I hesitate to approach this one, not knowing exactly how. My question is I suppose, why is this even an issue? Why do people actually debate this back and forth like it matters somehow? Why do we care? Why does anyone care who falls in love with whom, or what people do in their personal lives?
Remember that word privacy? Where did it go? In our society it’s everyone’s business now, what other people do. First it was only our Presidents, or Europe’s Royalty, or our celebrities who had their personal lives invaded, intruded upon, or threatened by the media. Thanks to these so-called “reporters” of such important “news” we get to know all about it now when actors or other celebrities have an illness, or an addiction, or make a bad judgement error and end up in jail. We get to then judge them unfit of our idolitry, make them favorite targets to direct our contempt. And now it’s not just celebrities anymore. One can also find articles all over the place about people who haven’t done the work to deserve fame but are rather just wanna-be’s and attention seekers. Like families who insist on having 20 children despite the fact our planet is already grossly overpopulated (and are rewarded for this by getting their own television show). Or how about women who birth litters intentionally, nevermind what risk it presents to the babies, just for the fame? And then of course there are the slobs who live in such squalid conditions that they make the news, and in fact a television show is dedicated to them as well, to make it known to the rest of us how they live, rewarding them too for living in filth and for creating an unhealthy environment for their family and/or pets.
Now, not only do we get to peek into our neighbor’s windows, but we are encouraged to do so by our government and such things as “The Patriot Act,” something so invasive of one’s privacy you’d expect to find it more likely practiced in the former Soviet Union than here in the so-called land of the free.
Separation of church and state. The need for this was strongly prevailed upon by the Deist founders of our nation. This of course intended that no one faith or religion’s interests should have influence over what laws are made and enforced upon we the people. And yet…
We can however, as a people, vote on what rights some of us get to enjoy without any question, but others don’t, thus granting to the majority control over the rights of the minority.
The right to control our own bodies for example. One half of our population has this right sitting always on shaky ground, constantly at risk of being taken away, being threatened and challenged and questioned. Simply because there are leaders in our government who are believers in a faith that embraces the notion that abortion is immoral, even despite the fact the Christian Bible indicates it is not murder to kill a fetus:
If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life. — Exodus 21:22-23
Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them. And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD. — Numbers 3:15-16
So despite the First Amendment, women, because of the religious beliefs of the majority and leaders selected by that majority, are in a constant state of risk to have their right over their own body taken away. And then what do they become like if we force them to have babies they don’t want? Breeding stock?
The same is true for gays and their right to love, their right to live as they so choose (in this so-called free country) with whomever they choose–and to marry. In our secular nation that holds to separation of church and state, still it’s everyone’s business if someone’s young daughter has a baby she doesn’t want or has an abortion instead, and everyone’s business if Joe and Bob have a signed document declaring them married in the eyes of the law, because they love each other and wish to express their love, join together in matrimony, be it “holy” or otherwise.
People who wish to live a certain way, that is their right and their decision. So long as it does not intrude upon other people’s right to do the same. Since when has religion or what religion you follow or what verses in a holy book you wish to grant special significance to, determined what someone else does with his/her own body or his/her own private, personal life?
I guess… since we stopped understanding or even caring to acknowledge what the word “privacy” means.