Where is the love?

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINION -

THE Chris­tian Coali­tion’s vo­cal and open protest against the Sex­ual Ori­en­ta­tion Gen­der Iden­tity Equal­ity (SOGIE) bill is it­self proof that the coun­try needs a law against dis­crim­i­na­tion of LGBT’s. What ap­pears to be the group’s main rea­son (last in their list) that House Bill 4982 would pave the way for the le­gal­iza­tion of same-sex mar­riage is dis­crim­i­na­tory in both its le­gal and re­li­gious senses.

The prin­ci­ple of sep­a­ra­tion of Church and State in our con­sti­tu­tion gives all re­li­gions the right to de­fine mar­riage ac­cord­ing to their moral norms and be­liefs. Thus, they have the free­dom to dis­al­low same-sex union for their mem­bers if such does not con­form to their def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage.

But the same prin­ci­ple does not al­low re­li­gions to im­pose their def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage on a plu­ral­is­tic so­ci­ety such as ours. For the state has equal right to its own def­i­ni­tion of a civil mar­riage.

The Chris­tian Coali­tion, there­fore, has no le­gal ground to stand on in its con­certed effort to pre­vent the state from ex­er­cis­ing its right to its own def­i­ni­tion of a civil mar­riage. The state’s obli­ga­tion of pro­tect­ing civil lib­er­ties ex­tends be­yond Chris­tians to all cit­i­zens re­gard­less of race and re­li­gion and of sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and gen­der iden­tity.

In the re­li­gious sense… moral im­po­si­tion is self-right­eous be­cause no re­li­gion has sole pos­ses­sion of truth and moral­ity, the Catholic Church’s con­trary teach­ing not­with­stand­ing. It is unchris­tian be­cause Christ taught us we are chil­dren of one God. Hence, we all have, with­out ex­cep­tion, the same in­her­ent right to lib­erty, life and the pur­suit of love and hap­pi­ness, again re­gard­less of race and re­li­gion and of how na­ture has scram­bled a per­son’s male and fe­male hor­mones.

Speak­ing of which, in the Judeo-Chris­tian tra­di­tion, sin is de­fined as a will­ful vi­o­la­tion of the Ten Com­mand­ments. And there is no eleventh com­mand­ment that says: “Thou shall not be an LGBT.” Hence, it is not a sin to be an LGBT. It sim­ply can­not be be­cause it is na­ture (not us) that de­cides on how male and fe­male hor­mones com­bine to give us a clue to our gen­der iden­tity. But LGBT or not Chris­tians have to ac­count for the way they ob­serve the Ten Com­mand­ments.

Go­ing down to ground level, to whom does an LGBT send a rose to­day, Valen­tine’s Day? His/ her choice would have to be some­one of the same sex but with a dif­fer­ent gen­der iden­tity.

LGBT’s, like the rest of us, have the right to love, and part­ner with, the per­son of their choice.

Chris­tian­ity preaches re­spect and love for all of the hu­man fam­ily who are equal in dig­nity and rights as chil­dren of God. Where is the love in the self-right­eous­ness of some Chris­tians who do not treat LGBTs with re­spect?

— Or­lando P. Car­va­jal

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.