Voting no because “the Bible says”…

Marriage-Equality

It’s fair to say many people who are pledging to vote no in the upcoming marriage referendum are doing so based on religious grounds. “The Bible says” is being used as a great defence mechanism when questioned as to what religion has to do with marriage equality.

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What people don’t want to admit is that (no offence, God) a lot of what is said in the Bible is shite-talk. Who in today’s society will agree that “For the wife does not rule over her own body, but the husband does…” (1 Corinthians 7:4)? I’m pretty sure Emma Watson would have something to say about that.

Another one that most of us are guilty of suggests we should all be put to death:

“For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him” (Leviticus 20:9). What a shame.

For all you females that have engaged in sexual relations out of wedlock, if you are willing to vote no, you must also accept the following:

“But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die” (Deuteronomy 22: 20-21). There’ll be a lot of deaths in Kilmurry so…

“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).

Quoted no-one ever.

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I seriously cannot fathom how people can use religion as their argument in this campaign when in reality, they pick and choose what parts of the Bible they adhere to.

The way Christianity, and Catholicism in particular, is headed in terms of believers would suggest that the more people practising their faith, the better. So, why on earth would any Catholic want to stand in the way of another Catholic professing their religious beliefs through marriage? Does it not say enough that the LGBT community are going to this length of trouble just to have their relationship blessed by the Church?

Voting no on May 22nd is in breach of so many Bible teachings. Think of the well-known teaching “love your neighbor as yourself”. If you vote no, you’re not loving your neighbour as yourself. You’re putting your own preconceptions before the rights of others; something I don’t think God himself would be too happy about.

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12). Would you like to be denied the right to marry? Would you like your brother, sister, cousin, uncle, neighbour or friend to be denied the right to marry? If you had the genetic disposition of being gay would you still want to be able to live your life to the fullest?

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If we’re going to reference the Bible, which seems to be the growing trend for no-voters in this campaign, let’s face the facts – none of us are really getting through the Pearly Gates. Why, you ask?

“Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

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All you young’uns out there getting raunchy, you are sexually immoral and have not made it into Heaven. All you teenage girls that idolise Luke Hemmings or Kylie Jenner, shame on you. You have not made the cut either. Men who have cheated on their wives or women who have cheated on their husbands; just get out now. Bet you regret eating that last square of Galaxy now, Áine; you ain’t getting in the gates, you greedy bitch. And to any student that has ever been out on a Tuesday or Thursday night on the beer: you are the weakest link, goodbye.

Think I’m exaggerating? Maybe then you should rethink why it is you’re voting no and denying someone else a basic human right.

If you really think it’s true that homosexuals and every other walk of life mentioned above won’t be embraced by God after death, you’re lying to yourself. And don’tcha know liars don’t make the cut either, hun.

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