I’ve always believed that the real root of all evil is when any one human being thinks that he or she is better than any other. As a gay man, I am particularly observant when it comes to the holier-than-thou attitude of those who would accuse me of “immorality,” even as they divorce their wives, sleep with their employees of the same sex, and physically and sexually abuse their charges in parochial schools. Never mind the “allegations” against him for smoking crack cocaine, driving drunk, evading taxes, taking bribes, philandering, and perjuring. It appalls me how folks define morality in terms of what they perceive as the written word of God. America, whether Rush Limbaugh or Dick Cheney or Pat Robertson or Ann Coulter or Duke Cunningham likes it or not, is the home of religious freedom. For centuries, religious, racial, and tribal intolerance have fueled violence and bloodshed on our planet. One day during my visit, we drove out near Elberton to see the inspirational Georgia Guidestones. Dana took Ted and Mikel and me (three of her daughter’s “dads”) out to the bucolic setting where the granite slabs rise up, Stonehenge-like, pointing to a better way to live.
The stones were erected in 1980, with translations of the messages etched in the massive granite slabs in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, and Swahili. I wonder how on earth he thinks the long-standing Republican stronghold on American politics in any way has helped his financial situation, let alone his freedom of expression.
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were adamant that religion be offered no quarters within the law of the new nation.
When the so-called religious right says that our nation is Christian or that it was founded on Christian principles, they are rewriting history, for neither Washington nor Jefferson were Christians and they warned the young nation of the perils inherent in mixing religion and politics.
Adams declared, “I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved– the Cross. America’s beginnings were bold, embodying philosophies that had previously only been theorized.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. When I am attacked as immoral because of my sexual orientation, I think to myself as an American, okay, even the bigot has a right to think whatever he wants, believe whatever he wants, and say whatever he wants.


When I am attacked for my “choice” of “lifestyle,” I am appalled at the ignorance of those who would believe that I actually chose to be gay in this political, social, and religious environment of intolerance. I’m forever amazed by those who would be judgmental in the name of God and by those Americans who would be intolerant of others’ beliefs. But they “know” what they believe is “right” because they read and listen to conservative media that offer no voice to so-called “liberal” thinkers. Having been told by Christians my entire life that Christ is “the only answer,” and watching Islamic radicals attack everyone else as “infidels,” I approach all religions with trepidation. The states and the federal government have no business recognizing any religious institution, marriage included. Ella Grace was reared by her single mother, Dana, in a loving environment that had no need of a man. For thirty years they have stood witness to one group’s suggested rules for mankind in a post-apocalyptic world. There’s nothing earth-shattering or heretical about the monuments, and yet vandals have now defaced the stones after nearly 30 years of their silent occupation as a rational survival tool, carved in stone in eight languages, for a post-apocalyptic world. There are also inscriptions carved in dead languages, including Egyptian hieroglyphics, classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Babylonian cuneiform. Don’t get me wrong: I have friends who are Republicans, Democrats, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Marxists, and Libertarians.
The life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness declared to be unalienable in the Declaration of Independence, the real manifesto of a new world, unfortunately did not become the law of the land.
But to legally deny me basic rights because of the tyranny of the majority is to fly in the face of the spirit of the Bill of Rights, which not only guarantees his freedom of religion and speech, but also protects the law from his religious input.
I do not believe that a person can choose his or her sexual orientation, but choice shouldn’t matter to those of us who believe that our nation was founded on the principles of the Declaration of Independence.
I have watched the right hide behind more and more ideological barriers that are not based in fact, but belief.
Faith demands a suspension of disbelief that defies the reason and logic that anchored my scientist parents’ most profound values. It does not matter who performs the marriage ceremony; only the legal document, issued by the states, is recognized by the Federal Government.


Nevertheless, several men (4 of the 5 of us are gay) have always been available as a father figure for Ella Grace. I had known about them before, and Dana had written a magazine article about them a couple of years ago.
On the south side, there is a hole through which you can locate Polaris, the North Star (see photo, below). I don’t think I personally know any Muslims, but most people I know don’t wear their religion or their politics on their sleeves any more than I wear my sexuality. The Constitution is a great document, but it has been continually rewritten by the legislature, the courts, and, in the case of the George W.
My mother, nevertheless, was a Methodist who believed in their concepts of free will and reason, and of their ministry of fellowship and social service.
At high noon, the sun pours in through a hole in the capstone, illuminating the center of the central monolith while pointing to the day of the year. My father and my siblings and I have tried to let real-world, rational explanations guide our beliefs. Why those rights are denied to gay couples who want to codify their relationships is beyond reason.
I’m always astounded when conservative judges such as Antonin Scalia insist that “a living Constitution reduces democracy.” Perhaps as a Supreme Court Justice and a Catholic, he believes that man’s words are written in stone. And yet, were she to drop dead tomorrow, he would get 100% of her social security benefits (or her working pension, whichever is greater), tax-free, because, legally, they are still married. On the other hand,  should my partner of 16 years, the man I love and cherish and with whom I’ve never even argued, drop dead tomorrow, I would not only not get his social security or pension, I would have to pay taxes on anything that I inherited that we do not own jointly.



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