Sunday, October 5, 2008

agree or disagree, but this is my stance

It has been a little while since I have put any time into the blog. After a very inspiring General Conference, I am repenting and renewing my energy to blog. I know how important it is to keep my family in the loop even though they have defected the mother country for the desert oasis. Yes, we Californians love being challenged about our beliefs on a semi regular basis. Unlike Utah, we actually have to overthrow our liberal judges so we can keep the right to call I know, call us crazy, cuz, well.... you should.

On a side note, I have heard that the Reptiles in Australia are fighting to be named Marsupials. It's a bit of a PR stunt, but Marsupials are so much more popular, they feel like it would help overhaul their less than ideal image. Also, orange is fighting to change its name to blue. It is a bit strange, but you know how it is. I mean, when was the last time you heard someone say their favorite color was orange. They've been down long enough. Time to fight back.

A telling story. We ate dinner at some friends of ours tonight. My buddy, Jason, was telling us that his 6 year old was asking about why he was walking around neighborhoods (for prop 8). Kim and I have had these conversations on how much information our own 6 year old needs to hear right now. So Jason decided to tell him. Here was the conversation.

Jason: "Well, son, some people think that Daddies should be able to be married to other Daddies..."
Son: "Yeah right, real funny, Dad!" And then realizing he was wasting his time talking to a dad who was obviously just completely off his rocker, he ran off to play.

We then had a conversation about how it used to be easy to just follow a moral code, do what you knew was right, and not too many people had too hard of a time with it. Now, you have to be willing to seem intolerant, in order to stand for a moral issue. Those who read this blog, should know, if they don't already, that I believe in a Supreme Being who loves and is willing to forgive any person who has ever made a mistake. The price has been paid for every single one, no matter how severe. I feel that it is harder to be more tolerant than that. I know my Supreme Being isn't nearly as trendy as the one who doesn't care what our choices or are actions are, but I still think mine is pretty good. I've made my fair share of mistakes, and I know I have to improve and strive to live my life in more of a way that would please him. But the intolerant view in my mind is to say that I can not have the freedom of religion or speech to believe or share my view. This issue of marriage, and it is a moral issue, will have unforeseen, destructive consequences, if it is not fought for.

So, with that, I am taking a stance, and anyone in the world (there are only 3 readers of this blog so I realize this doesn't make me that brave) can know I have one. Excuse me for my sarcasm here, but in some ways I feel like I did with my daughters homework the other day. She asked me what 8 times 3 was. I told her to count it up and see what she gets. She then said 27. I tell her she should count again, and she tells me she did and it is still 27. After that, trying to convince her it is actually 24 was almost impossible. I certainly couldn't argue with her, she wasn't going to take my word for it until she had proof. I was just an idiot, until she figured it out on her own.

The time has come. I don't usually use this blog for much outside of family pictures and posts. But I want it to be clear where I stand on what I think is a very important, albeit, in many ways asinine (especially if you live anywhere other than Massachusetts's, San Francisco or Hollywood) issue. I believe marriage is between a Man and Woman. Call me crazy, and intolerant, but I DO.

Editor's note; I also believe that killing, bearing false witness, stealing, worhipping false idols, dishonoring father and mother, taking the name of Deity in vain, coveting, overspending by the people and their government(that is one of them right), and all the other 10 commandments that I can't remember right now should stay as thou shalt not's. If this also appears intolerant, I take full responsibility.


Salt H2O said...

My mom sent me a story about Massachusettes, and how because it is now legal for homosexual couples to marry it is now taught as normal in public schools.

As early as kindergarten and first grade they are reading stories to children about homosexuality.

This is where I see the huge problem. Your son knows marriage between two daddies is wrong- but as soon as it's legal the public education system which you fund is going to try to teach him otherwise.

The blogging Bakers said...

Nicely put Ben, I agree 100%. Scary times coming our way I think.

Happy-Hardings said...

believe it or not, but some people in Utah see nothing wrong with homosexual marriage. I agree with you, these are times when it wont be popular to say what we feel. I am glad the bill gives the same rights to them, just not the title of marriage, after all the Gospel is about tolerance and love. I really hope that it goes well.

brittdave said...

Nicely put. We all need to stand up for our moral code now. What use to be considered bad is now accepted and it will only continue down that lane. It takes more energy, education etc to raise children in an environment where they see in morality around them.

Robin said...

Hey Ben! I saw that you posted on my sister's blog! Crazy that you found her. Send me an email and I will invite your family to our blog. It is great to catch up on everyone! It has been too long. You have a wonderful family! Here is my email: Talk to you later, Robin (Germany) Wilson

Wendy said...

Ben you crack me up. I love your editor's note. And look you do have more than 3 readers. :)

Good for you for standing up for marriage between man and woman. I'm with you. And what your first commenter said is really scary. My kids would be out of the public school system if that's what they would be teaching them.