I didn’t realize that once I would reboot my blog, I’d suddenly become that ranting person discussing – at least for now – idiocy in politics. But a girl’s got to work with the material she has, right?
Following my last post I received a couple of comments regarding my not so timely response to Kansas’ fall from grace. Granted, at the time the senate committee had already shot down this ludicrous excuse for a legislative bill. My apologies for that. My emotions had taken over logical research. Nonetheless, I stand by my words given the events of this past week.
Idaho, South Dakota and Tennessee (and Kansas officially) tried and failed to push bills through the house that would allow to refuse services to people based on religious belief. It is sanctioned discrimination and is directed towards the LGBTQ community. It is horrendous, that’s what it is. Arizona actually managed to get all the votes they needed for their own version of the law. They are now waiting for their Governor, Jan Brewer, to sign the bill and put it into “action”. Apparently, “economic consequences” are giving her a headache? Right, who cares about right and wrong, when cash flow is put into question.
Feel free to exchange Kansas for any of the above mentioned States in my previous “Dear Kansas” letter. I don’t know how to wrap my head around this. Is this an epidemic? Is there a fever going around no is talking about?
This is not about protecting rights. The religious force behind this law is not being bullied into doing things they don’t feel comfortable doing. This is blatant discrimination against a way of life they do not understand or simply don’t care for – all in the name of some version of God they have concocted in their minds. They are hiding behind the Bible, and pick and choose the rules they live by like at a buffet (Why can’t I own a Canadian?).
Is this really what the constituents of the respective states want? Is the threat of the “gay-takeover” that massive, that only legally sanctioned discrimination is the way to go? It does seem more like a conspiracy of the people at the top. And only their God knows what got into their minds to even propose something despicable like that. Aren’t there more important issues to discuss? Rising tuition fees, unemployment, healthcare, immigration issues – these are just a bunch of topics of the top of my head. Give me 30 minutes and I will have more.
What if everyone decided that laws should be made excluding/discriminating against people who do or say things someone doesn’t approve off? I don’t agree with many Republican viewpoints. Should I lobby for laws that would allow to refuse them services? What if I don’t like that my neighbor has purple curtains? Can I lobby against the production of purple curtains because it wakens angry feelings inside of me? Obviously, these are all ridiculous scenarios and not well crafted. But I do believe that the argument is the same. You can’t just simply create laws because you believe that religion is perfectly good excuse not to interact with people.
You don’t have to invite people you don’t like into your home. But you should sell them their groceries or ensure that they have their basic social service needs met. The trend of “anti-gay” laws is threatening and overwhelming. It is also juxtaposed to positive trend we have been seeing in the United States when it comes to the acceptance of the LGBTQ community. Chicago has become the latest place to allow same-sex marriage.
You do understand what I am trying to say, right? Ignorant people are making ignorant bills and pushing antiquated belief-systems upon their voters. And this has to stop. I am certain that people in Arizona are fuming with rage. Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tuscon has already given the legislators a big metaphorical middle finger as seen in the photograph below. I approve and encourage others to follow step.