The chart-topping song “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert has become somewhat of a theme song for “marriage equality” in recent weeks. But the song is a pristine example of the self-righteous, revisionist slander of anyone who does not support state-sanctioned same-sex marriage, and a direct attack on those who are religious.
In the first stanza, the lyrics say:
The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made rewiring of a predisposition
Playing God, aw nah here we go
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 thirty-five-hundred years ago
What “right-wing conservatives” are leading the march to send all gays to therapy and beat them with bibles? And how does one even force someone to go to therapy if they don’t want to? I travel in a lot of Republican and right wing circles – I don’t know anyone who believes gays must go to “gay conversion” therapy.
Frankly, no one cares if you’re gay. In fact, no one cares except the people who claim other people don’t like gays. But regardless, the conservatives who don’t support gay marriage don’t do so out of fear or hatred, and they certainly don’t think God doesn’t love gay people, as the lyrics in this song would have you believe.
The (mis)use of religion in this song is offensive and inappropriate and given America’s obsession with political correctness, it’s jarring that no one in the entire music industry pointed this out during the performance of this song at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Macklemore and Lewis are outright disrespectful with lyrics like “…we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago” – the implication being, of course, that something written 3500 years ago isn’t relevant to today’s day and age.
Later in the song, Mary Lambert sings “Love is patient, love is kind…,” as excerpt from I Corinthians 13. It’s one thing to fight for the freedom to choose the lifestyle you wish, but it’s something else completely to pervert and disrespect the beliefs of those who disagree with you. Leaders of the gay rights movement demand recognition and acceptance (despite the fact no one is denying them these things), and then explicitly disrespect the religious beliefs of others – not by being gay, but by attacking the religion of those who they perceive to be against them. They fail to see that people can disagree about what’s right, and still coexist and have mutual respect.
The progressive left has successfully hijacked the issue of homosexuals to smear the right by using a few instances of persecution (that often had nothing to do with being Liberal or Conservative) and inventing a fantasy world in which the religious-right is to blame for gay persecution that largely does not exist. It is the same tactic they use to portray Republicans as racist – despite the fact that the majority of Republicans were at the forefront of the civil rights movement when even Democrats were against it.
No Macklemore, we don’t hate people who are gay, and many of us aren’t opposed to state-sanctioned same-sex marriage, but we do hate your unjustified righteous indignation and your prejudice against those whom you do not understand.
Being gay, gay marriages, and gay “rights,” are not going to destroy society – but the inability of Americans to think critically and the dangerously vapid state of my generation’s critical thinking skills will. Gay activists ought to consider that in seeking love and respect from others, others should receive the “same love” in return.
Emily Schrader is a graduate of USC and the University of Tel Aviv
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