Dear Archbishop Dolan
I disagree. Your nation was founded on the principles determined by man. There was no God mentioned in your constitution until the 50s when the USA had a sudden attack of god fearing to differentiate themselves from the USSR and the “godless commie”, to the point that being an atheist was regarded as equivalent to being a soviet spy.
Your nation was founded supporting the oppression of women and the belief that white man is superior to all others and can own other human beings as property. The idea that America is “the land of the free” only became reality in end of the 1970s by the action of human beings. It has persecuted native americans, black people and various ethnicities at one time or another. And it is your history, denial only hurts those who fought to create the current USA.
The bible says that slavery, rape, stoning and unbelievable brutality is acceptable. What you have now is a world tempered by human wisdom. Incest was acceptable in the bible. Selling your daughters as sex slaves was acceptable. Oh lest you forget I too have opened a bible once or twice and can quote scripture too. And while you may defend your faith by saying that the “Devil May Quote scripture”, I will point out that the clause you use to hate gay marriage is in the same part of the bible as all that.
What you want is something awful. You wish to protect christian marriage. Do you think Hindus are not married simply because they worship other gods? Muslims don’t get married because they call your God Allah rather than Jehovah? Jews because they don’t believe in Jesus as a Messiah? Atheists because we don’t believe in any god?
And it’s a shame that you think marriage is so weak that gay people getting married would somehow destroy it.
One more thing. The constitution of the USA states (under the First Amendment) states that it will not support any religion over another indicating that there is no state religion. If marriage is enshrined in religion then every argument you have made is a reason why the Government of the USA should not support Marriage using various tax breaks, benefits and rights to property and in case of emergency.
And by your logic, single parents are just as incapable as gay people as raising kids and these kids should be taken away and put in foster care. Only the catholic church can suggest that kids should be raised in dormitories and moved from house to house and be unable to settle down and be children rather than be adopted by a loving family. Who cares if the person is gay, straight or single. They are offering children a loving home, stability and a life that they wouldn’t have SIMPLY because you assume that men cannot take care of kids. Because face it when you think of gay marriage you are thinking of two men trying to raise one child.
I find it insulting that women have made so many strides yet your organisation simply thinks of them as nothing more than child raisers and us men as physically incapable of caring for a child. If a single mother can care for a child then a single father can and if they can then two men or two women can care for a child. EVEN if they were not as good as the straight couple, it’s a lot better than a foster home at providing a child with the loving environment they deserve.
The “true” meaning of marriage does not include me as I am a straight atheist and there is no god in my marriage. And you probably won’t even care about what I have to say because “quite frankly religious leaders tend to not listen to atheists”. But what I speak is the truth. To you true marriage is christian marriage ONLY and if it were upto you, the rest of our marriages wouldn’t count for anything.
I may not believe in Jesus but his message was one of love. Your message is one of hatred.
author of A Million Gods