And so it goes. 

And so it goes. 

Words about stuff about words. 

Chicken and the Christian Wrong

     Every time I think LGBT treatment in America is improving, some new story slaps me in the face and reminds me that, in fact, I'm living in a bit of a liberal California bubble. 

     Of course, everyone has heard of the Chick-Fil-A kerfuffle. The president of the company funds hate groups who work to insure the LGBT people won't get the rights they deserve. (And, to paraphrase Rachel Maddow, the majority doesn't decide on who gets rights. That's why they're called rights and not privileges.)  What really kicked me in the gut was the day I saw a front-page story in our newspaper sporting a huge photo of a ridiculously long line of people waiting to buy crap chicken sandwiches to show their approval of the Chick-Fil-A guy's political stance.  I thought it was kind of ironic: if you read the Bible, the only mention of food is really when Jesus tells his apostles to feed the hungry. He never mentioned using food as a way to show people you hate them. I didn't see any of those Chick-Fil-A people giving chicken sandwiches to the homeless. And oddly, Jesus never said word one about LGBT people. He kind of loved everybody. 

     i've also read some comments from people who say they hate the sin but love the sinner, and pray for their LGBT brothers and sisters to find salvation. What amazes me is that if you said the exact same thing to them but flipped the circumstances, they'd be incensed. Currently, the majority of Americans call themselves Christian. Although our country's Constitute clearly states that we have no state-sanctioned religion, Christians insist that we do. They feel this gives them the right to decide the moral high ground for everyone else, regardless of law or civil rights. But what if that circumstance were flipped? What if, say, Buddhism was the dominant religion in America, and Christians were a minority? If Buddhists, being the majority, made proclamations about what God wants and how he wants us to live, the Christians would be heretics to disagree (although Buddhists don't really look at things in those terms. They're pretty easy going when it comes to telling other people what to do.  Unlike Christians.)

     You can bet those Christians would bitterly complain, claim their civil rights have been abused. But currently, they hold the majority, so they believe this makes them right. It only makes them bullies. Believing you know God's will is your own business, and you make decisions for yourself. Your God may not be the God of everyone else. But so many Christians believe they are right, and therefore they have a duty to inflict that rightness on everyone else not matter what. Again, sounds like a schoolyard bully. 

     I wrote OUT because I wanted to show what the world of gender identity would feel like if it were flipped. If you are a straight person, and you know you're straight, and you couldn't change how you felt about the opposite sex, how would it feel if your government and its people told you you were wrong, and not only wrong, but deviant and sinful? 

     I don't think even the Christians would like that. Of course, they probably wouldn't want to think about it, because that might put a crack in their faith-based bigotry, and we certainly don't want people thinking for themselves. 

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