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Religious Bigotry: What the F$%#?

Posted on 23 November 2008 by admin

Death Camp of Tolerance     

Death Camp of Tolerance

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist for any of us to find holes in the arguments of the opposition, which is why nobody really takes the time to discuss these things.  But I’m so fed up with them that I thought I’d vent on the blog as someone just posted a “who is the bigot now” argument.

So are we all religious bigots? Am I missing the logic of these arguments?  Let me try to review how I hear them in our context. (1) someone, perhaps backed by a larger institution, holds discriminatory beliefs and votes to take away someone else’s rights. (2) said target objects. (3) said target objects more loudly when the perp is successful. (4) target is now a bigot as well because they attack the bigot that identifies with a religious cult institution.

OK, perhaps my slip in initially writing “cult” is bigoted. Or perhaps it’s not.  These white christian people, most loudly the males (sorry, you can’t call me a bigot if these are FACTS), scream “hypocrite!!! religious bigotry! Tyranny of tolerance!”

Wow. If I could not imagine being them if I were not gay, I might be more disbelieving. (“There but not for the grace of… something. OR nothing. Yeah, nothing.”) My theory is that they have never faced real discrimination, nor have they veered off anything but the trodden path, so they have no clue.  This subset of people (wow did I just single some people out?) wish to have no clue.

They at least claim that we are subjecting them to a “tyranny of tolerance” as I find most amusing in the South Park episode “Death Camp of Tolerance”.  While this is one of my favorite South Park episodes ever, I think they laugh at completely different places than I do (if they are able to laugh at such “filth” at all).  They see this as “you cannot force me to accept you” battle.  After all, they have always been the ones to accept or reject.  What else do they know?

Regardless of what they might think, I’m even happy to have them hate me — if they’ll just stay the hell out of our lives.

And I am confident that we as a community would be right there with parents to protest inappropriate content being presented to their children, and I suppose we’d reluctantly agree that they have a right to teach their children to be white supremists, holocaust deniers, or intelligent design proponents. Or, at least we’d “tolerate” this as the status quo — this week. No child deserves to be indoctrinated into the philosophy of hate born by their parents.

But no. They don’t buy this. They don’t even consider this. Why risk unleashing Armageddon by allowing gays to marry people they love?  It seems so much more simple to try to keep them in check. “If we keep the gays down, we cover a lot of our bases, however misguided our logic is.”

I’m done asking.  I’m done being nice.  I think that America is ready to stand with us in shattering the notion they have that they have a right to make us subjects in their fantasy world.  The people who stubornly remain will not respond to anything else.

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Jim Says:

    The real difference is you aren’t seeking to remove their rights, hence the reason you are not a bigot. Bigots oppress and the reason being it is the only tool they have to attain self – esteem, the deal in feelings not in values, hence the reason we must boycott so they understand the connection.

    I am completely disgusted by all who voted against gay marriage, and have 0 respect for them as human beings.

    To completely disregard the rights of your fellow humans and to blatantly violate the Constitution which guarantees the pursuit of happiness and equal treatment under the law, to mandate and control the personal lives of others, is not only un-American, it is fascist in its insanity.

    “No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson

    “Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson

    “That the desires of the majority of the people are often for injustice and inhumanity against the minority, is demonstrated by every page of the history of the whole world”
    ~John Adams

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