The College Student Behind Viral ‘God is Gay’ Poem

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Video of a slam poetry performance by a twenty-year-old University of North Carolina drama student is going viral, with nearly 70,000 views on YouTube. The controversial title and message of his poem:  “God is gay.”

Elliot Darrow identifies as a straight male and says his identity as an “out Christian” drives his writing. Like many Christian millennials, Darrow does not currently attend church—“more due to the chaos that is college than anything else,” he says—but he grew up Presbyterian in the Carrboro-Chapel Hill area. Social issues comprise the core of his poetry portfolio, and the viral piece was one of his first to directly address his faith.

Darrow says the idea began eighteen months ago when he wondered, what if God were gay? “I personally believe that God is not a sexual being, but at the same time, to make a statement, what if He were, was all in attempt to show people that even God, who we all see as infallible, still has human traits, such as sexuality, or loves people of a specific gender or identity,” Darrow says.

He then examined Biblical passages to explore how the church should view the gay community. “I’ve seen so many people, in my mind, misuse the Bible to preach not necessarily hatred, but just ignorance toward people who are of other preferences,” he says. “I want to show that regardless of how someone identifies, God wants to love them, and God does love them. The best way I’ve found to do that is to use the Bible, to use teachings that I have been taught.”

The poem is a dynamic work of gay liberation theology. Darrow use Bible passages to challenge conventional views about God: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth / and it wasn’t just good, it was fabulous” and “Keep in mind Jesus had two dads and turned out just fine / In fact, Jesus had two dads and a surrogate mother / That never had sex with either of them / Maybe Mary was a lesbian.”

The most powerful moment comes when Darrow interprets the classic Biblical story of Moses and the burning bush. In the book of Exodus, Moses is watching sheep in the desert when he sees a bush on fire but not burning up. Then an angel speaks to him from inside the flame and tells him to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. God then liberates the people, whom society subjugated, from oppression. Here’s how Darrow sees the passage:

“A history lesson: A faggot is a bundle of sticks / Originally used as kindling for fires that engulfed gays / When they were burned at the stake, people were firewood / But Moses came across wood on fire and saw God in it / What is a burning bush but bundles of branches / On fire, isn’t it funny how faggots and God can look the same sometimes?”

Darrow hopes that Biblical messages like his can counter anti-gay groups like Westboro Baptist Church. One of his own greatest influences, he says, is the pastor emeritus of his home church, Rev. Haywood Holderness of Westminster Presbyterian in Durham. Even as a young child, Darrow remembers listening to Holderness’ sermons and taking to heart his repeated message that God is a loving being. “I’ve always had such a loving relationship with the church,” he says. “All people should be afforded that, regardless of their orientation, their creed, gender.”

Full text of the poem:

What if I told you God is gay?

Do you think belligerent bible-belters

Would still holler hate speech to the hilltops

In His name?

Or do you think they would reread the scriptures

They say they swear and survive by

See, I’ve been reading the Bible again lately

And I think I’ve taken a leaf from their holy book,

Picking passages for my purpose

Which is in short

To let you know it’s very possible God is gay.

I mean think about the book of Genesis

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth

And it wasn’t just good, it was fabulous.

I mean what else is our planet but the pinnacle

Of exterior design, and I don’t mean to generalize

But it certainly seems like that the Garden of Eden

Was designed by queer, I mean divine eye for the straight guy

But some Christians would go as far as to call

God’s creations abominations

Heretics calling themselves faithful

When their faith is full of belief that only God may pass judgment

Matthew 7:1 Judge and you too shall be judged

Luke 6: 37 Condemn not and you shall not be condemned

Fred Phelps 2006: You’re going to hell! God hates fags!

A history lesson: A faggot is a bundle of sticks

Originally used as kindling for fires that engulfed gays

When they were burned at the stake, people were firewood

But Moses came across wood on fire and saw God in it,

What is a burning bush but bundles of branches

On fire, isn’t it funny how faggots and God can look the same sometimes?

Keep in mind Jesus had two dads and turned out just fine

In fact, Jesus had two dads and a surrogate mother

That never had sex with either of them,

Maybe Mary was a lesbian

And I remember the prayer going

“Hail Mary, full of grace”

Not full of sin,

“Pray for us sinners”

For we have become blinded by bigotry.

And forgotten that God gave us the rainbow

As a promise that we will never be flooded again

Either with rain or ignorance

And now all the homosexual Homo sapiens

Stand more united under God’s rainbow

Than all of his denominations do around the cross.

I was brought up believing that my Savior loved us all

And never had to specify “no homo”

But if you have hate in your heart

Say it don’t pray it

Don’t teach it and for the love of God don’t preach it

Because I am tired of these fire and brimstone sermons

Slinging slurs when they’re not firing brimstones

From voices that should be filled with love and praise

Instead of raised with hate and rage

I am a Christian, and I believe in saying the Christian thing.

Which used to sound like “Love thy neighbor as thyself”

But now sounds more like hate at the top of your picket signs

The closest thing to God being “Hell, is waiting for you”

They’re passing out damnation pamphlets

Filled with out-of-context Bible verses

Trying to define God

When his meaning is clear.

He is acceptance, He is pride, He is humility, He is just,

God is perfection, God is protection, God is love,

But most importantly

God is gay

55 comments
StuartWhitman
StuartWhitman

Wow some peoples views are well disgusting tullyconleth. I feel sorry for you that you direct your hate On to others you must be a really sad individual to have that much hate

TullyConleth
TullyConleth

Gays are sick Oedipus cases often caused by child rape and abuse

They have the highest rates of HIV stds depression,mental illness and pedophilia

God doesn't support people fighting what's intended by nature

The kids raised in civil unions are performing poorly in neutral and well done studies as compared to the defective gay propoganda studies propped up by gay lobby money Gays efforts to twist reality and theology to support their mental illness only buries them deeper into narcissistic delusion

TullyConleth
TullyConleth

Sick Oedipus cases

Highest rates of HIV stds depression mental illness and pedophilia

God doesn't support people fighting what's intended by nature

MichaelDesJardins
MichaelDesJardins

Here is one of my sermons a couple years back: 

Gay Pride - Reflections on The Feast of John the Baptist

“His name is John.” The Baptist was the son of a prominent family. His father, Zechariah, was a priest of the temple. The angel Gabriel announced the birth of a son to Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth who were too old to have children. They were instructed to name their son John. However, Zechariah was skeptical and was struck mute for his lack of trust in God.

John the Baptist’s birth was a sign of God’s graciousness to Elizabeth in her barrenness and Zechariah in his insolence. They knew John was different. Everyone in town talked about it. His difference drove him away from his family and he sought a place in the wilderness where he could come to know himself. A self wonderfully made by God.

The Birth of John the Baptist is, for us, an opportunity to reflect on our own conception and birth. God, too, formed our inmost being, God knit us in our mother’s womb and we give thanks that we are fearfully, wonderfully made.

On this PRIDE Sunday, we know that many of us are still in the wilderness. We don’t fully know that we are wonderfully made by God. In fact we have been told we are abominations. Our difference, has driven us from our homes to places like New Orleans where we can come to know ourselves as God knows us – fearfully, wonderfully made. But too often we have lost our connection to the creator who made us different.

The bottom line of every moral discussion of homosexuality comes to this: Is homosexuality a choice? We have all struggled in our own deserts with this question. To be able to celebrate Gay Pride, we have had to come to an answer that accepts our selves as something to be proud of. For myself, that journey was guided by Psalm 139. It confirms that God’s hand formed my inmost being and that being is Gay. Who can say I am not wonderfully made.

Unfortunately, there are too many of our Family who have rejected faith because it taught them they weren’t wonderful at all. It taught them they were sinners who needed to repent of their homosexuality. The wonderful difference in them was blindly rejected by insolent religious leaders who, like Zechariah, cannot see that it is God’s own doing they reject.

Like John, we are called to point out the Christ to the ends of the earth. Our mission is to help all people see the wonder of their lives as formed by God. Our Pride is not arrogance but recognition of the creator’s hand at work in us. The baptism John preached was for the forgiveness of sins. Our baptism is the path from death to life. We are dead to the things that nurture self-hatred and alive to the grace of God at work in our midst.

On this Pride Sunday let us recommit ourselves to be faithful witnesses of Christ to all, but especially to our GLBT brothers and sisters who haven’t made the connection between their being Gay and the Creator’s hand who made them wonderful.

stevenleonghawaii
stevenleonghawaii

Praise God for this fellow's creativeness...we were all made in the image of God, also a creator. For too long has religious extremist, pushed people away from God and Jesus. Gays are BORN Gay, created by God for God's reasons. LGBT's all have a seat at the table of God. Don't let the judgemental tell you otherwise. You all hold the truth on being born Gay. Share it, then sit back at the table. You have just put the debate of your existence between your discriminator and God. Let them work it out, and enjoy the miracles that God has blessed you with. What one sows, so shall they reap.

JeffreyJohnson
JeffreyJohnson

God put his beloved gay children here to out haters that burn in a fire of their own making for all time. 

sohcristosalva
sohcristosalva

Elizabeth Dias, can I think differently??? I am not a robot! I do not have to follow your agenda neither your way of thinking!!

May I express myself?! Is this a free site?!

sohcristosalva
sohcristosalva

Elizabeth Dias, what is the value of this place if only those who agrre with your oppinion are allowed to comment and speak up their thoughts?!

sohcristosalva
sohcristosalva

Dear Elizabeth Dias @elizabethjdias

It's funny how people's mind work, don't you think so?!
You have a strong oppinion. You think your oppinion is the truth!!
So, you are right no matter what! And then you post something you believe it's truth and you want everybody to think the same way as you do!

Then someone shows up with a diferent oppinion. You disagree. And then you think: "I'd better erase that otherwise someone else could also think the same! And nobody is allowed to confront my oppinion!".

"THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE." Your oppinion is not the truth!

sohcristosalva
sohcristosalva

WHY ARE YOU SO AFRAID OF THE TRUTH???

"THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!!" John 8:32

sohcristosalva
sohcristosalva

Can't you guys deal with an opposite oppinion?! [What a censorship!!]

Why do you keep on erasing my comments?

Is it because I have coted verses from the BIBLE? Does the Bible offend you that much?! 

I can understand your disbelief in the WORD OF GOD!

Although I do not understand why you are so afraid people read my  point of view!!

Are you afraid people might think differently?

sohcristosalva
sohcristosalva

Can't you guys deal with an opposite oppinion? [what a censorship!!]

Why do you guys keep on erasing my comments?!

Does the BIBLE offend you so much?! ...Ah, is it because it's the Word of GOD and you cannot accept that???

sohcristosalva
sohcristosalva

bhbusby

It is NOT true that the Old Testament is the only place homosexuality is implicated (considered) to be a sin!!

It is also written in the New Testament:

Romans 1:26-27

"26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due."

I Corinthians 6:8-10

"8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God."

I Timothy 1:8-11

"8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, 9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust."


bhbusby
bhbusby

The arguments against homosexuality actually being condemned by Christian scripture are twofold:

1.  There are umpteen bajillion other rules mentioned in the Old Testament (which is the only place homosexuality is even marginally implicated to be a sin) that none of these "homosexuality is a sin" people ever pay any attention to.  In fact, they are often openly ignored, due to the wide interpretation that the coming of Jesus fulfilled the OT, and that the NT was the new doctrine to live by.

2. (And he does touch on this.) "Judge not, lest ye be judged".  The End-- really not more to expound on beyond this if you're a follower of the bible as the word of God.  This principle is iterated and re-iterated ad nauseum in the NT, but being gay is kind of mentioned like twice in the OT.  And yes, even you numerous people who "love gays even though it's a sin, and you're totally not judging them, but it is a sin, and they should repent" are STILL JUDGING.  Love, that's all Jesus needs from you- thanks.


The poem is decent, and the performance is great, but it annoys me that people arguing against Christian condemnation of gays don't just address it logically: #1. #2. The end.

sarahthetriplet
sarahthetriplet

I am glad that he is saying God loves everyone, even homosexuals, because He does. However, we are all sinners in God's eyes and we can't show God we love him without changing our sinful actions (YES, CHRISTIANS SIN. WE AREN'T PERFECT AND WE DON'T THINK WE ARE). As Christians, we can love and support gays but not necessarily their actions-- God doesn't say "please keep sinning: lying and cheating and lusting and having gay sex." Instead, he says BECAUSE I LOVE YOU show me YOU LOVE ME by doing what is right, holy, and just. God loves the sinner and hates the sin. I agree that the Westboro Baptist Church needs to stop their hateful signs. But I'm sure their intentions weren't always so vicious. I'm sure originally they cared for their fellow sinners and didn't want God to lose any more of his people to Hell. Of course, they shouldn't be targeting gays (one group of sinners), and their message should START with LOVE. Then it would start from a truthful foundation, that God loves. 

MalcolmSwoboda
MalcolmSwoboda

lol @ these comments

Face it, you're the new 'old outdated racists'. Go wave your cane at the gays ruining society and blah blah *yawn*

MissyBey
MissyBey

God sends impenitent sinners to hell. Homosexuals can't repent unless they stop that activity. This man is a worker of iniquity. He hates his neighbor and encourages disobedience. 

geo
geo

Keep your sex and your sexuality in the privacy of your bedroom and stop using sex as an expression of who you are as that is so shallow and desperate its beyond pathetic. Are we really becoming a society that actually defines itself by their sexuality and the use of their gonads? Is that the forward progress to a higher level of humanity that the hippie baby boomers would have us and their kids be led to?  Wow that is so deep and interesting. Tell the baby boomers its time to grow up and start payin attention to their kids so they can stop raising idiotic oversexualized attention seeking low self esteem kids like this brainwashed zygote and also to please stop hitting on their kids friends because as as much as they try to avoid it with plastic surgery.. the fact is.. you're old.. so no matter how many times you repaint the house's exterior the pipes inside are still rotting away... so grow up and stop stealing your kids lives...  Because the truth is all you want to do is screw the kids and leave them a 17 trillion dollar debt that is growing by the day. When we as a culture look in the mirror to really look at ourselves instead of our faces and bodies then we will realize that sadly this kid is nothing but a mixed up spoiled entitled brat raised by the current "progressive" culture rather than being raised by his parents...

geo
geo

Quite possibly the most pathetic example of a cry for self esteem by asking others to pay attention to their twisted and narcissitic folly. It might even be worse than Fakebook and social media combined. This desperate kid who obviously was not parented properly and was obviously neglected emotionally is sadly seeking to get attention by being outrageous and by thinking that this is self esteem that can be attained by using a ridiculous sexual and incredibly stupid superficial context in order to garner it. Its pure insanity to think self esteem comes from others and society's focus instead of within the individual themselves. This is incredibly sad and any society that would put its focus on private matters such as this conflating of sexuality and religion and even try to use it to get attention or even worse if it  tries to regulate and legislate the rights of individuals in any regards to these two areas is so ideologically brainwashed and oversexualized it is doomed to collapse.

UnniN
UnniN

Take this article itself, break it up into uneven sentences and put them one below the other --- voila, it becomes a poem! Is that all there is to poetry? No rhyme, no meter, no harmony, no music in the words and lines. What explains the urge to call such a travesty a poem? 

Poetry  implies intensity of feeling and a beauty in the assemblage of words and a loftier representation of ideas than straight prose. (There can be humor too in abundance as in the limerick) None of this is seen in this "poem". The content is irrelevant, whether God is gay or of any other sexual orientation is hardly the point as God is a delusion anyway and this kind of subject matter is the only way in which the author believed his mediocre output would be seen, published and read. Shock value, the cheap technique of the incompetent.

Thomas Gray, Trench, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Edgar Allan Poe and the host of people who populated our school books as "poets" --- in latter years even the artistry of a P G Wodehouse or MAD's Frank Jacobs, ---they wrote poetry. This "gay" poem is trash.

PaulSBarbato
PaulSBarbato

BORING. Plus I think it's kind of ironic how he complains about people taking the scriptures out of context when the entire poem is his own contextual claim to scripture. 

stevenleonghawaii
stevenleonghawaii

Sohchristosalva - AMEN! I give to you my truth, "I was born Gay". Handle it well, this may affect YOUR salvation.

sohcristosalva
sohcristosalva

@bhbusby It is NOT true that the Old Testament is the only place homosexuality is implicated (considered) to be a sin!!

It is also written in the New Testament:

Romans 1:26-27

"26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due."

I Corinthians 6:8-10

"8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God."

I Timothy 1:8-11

"8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, 9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust."


DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@MissyBey Please don't reproduce.  The world desperately needs more intelligent people and you won't contribute any.

StephenW.Ramsden
StephenW.Ramsden

@geo it was going pretty good there until you had to go on about politics, the debt, progressive agenda...blah, blah, blah, etc...

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

You know, I was going to point out that the Baby Boomers are the grandparents of the kids today, but I realized that you're incoherent and probably drunk, so never mind...  Just another raving lunatic ranting into their beer.

Nothing to see here.

Move along...  Move along...

MarioHernandez
MarioHernandez

@geo  Yes, because telling "christians" to stop judging others is totally a "cry for self esteem."

Do you have an intelligent thought in your head...like at all?

MarioHernandez
MarioHernandez

@UnniN  Poetry does not need to rhyme, have meter, or harmony/music in the lines. You seem to think that only what YOU consider to be poetry is poetry, but nothing could be farther from the truth. The mere fact that you seem to think only certain things qualify as poetry shows how very little you ACTUALLY know about poetry. 


You sound like a old man crying that rock n' roll isn't "music." Get over yourself. 

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@UnniN I was thinking the same thing.  As poetry, it sucks.  But popularity and poetical technique are two different things.

Look at rap...

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@PaulSBarbato Seems to me the irony of it is the point.

Myths like Christianity - a Frankenstein of religions cherry-picked from myths and other beliefs, relying on a host of anonymous authors then meticulously sanded down to something they hoped would make sense - are bound to fail anyhow.  I was asking rational questions about it in Sunday school when I was five, and never got rational answers.  As far as I know, I was the youngest person in the history of the Lutheran Church to be kicked out of Sunday school because I refused to accept irrational explanations.

If it's patently irrational to a five year old, it's gotta be bad for ya.

As far as I can tell, from a religious (which is to say irrational) point of view, this guy's poem makes just as much sense as the rest of the mumbo-jumbo in the Bible.  And to clarify how much that is, it's none.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@tonykeywest, you've got that wrong. God Hates FLAGS. He wants a One World government administered by the UN. That's made clear by Scripture. He sent His Second Son, Barack HUSSEIN Obama to us to pave the way.

geo
geo

Could you stop with the personal ad hominem attacks and grow up by saying something intelligent and factual instead of using your sadly repeating childish bullying behavior?... If you continue with the personal attacks you are proving my cultural point that this is just continuation of low self esteem attention seeking childlike behavior..

geo
geo

Wow..by replying and not discussing the points raised and instead resorting to childish name calling someone a drunk and a raving lunatic that is quite revealing and is usually done from an emotional unfactual point of view rather than an intellectual one but it is quite possible the language used was beyond the comprehension level you were educated with .. this kind of emotional rhetoric is sadly being taught at liberal arts schools and our media which teach debate tactics of false ridicule instead of cognizant factual civil discourse based in reality.. and sadly I fear  the prevalent and pedestrian boringly bizarre uncontextual ad hominem personal attacks of psuedo intellectuals will continue..as now everyone is equal including brainwashed parrots..much to the dismay of people who actual think for themselves and are wishing  to discover Truth in a civil discourse of contextual facts...very sad...now for some actual facts...

EricKrapil
EricKrapil

@DeweySayenoff @PaulSBarbato 

Listen, I'm christian, and I don't believe in condemning gays.  Like he said in the poem, we should leave the judgement up to god.  Now on the contrary, it's really annoying for gay people to always complain.  Yes, they should fight for equal rights, but they also don't respect our beliefs a lot of the time, which I'll address at the end.

Now here's the thing.  Whether or not you believe in God, the whole concept of being gay is unnatural. There's a specific reason why nature involves males and females; so they can reproduce.  There's also a reason why gays can't reproduce.  They're nature's outliers.  Should they be allowed to live happy lives.  Of course.  But at the same time, outside of social norms, they're not equal.  I'm not talking about as a person or in a society, but they're not as human.  They stray from the biological norm of humans themselves.  There's no significant proof as of yet that's it's a "mutation", but if you're gay you're technically not a "normal" human.

Now I only have 2 objections to gays.  The first is their fight for marriage.  Marriage is SPECIFICALLY for a union between a man and a women.  It's basically a religious thing.  So if they wanted to respect us as straight people, they wouldn't call it marriage, because they're trying to force themselves on us and our belief system.  Should they be able to love each other?  That's not up to me, it's up to God.  Should they have the same rights that come along with marriage? Sure.  But they need to call it something else.  Marriage belongs to us, and by "us" I mean straight people.  They can call it shmorgleborg (probably not that though) or whatever new word they want, but not marriage.  It's by definition not marriage.

The other objection I have is how gays and gay-supporters overuse the word "homophobe." Homophobia is the irrational fear or discrimination of gays.  I've heard and seen many times people use this word to describe anyone against gay marriage or anyone uncomfortable around gays.  That's completely unreasonable.  Sex makes a lot of people uncomfortable, let alone sex between two people of the same gender.  That's not an "irrational fear", unless you want to call EVERYONE who doesn't like people having sex in public "sexaphobes" (pretty sure that's not the word for it but you get what I mean).  Also, I don't support gay marriage, but that doesn't make me a homophobe.  I simply don't believe in it.  You can't go to a fruit market and say, "Hey I want to buy this apple, but sell it to me at the price of an orange."  Oranges aren't apples, and gay "marriages" aren't marriage.  You can't try and call it something it's not.  Do I hate gays? No.  When I see people who beat up gays, I get furious.  But I really wish they would respect our right to marriage.  It's not the right to love, they're free to love.  Just don't call it marriage.  It's symbolic, and that's why I have a problem with it. 

If you read this whole thing, thank you.  Feel free to object, but I don't think I'm being irrational.  Also, don't call Christianity a myth.  You can't prove atheism more than Christianity.  They're beliefs.  The whole point of beliefs is that you can't prove them, you just have to have faith.  I hope you respect my opinion as I respect yours, and consider these thoughts.  Enjoy the rest of your day.

MarioHernandez
MarioHernandez

@geo  Can MissyBey also say something factual? Because she sure didn't.

geo
geo

1. Yes its true many Baby Boomers are grandparents but its equally true many are parents who had kids later in life in their thirties and forties... 

2. Further and more germane my context of growing up was in a general cultural legacy issue of irresponsible hippie progressive mentality which would be impossible to classify by a rational human being as responsible adult like behavior. Whether this mentality was direct with Baby Boomers being the parents or legacy through them being grandparents and passing it on through a legacy paradigm is not relevant to our current cultural childlike irresponsible behavior.  Unless you wish to argue that sex..drugs..divorce and abortion are responsible behavior?...cmon.. time to get real.. lol  

MarkLee
MarkLee

@EricKrapil @DeweySayenoff @PaulSBarbato

Listen, I'm a normal person without food allergies, and I don't believe in condemning those with them.  Like he said in the poem, we should leave the judgement up to god. Now on the contrary, it's really annoying for people with peanut allergies to always complain.  Yes, they should fight for equal rights, but they also don't respect our beliefs a lot of the time, that they should just eat their God given peanuts.

Now here's the thing.  Whether or not you believe in God, the whole concept of having peanut allergies is unnatural. There's a specific reason why nature involves humans and peanuts; so humans can eat peanuts for sustenance.  There's also a reason why some people can't eat peanuts.  They're nature's outliers.  Should they be allowed to live happy lives.  Of course.  But at the same time, outside of social norms, they're not equal.  I'm not talking about as a person or in a society, but they're not as human.  They stray from the biological norm of humans themselves because they can't eat peanuts.  There's no significant proof as of yet that's it's a "mutation", but if you can't eat peanuts you're technically not a "normal" human.