Wednesday, February 21, 2024

That’s Because It Is, Sam

From the New York Times:

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. on Tuesday renewed his criticisms of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision recognizing the right to same-sex marriage, saying that people who oppose homosexuality risk being unfairly “labeled as bigots and treated as such.”

The justice included his warning in a five-page statement explaining why the court had rejected a request to hear a Missouri case about people removed from a jury after voicing religious objections to gay relationships. The case, Justice Alito wrote, “exemplifies the danger” from the court’s 2015 decision, Obergefell v. Hodges.

The ruling, he added, shows how “Americans who do not hide their adherence to traditional religious beliefs about homosexual conduct will be ‘labeled as bigots and treated as such’ by the government.”

Hiding behind the skirt — or the robes — of “religious freedom” has, since time out of mind, served as the cover for bigotry.  It was the reason a lot of mainline churches supported slavery and segregation and other things they found icky such as women having agency over their bodies and the right to vote.  The Jesus-shouters abuse their freedom of religion to oppress the freedoms of people they don’t like — or who are expressing their identities in ways they are afraid to acknowledge they secretly harbor.  The number of Jesus-shouting homophobes who have been caught with a rent boy, or worse, molesting kids, is so rampant that it borders on cliché.  (And don’t get me started on the Catholic Church.)

There are enough religious congregations that not only accept homosexuality as one of their deity’s gifts, but embrace it to stand against this prejudice in society.  But when it comes from the mouth of an associate justice of the Supreme Court, it needs to be called out for exactly what it is: bigotry, pure and simple, that is rooted in the opposite of what their nominal savior and in whose name they preach is recorded as having taught: Love One Another with no exceptions.

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