I don’t normally wade into political territory or hot button topics on the blog- I tend to stick to topics that are harmless, and well, about me. Because what is a blog but about oneself?
But recently my beloved state of NC did something atrocious and I cannot abide by it. In a “special session”, NC General Assembly signed into law a bill that basically restricts protections against the LGBT community.
Charlotte went as far as allowing those that identify however they do to use whichever bathroom they are comfortable with. This was to go into full effect April 1. This bill just invalidated that. It also allows private businesses to discriminate against LGBT community who hold “sincere religious convictions”. really? What about sincere religious convictions against those who have been divorced? or living together before marriage? or women who are single mothers? or who have children out of wedlock?
But no, thats not part of this special group of “Christians'” creed. Only if you’re gay, transgender or bi. I am so tired of people cherry picking the Bible and Christianity as a whole to satisfy their own biases and hatred. To justify their own prejudices and pettiness. You realize it would be more acceptable (not really) to just say you don’t like gays because you don’t like gays than to say “God says you shouldn’t be gay”. Don’t use God to justify your own hatred. and don’t ever say Jesus said it cause he didn’t. Show me in a traditional, not printed by the Westboro Baptist Church bible, where Jesus EVER spoke against homosexuality. I’ll wait…
Oh you can’t find it? That’s right cause it doesn’t exist. Cause Jesus never said it. Lets remember Jesus hung out with the depraved, the outcasts and the unwanted. His “posse” were those that were cast out by their families. sound familiar? yeah. Those of the LGBT communities are generally cast out by their families and friends as well. it is our jobs as real christians who believe in “love and accept everyone” to help those who cannot help themselves.
I appreciate businesses who have abhorred this law. And Disney and the NFL threatening to pull business from GA if they pass a similar law. At least big businesses have their heads on straight. Because when we make it legal to treat an entire group of people like second class citizens, again, we are basically telling the world we have learned absolutely nothing from history. And we are damn fools. Because our lawmakers would rather worry about what people are doing in the bedrooms and bathrooms rather than worry about poverty, our veterans (who in my opinion are some of the most important people in the country but that’s another soapbox moment), children, the state of our education system, defense, healthcare, elderly, mental healthcare, economy, foreign relations, terrorism, shall I go on? but no, we would rather let the world know we care more about how to regulate women’s uteruses and what people do in the bathroom and bedrooms.
What is this sick obsession these lawmakers have with this? Is it because it is something they don’t understand so they must regulate it? Are they afraid we will be glitter bombed if it isn’t controlled? It isn’t scary. It isn’t hard to understand. Some people are just wired differently. Some are straight some are gay and some are just put in the wrong body. Big whoop. They are STILL HUMAN. treat them as such and guess what? They’ll spend money, they’ll rent apartments, they’ll open businesses where they won’t ask your religion, if you’re straight, if you’re married, they’ll treat you as an equal because they (generally) aren’t dickfaces like the lawmakers that are treating them like second class citizens.
This isn’t about a bathroom just like it was never about a water fountain.