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Open Letter To Congress Dealing With Gay Marriage and Gay Adoption.

This is a letter I intend to send out to the members of both the House of Representatives and the members of the Senate.  I decided to dig a little into these issues, and find statistics, as well as Biblical verses to use the same information that they do when they try to repress individual freedoms.  Any comments are greatly appreciated.

 

To Whom It May Concern,

 

I am writing this letter to you to inform you that your attacks on the gay community have not gone without notice.  It is actually quiet disheartening that you would do this to American citizens; however, I am not shocked at all.  Our history has taught us that people with little understanding of diversity do get into power, and then attempt to oppress anyone with a different viewpoint or way of life than they have.  It is truly a superiority complex.  “Thou shall neither vex a stranger nor oppress him; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”  Exodus 22:21.  “Thou shall not avenge nor bare any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself; I am the Lord.”  Leviticus 19:18.

I just wanted to inform you that your viewpoints are fine for you to make.  I do believe in freedom of speech.  The issue that I have though is the fact that you would attempt to turn discrimination into law, and foster your hatred within the Constitution of the United States of America.  While you claim that you are trying to protect your religious freedoms, I myself, am trying to exercise my freedom from religion.  I do not have the same views as you, and do not share your faith-based values at all, and that is ok.  See, here in America that is more than fine.  We do not have to adhere to one religious sect or another, our founding fathers made sure of that.  I think that is becoming lost in the translation these days.

I hear your arguments against gay marriage, saying that gay couples are not able to be monogamous, and that it will destroy marriage.  Two points.  First, I, myself, am in a committed relationship, and actually, am engaged to a wonderful man.  I, nor he, has ever cheated, and we have many friends that are the same in that endeavor.  Cheating is not something that is limited to the gay community, and that is obvious.  It is frightening that you are placing a stigma on us, which your community possesses as well.  The second point is the fact that gay marriage is not ruining anything.  We have not had that ability, and yet divorce rates are higher than ever before, sitting at 50%. In 2000, over 2,355,005 couples married, while 957,200 divorced.  That is an alarming statistic, don’t you think?  Gay couples had nothing to do with that.  Domestic Violence is on the rise as well.  35% of all women and 22% of all men who are admitted into the Emergency Room of a hospital have been victims of Domestic Violence.  It is also proven that 4 million women are abused by their male domestic partners each year.  That is also a statistic that has no bearing on the gay community.  The claims against our fidelity are also not plausible.  Out of the divorce rates, 68% of couples have reported infidelity as the reason for the divorce.  In addition, 1 in 3 married men take their wedding rings off if they leave their home without their wives.  These are not very numbers at all.  “Thou shall not commit adultery,” Exodus 20:14.   I guess the problem being is that there are enough issues with the “sacred institution” of marriage already, and all of the hang-ups are being thrown onto the gay community.  We have not caused these problems or statistics, and should not be blamed for them. 

In the issue of gay adoption, according to many conservatives, gay couples should not be allowed to adopt due to child abuse.  First off, there are many different forms of abuse.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the perpetrators of child abuse related fatalities are the biological parents, male and female.  Over 79% of all fatality cases include both of the parents.  In addition, as far as maltreatment is concerned, over 80% of those children abuse were do to neglect, 18.9% due to physical violence, and 9.9% were due to sexual abuse.  In addition, 83.9% of victims were abused by their biological parents.  In the cases of foster care and adoption, the rate of abuse is 0.57%.  Seems that most foster parents and adoptive parents are actually, well, good parents.  And, gay couples, fall under that case.  Most gay couples do adopt, and in fact, research actually points out the holes in the argument.  In 1992, after years of research, the magazine, Childhood Development, published the study which concluded, “Despite dire predictions about children based on well-known theories of psychosocial development, and despite the accumulation of substantial body of research investigating these issues, not a single study has found children of gay or lesbian parents to be disadvantages in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents.” 

One last point I would like to broach is the fact that there have been many scandals involving members of our government, from lobbying to lying.  As far as lying is concerned, “Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie to one another.”  Leviticus 19:11.  The issue of lobbying is covered in Exodus 23:08, “For thou shall take no gift, for the gift blindeth the wise and perverteth the words of the righteous.”  It is pretty clear what the Bible has to say on so many of these issues, and since so many in Congress and the White House choose to quote the book, I felt it necessary to make everyone familiar with some of its rules.  

Please feel free to respond to this letter via email at: JonathanSchusslerStout@gmail.com.  Thank you for your time in this matter, and I look forward from hearing from you on these important issues.

 

Jonathan Schussler

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