What's up with those numbers?

This is a rare post for me. It's not in my nature to post on topics that I feel others are better qualified and better spoken out about than I am. But leave it to me to not follow my own rules.

Joe.My.God. brought to my attention a recent Gallup poll which states that Americans are evenly divided on the morality of homosexuality.

I'm more interested in this:




Can someone please tell me why 70% of the polled think that divorce is morally acceptable?

Isn't marriage supposed to have some "sanctity" about it? Isn't that what I keep hearing as the reason as to why same-sex marriages shouldn't be allowed?

Gawd forbid any Christian use their own theology to guide them. After all, according to Matthew 19:6:

So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.

There's also Matthew 5:32, Matthew 19:9, Mark 10:11, Luke 16:18, and 1 Cor 7:10-11 for extra guidance. I can go on....

This sampling obviously thinks married men and women having an affair is morally wrong (91%). Yet according to their own rule book, God says adultery is wrong. Yet adultery is the only reason God allows for the dissolution of marriage. (Technically there are two other valid reasons in the Big Book: death of a spouse [Romans 7:2, 1 Corinthians 7:39], and if a non-believer leaves a believer [1 Corinthians 7:12-16].)

So... is my logic flawed here? Is the incredibly high divorce rate we see today the result of so many adulterous individuals? If so, how moral can they be? Or is this ANOTHER case of picking and choosing what applies to them versus what applies to everyone else?

As best said by Mrs. Betty Bowers: "Marriages Are Like Lay's Potato Chips to American Christians: They Can't Stop At Just One!"

I personally think we are going about this whole same-sex marriage thing the wrong way!

Instead of pushing to legalize same-sex marriage, we should instead pass laws that forbid divorce. Well, maybe we should allow one reason for the dissolution of a marriage: proven adultery, and that's it. We should also pass laws that state ONCE you are divorced, you are no longer allowed to marry again. EVER! You get just ONE shot at it—then you are out of the marriage pool.

Eventually there would be maybe 10,000 married couples left (half of which are probably cheating on each other anyway). Everyone else would then get screwed on tax breaks, partner benefits, legal protection, etc.—all of the things we are fighting to get for the person we love. Maybe then no one would really give a fuck who marries who.

Just my five cents. I know I'm probably going to get some hate mail about my attitude on this topic. I know it's really about equal rights for our loved ones. I'm just trying to point out the obviously huge flaw in today's "sanctity of marriage" argument that most American's fall for, and why no one ever calls "them" out on it.

Until next time...
Erik

Piercer Wanted

We had to terminate our piercing artist today.

By "we" I actually mean the husbear did. I support him though. (I didn't work at the tattoo shop today, else it would have been me doing it. Well, maybe. I have a hard time with "HR" stuff.)

The husbear found out—from another stylist at our hair salon—that our piercing artist had been extremely rude to a tattoo customer in the tattoo shop. So rude that the customer left and took some other people with her. She said she would never be back and she would tell her friends and everyone else to never come to our shop.

We can't have this—at any business. It infuriates me (and the husbear) to no end. We have worked hard to build a reputation for the tattoo shop of NOT being the typical, rude, dirty, scary, drug-filled, gang-related shop. Then to have that reputation tarnished—even for just one person—from someone on the inside! To be honest, the piercing artist had been walking on thin ice for a while. His attitude had been poor, and his performance wasn't where I expected it to be. I was trying to give him a chance. My mistake.

We have attempted to contact the customer to apologize and to find a way to make it up to her (no answer, but left a message... will try again tomorrow), but I feel the damage has already been done.

Damn.

Until next time...
Erik

June 17

Today marks my 35th revolution around the sun after having been expelled from the womb into this wonderful place we call "reality".

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Why?

Today, June 17, 2008, also marks the day same-sex couples are able to legally get married in California. I guess technically they started last night. Hopefully this will "stick" this time.

I'm sure more events of greater importance than my expulsion from a huge, gaping vagina happened today as well, but I'm rather Erik-centric. I do find it funny that today was the Battle of the Rosebud.

Until next time...
Erik