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.

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 is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) 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, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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