Today I saw some lawn signs down at the local megachurch that said "Proposition 8 = Free Speech". As you should know if you're a Californian, Prop 8 seeks to make same-sex marriage illegal in California.
I'm absolutely enraged. How the fuck do these people say that they follow a religion whose 9th commandment is to not lie (or bear false witness against one's neighbor) and get away with proudly posting such blatant lies in public? It's absurd. It's obscene. Proposition 8 has nothing to do with free speech, because even hate speech is protected speech. Churches will still be able to preach hate and choose not to celebrate or recognize same-sex marriages. I don't mind that hate speech is protected speech, because free speech law that doesn't protect what people don't want to hear is meaningless, and because we need a way to tell who the stupid people are. I really don't mind that churches get to choose which marriage ceremonies they will hold because that's their choice. What I take issue with is the fact that these people want to make same-sex marriage and that they want to subject people of ALL religious beliefs to their will.
It makes me sick. It's times like these when I understand why some people believe in hell.