To listen to conservative Christians talk about the ongoing battle for equality for homosexuals in the United States, you’d think they were the ones fighting for equal rights. Many of these people really believe that preventing them from denying rights to millions of Americans is somehow an infringement on their rights.
It’s absolutely absurd.
But that’s what’s at the root of all of these so-called “religious freedom” bills that Republican legislatures are trying to pass all across this country. These are bills that GOP lawmakers claim do nothing more than protect the rights of religious citizens, when the truth is they’re nothing more than an attempt to legalize discrimination against homosexuals.
What amazes me the most is that we’re seeing almost the exact same arguments people used decades ago to oppose desegregation and legalizing interracial marriage; now they’re using the same reasoning to support their unconstitutional stance against equality for members of the LGBT community.
But I can’t help but think to myself, what if conservative Christians were really the ones being discriminated against?
Just think about that for a moment.
Many of these conservative Christians want to discriminate against homosexuals while claiming it’s all about “religious freedom,” yet these are also the same people who would claim that anyone who opposes and fights against right-wing Christian ignorance is waging “a war on Christianity.”
Funny how that works, isn’t it?
It’s ridiculous how many of these people seem to think it’s perfectly acceptable to fire someone because of their sexual orientation, yet these same people would blow a gasket if someone were fired because they were a Christian. The truth is, if you’re going to recognize “religious freedom,” you can’t pick and choose which of those “freedoms” you want to allow. If your religion opposes homosexuality, but mine opposes right-wing ignorance, why are your beliefs more valid than mine?
Conservative media outlets like Fox News often say Christianity is under attack simply because the majority of this country is sick and tired of having someone else’s religion forced upon them. Somehow there’s a “war on Christianity” because a non-Christian – or even a Christian like myself who doesn’t subscribe to the warped distortion of my faith by conservatives – wants to be able to live their lives without having to abide by the religious beliefs of someone else.
Imagine for a second if conservative Christians were the ones really being attacked. What if businesses started denying service to them? Why is it a “war on Christianity” to support boycotts against states or businesses that oppose gay rights, but it’s “religious freedom” to support businesses that want to discriminate?
Isn’t our right to protest protected under the First Amendment? Why is it okay for conservative businesses to oppose gay rights, denying them service, but it’s “un-American and wrong” for millions of Americans to oppose those businesses?
Could you imagine the right-wing freakout we’d see in this country if people who were openly conservative were suddenly denied service in many businesses because those business owners disagreed with their political lifestyle? Imagine several businesses owned by atheists putting up signs reading “No Christians allowed” on their front doors. I can already see the Fox News headline: War on Christianity Continues as Atheist Businesses Deny Service to Conservative Christians.
But to many of these same conservative media outlets, it’s perfectly acceptable if a conservative Christian business owner wants to deny service to homosexuals. According to them, that’s not discrimination – it’s just “religious freedom.”
And don’t even start with this, “Well, do you think an African-American restaurant should be forced to cater a KKK event” nonsense. If you’re too damn ignorant to understand that there’s a difference between denying your service to a hate group and discriminating against someone solely based on their sexual orientation, then you’re just too stupid to even begin to try to reason with.
But the truth is, if these conservative Christians were really being oppressed as some are trying to claim, then the outrage from the right would be much louder than it is now. What we’re currently witnessing with these “religious freedom” laws is nothing more than a last-ditch bigoted effort by a group of desperate people who are quickly realizing that they’ve lost the war in their fight to deny gay Americans their equal rights.
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