Valerie Arena, That Girl About Town

The Author, Valerie Arena


Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis opposes same-sex marriages for religious reasons. “Under God’s authority”, she exclaims, she cannot issue same sex marriage licenses. Whose God? God, Allah, Yahweh, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha  and other Supreme Beings are not even mentioned in the Constitution .

I am not sure about where she has found the rules and regulations of God. If she refers to the Bible in Matthew 19:3-6, “What God has joined together let not man separate”. In Luke 16:18,”Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery.” Then, there’s 1 Corinthians 7:39, “A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives”.
Kim Davis has a 3 time divorce record and married to her 4th husband.

In Rochester, a Sleep Number TV commercial states, ” We live in a pick and choose world”. I reckon she “picks and chooses” except I cannot find in the gospels, which feature the life of Jesus, anything about homosexuality. If she thinks homosexuality is a sin,  John 8:7, “whoever is without sin, cast the first stone”, in regards to the adulterous woman.

Her job description consists of keeping property titles, distributing ballots, issuing licenses and being responsible for the documents and records of a county.  Perhaps she needs to run for an elected office that is appropriate with her religious beliefs.

I am sick  and tired of “Pick & Choose Scripture”.  First, where does it say that, “Under God’s authority, two people of the same sex cannot have the option to marry”?
Marriage was not a religious endeavor until in 1563 the Roman Catholic Church’s Council of Trent,  enacted the 8th century sacrament as canon law.  Until that time, anthropologists theorize that marriage started when the hunter/gatherers became an agrarian society.  Marriage legally bound a woman to a man so that his children would be legal heirs.  When? They believe 4,350 years ago.

Pick and choose. These sins are punishable to varying degrees. Leviticus; Deceiving a neighbor about something trusted to them (6:2) I wonder how many sales  people  are guilty of this?  Letting your hair become unkempt (10:6).  Uh oh, anyone remember the late ’60’s  or early ’70’s?  Eating – or touching the carcass of – any seafood without fins or scales,  (11:10-12) Where’s my lobster, crabs, oysters, clams?  I wish people  would embrace this notion  so the price of these would go down.  Making idols or “metal gods” (19:4)  There goes the aesthetic dimensions of the Renaissance!   Ok.  I could  go on.

However, I would like to quote some other Biblical quotes and to be fair, I will stick with the Old Testament where Leviticus can be found. A friend loves for all time ( Proverbs 17:17).  Yeah dig that, “All you Need is Love” -Beatles.   And you are to love those who are aliens (Deuteronomy 10:19). I wondered if they meant Asians and Europeans or Martians and Plutonians.  Pluto, the planet that became the non-planet. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it (Songs  of Solomon 8:7) , ah,isn’t that sweet?  We can love our partners and never have enough love between us. The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. (Psalm 145:8).        I like this one.

Let’s  get specific and pick and choose Genesis 19:1-38, Sodom and Gomorrah.
First, there is much more Old Testament scripture condemning idolatry.
The Genesis story is really about hospitality, gang rape, and incest. Check it out in Genesis 19.  It is a story that portrays all of the men of Sodom as eager to gang-rape two heavenly visitors.  They also want “to know” the men who came unto thee”.  Hello, that was the angels.  Lot, a father, in order to honor the hospitality code, offers his virgin daughters to be gang-raped. They refuse. Nice Dad. Later, when his curious wife, turns into a pillar of salt because like the biblical Eve and mythological Pandora was curious, his daughters seduce their drunken father, incest mind you, and have 2 sons, “Moab, father of the Moabites and Ben-am-mi father of the children of Ammon”.  Is this the only place where men wanted to know men?  No. Judges 19: 22-26. The men wanted to know men but hospitality deemed it necessary to throw out a woman who they abused all night. Then in the morning, her master, placed her on a donkey, took her out of the home, where he partied all night, and chopped her up limb from limb.

Pick and Choose.  Kim, or any protesters who use God as a weapon rather than the loving creator, pick and choose what you want with me and I will open up my Bible to the 11 times in the Gospels where it says “Love One Another!”  Would you prefer the Old Testament? Micah 6:8 ” act justly, love tenderly, and  walk humbly with your God”