Only to Republicans is Supporting Equality Somehow an Attack on Freedom

unarmedI think it goes without saying, as someone with my political views, I just don’t understand the inner workings of the mind of a Republican.  I can still remember the first time someone explained trickle-down economics to me and thinking to myself, “That doesn’t make any sense.”

Something else Republicans seem to do that doesn’t make any sense to me is perpetuate this idea that fighting for equality for all Americans is somehow an attack on freedoms and liberty.

I mean, I get what they mean when they say it’s an attack on their freedom.  See, what they many conservatives want is the freedom to discriminate against those they oppose.  Giving women access to contraceptives is an attack on their personal religious views that seek to deny women access to birth control because they feel birth control leads to sex outside of marriage.  Because, you know, if we just make access to birth control more difficult, that will cause more people to wait until marriage, right?

What they don’t understand is that a personal belief is exactly that—personal.  

The same goes for the issue of same-sex marriage.  The legalization of gay marriage, to many Republicans, is an attack on their “right” to restrict the rights of others.

You see this throughout history from those who actively want to discriminate against another group of people.

The freeing of slaves was an “attack” on the right for people to own slaves.  Giving women the right to vote was an “attack” against those who wanted to continue to prevent them from doing so.  The ending of segregation was an “attack” against white people who wanted to stay segregated from African Americans.

And yes, I know what I can already hear Republicans saying, “But Lincoln was a Republican and Democrats were the racists during segregation.”  For that level if historical ignorance I suggest those people visit this informative link.  It explains why that argument is completely pointless.

It’s just astounding that there are millions of conservatives who somehow believe that preventing their attempts to restrict the rights of others is somehow an attack on their freedom.  By supporting equal rights, the only thing that gets “attacked” is their “right” to discriminate against someone.  That’s it.

Civil rights and equal rights should be the simplest thing we deal with in this country.  They shouldn’t even be something that’s up for debate, because they’re just that simple.

If it’s a right given to the majority, it should be given to the minority.  If a white person has a right, so should people of all colors.  If a straight person enjoys a freedom, so should gay people.  If men are given the ability to do something, then so should women.

This isn’t rocket science, some 20 page dissertation or complex math.  Hell, it’s not even a simple True/False quiz.

It’s like a test with one question and only one possible answer—and that’s it.

Equality, freedom and liberty—for all.  Straight, gay, black, white, man, woman, Christian, Muslim—every damn one of us.

And yes, it’s that simple.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Phil the observer

    Well, that seems a little deep for most of those on the far Right,,Particularly on a Monday Morning..

    • Bob H

      Phil, that could be a big understatement. The “little” part.

  • Ty Lynn Ocell

    What you don’t understand about equality is not using government to support anyone’s view on marriage. The best solution is to get government out of regulating and licensing marriages. They should only protect the contracts people make with each other. No special tax breaks for anyone since this is discriminatory against people who never want to marry. It’s your business who you marry….. no matter the gender no matter the number of partners.

    • the truth

      I agree with part of your comment Ty Lynn, if that is your real name, but in some parts you are totally wrong, did you hear that in the states in this country that same sex marriage is legal people are getting married to more than one partner? the answer is not, so don’t mix oranges with lemons to try to justified you part ignorant comment, or did you hear that in the countries where same sex marriage is legal people are marrying more that one partner? THE ANSWER IS NO, so get your facts right.

      • Brianeweis

        Why do you call yourself ‘the truth’?

      • said what?

        I have no idea what you just said…

    • Stephen Barlow

      Excellent point. THAT would have been a full broadside to the DOMA attorney. The Robert’s Court would NEVER have done the right thing if THIS point were testified to… they would have had to invalidate EVERY MARRIAGE THAT EVER WAS.

  • thetruth

    This article is so right, right wing GOPers want equality for them when it affect them, but they don’t want equality for the people that don’t agree with them, they want equality, but they don’t want equality for gay people, women, or minorities, hypocrites, liars

  • regressive rightwing trash

    vote white trash “CHRISTIAN” scumbag lying republican,,,,,,,, glenn beck and michelle “no tits and hating life” malkin on the 2016 GOP ticket

  • ragingatrepublicans

    i totally agree with this editorial. i will use a personal reference for explanation. i’m in north carolina, and we had a stupid ass law called proposition 1 (that somehow passed and has me shamed) writing into our state constitution that marriage is ONLY seen as a man and a woman. my father, who has been brainwashed by the church, kept trying to convince me by saying “how would u feel if lesbians walked into ur church demanding to be married?” i replied “i would welcome them and offer to help with the wedding” his mouth fell to the floor, and replied “u think it is alright for gays and lesbians to force a church to marry them?” i replied “they can’t force a church to, no. they’re not gonna come in with a gun and demand it, there will be SOME churches willing to not be closed minded and hateful, and if they can’t find a church in their community, there’s always a magistrate” the church has him so brainwashed that he believes giving them power to marry will give them power to DEMAND a church to break their rules. and, what is sad a bout this, is he grew up with a brother and sister, twins, who were both gay. my uncle, (r.i.p.) dies of aids when i was in high school, but my aunt is still alive. i donot see how someone can be so brainwashed by the church that they come to hate their own flesh and blood.

  • Stephen Barlow

    LMAO @ “It’s not even a true/False Quiz!” It almost hurts know that NOTHING can save these people from their delusions!!