“Indiana Ignorance” by John Whye: I still Don’t Live In Real Time Anymore

This Indiana thing I keep reading about and hearing about through the media is all wrong, on so many different levels…Apparently the Governor of Indiana has signed a law that could have allowed businesses to refuse to serve customers based on an owner’s religious objections….The law was both a major curb of civil rights laws and a denial of equal access…

 It was, in fact, a thinly veiled attempt to prohibit same-sex marriages, and was disguised bigotry that was both hurtful and discriminatory…..As the San Francisco Chronicle summed it all up in an editorial today: “Targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people can’t be justified in public settings. Their civil rights demand protection and can’t be dodged by citing religious objections. At long last, disingenuous defense against discrimination is in retreat.”

Well, it’s about time! This is the year 2015, and drag their heels as they may, the right wing religious segment of the population cannot turn back the calendar to a time when their views were the majority, and were backed up by law…You don’t have to like same-sex marriages, but you cannot legally prohibit them because of your personal convictions…That is discriminatory and illegal, not to mention un-American!…

We in America are a very diverse country, and we have been since our inception back in 1776, when Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence…Many Americans fled England to escape the very same type of religious persecution that the Governor of Indiana is now trying to enforce….

 To each his own, and the battle for gay rights has built it’s own irresistible momentum….It is a legitimate life style and has been wrongfully suppressed and persecuted by bigots for centuries…When will people stop trying to legislate morality in the first place, especially their own personal viewpoints on morality?

The whole point of living in America, the beauty of our country, is freedom of choice, not having some religious or political group trying to ram their narrow viewpoints down your throat…Just to set the record straight, I am not a flaming liberal, even though I do live in San Francisco…. I am naturally quite conservative, but I am a free thinker, not a knee jerk conservative…

For example, I am vehemently opposed to the flaming liberal concept of nanny government….Here I am talking about the type of people who try to legislate you to death to suit their own points of view…They may be health Nazi’s, a group I particularly abhor, because they assume they know what’s best for me, based again on their and their friends own personal set of beliefs…Government has no right whatsoever to intrude on whatever people choose to do in the privacy of their own homes, behind closed doors…

They may be tea party conservatives who are slightly to the right of Attila the Hun, and would like America to be all white and “right thinking,” i.e. have everybody think like they do, the type that wants to turn the clock back to the 1800’s or even earlier….The religious fundamentalists also leave me cold because they are so strict and unforgiving in the application of their specific doctrines….Yet I believe they have the right to their own opinions….

I try to consider each issue on it’s own merits, I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but I vote, because it is my right and obligation as an American, as an “independent/declines to state” because both parties have major flaws that I cannot reconcile myself with…The right to vote is also an obligation, because if you don’t exercise your franchise as a citizen you will lose it…The right to vote was one of the founding principles of this country…

I am also not a member of any organized religion, because it seems that in the end they all want you to swallow the whole bowl of beliefs they are dishing out, and I find fault with parts of all organized religions…. Yet I am a deeply spiritual person and believe profoundly in the concepts of human dignity, personal freedom of choice, and a belief in the afterlife…..

We are all just spinning, whirling combinations of atoms, protons and neutrons, loosely bound together by who knows what force, yet these retro thinking haters in Indiana would try to turn back the clock and discriminate against gays and lesbians and same-sex marriages because in their own little insular worlds, they consider it wrong! How dare they!

What supreme, colossal arrogance! America was built on diversity, and there is room for all political viewpoints here…Just because you don’t agree with somebody does NOT give you the right to legally discriminate against them! You don’t have to love them, you don’t have to like them, but you DO have to tolerate them….You have no right to pass laws against other ethnic or racial or religious groups or the life styles of other people based solely on your personal bias and beliefs….

The Civil War is over, people, and these discriminatory laws against gays and lesbians are the modern day equivalent of racist laws against African Americans back then and the current bias against Hispanics today…When somebody is flat out wrong, hurtful and trying to be a bully, legally or otherwise, that is where i draw the line….

 Wake up and smell the coffee Indiana! Join the modern world! It’s here now, and no matter how much you wish it would, it’s NOT going to go away!

Just leave it like it is right now

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