Never mind walking a mile in someone else’s shoes, I want to walk a mile in my own. High heels are pretty, and all, but why should so many women’s shoes have such thin soles?
Onywye. Some people have no empathy at all. You may have seen the nutcase pastor, Charles L Worley, a Baptist from North Carolina, who wants to take the lesbians, and the queers, and the homosexuals and put us behind an electrified fence. We would die out because we don’t reproduce. Obviously he imagines that we do not have straight parents. But for me the most striking thing he said was that it made him puking sick- “Can you imagine kissing some man?”
Presumably he has some women- straight women- in his congregation who quite like kissing men, and can imagine that easily. He cannot empathise even with his own congregation. He says The Bible and God are against homosexuality, but he is not preaching the word of God: he is preaching his own feelings, his own disgust for other people who feel differently from himself. Whereas Christianity is about Love for others, which must include some attempt to understand where they come from. Not telling them that his way of feeling and thinking is the only way.
Ron Racer has a blokish blog, I quite like it, and here he supports gay marriage while expressing his feeling that gay people are “a bit ‘off’.” He does not think we can be born that way: there might be a genetic predisposition, but “a dick in the butt is a choice!” Well, yes and no. I asked him, can you imagine not being attracted to women, but only to men? So, sex with women did not do anything for you, and your only chance of having your jollies or building a physical relationship was with a man. Then “a dick in the butt” is choosing not to be celibate. Ron, you choose not to be celibate, don’t you? Can you begin to understand that choice now? He replied that in that case he would probably try straight marriage.
Most people can empathise with someone in a directly similar situation to one they themselves have experienced, though some fail even in that. It is a worthwhile struggle to accept others’ choices, because that enables me to accept my own.
And I hope that Jonathan Grant Galleries will forgive my breach of copyright when I extol this wonderful image. The Chieftain is seeking to understand others. We who are in a position of weakness get the practice. With thin soles, I feel the ground beneath my feet.
Another thought on Leviticus. Those opposed to equal marriage often cite Leviticus 18:22:
22 Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.
It is more rare for the Oppressors to cite Leviticus 20:13:
13 If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
Even the Oppressors realise that the call for Death is nutty, and few of them (except Charles Worley) really support it. So why do they not realise that the condemnation of gay love is equally nutty?