There are a lot of opinions about the intolerable “Religious Freedom” laws being passed recently. I have done my best to keep a distance from it, but recently I took part in a conversation about a girl in transition who was born with male bits who was granted “accommodation” at her school so she could participate in PE/Sports without freaking out 5 uncomfortable girls. This made news, of course. I tried to be open to the notion of comfort and accommodation but ultimately found that those things really weren’t the issue. The fact that this girl was born with a penis and had the gall to deny God and “force” her way into a girls locker room was just too much for some. Sure, the school attempted to make accommodation for her so as to make everyone comfortable. But this wasn’t good enough for the family of the girl and the ACLU got involved. This tested me. I admit. (others using these kids for their political gains) I thought an accommodation was the best compromise but as I let that sit with me for a while I became angry. Why? Because I am more inclined to think that folks just don’t believe she really considers herself a female and just wants to force a liberal agenda down the throats of the intolerant girls and families. And, probably, get some sort of sexual gratification from it.
We have been here before. MANY times before. My History books informed me about a time when Americans enslaved other human beings. They justified this treatment as perfect ok and even sanctioned by God because black skinned people weren’t really people at all. I am sure this helped people sleep better at night. But then something happened. Congress decided that representation in Government would be based, in part, by how many people lived in your state. The larger the population, the more Representatives your state could have. That meant bigger states could have more pockets of power. But slave states didn’t have as many legal citizens as non-slave states so there was a power imbalance. A conundrum indeed. Considering the populace, if you included slaves, easily matched or even outnumbered other states. But you couldn’t count Black people as citizens. That would empower them and they must be recognized. So an “accommodation” was created. Each Black person would be counted as 5/8 of a person to be counted in the population totals, thereby granting slave states more power in the House. How convenient.
After a bloody civil war, slaves were freed in terms of being owned and were counted as whole people. Ok, fine. But they were still granted nothing in terms of rights. The law said they had rights but locals would not allow any black person to exercise those rights. Not without violent actions. The ACLU and others got involved and another “accommodation” was granted; Segregation laws. Separate but ‘Equal.’ Seriously?
“Hey, we allowed black folks to eat at restaurants, use facilities, get married, go to church and school, so what’s the problem? Don’t force your liberal agenda down our God fearing throats!! We have granted an accommodation!!”
Blacks had to use separate facilities, back doors, water fountains, tables in the back or even outside, they could play in bands at clubs but could not use the front door. They could go to school but the schools could only be 100% black, same with churches. They could marry but only other black people. Ride in the back of the bus. Black and white could NOT mix. Don’t EVEN try and vote. Violence was common until it became public and a national disgrace. It wasn’t until 1968 that a law had passed GRANTING rights that were supposed to be inalienable and human.
It was an ugly time. Brave boys and girls, men and women, exercised their new freedoms in the face of pure hatred.
(note; the woman yelling has changed her tune, over the years, to be fair)
It is shameful to treat others as inferior or even sub human just because they don’t conform to your idea of what it means to be human or even American. We have been here before and the lessons were hard but necessary. But, unfortunately, people being people, here we are again.
Just because we don’t relate to another person because we look different, speak differently, eat differently, see different colors in the rainbow, or see someone they don’t recognize in a mirror because they were born with a different collection of chemicals than a majority, that does NOT give us the special ability to persecute or even disregard them as deficient or inhuman. Providing “accommodation” to provide someone different than you an opportunity to participate as a person you tolerate because the law expressly tells you to, does not make you tolerant. Passing laws “protecting” your religious freedom is a smokescreen designed to prevent “liberal” attacks on liberty. I have news for you; this has failed. Your liberty was never threatened by a person of color using your public bus or bathroom nor does a person transitioning from one gender to another.
And best of all, but mostly ignored, is your freedom to believe in, worship God (or not to) was never in danger and remains an inalienable human right that every liberal in the country (if they are true to themselves) would defend to the death. Be honest. Be nice. get to know those you fear and watch them become human in your heart. It’s all happened before.
-Peace – Mitch