According to an AP article by Emily Wagster Pettus, a Mississippi house panel is seeking to advance a bill that in essence says state and local government cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices. (substantial burden?)
“Senate Bill 2681 is called the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
It passed the House Judiciary B Committee on Tuesday and goes the full House for debate in the next few days.
In its original form, the bill was similar to a measure that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed last week.
The Mississippi bill would add the motto “In God We Trust” to the state seal.”
Is it appropriate for a religious organization to seek to impose their religious beliefs and practices upon another group of people through laws seeking to establish preferential treatment, such laws to be implemented by a governing body, i.e. the Mississippi House (a representative body composed of elected public officials)?
In short, the answer should not only be no but unmistakably no – period. These so called religious zealots aren’t concerned about their own personal rights and freedoms, but rather are more interested in restricting the rights and freedoms of others, namely people who are LGBT.
The fact of the matter is that no one has nor is in the process of impeding anyone’s rights in any form except for the religious zealots themselves. What they are doing is attempting to justify a deep seated hatred of other men and women whose lifestyle just doesn’t happen to agree with their own concept of reality. A reality largely based on picking and choosing what is or is not “proper”, a convenient truth at liberty to their own whims and desires.
It’s as if another person’s existence defies who they are and what they stand for when in reality it does nothing of the kind. Being LGBT imposes nothing on these Christians aside from what they have manufactured in their own minds as if it were somehow a disease that would infect their very state being.
Truth of the matter is that you’re either LGBT or your not LGBT and if you’re worried about yourself or someone close to you becoming LGBT; congratulations, you or they may most likely be LGBT. Either that or extremely confused and/or repressed, in which case you’re more of a danger to other people than anyone else could ever possibly be to you.
The LGBT people aren’t asking for more rights than those already guaranteed or allowed to everyone else. On the contrary, they want to be able to find love, get married, and perhaps have a family who will maybe love them in return, just as any other person would expect. Of course, just as their straight counterparts, none of that is a given, one has to work to achieve it. The primary motivation of the LGBT isn’t to convert anyone, rather it is to have the same rights to live life with all the chances for success or failure granted to everyone else. What LGBT people desire earnestly is the right to at least be allowed the chance to fail or achieve.
Being a fundamentalist conservative christian doesn’t automatically qualify one person to exist more over another person, nor does it make that person more licensed to make such assumptions. Rather, we all share an existence, a state of being that extends out to envelop an identity as a product of creation. Whether that creation is of a supernatural source or a product of random selection, it is all one in the same with regards to a sentient awareness.
To quote William Shakespeare,
“If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that”