But something’s been heavy in my heart that I’ve shared a little bit here and there, but have held back a whole lot. But recently, I’ve been listening to a particular song and it’s so eloquent, that it makes me want to speak.
I’ll give you the video to get the words firsthand.
If you know me personally…I mean like in the “real person”…you’ve probably heard me stand up before. But if you know me online, I’ve probably been more subdued. But I don’t want to be subdued and some of the lyrics in this song made me realize that I shouldn’t be:
“When everyone else
Is more comfortable
Rather than fighting for humans
That have had their rights stolen”
The song by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is surprisingly deep and poignant. We don’t expect that from rap music, but here it is.
What I love about this piece is that it handles the religious aspect of the debate very delicately. It doesn’t disparage any god, but rather suggests that our interpretation of how we should behave is what is out of whack. I tend to agree.
I’d like to share some of my favorite parts, but first I’d like to highlight a few things about the culture I currently live in. In Canada, I believe I live in a land of acceptance…there are some bumps in the road…but overall, we accept you exactly the way you are.
Here’s some of our history on the issue (and please note that pretty much all of these things were passed with little debat and have become an accepted part of society):
- 1969: Same sex sexual activity decriminalized
- 1992: Lesbians, gays and bisexuals allowed to openly serve in the military
- 1995: Sexual orientation added to the Canada Charter of Rights and Freedoms which provides the “right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination”.
- 1999: Supreme court rules that same sex couples should have the same common law rights as heterosexual couples.
- 2004: Sexual orientation added to hate propoganda section of the Criminal Code
- 2005: Same sex marriage legal nationwide.
So when I hear of the conflict of love across our border to the south, it seems foreign to me. It doesn’t make sense, but the more inundated I am with American media and the opinions of my social media “friends,” the more I see things are just completely upside down and seriously inside out.
Like I said, I’d like to share some lyrics from the song that really struck a chord with me, but first I wanted to mention the lyric I take exception with and that’s:
The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition
Now, I absolutely agree if you think you can cure homosexuality, bisexuality or anything else, you are trying to play God. But what I take exception with is the phrasing “right-wing conservatives.”
Like the song is very careful to point out, stereotypes are dangerous and to pigeon hole every American conservative as a bigot is completely unfair. Many of my American friends are fiscally conservative, yet are quite socially liberal (and these people have no meaningful representation on the political front, but are often labeled as “Conservative”). Others who appear to be part of the “Christian Right” have surprised me when they have spoken out for gay rights (bless you, Traci for showing me this). Or they’re just crazy conspiracy theorists like one of my other friends, but basically good people. But then there are others who are EXACTLY the type of the person the song describes.
I have no idea how we get to a world of acceptance, but here are a few things that stuck with me.
“America the brave
Still fears what we don’t know
And ‘God loves all his children’ is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written
3,500 years ago
I don’t know”
“When I was in church
They taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service
Those words aren’t anointed
And that Holy Water
That you soak in
Is then poisoned”
“A world so hateful
Some would rather die
Than be who they are”
“And a certificate on paper
Isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law’s gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever god you believe in
We come from the same one”
And that’s the crux of it all. We come from the same one, so why not love each other?