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Things change, Jed.

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Brother Jed posted this as his Facebook status:
Word Origin & History:

c.1300, from O.Fr. matremoine, from L. matrimonium “wedlock, marriage,” from matrem (nom. mater) “mother” + -monium, suffix signifying “action, state, condition.” Related: Matrimonial.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

The word matrimony honors women as mothers. Who are the mothers in these so-called same sex marriages? These perverts do not want to be mothers; they hate children and hate God, the source of life. Nor do they love one another. We need to restore the”holy” to holy matrimony.

My response (on his wall):

Things change, Jed. The year 1300 was 7 centuries ago. Even as a Christian, since you are a Protestant, you would almost certainly be burned at the stake for believing the things that you do today, if we were to go back to the 14th century. Christianity itself has changed immensely since then.

There is a difference between a change over time, and a perversion. Also, have you ever even met a gay person? It seems hard to believe that you have, given that you are saying things like “they hate children and hate God…” I know many gay Christians who love God and love children, and I know that you do, too, because some of the people I know are also some of the people you know.

Jed, I want you to think hard about what you are saying. You are getting to that age now, when thinking about what you will accomplish is lower on your list, and it’s time to start thinking about how you will be remembered. Your grandchildren are going to grow up viewing gay marriage the same way that people of my generation see interracial marriage: as nothing wrong or perverted at all, and as a beautiful way to demonstrate their love for each other publicly to the world. If you persist in these falsehoods, these lies about gay people about which I know you know better, you are going to be remembered as an intolerant bigot. You are going to be remembered the same way people of my generation remember racists who fought against desegregation. I just want you to think about that.

My real question is, why do you feel it necessary to lie about gay people, to demonize them in this way and assassinate their character? Are you afraid that being honest and telling the truth about them will somehow make them more human, more equal? We both know that gay people do not hate children. Why would you even say something like that, if not to demonize them? Is it because you don’t actually have any good reasons for disliking them and discriminating against them, so you have to resort to lies?

Please name one gay person who actually hates children and hates God. I would like very much to meet one, and ask him some questions, if he exists. Surely there are gay people who don’t WANT children of their own, but hating children is something different than not wanting kids, just like not believing your god exists is entirely different from “hating” your god.

Looking forward to your response.

Another person, Stephen S, also posted this, which I thought was great!

in lesbian marriages there are two mothers i hope this helps

Until next time,


Dave Muscato is Vice President of MU SASHA. He is a vegetarian, LGBTQ ally, and human- & animal-welfare activist. A junior at Mizzou majoring in economics & anthropology and minoring in philosophy & Latin, Dave posts updates to the SASHA blog every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. His website is

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2 comments on “Things change, Jed.

  1. toholdnothing
    May 10, 2012

    Not to mention any etymological analysis doesn’t come close to getting to the heart of any word’s definition, which evolves over time and can be understood with the original intent in mind and expanded without destroying the intent of that initial definition with gender binaries in place

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