CHE BELLO loves Pennsylvania.

April 1, 2008 at 5:45 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

At the beginning and end of school each year, I get the distinct pleasure of traveling through one of my favorite states: Pennsylvania. All of the fields and hills are gloriously beautiful, and some of the nicest strangers I’ve ever come across have been in the Keystone State. But today I was given another reason to celebrate the land of Hershey’s chocolatea gay marriage ceremony for four couples presided over by the mayor of State College, home of Penn State.

As I searched The Daily Collegian for an article on the ceremony, I came across this opinion piece that I think everyone, especially the groups who protested the ceremony, should read:

“In one of yesterday’s letters to the editor, someone said that due to their faith, they “disagree with homosexuality,” and I truly don’t understand what this means. What are you disagreeing with? When people say they “disagree” with something, I usually think of disagreeing with an opinion. So you can disagree with me when I say my opinion is that love in all shapes and forms is a beautiful thing, but you cannot disagree with a state of being.

Do you disagree with the way some people breathe? How about the way some people walk? Obviously, you take issue with the way some love.”

Amen, brave Nittany Lion.

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3 Comments

  1. Patrick said,

    Disagreeing with homosexuality reminds me of the claim of disbelief in evolution. I’m uncertain how one can choose not to believe IN something which requires no faith at all. Not believing a fact is one thing, but not believing IN that fact is something else entirely. Similarly, disagreeing with a state makes no sense. Would one disagree with a sunny sky? The passage of five minutes? It is possible to dislike these things, but not to disagree with them.

  2. David said,

    I understand what you’re saying, and agree completely, but for some people equating the fact that the sky is blue with the fact that evolution happened doesn’t work. The intersection of science and faith is less like an intersection and more like Spaghetti Junction; people get so twisted around that they confuse things that are fact with things that require faith.

    The question becomes, what is the role of science and how much faith (no pun intended) do we place in its outcomes in a society seemingly dominated by conservative Christianity. Unfortunately, the answers to those questions have been dominated by blind Republicanism for the past eight years (i.e. the stem cell research ban); here’s hoping we can get the US back on the path of enlightenment in ’08.

  3. Patrick said,

    allowing faith to affect how we understand science and letting it affect how we use that understanding are two entirely different things. That’s not on topic though, I guess.

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