Monday, December 21, 2009

Gay Marriage, part 2

It's undeniable that the right to marry a partner of one's choosing is guaranteed by United States law. It's part of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It's been argued that a ban on same sex marriage violates the equal protection clause. All people are created equal, and thus denying rights to a certain group of people is unconstitutional. If a man wants to marry a woman he can, but if a woman wants to marry a woman, she can't. This is discriminating on the basis of one's gender.

The first amendment states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." It has been argued that since the only reason to ban gay marriage is a religious one, banning gay marriage would violate the first amendment by establishing a religion. However, such a ban would also violate the first amendment in another way. Since Unitarians and Episcopalians perform gay marriages, banning same sex marriage would prevent them from freely exercising their religion. Those pushing for a ban on gay marriage cite religion expression as their main reason, but ironically, a ban on gay marriage takes away the right to freely practice religion from certain denominations.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Get your flu shot!

I had a somewhat similar conversation to the one below with a coworker recently:

I don't need a flu shot. I never get sick.

That's like saying you don't need to wear a seat beat because you never get into an accident.

I don't want my arm to feel sore.

Getting a flu shot is better than getting the flu.

I don't like getting shots.

You can get the vaccine in a nasal spray.

Ya, but...

I think ultimately my coworker was just too lazy to get the vaccine, which is really sad since our company has an on-site clinic offering free vaccines. At least my coworker didn't bring up the myth that vaccines cause autism or some other bull that's been debunked by the scientific community countless times. The fact is, even if you don't think you'll get sick yourself, you should get the vaccine to prevent spreading it to other people. The more people who have the vaccine, the less people who will be sick.