I am having another one of my “Stop the world, I’m getting off” moments. This stuff is nuts now.
It really is the Twilight Zone. Congress is set to pass a new LGBT “Equality Act of 2015,” which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 toward outlawing discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and “gender identity” or transgenders. Already, Google and other corporations such as Facebook, General Mills, Nike, Levi Strauss, Apple, Dow Chemicals and American Airlines support this addition, despite that it will be used by activists to push their particular social agenda onto those who believe in more traditional lifestyles.
Lesbian couples who have sued and persecuted bakers or photographers who wouldn’t serve them, even though the couples easily found others who would serve them, are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using the armed power of the State to forcibly impose one’s lifestyles onto others who oppose such lifestyles.
But to me, the activists are like the traditionalists pushing “Defense of Marriage” acts of legislation, those who believe that their view of marriage is the one and only way that all people must legally be allowed to have a marriage or contract. Just how Christian is it to use the armed power of the State to forcibly impose one’s personal lifestyle and marital or relationship preferences onto others? Just who are these traditionalists to use the State to prohibit others from their right to freedom of contract?
Sadly, still many of those on the traditional Left and the traditional Right just don’t get private property, private property rights, contract rights, self-ownership, freedom of association, freedom of non-association, and freedom of thought and conscience. If you own property, regardless of what that is, your home or your business, you have a private property right to not associate with anyone you don’t want to associate with, for any reason, no matter how repugnant others feel your reasons are. They don’t have a right to force themselves onto you, or to force you to do extra labor to serve them.
And in the area of marital contracts, you and your neighbors have no moral right or authority to interfere with others’ right to establish voluntary contracts regarding their personal lives, finances or romances.
Only those who are the parties to contracts have the sole right to determine the terms of contracts and who may be the parties to such contracts, because all individuals have a property right in their own persons, lives and property to participate in any voluntary contract they wish. And that includes marital contracts.
And in the same way in modern America, Christians or otherwise traditionalists shouldn’t have to provide services for those whose lifestyles they find counter to their own values system. And it is immoral to force them to do so, or take them to court and extort finances from them because their rejection of you “hurts your feelings.”
Such intrusiveness and aggressions go against the “Live and Let Live” philosophy of liberty that came from the Enlightenment and contributed a great deal to modern civilization. These days, I’m not really sure that most Christians believe in “Do unto others what one would want others to do unto you,” and “Don’t do unto others what one would not want others to do unto you.”
That is exactly what we have when the LGBT activists such as the lesbian couple sue those Christian cake bakers. And that is what we will have when “Civil Rights” will include a Christian school being forced by law to hire homosexual or transgenders as teachers against the will and personal values of the owners.
The social activists on the traditional Left and the moralists on the traditional Right remind me of the pre-1960s public schools forcing Jewish, atheist or otherwise non-Christian kids to participate in Christian-centered religious prayer or ceremonies, prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Abington School District v. Schempp decision. Look, as a Jew, I shouldn’t be forced to participate in Christian-centered Bible reading, or be made to proclaim some belief in “Our Lord Jesus Christ” (because, if you don’t mind my saying so, I don’t happen to believe in Jesus as “The Lord” or “Our Lord”!).
So to further confuse things during the 1960s, the 1964 Civil Rights Act that outlawed segregation should not have included private property or privately owned businesses, regardless of their “accommodations” status. The Act should only have addressed the public schools, parks, City Hall, the local buses, etc. That confusion between privately owned and “publicly owned” (cringe) property has been used to give some people who belong to specially-protected classes extra “rights” to enter other people’s property or to force others to associate with them. That’s the bottom line here.
But this new group of people to be protected from “discrimination” added to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 now has to do with social lifestyles, not even gender or skin color, some social lifestyles which many people find extremely objectionable–and they have every right in the world not to associate or do business with such people.
Forced acceptance or association with those who practice certain lifestyles and behaviors, regardless of the personal beliefs and religious views of those who are being forced to associate, is just as much a violation of the right of association and voluntary contract as were the Jim Crow laws which forced private people to not associate with others regardless of their own personal preferences. In the South, white private business owners who wanted black people to patronize their businesses and were openly allowing them on the premises were being arrested and beaten up by local police goons and racist thugs.
And regarding society’s intolerance of non-Christians, the outspoken atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who was involved in the Supreme Court’s decision banning forced prayer and Bible-reading in public schools, was the target of much criticism as well as police brutality. Mrs. Murray (prior to her remarrying and adding “O’Hair”) did not believe in God or Christianity, and she believed it was her right not to have her child forced to participate in Bible reading in school. In this 1965 interview with Jerry Williams on WBBM in Chicago, Murray tells of her experiences, including her being the victim of Baltimore police breaking into her home and beating her “savagely,” as well as her 74-year-old mother. When they dragged Mrs. Murray outside her home, she said there were over 100 of her neighbors outside, some of whom she heard yell things such as “Hit her again! Kick her again! Kill her!” She said the hospital, Union Memorial, thought that her 74-year-old mother had either a “brain concussion or a fractured skull.” She said that there were “11 to 14″ police officers. And guess who was charged with “assault”? (Hmmm, why am I being reminded of Saudi Arabia at this time?) Online, most sources such as Wikipedia go with the police account of Mrs. Murray’s “allegedly assaulting five Baltimore police officers.” (The linked interview is Part 1. Hear the other parts of the interview.)
I would bet that many people cheered on the police at that time, just as William F. Buckley, Jr. cheered on the Chicago police in their brutality against the 1968 Democrat Convention protesters, as that is how a lot of people viewed “non-believers” in the old days. Police violence is how some protesters of Jim Crow laws were treated and how liberal private business owners were treated if they violated segregation laws on their own premises.
And, given how the LGBT and other social activists turn to the violence of the State to impose their own views, morals or values onto others, when traditionalist business owners continue to refuse to associate with those in certain groups because the traditionalists find such lifestyles objectionable, please do not be shocked to see the same kind of brutal police “enforcement” of the newest addition of LGBT to the Civil Rights Act against those traditionalists who engage in civil disobedience. Especially in Obama’s America.
Yes, I am aware that homosexuals have in the past been targeted for violence by criminal goons. But in Obama’s America, we may be seeing it go the other way; and activists merely suing businesspeople who refuse to serve homosexual couples might not be all that happens.
Like the intolerance against atheists (and Jews and others as well) of the Madalyn Murray O’Hair era and the intolerance toward segregation of that earlier time as well, what we have in 21st Century America is political correctness, censorship and the thought police. For the intolerant on the Left, it is no longer about “tolerance” of homosexuals or transgenders, but forced acceptance. And it’s not, “This isn’t about sex, it’s about living a life just like everyone else but just happening to be gay,” because yes it is about sex. Not just sex, but sex and freakishness. It’s about flaunting their sexuality and bringing attention to themselves. And yes, a lot of people such as those Christian cake bakers find it all objectionable; and they have a right to not have those things forced on them and their families.
And speaking of freedom of speech and association, anti-bullying laws now are attempting to outlaw speech consisting of criticism of homosexuality or of the LGBT lobby and force “diversity training” in the schools. And Laws mandating teaching alternative lifestyles in the schools. Teaching acceptance of homosexuality in kindergarten. Kids in nursery school having to sign a form promising to refrain from “transphobic language.”
And besides all the made-up “diseases” now that kids are being labeled with, such as Asperger’s, ADHD, ADD, etc., we have very young children now being encouraged to be the opposite gender if they show the slightest signs of opposite-sex characteristics. For instance, this lady named Mimi tells us in her Boston Globe op-ed that her daughter, referred to as her “son” and “he” rather than the correct “she,” is just fine with being a boy, as that is what the child has decided, and by several years ago already. A little girl who is now … only 5.
Stop the world, I’m getting off.
I hope that this lady Mimi (I assume Mimi is a lady, as “Mimi” is usually a female’s name.) doesn’t sue me for defamation or slander. But in my opinion — and I do have a right to express my opinion on this — it is terribly sad what today’s parents and the schools are doing to the kids, wrecking them emotionally and intellectually. According to CNS, Dr. Paul McHugh of Johns Hopkins Hospital has pointed out that, besides the higher rates of depression and suicide of transgenders, among those who at a young age had expressed “transgender feelings,” 70-80% had shed such feelings over time. I guess Mimi is a little too impatient to let nature take its course. Oh, well.
And now there are bathroom bills or laws in which the ladies will have to deal with males going into the ladies room. You see, for the one transgender going into the wrong rest room, it doesn’t matter to him how he is making the ladies in there feel (like, really uncomfortable, self-conscious, violated — ya think?). No, what matters to the narcissistic restroom intruders is what they feel.
In fact, it’s all about emotion and not tolerance or reason. For example, the lesbian couple who sued the Christian cake bakers felt offended by the bakers rejecting their patronage. Even though they easily found another baker to serve them, their feelings being hurt was what mattered to them here, and they wanted to punish the Christian bakers for hurting their feelings. And that’s it. The hurt feelings industry is what “anti-bullying” is all about now. Perhaps all the people who criticized Madalyn Murray O’Hair for her fight for freedom of thought also felt their feelings were hurt by someone who merely didn’t believe in religion as they did.
I really wish I could get those “Marriage is defined as one man and one woman, and that’s it!” robots to see how their wanting to use the power of the State to interfere with others’ right to freedom of contract and pursuit of happiness is the same thing as these activists and lobbyist groups using the governmental powers and “Civil Rights” to impose their own personal views onto others. I probably will not convince most, however.
But to conclude, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected groups covered by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will secure for the hurt feelings industry and the homosexuality promoters a new government-police-enforced power to shut people up, those who object to perverse lifestyles and don’t want to associate with people who practice them. And it will stifle critics of the phony transgender cult. The activists are really getting to the masses via media and the government schools, with political correctness, censoring those who question the absurd, and stifling the non-compliant traditionalists.
This article originally appeared on Scott’s blog.
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