There's a disconcerting story out of LA about media malpractice and general intolerance of differing viewpoints. Basically boxing great Manny Pacquiao was interviewed by a blogger about his views on same-sex marriage. He said he opposed it. The blogger added some quotes from Leviticus to the story for context, I guess. Various media outlets claimed Pacquiao was calling for the execution of gays (based on the Leviticus reference made by the blogger). And now Pacquiao is banned from the shopping mall the Grove.
The Los Angeles Times reported:
On Monday night, the Grove, owned by shopping mall magnate Rick Caruso, posted a statement on Twitter saying Pacquiao is not allowed on the premises.
The tweet reads: “Boxer Manny Pacquiao is not welcome at @TheGroveLA. @TheGroveLA is a gathering place for all Angelenos, not a place for intolerance.”
Oh, it sounds like the Grove might be just the place for intolerance, no?
I love that rhetorical question about whether redefining marriage to include same-sex couples would have an effect on anyone else. In fact, along with such a redefinition comes a massive change in social norms and values. And those changes are laser-focused on Christians and others who hold traditional views on the sanctity and importance of marriage as a union based on gender complementarity.
I was reading a brief passage about what Jesus had to say about marriage in Matthew 19:
4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made[a] them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’[b] 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?[c] 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Don't you love how Jesus includes the importance of consummation, the evil of divorce and the two-gender definition of marriage in just this short passage?
But my point being, agreeing with Jesus gets you banned from polite society. The media are on a campaign to say that this understanding of marriage is bigoted and intolerable in society. You can't go to a shopping mall if you hold these views.
And people wonder if legalizing same-sex marriage would effect anyone other than gay couples? Really?