Jim Allister/TUV and Same Sex Marriage – have the Wars of Religion not ended yet?

As some of you may or may not know, a private members’ bill was introduced to the floor of the Assembly today on Marriage Equality which unfortunately was defeated.

Further, I have just finished watching Jim Allister on BBC Newsline this evening where he equated Same Sex Marriage  with moves to introduce Polygamy (there are no moves whatsoever for this in the North) and that marriage is ‘historically a communion between one man and one woman’. Are people in the LGBT community more likely to want polygamy? Is there evidence of this? This is something new to me but I’m certain that Jim Allister will provide us with his evidence from his extensive research.

To be honest, I could not believe what my ears were hearing. According to Jim et al, Same Sex Marriage is a ‘perversion’. Further, ‘[h]istorically, for a very good reason, marriage has long been defined as the union of one man and one woman.’ Well, please do tell us what is this ‘good reason’. Times change and what was the norm back in Judea two millenia ago may not be the norm nowadays here in Europe.

Further, in the Assembly Allister employed the age old tactic used by all barristers, the ‘slippery slope’ argument where we show us the worst case scenario. Accordingly, that is ‘so-called adoption and on and on it goes’. Is gay adoption such a horrible notion? Are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or trans-gender people unable to rear children or bring them up in a loving environment?

Aside from Allister’s hate filled opinions, and they are filled with homophobic hate , what annoyed me more is the fact that BBC’s Donna Traynor did not hold him to account. Why is Same Sex Marriage a ‘perversion’? He was given a free ride and a soap box to repeat what he says completely unhindered. On what grounds have you come to these conclusions Jim?

Could it be Leviticus 20:13? ‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

Or maybe it is Corinthians 6:9-10? ‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.’

Well, let’s look a little at Leviticus for a moment, shall we? Accordingly, clams, oysters, crabs, lobsters, and shrimp are abominations to God, yet there is no business in the Assembly from what I have seen on it’s site to ban there sale.

How about slavery being ok? Is there any proposed Assembly business trying to bring it back into the North? Maybe it will bring the economic boost we have been searching for?

Jim seems to be picking and choosing the parts of Leviticus and the Bible that he likes, why ever so? Further, Jim’s comments are a great example of why we should try and leave religion out of politics as much as possible as being held to believe in some of the teachings of a text while ignoring others merely shows one up for being a fraud. Further, it merely goes to highlight one’s deep seated prejudices.

But will any of this have an effect on Jim Allister in the next Assembly elections? I doubt it. Unfortunately, there is still a fairly socially conservative electorate in his constituency who will agree 100% with his interpretation of the bible, while completely ignoring the other teachings in scripture that may obviously show up the general absurdity of some parts of the bible.

I’m not anti-Christian, however, I think like most others I don’t take everything said in a book where parts are over two thousand years old at face value.


4 responses to “Jim Allister/TUV and Same Sex Marriage – have the Wars of Religion not ended yet?

  1. Jim does have some rather out of date opinions, to which he is entitled.
    What he’s not entitled to do is advance those opinions on prime time TV if they are an incitement to discrimination or hatred.
    I think the votes he gets, even in the “Bible Thumping Belt” reflect what most people think of JIm

  2. Pingback: The Alliance Party – ‘Leading Change for a Shared Future’ (except the LGBT Community?) and the consequences | footballcliches·

  3. What most people simply don’t understand is that homosexuality is simply the matter of psychology and physiology, which is rather a primitive matter way beneath more important values like being kind, helpful, loving, understanding and basically being a good person. And good people make this world better, don’t they (and ther’s no physiological connection to it). Believing in God doesn’t make people unconditionally good and being homosexual doesn’t make them unconditionally bad. People need to be able to understand things that really matter beyond those cliches. (P.S. Rejecting and restraining one’s sexuality make people mean and unhappy.)

    • Ivi, спасибо для теве помоч цветочик..

      For those who are unaware I used to live with Ivi in London for over a year, as well as having the pleasure of calling out to see her and friends in Siberia.

      Ivi, you know my opinion in general, but I shall be somewhat specific. Whilst I am not majorly religious (I have not been to mass in a Catholic Church for a while), I am mindful of the fact that throughout my life I have been raised by my Mum, priests, nuns and others in a certain manner. Now, many would quite rightly ask ‘what have you been taught?’ but I would note that most Catholics are supposed to know that Jeebus himself told some folk that the 2 greatest commandments are the following:

      Mark 12:28-31
      One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
      “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. ‘The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.

      My point is this; I do not concentrate on scripture or anything like that, however, I am not an idiot and when I hear of someone doing well and putting themselves in front of the needs of others I do pay attention. I do not believe that someone’s religious beliefs should impinge on others, but I also do not believe that they should below others.

      As you know, if I dislike someone it is because they are not nice people as opposed to their sexual orientation. After all, if I were to decide to dislike someone it would be correct if its for irrational thoughts about someone;s sexual peccadilloes as opposed to something else!

      спаконы ночи!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s