Much ado has been made of Christian author Matthew Vines and the book that got his publisher, WaterBrook Multnomah, booted from National Religious Broadcasters.
The fiasco was sadly predictable, and there’s really no need to go into it in detail. Vines wrote a book promoting marriage equality, and was promptly thrown under the bus by his fellow Christians — you know, the ones constantly bitching and moaning that they aren’t “allowed” to spew their bigoted filth in polite company these days.
Honestly, I’m caught halfway between feeling sorry for the guy and really not giving a shit.
See, I don’t care if there is a “Biblical case” for marriage equality, because we don’t need a “Biblical case” to pass laws in this country. What matters is there is a secular case for marriage equality, and that it trumps whatever you find in your precious collection of Iron Age scrivenings.
Ultimately, Vines is on the right side of this issue, and I’m thankful for that. If his book wins people over to the cause (honestly, I have my doubts, but good on him for at least trying) then we are probably the better for it. But the purity troll in me still feels uneasy about the whole thing. If you live in a secular society, you do so with the implicit understanding that you don’t get to legislate your personal religious beliefs, whatever they may be. Whether or not the God of the Bible would support same-sex marriage should be a non-starter for anyone, no matter what they believe. We simply shouldn’t care.
I certainly don’t.