I BELIEVE that most nights I'm on stage the room is filled with people from all walks of life, religions, belief systems...and yet we laugh together because the common thread of humanity connect us all.
I BELIEVE that God, HaShem, Allah, Hari, Buddha or whatever you call your deity, is disappointed that we HATE our fellow man and could CARE LESS that my son is gay. As my son so beautifully put it, "It's hatred disguised as religious freedom. It's bigotry. We were supposed to learn from our history and yet we're repeating it's ugliness"
I BELIEVE that love is rare and beautiful whether it's two middle-aged comedians that feel blessed to have found each other, a young Christian couple starting their life and believing that God has a plan for them, or the two women that live next door to me that struggled for years to have their first baby and are overjoyed at the miracle that has blessed their life. LOVE EACH OTHER. The message is simple. Just LOVE.
I BELIEVE that supporting hate and separation will destroy our society. If all the energy and money that have been put into this HATE movement were put into something good....Feeding hungry children, helping abused women, fighting cancer....We could change the world. There are horrific things in this world that we should hate...but two men Loving each other isn't one of them.
I BELIEVE that tears should be shed over this. That we should be shocked and saddened that this debate could possibly happen in 2015. I don't hate Christian business owners for refusing to serve gays....I'm heart broken and horrified. Why is it so hard for us to come together as a people? After 911 no one saw race, religion, sex, gay, straight...we just saw our fellow man, hurting, and we reached out an embraced each other. How quickly we forget.
I BELIEVE that finding ways to justify separation is dangerous and that it is our responsibility to stand up and say NO MORE. Today it is THEM. Tomorrow it could be YOU. Powerfully put by Martin Niemoller...
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
SPEAK, speak up, speak loudly...because if we don't find a way to come together we will destroy each other.