So the big gay marriage rulings came down from the United States Supreme Court this week. And they actually got it right.
My first reaction was of course elation. Then cognitive dissonance set in as I overlaid my dissipating fear that they would get it wrong with being appalled that the decisions were five to four. I can give some wiggle room to the Prop 8 case, it was after all an amendment to the California Constitution, and the constitution is the last word in what’s legal. But DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, was merely a law and was so clearly a violation of the principles laid out in the U.S. Constitution, that I don’t see how any justice could rule in favor of it without ignoring the constitution in favor of their own prejudices.
So I, of course, asked God how he felt about the rulings. He told me he didn’t really care. He said that marriage is an institution of mankind, not of his. This completely derailed my railing against the anti-marriage justices; after all, the biggest argument I keep hearing against gay marriage is that marriage should be strictly a religious commitment, that the government should either stay out of relationships entirely or it should only involve itself in civil unions or other contractual constructs. So I pushed for clarification on how something so clearly tied up in religious trappings could be of no particular interest to God.
And what he told me is that religions in their entirety are not products of God, but of man. Religions are just another form of government, just another way to control and direct the populous. They use God but they aren’t from God. He said you could consider religion and government to be like the threads of a screen door, with one of them being the vertical threads and the other the horizontal. When you want to make sure the insects don’t go where you don’t want them to, it’s a lot more effective to have threads going both ways than to have them going just one.