Tyranny by any other name

Publisher Chris Faulknor presents his view on the topic of gay marriage in the wake of one of the first same-sex weddings held in the area

By Chris Faulknor, Publisher

Chris Faulknor, Editor
Chris Faulknor

You have all undoubtedly heard, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians—the local Native American tribe—officially began allowing gay marriage, making them the third tribe in the nation to do so.

Most likely, you have happened upon the fact that the first gay wedding took place on Friday between two Boyne City residents: Tim LaCroix and Gene Barfield.

Before I begin to opine on the topic, I would like to congratulate Tim and Gene both on their recent marriage and several decades spent in harmony together … a little more love in the world never hurt anyone.


So we all know the question is coming: “Doesn’t this violate the biblical perception of marriage?”

Maybe, probably, but I’m going to go out on a limb here.

Many things that are allowed in today’s society don’t square off with every single religion out there.

If we were aiming for that, I’d have gotten my mail on Christmas.

The reality is that our country shouldn’t be legislating religious beliefs no matter that they are.

Or should they?

If they are going to legislate marriage based on religious beliefs held by some, then there should probably be a ban on premarital sex too (I can see everyone wincing, yes I said it.)

But why stop there? The Bible says we shouldn’t swear, so of course, use of the “F-bomb” and most of its four-lettered cousins should be banned as well.

The Bible also has a lot to say about menstruating women, but I think you get the point.

The common theme I see here is, “If you think it’s wrong, don’t do it.”

If you think it’s wrong to consume alcohol, you can choose not to pick up a six-pack with your chips.

If you think it’s wrong to have pre-marital sex, wait.

If you think praying before every meal is God’s way, then I certainly won’t disturb you as you pray inside McDonalds.

Lastly, if you think it’s wrong to marry a partner of the same sex, you show your obedience to God every day by not marrying someone with a matching set of chromosomes.

Is it right or is it wrong? That’s not what this is about.

This is truly about the separation of church and state, and about the freedoms afforded to us as Americans.

People have the freedom not to do things they consider wrong, but don’t others have the right not to be bound by everyone else’s moral beliefs?

I also see the “America is a Christian nation” discussion on the horizon, in fact, if you want to witness it, I’d turn your radio to 106.3 on Wednesday at 5, because I can hear it coming.

I love our country, but it has never legislated an official religion before, and shouldn’t start now.

Our nation may have been built by people claiming to walk with Jesus Christ, but let’s ask the group of people who were living here when we arrived.

Did the settlers kneel on the side of the Trail of Tears and recite the Lord’s Prayer before reloading their guns?

The bottom line is if we as Americans are going to learn from the successes and failures of our forefathers, the last thing we should be doing is trying to legislate away someones right to do anything that doesnt harm others.