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By Elaine

Author "Calling the Rainbow Nation Home"

 

The Scapegoat

 

 

 

The passage of the anti-gay initiatives in eleven states has me greatly perturbed. Especially troublesome was the passage of Ohio’s new constitutional amendment which not only banned gay marriage but forbids ‘marriage like benefits’ to be conferred on anyone but legally married couples. In one fell swoop all domestic partner benefits, health insurance, death benefits etc… were stripped away from anyone who was not, or cannot be legally wedded. Of course, thanks to this same law, the gay and lesbian (GLBT) population of Ohio cannot legally marry one another. Thus permanently creating a two-tiered system of citizenship. One set of citizenship rights for heterosexuals and another for the gay and lesbian population.

 

What really floored me was that the news networks barely brought this up. Instead the coverage was firmly focused on ‘why Kerry lost the election’. Further distressing was the fact that the majority of analysts, from both sides of the isle, credited “the gay issue” as being one of the primary reasons Bush won. Why? Because these anti-gay initiatives, oh.. excuse me… these “pro marriage” and “protection of marriage” ballot measures energized the ‘morally conservative’ folks to show up to the polls in mass. Thus defeating John Kerry and pushing Bush over the top. These same ‘talking heads’ then went on to say how the Democratic party needed to ‘get in line’ with the moral ‘values’ of our country else they would continue to lose election after election.

 

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what is being said:

 

  1. Both political parties see ‘us’ (i.e. the homosexual population) as an expendable population group. Winning, or losing, the election is far more important than any particular issue or group of citizens rights.

 

  1. A large majority of the American population still does not see ‘us’ as relevant, worthwhile human beings, worthy of the same rights and protections as the rest of the citizens of the United States.

 

  1. The validation for this legalized prejudice is the mistaken belief that a) only one ‘natural’ sexual orientation exists b) God has condemned anyone who is not a heterosexual c) that only one interpretation of the Bible exists (and they 'have it') d) that we should have no separation of church and State in this country e) that the only valid religion, for political and legal purposes, is that of a Judea Christian persuasion.

 

How did this come about? Simple. We are a country that is leaning more and more towards a system of ‘majority rules’ and since over 60% of the American population considers themselves a “born again” Christian (and this doesn’t include many Roman Catholics that don’t buy into such ‘terminology’ to explain their faith). Well… there you have it. If you are not part of the ‘majority’ then you are just plain ‘out-of-luck’.

 

But before we start ‘finger pointing’ we must remember our country is hardly alone in this dilemma! Nor is one particular party to blame over the other as both sides of the political isle have advanced this idea that ‘the majority rules’ at one point or another. Basically whenever a particular candidate loses an election but wins the popular vote and/or when a court ruling deems a particular law unconstitutional this cry goes up.

 

This is not a new problem, look at our own history! America was primarily founded by people fleeing religious persecution. They came to the colonies hoping to start a new life, one where they would be free to find “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – regardless of who they were, where they came from, or what they believed!  This is why our founding fathers set-up a system of checks and balances within our government to protect the people from a) the government and b) from themselves! Our forefathers had experience in such matters.

 

That brings us to today. I won’t lie to you. I didn’t even know these eleven measures where on the ballot across the United States! The enemy fights a clever fight. His “M.O.” has always been to split and divide and that’s just what these measures did. They cherry picked off states one-by-one. The gay population in each state probably knew about their own fight just as we in California fought, and lost, against proposition 22 a few years back. You would think in a state that has voted Democratic for years and has one of the largest gay populations in the world would put up a winning fight. Nope. The proposition was portrayed in such a way that people honestly believed they were fighting to protect their marriage! I won’t go into the lunacy of this whole idea(!) but suffice to say that the ‘other sides’ marketing campaign was superb and they had us out-numbered, at least in the suburbs and rural areas in ‘ground forces’ and resources probably a hundred to one.

 

Why am I alarmed? First, I saw in this new Ohio law an escalation of the ‘anti-gay’ fight. No longer was the battle to ‘protect’ marriage, it was now to strip away any legal and economic protections we have all together. Second, it became clear that both political parties believed that a major portion of their win/loss was directly attributed to the growing ‘moral’ conservative attitude in America (i.e. an attitude that believes homosexuality to be a grievous sin). Third, both parties believed that the key to victory in future elections was to embrace this ‘moral majority’ and fourth… both parties seemed quite willing to go this route, not thinking twice about the ramifications on the homosexual population.

 

We are… in all eyes… the sacrificial lamb and the acceptable “scapegoat” that both political parties are willing (and eager in some cases) to serve up to an angry and afraid American public.

 

Leviticus 16:6-10 (NIV)

"Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household. Then he is to take the two goats and present them before the LORD at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. He is to cast lots for the two goats--one lot for the LORD and the other for the scapegoat. Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the LORD and sacrifice it for a sin offering. But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD to be used for making atonement by sending it into the desert as a scapegoat.”

 

Thank God, God is not done with this issue, or with us just yet! In fact, I sense that He has

only just begun.

 

 

Note: If you are still confused about how a gay Christian can feel they are 'right' with God I encourage you to read the section of the web site entitled "Gay and Christian? YES!"

 

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