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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Ferguson. What a clusterfuck. As always, my blog posts are rants based mostly on the idiocy that I’m bombarded with on social media. This rant is no different.
So we all know what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri right now, therefor I won’t waste my time typing the backstory. I should also note that this post will not be about picking sides in this mess, either. I have negative opinions about both people involved in the incident. This post is about how everyone is handling it…which, in true American form, is immature, null and void of common sense, and mostly attention driven.
Once more, we have a story that unequivocally polarizes our nation. I just wish people understood that it’s okay to be mad about something, as long as you handle that anger properly. Unfortunately, many of you don’t handle it properly and I have to end up writing about your dumb asses. In this case, I’m talking about the “protesters”. I put that word in quotations because, in my opinion, there are only a small percentage of these mobs that are actually protesting for a cause. The greater percentage, on the other hand, can be split into two groups:
1. People who are already violent with criminal tendencies, who feel like they’ve just been given an all-access pass to get buck wild and do whatever they fuck they want (you see this with all of the assault, looting, theft, arson, etc), and
2. People who just want their 15 minutes of fame. I’ll get to them in greater detail shortly.
The people in both groups mentioned above are douchebags. I, for one, am sick and tired of people condoning their actions. I’m talking about people on the far left, of course. I should mention that I am a progressive liberal, too…and these far left liberals are getting on my fucking nerves. It doesn’t matter whether you are liberal or conservative in your views, but when you venture so far to one side that you lose sight of common sense or decency, you become part of the problem, not the solution. I fully understand that a great injustice has been done, but violence and criminal acts are NOT the answer. It helps nothing.
Now let’s get back to group number two that I talked about earlier. They are the inspiration for this post. The social media generation of today knows that you can become famous, or at the very least, popular at the mere click of a mouse. This generation also has the attention span of a hamster, and they will completely forget about a fad just as quickly as they jumped on one. I witnessed this during the infamous “Ice Bucket Challenge”. If you haven’t seen my thoughts on that topic, you can see it here: Yes, We're Fully Aware Most of those people were pretending to be kind and charitable, but let’s face it, they were jumping on a bandwagon for popularity and “likes” on social media. These are the same people that are pretending to be “protesters”, not only in Ferguson, but now in cities all over the country. People are actually forming a human blockade across main highways and interstates, bringing all traffic to a halt. When I read about this and watched the videos, I was floored. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The scene in San Diego is an example:
Once again, that’s in fucking San Diego. What possible good is this doing? How is this helping any situation? All these people are doing is taking a bad situation, and making it exponentially worse. That’s it. And for what? Well, they knew that by doing this, the media would flock to them like flies to shit. They got to be on tv. They got their pictures taken…a lot. They were plastered all over social media. They got to fill that popularity void that was left when the Ice Bucket Challenge became irrelevant. They now get to tell everyone on their friends list that they are bravely and diligently fighting for a cause. They accomplished absolutely nothing towards righting a wrong in the Ferguson case. Nothing. Zero. Zilch. But hey…they sure are popular. Now take a look at that video again. Look at all of the people who were caught in the wake of this selfish act of stupidity. Think about all of those people stuck in that massive traffic jam. There are people that will lose pay because they were unable to make it to work….maybe even fired for missing work. That is people’s fucking livelihoods that you are toying with. There are people that needed to get to a doctor appointment that was scheduled 6 months ago. There are countless problems that could have stemmed from that one single act. That same act is going on all over the country.
These people are blindly swinging from bandwagon to bandwagon, like the little social media orangutans that this generation has become. And in this case, their ridiculous popularity stunts are simply making bad into worse.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking: “But Marcus…that’s the whole point of protests. They’re supposed to get all of that attention to get the message across!”. Well, I understand that, but blocking main traffic arteries is NOT it. Stand on a street corner or sidewalk and hold your goddamn signs. They will still get seen. Go stand in front of a tv station if you want to be on tv. Just get out of the fucking road. The point of protests is to make a problem get rectified, not to generate many more problems caused by your thoughtless actions. But again, I firmly believe that these people are doing it for the wrong reasons...just like the Ice Bucket Challenge. I bet most of these douchebags couldn’t even point out Missouri on a fucking map, much less Ferguson. The social media generation: taking one single issue and treating it like the end-all be-all of existence, at least until they see something shiny and drop it like a cat that’s bored with the dead mouse.
You want to protest? Fine. Protest. Just stop doing it at the expense of those around you. People have lives to lead. Have some fucking respect. Cheers.
P.S. Since I brought up the Ice Bucket Challenge in this post, it made me think of a question: Since that fad has passed, how often do you see people on your social media feeds express their “concern” for ALS patients? Food for thought.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
With great technology comes enormous douchebags. This post is going to be short and sweet, because the message is pretty simple: If you participate in this “my phone is better than your phone” bullshit, you are a douchebag.
This whole brand fanboy nonsense has got to stop. Not only is it annoying as fuck, it’s also childish and ignorant. Nobody should care what kind of phone anyone else has. If you’re happy with your phone, just be happy with it and shut up. If you’re not happy with it, go try something else, but still shut the fuck up.
The different social media outlets always have a way of bringing the douchiest people front and center in the spotlight. If you want to find the iPhone fanboys, just head over to Facebook. “My iPhone is so much better than your Droid. You didn’t get an iPhone??? You really messed up by getting that Droid…iPhone is sooooo much better!!” Hey, come over here for a minute, I have something to tell you: GO FUCK YOURSELF.
If you want to see the Android fanboys, just head over to Google+. G+ is the mecca of droid worshippers. These people are even slightly more annoying because they are such hypocrites. They will criticize the iPhone worshippers for being “fanboys”, all the while doing the exact same thing by being Android worshipping “fanboys”. “Oh you got an iPhone? Hahaha…you should have got a Droid! The iPhone just copies other phones anyways. My Droid can do so much more stuff than your iPhone can do!” Hey, come over here for a minute, I have something to tell you too: GO FUCK YOURSELF.
As for Twitter, I see a 50/50 mix of the two douchebag groups previously mentioned. Look, it doesn’t matter what kind of phone you get, or any other piece of technology, for that matter. As long as it suits you and you’re happy with it, that’s all that should matter. Stop trying to make everyone else feel shitty about their purchase and turning everything into a dick measuring contest. And for the record, I have had both iPhone and Android phones. I like both of them. I’ve found pros and cons with both of them. Get whatever fits your needs, lifestyle, and personal preferences and just leave everyone else alone about theirs. There’s just something about technology that makes grown fucking adults act like immature little dicks. It’s time to stop.
P.S….Put down your phone and pay attention to the goddamn road, fuckstick.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Well hello again, lovely sheeple. I’m not sure how you managed to graze your way over here, but welcome. It’s been over a year and a half since my last blog post. My blog gets about as much traffic as the moon, so I said “fuck it” and haven’t written anything on here because, well, why bother? But lately something has been getting under my skin enough to dust off the old blog and get back to offending some of you delicate flowers once again. Today’s topic: the ever popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
If you’re on any social media, you have no doubt seen video after video of people doing something called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This is where people pour ice cold water over themselves, and then list a few people who should do the same. The supposed purpose of this act of stupidity is to “raise awareness” for ALS (AKA Lou Gehrig’s Disease), which is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. This Ice Bucket Challenge has also been for other diseases or afflictions, but ALS seems to be the most popular one lately.
Now that we know what it is, let’s go ahead and find out why it’s fucking stupid. I’ve always had a problem with “awareness” campaigns. I’ve written about this before. This post could actually be a part two, or continuation of this one that I wrote back in June of 2011:
Unless you’ve lived in a cave your whole life, I’d say it’s safe to say that we’re all “aware” of all these terrible diseases and afflictions. ALS, cancer, AIDS, diabetes, lupus, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, etc…these things aren’t brand new in 2014. They’ve been around for a very long time. Trust me, we’re aware.
Now let’s get back to this ice water thing. The rules of this challenge are pretty simple. Players have 24 hours to either pour a bucket of ice cold water over their head on camera or contribute money to the charity of their choice. After they’ve made their decision, they appoint three more people to do the same. Please let me point this out again: People are doing this to AVOID donating to a charity. If you are reading this right now, and you have participated in this Ice Bucket Challenge, you are essentially telling the whole world, “I would rather pour frigid ice water all over my body than to give a single cent to charity.” But hey, your video got a bunch of likes on Facebook, so it’s all good, right? You, sir or ma’am, are a shit bag. Let’s face it, you didn’t do this to raise awareness or be charitable, you’re just another asshole with a camera phone who’s seeking attention on social media. Congratulations.
Now, granted, this viral challenge has proven to bring in money. The ALS Association told Fox Boston that it has raised $1.35 million in the past two weeks. It raised just $22,000 in the same period last year. That’s fantastic, of course….especially for the people who suffer from this disease. But let’s get back to the root of this viral ice water campaign, which is to raise awareness. When you watch all of these videos of people doing this, how many of them actually describe to the viewers what ALS is? What kind of toll does ALS have on the human body? How many people are currently diagnosed with this illness? What are the early warning signs? Nobody bothers to mention any of this. So much for awareness, eh? Even though this viral campaign has brought an increase in donations (albeit mostly from celebrities), most of you average joes out there are merely making these videos to showcase your willingness to be fun and silly on camera in exchange for likes on Facebook. Some of you do-gooders might have even given five or ten bucks after pouring ice water on yourself, but then it begs the question: Why didn’t you just donate that to begin with? Why the charade? Being charitable isn’t really your concern. Being popular on social media is, though. “How many likes will this get on Facebook? How many favorites will this get on Twitter? Everyone’s attention will be on ME!!!” If your sole reason for donating to anything is for a viral social media popularity campaign (a donation that you otherwise wouldn’t have made), then you are not charitable. You’re just a douchebag, so get off of your soapbox.
For the most part, I would compare this ice water nonsense to prayer. It makes you feel good about yourself for doing something, without ever actually doing something. For example, it’s winter time and you see a homeless person, who is cold, sitting on a street corner. You are now “aware” of him. You can pray for him, feel sorry for him, and feel compassion for him. Guess what…none of those things are going to keep him warm. A blanket and hot meal will, though. This is action versus awareness. If you really want to make a difference and help, take some real action. Just simply donate directly to the charity or research foundation of your choice. No gimmicks, no publicity stunts, no whoring yourself out for Facebook likes. Do it because you genuinely care about helping people. Most people will donate to causes that they are personally affected by. For me, I regularly donate to fund cancer and diabetes research. I wish I could afford to donate to every charity, but I’m a middle-class American, which equates to me being poor as fuck.
In closing, just know that your awareness doesn’t do anything for anybody. Action helps people. Donating your time or money helps people. Dumping ice water on yourself to avoid these things just makes you an asshole. Cheers.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Well here we are again in the wake of yet another national tragedy. Another mass shooting, this time involving little kids. I would have never imagined in a million years that a human being was capable of this kind of evil. And to follow suit with past mass shootings, the heated debate over gun control is in full swing before the shooter’s empty shell casings even hit the floor. People on the right are screaming “more guns” while people on the left are screaming “no more guns”.
Before I get into pissing off all of you gun fanatics out there (and I undoubtedly will), I should preface this post by saying that I support the 2nd Amendment. I support hunting and I support the right to be able to protect yourself and your family. Please keep that in mind before you brain dead, inbred Tea Party folks start regurgitating your beloved go-to term, “bleeding-heart liberal”.
As usual, when a tragic news dominated event happens, all the “experts” on the social media sites sound off with all of their infinite wisdom. Being raised in a bible-thumping red state, most of the people on my Facebook friends list are conservative Republicans (many of which are extreme right wing Tea Baggers). It’s safe to say that I’m the odd man out, and I’m quick to get shit-hammered by the masses anytime I post an opinion in my status. So in the wake of this tragedy, I kept my opinions off of Facebook. I felt like it was more important to grieve for the innocence lost than to get on my soapbox. Others felt differently, and here are some of the wonderful insights that some of you had:
1. President Obama wants to get rid of guns and disarm us all!
2. This wouldn’t have happened if God were allowed in schools!
3. Our forefathers support the right to bear arms. Those who oppose it? Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Castro, and President Obama.
4. In the past, countries such as the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, and Guatemala established gun control, at which time millions of people were rounded up by the government…and unable to defend themselves, were “exterminated”. This is what will happen in the United States! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
5. In Israel, there are armed teachers to protect the students. This is how it should be in the United States.
Yup…I’m privileged enough to see this enlightenment on a daily basis. Now please allow me to poke holes in each of these things, in order of appearance:
1. The President does NOT want to abolish the 2nd Amendment nor does he want to disarm everyone. Liberals from the far left do, but not the President. He never once said that…never. He did, however, say that action needed to be taken to help prevent these kinds of tragedies from happening in the future. He is proposing a ban on military style assault weapons and clips that hold a large number of rounds. These weapons were not built for hunting nor were they built for home protection. They were built for one thing only: killing human beings in large numbers (such as in a combat situation).
2. You right-wingers love to pull the God card, so here you go: God is allowed in churches, but that doesn’t stop priests from raping little boys on a regular basis, now does it? Religion of any kind has no place in public schools, PERIOD.
3. Yeah, let’s get our forefathers involved. When our Constitution was written, society was COMPLETELY different than what it is today. Our forefathers were slave owners for crying out loud. When the 2nd Amendment was written, the most dangerous weapon threat was a single-shot, muzzle-loaded musket. Yes, we still have the 2nd Amendment, but given what modernized civilization has become, it’s time that Amendment comes with a few asterisks. And as far as President Obama being grouped with those other guys, see #1.
4. Comparing modern day America to Cambodia and Guatemala…really? Do I really even need to dignify that far-fetched absurdity with a response?
5. We need to arm our teachers, huh? Nothing bad could ever happen out of that scenario, right? Teachers are underpaid, underappreciated, underfunded, unsupported, and generally shit on from every direction (principals, parents that blame the teachers for not doing their parenting for them, etc). They work extremely long hours, have very little free time and their work is never done. To the general public, a teacher will always smile and tell you how great and rewarding their job is…but just ask their spouse and they will tell you different. It’s constant complaining at how stressful and annoying being a teacher can really be (and not because of the kids, but because of all the other bs that comes with the territory). Granted, I’m not saying every teacher feels this way of course, but there are many that do. On top of all that, you’d be surprised at the lack of full disclosure teachers have with their school system. There are teachers that are on medication for depression, anxiety, and even bipolar disorder. Now imagine if any of those teachers had a gun in the classroom and just happened to forget their meds that day. Just because someone is a teacher doesn’t make them exempt from having some deep issues which could have catastrophic results if they were armed.
Look, just because it’s everyone’s right to own a gun, doesn’t mean everyone should. There are several people that I know personally that have absolutely no business owning a gun, yet have several of them. Sure, they might be law abiding citizens with no previous criminal record…but is that really the only prerequisite to gun ownership? I know folks who have a small arsenal of weapons at home, yet barely possess the intelligence to read, write, or put together a simple coherent sentence. It absolutely scares the shit out of me that these halfwits are packing heat. Another group of mouthbreathers that I know are the militant extremist hillbillies (better known as Tea Party people). These are the type of people that absolutely can’t wait to shoot a motherfucker. They don’t dread somebody breaking into their house…they fantasize about it. They are the type of people that will launch into an unsolicited “I’ll tell what would happen if somebody broke into MY house” stories, even though nobody actually asked them what would happen if somebody broke into their house. These people hate everyone who is unlike themselves, and shooting someone is always the first and only option, regardless of the situation. These are the people that post images like these to facebook:
Yes, they also scare me…especially since they seem to have the most guns.
So just because you are legally allowed to have that gun, doesn’t mean you are mentally capable or even responsible enough to have it. Neither of these things can be caught on a screening when purchasing a gun, either. More children have been killed by having access to an unsecured gun in their own house than being gunned down by a psychopath at their school. Way more, in fact. That goes for adults as well. From 2005 to 2010, nearly 3800 people died in the United States due to unintentional shootings. We have a maturity and responsibility problem.
I know what you’re thinking. “But Marcus, what about other countries in the world? This stuff happens there, too!”. You’re right. It does happen there, but the numbers aren’t anywhere close to ours. Not even in the ballpark. The big comparison in the gun debates is the United States and Switzerland. Switzerland ranks 3rd on the list of countries with the most guns per capita (only behind the first two, the United States and Yemen, respectively). Damn near everyone owns a gun over there and yet it has only a fraction of gun-related crimes and deaths. The same could be said of many other countries…they don’t even come close to our gun death numbers. Why is that? That’s the magic question that nobody seems to have an answer for. What is it about American culture that produces some of the most violent, brutal, homicidal maniacs?
Look folks, I’m not claiming to have all the solutions for all of the problems. But it’s time we, as a nation, grow up and start thinking and behaving like mature adults. Often times, it’s only the extremists that have the loudest voices, and get the most press. That only complicates everything and makes matters worse. It’s time to push the extremists off to the side and start getting rational people together and make some rational compromises. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ok with these kinds of tragedies being “normal” news. These things are slowly becoming unsurprising these days, and that’s terrifying.
I guess that’s all. Be good, hug your kids, and take nothing for granted. Peace.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
So the media frenzy as of late is shrouded around Dan Cathy, the president & COO of Chick-Fil-A. Now with any story that makes headlines all over the country, it also sparks all of the mouth-breathers on facebook and twitter to sound off with their views on the subject, with all of their infinite wisdom and intellect.
Before I get into making some of my points, let’s first take a look at exactly what Mr. Cathy said. In an interview with the Baptist Press, Cathy is quoted as saying, “We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that...we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles”. He further reiterated his stance when he did an interview on “The Ken Coleman Show”, where he remarked, “I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about”. He has also donated millions of dollars to anti-gay groups and organizations.
These things that Mr. Cathy said are well within his rights to do so. That’s one of the perks of living in America…you can say whatever you want (even if it’s completely void of merit and morality, or promotes hatred). However, even though you are legally allowed to say what you want, there are still consequences…some good, some bad. In Dan Cathy’s case, it’s both. As they say, there’s no such thing as bad press. With the backlash of Cathy’s comments, Chick-Fil-A is at the forefront of newspapers, blogs, radio, and television. While the gay/lesbian community is outraged, others have flocked to buy chicken sandwiches to show support. This week, Chick-Fil-A has shown record high sales. Dan Cathy: religious bigot or marketing genius? Makes you wonder.
As with any big story making headlines, invariably my facebook and twitter feeds are exploding with people sounding off with their opinions. I’m always interested to read these opinions, because it gives me a pretty good stranglehold on how the typical American thinks. And as usual, I’m left disappointed on how far we haven’t come.
Here’s my take on this whole thing. First let me start by giving my views on homosexuality and gay marriage. I accept it. I don’t understand it, but I accept it. I don’t understand how a dude can be attracted to another dude. That’s unfathomable to me. If I see two guys being affectionate to one another, I throw up in my mouth a little bit. Now girls on the other hand…I get it. Three hot women pillow fighting. One thing leads to another. They start caressing each other and kissing, while slowly slipping off their lingerie to the floor. Mmmmm. Whoa…sorry about that. I just wondered into an alternate universe and into the writings of the book series, “Fifty Shades of Gay”. What was I talking about, now? Oh yeah. Like I said, I will never understand homosexuality, but I accept it. They’re people like you and me. And citizens of the United States of America all have the same rights, regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation (well at least we are supposed to, anyway). However, in simple-minded America, there are too many people who have this mindset: “If you have different beliefs or opinions as me, or like different things than I like, you’re not allowed to be around anymore”. And, unfortunately, many of the people with this mindset are in our government, doing their best to ensure that certain Americans aren’t given equal rights.
Now, the basis behind Mr. Cathy’s quotes comes from religion. He is a Christian, and uses the bible as the foundation of his beliefs. Trust me folks, if you look to the bible for morality and principles, you are barking up the wrong tree. If you have read my past blog posts, you know that I am an atheist. Nothing can lead a person to atheism faster than reading the bible. When you go to church on Sundays, you will no doubt hear your preacher/pastor/priest/whatever read many passages from the bible that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. As well he should…it’s called selling your product. Here’s what you might not know about the bible: it condones and promotes murder and slavery. Are you shocked and appalled that you just read that? Don’t worry, I wouldn’t say that without giving you examples. Just in case you think I’m making this stuff up, stop what you’re doing and go get your bible, so that way you can read along.
Kill People Who Don't Listen to PriestsAnyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12)
If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives. (Leviticus 20:13)
If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives. (Leviticus 20:13)
Death for AdulteryIf a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10)
Death for FornicationA priest's daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death. (Leviticus 21:9)
Kill NonbelieversThey entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13)
But if this charge is true, and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father's house. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst. (Deuteronomy 22:20-21)
Kill Men, Women, and Children"Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all – old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin your task right here at the Temple." So they began by killing the seventy leaders. "Defile the Temple!" the LORD commanded. "Fill its courtyards with the bodies of those you kill! Go!" So they went throughout the city and did as they were told." (Ezekiel 9:5-7)
God Kills all the First Born of EgyptAnd at midnight the LORD killed all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn son of the captive in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed. Pharaoh and his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died. (Exodus 12:29-30)
Slaves, anyone?If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.' If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6)
Selling Your daughter into SlaveryWhen a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11)
I think you get the idea. Like I said, if you’re looking to the bible for morality and principle, look elsewhere. That book is one contradiction after another. Having said all of that, I still don’t care if you want to be religious or not. That’s yet another one of our freedoms…freedom of religion. You can believe what you want to believe. The problem, however, is when those beliefs affect the lives of others in a negative way. That’s why religion has no business in government. We end up with legislation that negates equality for everyone across the board.
Now I know what else you’re thinking: “But Marcus, what about the ‘traditional marriage’??” This is another term that I see getting thrown around by you good folks on facebook and twitter. What exactly does “traditional marriage” mean? Sure, I know what you think it means: marriage between a man and a woman. Well let’s examine some statistics about this sanctity of marriage that you all are fighting so hard to protect:
· Almost 49 percent of the marriages end up in divorces
· 60 percent of all divorces are related to individuals aged 25 to 39
· Over a 40 year period, 67 percent of first marriages terminate in a divorce and 50 percent of these divorces take place within the first 7 years
· Every year more than 1 million children are affected by divorce
· The possibility that teenaged girls from single parent homes would give birth to an out-of-wedlock child or would drop out of high school is two times as compared to girls living with both parents
· The children who are brought up in single parent homes display a lesser possibility to marry and more possibility to divorce
· 50 percent of the children in the country are a witness to the breakup of their parent’s marriage. Almost half of these 50 percent are a witness to the second divorce of a parent
So roughly half of marriages end up in divorce. Most of these divorces involve children (who are privileged enough to witness fighting and verbal abuse on a regular basis). Then they are dragged through an exhausting and ugly custody battle in court. Yeah, “traditional marriage” is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? You’d hate for the gays to ruin such a perfect thing, right? When you say that you are against gay marriage, I present this question to you: So you think it’s perfectly fine for a man and a woman who fight constantly, cheat on each other, and would rather be at the bar than home with their spouse and children have every right to get married….but a gay couple who genuinely love each other and have built a healthy relationship based on mutual respect and trust have no right to be married? If you answered “yes” to that question, then congratulations…you’re mentality is what’s wrong with the world.
Now we come back full circle to freedom of speech. Many of you on the social networks are boasting the term ”freedom of speech” with such American pride. Here’s the funny thing about freedom of speech: people only support it when they agree with the speech. When you disagree with it, you’re telling that ignorant person to shut the fuck up. For those of you that don’t know…that’s called hypocrisy. Let me present a couple of scenarios to you. The president of Burger King goes public with his view that black people and white people should not be allowed to get married because it’s not “traditional”. He has also donated millions to white supremacy groups. Do you defend him with your freedom of speech routine? Or how about this: the president of Taco Bell goes public with his view that women should only cook and clean and be their husband’s servant…because that’s their “traditional” role. Will there be a mile-long line of people waiting to buy tacos to show their support? When it comes down to it, this whole Chick-Fil-A fiasco is no different than those two examples. It’s a group of people who are blatantly discriminating against another group of people.
Look folks, when it comes to homosexuality, I’m not saying you have to like it or even agree with it. But whether you like it or not, you’re going to have to accept it. It’s been around since the dawn of mankind, and it always will be. So they make you uncomfortable? Well, honestly, in some instances they make me uncomfortable too. But for every gay person that makes me uncomfortable, there are ten straight people who make me so angry I could strangle them to fucking death. It’s this giant bouillabaisse we call America. We are all different people, with different backgrounds, different lifestyles, different interests, different goals, and different opinions. If we could all just accept each other’s differences without constantly fighting about them, we could start getting on the right track to making this world a better place for everybody. Even more so, you should spend your efforts tending your own little lot in life, rather than telling others how they should be living theirs.
Each and every one of us have one thing in common: we want ourselves and our loved ones to lead a happy life. But discrimination, bigotry, hatred, and fear of those unlike yourself are constantly preventing many people the opportunity for true happiness. When is it ever going to end?