An open letter to religious fundamentalists.
Dear Bible Toting Fanatic,
While I appreciate the zeal with which you seek to protect my immortal soul, I would be much happier if you would do me the courtesy of letting me worry about it. I may, at some point, opt to sell it to Satan, assuming he has the money to option it. What with the money he's already laid out for televangelists, no few corporate executives, and the President, he may not be able to meet my asking price. No matter, that would still, in spite of your protestations to the contrary, be my fucking business, not yours.
You see, I am an adult human, and more than capable of reading whatever I like (knowing that Of Mice and Men isn't a manual for cursing and murder), watching whatever I like (having the intestinal fortitude to view a breast, regardless of age, without any long term trauma or impulse to commit rape), and listening to whatever I like (all the while knowing that I have only to flick my wrist a fraction of an inch to change the station). I do not request, nor require, that you absolve me of those weighty responsibilities by insuring that I am never faced with anything remotely resembling a choice.
Because choice, in my opinion, is central to the gifts bestowed on us by whatever version of the Creator most appeals to you. It is a key component to the concept of free will. And any excercise of that free will is directly in line with the Divine Will you claim to believe. Rest assured, if the choices I make are so contrary to that Divine Will, then I am absolutely confident that the Creator of the Universe will be sure to discuss that with me, at some length I'm sure.
Perhaps you could take a break from thinking up ways to make me bow to your will, and incorporating that into the laws of the land and the Constitution, and put that time to better use being the example your book demands of you. If that doesn't seem to be getting the job done, perhaps you could take a moment to think about what it is about your example that makes it so ineffective that it needs to be bolstered by legislation. In the end, your morality effectively stops at your door. The only person you can reasonably expect to control is yourself, with the remote possibility that you can extend that to your family and make it stick.
As it stands, I do not abdicate to you the authority to make moral decisions for me, my family, my community or my nation. I do not grant you the right to dictate anything to me, or for me. The only right I grant you (and everyone else) is the right to decide for yourself what is acceptable, for you, and to act accordingly. Don't like gay marriage? Don't marry someone of the same sex. Don't like abortion? Don't have one. Don't like drugs or alcohol? Don't imbibe. Appalled by pornography, or what passes for art, or the slop on TV? Don't fucking expose yourself to it. This is not a difficult concept, really. If it seems so, maybe you could by the companion volume for your Bible, commonly referred to as the US Constitution. You should pay particular attention to the First Amendment.