that marriage has become a purely personal decision to do with emotional bonding or romantic ideals rather than anything else.
With the support of welfare and child support, women can have all the babies they like and raise them without a father.
With the lack of accountability coupled with a draconian child support regime, men are more and more inclined shack up with women, and then up stakes and move on, whether they have fathered children or not.
These days, more and more western men are choosing not to father children, and undertandably so.
What a lot of people don't seem to realise is that the world does not revolve around Me.
It revolves around We.
That is We, the People, or We, the Family, or the Clan, or the Tribe or the Country.
If there is only I, then I will be rather lonely in my dotage, I suspect.
Ultimately, whether a person is for gay marriage or against it, society can only survive when all its members work from the same rulebook.
In this case, when a democratic outcome is being ignored or treated with disrespect by those whom it does not suit, when those crying for acceptance refuse to show acceptance for someone else, then there is going to be trouble.
Those who already take issue with the gay or GBLT lifestyle will only have further grist for their mill, while those who didn't give a toss will wake up with a snarl.
What happens then is anybody's guess, but I doubt it will be pretty.