Judge Walker of California overturned Prop 8!
The fight’s not over, but I (and lots of other people) are still awfully happy about this step.
Anyway, that’s just an intro to a post that I was writing already. About equality and religion.
Because religion always comes into it. Because even though I probably shouldn’t have been surprised, I was. I was surprised that in response to my post of signs from the National March for Equality, people started talking about Christianity.
As I said in one of my comments on that thread, I’m Jewish. I don’t think about Christianity all that often unless something prompts me to. Christianity doesn’t really govern my day-to-day life (except that I get Christmas and Good Friday off from work but have to take personal days for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). More to the point, Christianity doesn’t govern my morals or principles. It’s just not relevant to me.
But lots of people in this country of ours are Christians, and many of those are devout believers for whom the religion does govern their morals. Fine. Let them be happy and healthy in their Christian lives. I’m all about people living their lives the way they want to. But what does that have to do with me, I wanted to ask?
Nothing, really. But some people can’t seem to separate their perspective from the idea of absolute truth. So they tell me my “behavior is sinful, wrong and will one day be judged.” Sigh.
So I asked another question: what does my own religion say about my gay-itude?
When I was still in high school, before I had a clue that I was gay and years before I came out, my rabbi gave a sermon on gay rights. And he didn’t hide his sermon on a small Shabbat service with forty attendees. He saved it up for the High Holy Days, those holidays that bring in all the twice-a-year Jews, so that he could tell my entire congregation – hundreds and hundreds of people – how important it was to welcome gay people into the Jewish community. This was in the mid-’90s, when Don’t Ask Don’t Tell came into law and most people weren’t speaking out that loudly.
I heart my rabbi and his longstanding support of my peeps.