“So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.”
— Voltarine de Cleyre
Freedom to practice, freedom to believe, freedom to act in a way of my choosing. Freedom to believe in God. Freedom of conscience. Freedom to speak my mind. What would life be like without the freedoms we grew up with? All the freedoms we intellectually know we have, but in practicality take for granted.
This fight for marriage is really a battle. I’m here in California on the front lines, in the trenches even. We’re giving everything we have to this effort. My kids have been spit at, my property has been vandalized, I’ve donated enough money to remodel my sorely broken kitchen…and my time, every day, all day for the past two months has been spent calling, walking, phoning, waving, writing.
Every generation has it’s battles. My grandpa’s generation fought the world wars. Our grandfathers before them fought a hundred wars for freedom. In every country, on every continent, the human soul hungers for freedom and pays a price to obtain it. Sometimes the price is goods and means, sacrifice, sweat and tears. Sometimes the price is blood, and it’s paid. This fight is the fight of our generation. It will affect more than our state, it will affect our entire nation for generations to come.
I’ve decided to join the fight in more than words. I’ve gone out to my neighbors and talked with them, walked the streets of our town, gathered opinions, given information, stood on street corners smiling and waving in support of the family. My life is nearly consumed with the effort to gather and inform, rally and move the often silent majority, prodding them out of complacency and into action. After much prodding, the sleeping giant is stirring. 23 more days.
I read an article today by NPR’s Barbara Hagerty called “When Gay Rights and Religious Liberties Clash.”
In talking about civil rights special protections she says….“Armed with those legal protections, same-sex couples are beginning to challenge policies of religious organizations that exclude them, claiming that a religious group’s view that homosexual marriage is a sin cannot be used to violate their right to equal treatment. Now parochial schools, “parachurch” organizations such as Catholic Charities and businesses that refuse to serve gay couples are being sued — and so far, the religious groups are losing. Here are a few cases…”
The battle’s begun.