Tuesday, April 11, 2006



"Malhotra says her Christian faith compels her to speak out against homosexuality. But the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she's a senior, bans speech that puts down others because of their sexual orientation. Malhotra sees that as an unacceptable infringement on her right to religious expression. So she's demanding that Georgia Tech revoke its tolerance policy. 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."

"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."

You have got to be kidding me. I was going to write something substantive about this but... I think the comments speak for themselves. The American progressive spirit is under attack by the resurgence of youthful religious faith. We are now trying to fight for our right to be hateful to our fellow man, perhaps someone once said,

""You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."

"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."

Oh. Jesus and St. Paul. Like whoah. The religious advocating hate. Blows me. Blows you.


Leo said...

For a second I was thinking "Hmm, they've got a good point. That DOES infringe on their religious freedom." Then I remembered that we only have religious freedom to the extent that it doesn't harm anyone else or get in the way of their civil whatnot and such. You know what I'm saying.

That sadly leads us to circuitous logic. If you assume that there is nothing wrong with being gay, then it is harassment to tell them they have to change and you can't let religious fundamentalists tell them otherwise. If you take the Christian position on homosexuality, then it's not injurious to tell a homosexual that they need to change their ways. Heck, you're helping them. If it's not injurious, the gov't can't get in the way of your religious freedom to do it.

All other things being equal, if the gov't needs to choose one position versus the other, if there exists any religion that does NOT hold the view taht homosexuality is wrong, then actively holding the view and making legal exceptions in this case is tantamount to a state religion and it not permitted by the Bill of Rights.

That's my majority opinion, bitches.