Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jim Crow 2.0

Bob Cesca has a good post on the backlash to the rapid rise of marriage equality.

[…] in the face rapidly emerging and long overdue civil rights for LGBT citizens, RedState.com founder and Fox News screecher Erick Erickson posted an article on Friday calling for more state legislatures to pass what are known as Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs) before the Supreme Court weighs in on same-sex marriage in June. In 19 states, RFRAs are already law, and additional RFRAs in other states would make it legal to refuse service to gays and same-sex couples based on religious objections to their homosexuality. Last year, Fox News analyst Kirsten Powers (a Democrat) saliently referred to RFRAs as “homosexual Jim Crow Laws.”


History has proved that religious freedom ought to end when it’s exploited as means of discrimination and oppression. The religious freedom clause of the First Amendment isn’t a valid excuse for slavery, segregation or vigilante justice; the free speech clause isn’t a valid excuse for slander, libel, child pornography, etc; and the 2nd Amendment isn’t a valid excuse for stockpiling cruise missiles and RPGs. Religious liberty isn’t absolute, because if it were, it’d open the door to all varieties of terrible things. Zealots who argue otherwise have probably never actually read the Bible. If they did, they’d also find a long list of passages that could be used to justify abortion. Someone could extrapolate the various episodes of infanticide depicted in the Bible as a religious justification protecting abortion rights. Faith is personal, so if a business owner can cherrypick a Bible passage that says homosexuality is an abomination and extrapolate that out to mean he’s allowed to not sell a cake to a gay couple solely because they’re gay, how can Erickson object to a woman using a similar form of twisty logic on abortion?

I’d like to think that this ploy of using the religious liberty clause as a valid reason to keep the LGBT community from achieving equality as the last desperate act of a dying mindset, but prejudice and bigotry is like Whack-A-Mole; you smash it in one way and it pops up again in another venue and fashion.

2 barks and woofs on “Jim Crow 2.0

  1. It’s 2015 and there’s a massive political machine out to undo anything Obama does just because TABMITWH. Even things the Reichwing liked in ’08 are now suddenly IslamoFascoSoshulism because the President agrees with them. SSM may be a coming reality, but popular acceptance is a long way off; just as 150-plus years after the Civil War racism is alive and well, efforts like “religious liberty” will continue for some time. On the positive side, anyone using “religious liberty” to deny services isn’t really anyone worth doing business with, and the more noise they make about it the smaller their market share will be.

  2. We need a lot more love and a lot less hate in this country. If you chose to only associate with people who are just the same as you are and refuse to engage with those of different colors, religions, and sexual orientations then you are a fool. You are a fool because you are cutting yourself off from love and joy. Why would you do that? It makes so little sense.

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