Just a couple of quick things regarding recent controversies...
Please note that in all of this gay marriage discussion I've taken NO position, pro or con, regarding homosexuality. That was on purpose, btw, to watch the various conclusions that people would jump to. The only position I've taken is that I don't feel it's in any way right or American for my personal religious beliefs to determine your personal freedoms and protections. An America which is no more than a Christian version of the Taliban or a Christian version of a fundamentalist Islamic country under Sharia law isn't an America I want to see or live in.
Let's look at this notion of "redefining" marriage. Total BS. My advice would be to tune out, immediately, someone who uses any form of an argument that includes the words "redefining" or "definition" in conjunction with marriage. Why? Because prior to the gay marriage debate, had you asked someone who uses that argument to define marriage, I'd give you infinity-to-1 odds that their definition would NOT have been "one man, one woman". The irony is that words like "definition" and "redefining" have been co-opted and redefined by cultural warriors, because we know that in a culture war - "He who defines, wins." Their definition of marriage is a RECENT one. 20 years ago, their definition would've been something about "two people coming together for life" or something or other. "One man, one woman" is ambiguous, and could describe the queue down at Burger King - so it isn't even a definition, but a parameter which needs a definition. Use an argument like "redefining marriage" and you might as well be waving a white flag at me, cause you're just a shill for your culture, having bought the propaganda on emotional levels, with a shallow faith that's threatened by any wind of change or disagreement.
In the bible, there's no sanctioning of a piece of paper signed by an officer of a local civil court. That's all the gay people want. If that threatens your faith, you have no faith. None. "But, but, Lew...They'll force churches to marry them!!!" SMH. Don't be so gullible. Churches/pastors can already discriminate regarding who they'll perform ceremonies for. This won't change that. In the unlikely event that they tried to force churches to marry them, then, and only then, you'd have a legitimate argument, and I'd be right there with you raising hell about it.
It also doesn't help the other side of the argument when the loudest voices I've encountered in the last week have belonged to people who've been married and divorced on multiple occasions, or have many children by many different women, or have fat asses from being lazy gluttons, or are dishonest people, or who listen to Rush Limbaugh describe the President as "declaring war on traditional marriage", when ole Rush seems to be doing a smash up job all by himself, what with 4 failed marriages, and fail to see the hypocrisy.
Step out of a black and white world and into some color, people.