Who Is Really Insane?

The more I meditate on it, the more completely insane it seems that Charles Manson has been issued a marriage license. Soon, if reports are to be believed, he’ll be legally married in California. A marriage that would be recognized by my home state of Texas.
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Meanwhile, the 15 to 20 legally married same-sex couples at Northaven?
Couples who have been legally wed in another state?
Couples who pay taxes here, raise their families, care for their spouses?
Couples who faithfully attend church, volunteer in their communities?
Couples who are *not* criminally insane mass murderers locked behind bars for the rest of their lives?
The marriages of *these* couples are not legally recognized by my state…

Do you know insane that sounds when you say it out loud?

I don’t mean to minimize Manson’s crimes. I’m well aware of them. I’ve read the books. I’ve even been a pastor (previously) to the family members of one of the “Manson-family” members(no joke). So, I know, all too well, just how criminally insane he is. Which is precisely what makes this situation so surreal.

I mean, really…when I think of this situation, of this crazy juxtaposition….a criminally insane man, locked behind bars….unable to be a genuine partner to his “wife” in even the most basic of ways, but granted a legal and recognized “marriage”….and these loving couples…still waiting for legal recognition in Texas….

I have to ask, who’s really insane? Manson or us?

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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