Milwaukee resident and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Community Columnist Jonathan Rupprecht might be a really nice and decent man.
But the church administrator is extremely close-minded. He has an antiquated worldview, ridiculously believing that gay marriage is at least partially responsible for society’s moral failings.
Nevermind that gays and lesbians are looking for equality and the right to marry. Marriage is probably something that Rupprecht supports, just not for people who didn’t choose to be gay any more than he chose to be straight.
In his latest conservative lament, Rupprecht claims that virtues and character are aligned with religion.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Anyone can claim to be a Christian. Plenty of terrible people do so on a daily basis. It takes no effort or thought whatsoever.
You do not need to be religious to be moral. Religious people do not have a monopoly on morality any more than Republicans have a monopoly on patriotism.
You do not have to be a Christian to know the difference between right and wrong. You do not need to be a Christian to be honest and caring and courageous.
Those qualities can and do apply to people whether or not they are atheist, agnostic, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or Wiccan.
People like Rupprecht spread obtuse views that only serve to divide people. His beliefs say that one set of people, religious people, are more moral and therefore better than non-religious people.
You do not have to be religious to be a good person. Knowing the difference between right and wrong doesn’t only come from the so-called word of god.