Religion, however, is like every other great institution. It is almost never cast in marble. It is almost always poured out as a yeast of beliefs which continue to bubble and grow with time. And so it has been with so many of the religious "deviations." In most societies, they no longer stone adulteresses... burn those charged with witchcraft....bury widows with their deceased husbands...chain the mentally ill to prison walls.
Oh, there are some sins that insist on sticking around. Murder. Incest. Theft. Lying. Makes good sense to condemn them now as well as a hundred generations ago. But there remain some arguable deviations. Perhaps the most arguable is homosexuality, along with its corollary gay marriage. With Argentina's legalization of gay marriage, 250 million people worldwide now live in jurisdictions that recognize the legitimacy and sanctity of these marriages.
This means same-sex couples can marry in Buenos Aires; Mexico City; Pretoria, South Africa; even in small town America like Ames, Iowa. But not in my home city of Chicago. Nor in the gay capitol of the States, San Francisco; and surely not in the anti-gay capitol of the world, Vatican City. This is, we are told, because in these communities there are still enough god-fearing married men and women who are so devoted to the blessings of marriage that they will fight to keep them from the deviant hands of anyone not exactly like them!
Isn't there's something wrong with this theological menu? Oh, it will change some day not far off. It will change, simply because the yeast of good religions eventually yield up good breads. However, time is always required. Sometimes even more time than the time it should take.
Perhaps this will give the dissenters time to re-read their holy books. While looking up a few words here and there to defend their spite, they might also run across the message. The same message of every religion: Try to love one another.........