Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Reverse Discrimination - Whatever.

(A bit of a disclaimer here... when I use the term 'Christians' I absolutely do not mean to refer to ALL Christians. I do understand that the few who are opposing change are merely the most right winged and radical of the bunch. For the most part anyway.)

I am so absolutely over this whole 'Christians being discriminated against' is the  new norm bullshit that is running rampant through our country right now. I am tired of hearing about it. I am tired of reading about it. And I'm tired of trying to explain to others that equality for all is not a direct attack on Christians. IT IS NOT! And the fact that I have to explain that is just ludicrous.

First it was the whole marriage equality thing. I can understand how that could be hard to swallow. I mean, our country has done it a specific way for a very long time. But that doesn't mean it isn't subject to change. So maybe gay couples can't get married in a church... that I get. But they should still be able to legally get married through the government without treading upon your Christian values. If, as a Christian, you don't like or approve of a gay wedding... THEN JUST DON'T GO TO IT! How is another couples relationship and commitment to one another going to affect your personal marriage. It shouldn't. And if it does... well, you have your own set of issues to deal with there.

Then there was the whole gay NFL hopeful that should get drafted for the next season. May I just say, Kudos to this young man! I applaud him, because that was a very huge step that he didn't have to take. But he did. And we should all be proud of him. But oh no... now we actually have senators trying to draft bills making it illegal for an openly gay man to play in the league. Don't you have better things to do with your time? With our tax dollars even? 

And now you have Arizona's SB1062, that thankfully was vetoed this evening. Because, though the Christians don't want to see it this way... it was absolutely a 'license to discriminate' bill. And not just against the gay public, but the poor wording and utter vagueness of the bill would have allowed for nearly any sort of discrimination as long as it was against your 'sincerely held religious beliefs'. Please. Really? You're handing people a get out of jail free card when it comes to discrimination. (I particularly liked Anderson Cooper's interview with Arizona State Senator Al Melvin, where he questions other possible scenarios such as unwed mothers or divorced women.)  

And, since the lawsuit concerning the photographer and gay commitment ceremony is what spurred this whole bill to begin with... I will mention that it was against New Mexico state law to discriminate against anyone based on their sexual orientation. Hence the lawsuit. Hence why the photographer was held liable. It was discrimination... by legal standards, if not moral ones. 

What these people do not, or refuse to see is that they are on the wrong side of history here. This claim of religious liberty didn't work in 1968 against the racial integration, it didn't work in the 1980's as a reason to pay married women less than married men. It isn't going to work in the military any longer, its being fought against in women's healthcare and soon enough it isn't going to work in public domain either. I don't care what religion you are... you live in the country where all men are created equal, and therefore should be treated equally as well. I just don't see how that is so damned hard to understand. 

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