There is an ordinance which passed in the city I live in, which gives equal rights to sinners.
Specifically speaking it adds Sexual Preference and Gender Identity to a list of protected statuses according to the American Civil Rights act.
The bill is HERE if you’d like to read it. But I’ve read it. And I can tell you, It is a good bill
- It’s reasonable and realistic
- It protects Churches and religious speech
- It does not favor any particular group
- It will some make peoples lives better
But the Christians have flipped their lids. Their version of the story says
- It requires all bathrooms in the city to be unisex
- They will make us hire a Gay pastor
- I could be fined if I say homosexuality is a sin
- It will ruin everything
Even before reading the bill it should be obvious those sorts of concerns are ridiculous. Even if the bill didn’t protect religious organizations specifically (and it does) the constitution would. Women have been protected from discrimination for decades and nobody has forced the Baptists to hire female pastors yet. and Gay people use the same bathrooms as the rest of us.
Come on now people. Let’s think about this for a minute.
Today I spoke with a young lady, and a much younger adorable little daughter. She was telling me all about how the bill got passed but there is a movement to repeal it because there’s a part in "the bathroom law where a guy can just follow you in and say ‘oh i felt like a woman at the time’ and that’s fine, so you could get sued for discriminating him." and her daughter, who must be about 6, piped up and said "But Mommy wat if yuwr a gay woman " to which mom responded "Yup! same thing"
I replied to the young girl (but really to her mother) "You’d have to be a transgendered woman" hoping to communicate some of the complexity of this question…rather than actually expecting to be understood. But I was cut off "NOOOO! even if they’re dressed as guys they can just pop in"
…I walked away… I would have liked to beat my head against a wall trying to make a difference but I knew better
-I would have liked to explain that there is a difference between transsexuals and transvestites
-I would have liked to point out that neither switch between genders based upon their mood
-I would have liked to hear how she would have transsexuals treated. (Do we just not let them pee?)
-I would really loved for the most important and obvious fact to sneak in, that none of this bathroom stuff was actually in the ordinance but rather, that Mommy had just made it up in her ignorant and fearful brain.
But it wasn’t going to happen. so I walked away.
And thank goodness I did because the further I got the angrier I became. That poor little girl is being filled with hate, and she has no way to know any better.
And it is "hate" this isn’t just political disagreement anymore. At the point where we are making up and perpetuating lies about a people group in order to justify being against giving them rights I’m no longer comfortable calling it anything but "hate"
And there’s nothing I can do about it… So I’m telling you guys.
The next time your pastor tells you to be against something: Read the dang ordinance! Read it through all the way. Look up the words you don’t understand, and come to a conclusion. And if that conclusion goes against what the Christian sub culture tells you to believe… Well then we have a problem don’t we?