Religion vs. rights

An open letter to those opposed to marriage equality:

The only argument against equality for all citizens is a religious one. According to the Bible, if you use the Lord’s name in vain, you should be put to death. You should not eat pork or fat. You can’t cut your hair or beard. If you are disabled, you are not welcomed in church. You can’t wear linen and wool together. Slavery is OK; animal sacrifices, too. If you don’t believe me, re-read Leviticus.

If you think the laws should be written to reflect the Bible, take the above into consideration. Also, you must mean that everyone must follow your Bible and religious beliefs. So, does that mean, if you’re a Christian, that a Jewish person doesn’t have freedom of speech? After all, they wouldn’t have the same religious beliefs. So they shouldn’t have the same rights as a Christian.

If two men or two women marry, how does it affect your life, or infringe on your rights? Quite the contrary, your religion affects the freedom and rights afforded to others with different religious beliefs. Why do you deserve more rights and freedoms than any other law abiding citizen? Keep in mind, pride is one of the seven deadly sins.

Stephanie Osborn, Tiffin