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Nov 06 2009

Lobsters

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Maine is famous for its lobster industry. They have yearly festivals, cooking contests, and huge intra-fishery wars, and the industry makes up a huge percentage of the state’s local income. The aggregate total of their fishing industry averaging 15% of their GDP (in 2007 being $48 billion), and lobster makes up a huge chunk of that industry, as 30% of all fishing landings. That means 4.5% of their GDP is directly lobster-related, and with 80% of America’s lobster coming from Maine, that’s a sizable industry with sizable influence.

It’s no wonder the bible-thumpers chose to go after gays instead, with estimates ranging from 1.5% (census self-identified) to 10% (extrapolated from potentially flawed data) of the population being homosexual. I mean, even if they were all fishermen, they wouldn’t make up any more than 0.5% of the GDP! They’re a much smaller lobby with much smaller monetary influence — and therefore much less money with which to fight back.

If gays married, this family would dissolve!  The father would start drinking, beat his kids, they'd divorce and the children put up for adoption!  ZOMG!!!

If gays married, this family would dissolve! The father would start drinking, beat his kids, they'd divorce and the children put up for adoption! ZOMG!!!

Maine had legalized gay marriage back in May, and thus far, nobody’s straight marriage suffered for it. But that never stops homophobic Christians from demanding that civil rights for a minority be put to a majority vote. We all know Christians are the majority and are the real power-brokers in the States, regardless of what they’ll tell you — that they’re the underdogs, that they’re put upon from all sides by the scary minorities. So it’s no surprise that when the religious demand that any civil rights law for a minority of people gets put to a vote by the majority, that the majority will turn out the vote and vote for “marriage = 1 man 1 woman” out of deference to their biblical teachings. I mean, Leviticus 18:22 says clearly:

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. -KJV

It’s a good thing the religious are around to spend over $9 million on attacking civil rights “defending marriage”, outspending the grassroots No-on-1 campaign by a factor of at least 4. All this to the exclusion of any sort of organized religious effort attacking the gigantic and profitable lobster industry that is every bit as much abomination to the Christians’ sense of morality:

11:10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
11:11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.
11:12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.
Leviticus 11:10-12

Just think of all those sinners making all that money off of abomination! You’d think they’d be a way bigger target than the otherwise harmless gays that just want to marry one another and promise themselves to lives of monogamy. Especially given all of Jesus’ teachings about how you can’t worship God and money at the same time!

Take heart though, my gay and lesbian friends — the homophobes are dying out, literally. They are becoming the aging majority, and where they are still the majority now, they only have a few more electoral cycles left. Soon the youth of today (who split pretty well 80/20 for “No on 1″) will be the majority, and they’ll be around for many many more electoral cycles than the religious assholes that have you subjugated right now.

Blag Hag beat me to this, as well as a number of others that realized the hypocrisy well before I did. Petursey also rails on the fact that the 53% Yes-on-1 outcome shows that 53% of the state’s voters are bigoted.

Christians specifically are fond of saying they are the most tolerant people, and especially much more tolerant than we heathens. Too bad they always vote against tolerance.

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  1. 1
    petursey

    Superb spot on article !!!! Maine is crossed off my holiday list of places to visit in the US !

  2. 2
    Paul S.

    Well, technically, most Christians believe that all of the Old Testament dietary laws were abrogated after the death and resurrection of Jesus – otherwise, practicing Christians would follow the same dietary rules as practicing Jews (a few groups of Christians actually did this). So, the whole lobster thing would be a non-issue. I’m not sure how they determined which Old Testament laws were NOT revoked – it may be that only the ones specifically relating to diet were considered as revoked.

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    Jason Thibeault

    That’s always seemed like such a cop-out. The only place I see the new testament overriding any of Leviticus is where Jesus said that putting things into you does not make you unclean — but he didn’t specify (according to any translations I’ve read) that it meant putting FOOD into you. It could just as easily have meant putting a penis in your bum.

    So how do they choose how to interpret the New Testament? It’s completely up to the people reading it! Once again, all is subjective, and what rules they decide are “for older times” and what rules they decide are “for all time” is one big free-for-all based on the prejudices of the person doing the interpreting.

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaLF8UGr0hQ

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    Paul S.

    I think that the most important passage re: overriding the dietary laws of Leviticus is in the Acts of the Apostles rather than the gospels. There is a section where Peter has a vision of unclean foods, which he refuses to touch, only to be told that he must not judge impure what God has purified, or words to that effect. In the Acts, he interprets this vision as meaning that non-Jewish converts to Christianity should not have to follow the Jewish dietary laws. The Acts of the Apostles, though, was written by one group of early Christians, and others had a very different view – there was a group of Christians in Palestine itself who were descended from some of the earliest Jewish followers of Jesus and who continued to follow all of the Old Testament laws, dietary and otherwise. Ironically, when they were pretty much wiped out in the 6th century it was by the mainstream Orthodox Christian authorities, who had come to consider anyone who DID follow Old Testament laws as a heretic or “Judaizer”.

    It pretty much goes without saying that the meaning of religious texts varies widely depending on who is reading and interpreting it, though this is an issue with almost any kind of text – religious, philosophical, or literary.

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    Jason Thibeault

    Wow. I know I should have more interest in the history of the belief system, and what has changed when, but I can’t help but think when I hear about stuff like this that either Yahweh is an extraordinarily fickle being, making him far from perfect, or it’s all just whatever works for the day — whatever will get you the most convertees. There are no apparent hard and fast laws in theology, just change whatever prevents you from getting the most adherents.

    Sorta like evolution, only applied to the meme of Christianity, that way. Hmm. Complete with natural selection, e.g. the early Christians that got wiped out by the Orthodox. There’s probably something to this… I gotta get around to reading The Selfish Gene one of these days.

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