Many conservatives who oppose equal rights for homosexuals do so based on “religious principles.” It’s a defense for ignorance that I always find amusing considering how many “biblical laws” are completely ignored because it would be almost impossible to abide by them. According to the Bible, stoning a woman to death for cheating on her husband is legal, but I’m not seeing too many of these evangelicals pushing to make that practice legal.
To go along with their belief that homosexuality “goes against God,” they also typically believe that every single person who happens to be gay chose that sexual orientation instead of just being born that way. The thing is, I’ve yet to meet a single one of these people who can tell me the moment they “chose” to be a heterosexual. Many of these people honestly believe that the millions upon millions of homosexuals we have in the world are simply choosing to be that way and they can stop “being gay” at the drop of a dime if need be.
So, I’ve decided to use this right-wing ignorance to my benefit; I’ve decided that it’s my right to claim “religious freedom” to discriminate against many Republicans since I do not believe in the lifestyle choice they’ve made to be bigots. In fact, I believe it’s in direct violation of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
You see, while being a conservative, Republican and/or a bigot is a choice – being a homosexual is not.
After all, in a state such an Indiana (which just legalized the right for citizens to discriminate against people with whom they disagree based upon their religious beliefs), shouldn’t people in that state (or any other state with similar laws) then be allowed to discriminate against Republicans claiming that same reason?
As a Christian, I find bigotry offensive and in direct violation of my Christian beliefs. So, as per my religious convictions, it should be legal for me to discriminate against Republicans, right? That’s the message I’m getting from the conservatives who support these absurd laws.
I believe, as a Christian, my faith is about love, hope, helping the needy and the poor and being accepting of everyone, regardless of our differences. When someone chooses to be hateful, greedy and judgmental – that offends me and goes against my beliefs. In my opinion, again based on my Christian faith, it’s sinful to be filled with such intolerance and prejudice. So, wouldn’t I be supporting “sin” by accepting the Republican lifestyle that I vehemently oppose?
See how ridiculous this is? If we’re venturing into a reality where religion can be used to discriminate, our courts are about to be flooded with discrimination cases. How do you tell someone one belief is legitimate but another is not? Couldn’t a Christian business owner refuse to give service to someone who simply looks like they might be Muslim? I could make a seemingly endless list of terrible possibilities where Americans could start being legally discriminated against because some religious buffoon claimed “religious freedom.”
Our Founding Fathers had it right: Religion has no place in our government or in our laws. It’s why they wrote the First Amendment the way that they did and why they left out any mention of Christianity anywhere in our Constitution.
They knew then, as most of us who have common sense know now, that mixing religion and government is a horrible idea. It’s just pathetic that there are millions of conservatives who seem determined to try to turn this nation into some sort of warped conservative theocracy.