It’s amazing how some people are capable of twisting something completely out of proportion, and keeping a straight face while doing it. I sometimes wonder whether these people, and they come from all walks of life, actually believe what they say, or if there is some form of mechanism which cuts off commonsense and basic intelligence when they start spouting their opinions.
A few days ago I had a visit from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, two of them standing in my doorway trying to tell me that I should live my life according to the Bible and that it is God’s word and so on. Now, I have nothing against people holding their own beliefs, but please, don’t try selling them to me. We can hold a conversation for half an hour, as we did in this case, and I can denigrate each and every argument down to the bitter truth even while knowing that whatever I say goes in one ear and out another.
But when people start twisting things completely out of proportion, attempting to employ scare tactics to achieve their aims by misrepresenting something fully, then my hackles start to rise. I’m just glad I wasn’t there when all the – now shown as – lies were propounded in our American living rooms, under oath no less, about why we should begin the first Gulf War. I would have been screaming at the television and all those high-minded officials with their lies and distortions – which is probably one of the many reasons why I don’t have a television.
And now I get to read about a group of people calling themselves Protect Marriage Maryland. I can understand why people might be against same-sex marriages, but is there any reason to so distort the truth? Here’s an extract:
[…] Maryland Family Law Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â§2-20 [which] states that “Only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid in this State.” The following sections go on to state that “A man may not marry his: grandmother; mother; daughter; sister; or granddaughter,” and that “A woman may not marry her: grandfather; father; son; brother; or grandson,” nor may they marry their in-laws, nieces, nephews, or similar family relations by marriage” […]
That’s all well and good, a straight quote out of the law books. But then we get this:
All of this will be threatened if the marriage law is changed to benefit one small but vocal and well-funded sexual minority.
So, what they are claiming is: if a man is allowed to marry a man, or a woman allowed to marry a woman in Maryland, everyone else will be able to marry their grandmother, their niece, their father …
Now, some people may call me naive and in some things I am quite naive, but I cannot for the life of me imagine how a change in the law to accept same-sex marriages is going to change the laws on marrying relatives. I’m sure that the politicians involved have had their morning coffee, even jogged a few rounds in the park, and are awake enough to realise that such an amendment isn’t going to get through. Is there a proposal to allow a son to marry his father, or a daughter even? I can’t visualize it at all.
What I do see are a group of nameless people who are scaremongering by taking a clearly defined law and twisting a potential amendment to that law completely out of proportion. How many marriages between close relatives have there been in States which have already amended their marriage laws? Where is the basis for their concern?
To be honest, I’d rather argue over religion and beliefs on my doorstep than come across such a small-minded, socially closed and intellectually limited group face to face.
Love & Kisses, Viki.