Wednesday, April 06, 2005

I'm so embarrassed...

I am so sad for the state of Kansas. It appears that we voters in Douglas County were the only ones who voted not to amend the constitution to ban gay marriage.


One of my first boyfriends was a fundamentalist Christian. He was a college student attending (duh) K-State, and I was a junior in high school. Looking back, I remember thinking how cool it was to date someone older, but now I realize that he was a serious doof for dating a high school girl.

But that's beside the point.

He and I used to argue and argue about the "salvation" of gay people. He would send me letters quoting biblical passages and directing me to read this or that verse in the bible to prove his point, and I would do the same. ( I was quite the fan of the bible as a high school student.) Ultimately, he broke up with me because I was "tempting" him too much, and he was afraid he would walk the path of sin with me. This was the beginning of the end of my stint as a fundamentalist Christian.

It's interesting to me, because I think our parents' views reflect so much of our own, but I don't recall it ever being a topic of discussion in my family, one way or another. In the same light, I was shocked and appalled when I read "The Diary of Anne Frank" because I just couldn't understand why?? Why?? I still believe that prejudice is taught, by words or action, and if it isn't taught it does not occur naturally.

Maybe generations from now will not experience such prejudice or intolerance? I seriously doubt it. Especially after reading the results of yesterday's election.


Rikki said...

I don't know where to begin...I'm just glad to live in this particular county, at least. Sheesh.

I guess we can't expect a state that denies evolution to accept homosexuality, can we? This is exactly why I rarely leave Lawrence. What's the point (unless you are heading to another state)? It's scary out there, very very scary.

RunLuluRun said...

I can't wait to see what the Daily Show's comments are on this one.

Reasons to love Lawrence: fewer bigots per capita than any other Kansas town or city. My friend CiCi who lives in Leavenworth had someone cover up her Kerry/Edwards bumper sticker with a "Proud to be an American" sticker. She recently drove to Lawrence and stocked up on stickers like, "Another American for peace" and "Jesus was a pacifict" Good thing she has a Lawrence near by.

Once I went out on the town with her in Leavenworth and I swear that people wanted to kill me just because I am who I am.

"I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time . Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult." --E.B. White