- Posted by Johanna on April 11, 2006 at 8:37 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
I don’t have to be tolerant of your intolerance. The LA Times reports on a growing trend for conservative fundamentalists (I refuse to call them “Christians”) to sue in order to claim their “right” to call gays sinners. Or, as the paper puts it,
With her lawsuit, the 22-year-old student joins a growing campaign to force public schools, state colleges and private workplaces to eliminate policies protecting gays and lesbians from harassment. The religious right aims to overturn a broad range of common tolerance programs: diversity training that promotes acceptance of gays and lesbians, speech codes that ban harsh words against homosexuality, anti-discrimination policies that require college clubs to open their membership to all. The Rev. Rick Scarborough, a leading evangelical, frames the movement as the civil rights struggle of the 21st century. “Christians,” he said, “are going to have to take a stand for the right to be Christian.”
If Scarborough wants to know what it’s like to be persecuted, he ought to do as my cousins did. They put their faith on the line by going to teach English and witness in China, where if their mission was found out, they could have been expelled from the country. She, by the way, almost died over there due to catching a nasty virus while in a rural village.
Claiming that Christians are under attack in America is simply ludicrous. If these losers want to preach hate against gays, then they have every right to do so — but the rest of us don’t have to put up with it.
By equating homosexuality with race, [fundamentalist activist] Baylor said, tolerance policies put conservative evangelicals in the same category as racists. He predicts the government will one day revoke the tax-exempt status of churches that preach homosexuality is sinful or that refuse to hire gays and lesbians. “Think how marginalized racists are,” said Baylor, who directs the Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law and Religious Freedom. “If we don’t address this now, it will only get worse.”
Yes, if you’re a bigot, we’re going to lump you with other bigots. That’s what free speech is all about — you get to be known by your words, and we get to say what you really are.