An American Bigot – by Waylon Lewis for

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 15, 2008
get elephant's newsletter


An American Bigot

By Waylon Lewis for, 8-01-06


Man sees woman, man awkwardly approaches woman, woman gives number, man calls nervously, man/woman go for walk, man/woman go for drink, man/woman go dutch (these days) on dindin, man/woman go on two more dates (that’s the law) and spend a warm, raw, love-filled night together. Man/woman fall in love, get married, have children.

And that’s how the human races perpetuates this tragicomedy known as this precious human birth.

What’s the root of all this? It’s that tender love. And you don’t have to be a man/woman to share it. You can be a mom/baby, a dad/grandma, a boy/dog, a poet/moon. Love makes the world go around—and, like taste, you can’t legislate it.

But you can’t blame our government—by, of, and for (most of) the people, for trying to legislate love. I wish they’d legislate taste, as they used to, and produce lovely government buildings that evoke Rome instead of cheapest-common denominator concrete boxes. But that’s another story.

Go to Washington. Go down South, or across the street. Read the paper. Do anything other than stick your head in the sand, and you’ll notice that we’re trying to figure out if queer folks should have the right to be folks. To love, to marry, to be queer together, to be queer in public view. And that’s what this about: not should they be allowed to marry, but should they allowed to ‘be.’ According to Bible Bigots, they should not. According to good Christians who read the spirit of Jesus’ law, of course they should. 

I’m straight as an arrow. The whole dance around in shirts three sizes too tight thing doesn’t do it for me. But I’ll be first in line at any gay rights event, and I’ll walk the line all the way down the line. Why? Because I’m proud to be an American. An American isn’t merely...for the rest, and to see comments, click here.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “An American Bigot – by Waylon Lewis for”

  1. […] some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from […]

  2. jonathan says:

    Thanks Waylon for a much-needed post like this. I've noticed that despite not sharing in the same rights as everyone else, gay people are still allowed to pay the same amount of taxes. Imagine that. The government won't protect gays, but they certainly aren't refusing their money either.