Thursday, 25 August 2016

what else but more bigotry...

Fundamentalist religious and politically conservative websites grate against my sensibilities. Typically diversity intolerant they like their natural model to fit their view of the world which tends to be in perfect shades of black and white.

These are the same people who gave Galileo a hard time for having the audacity to suggest that the earth was not the center of the universe. But here we are in the 21st century and they are still very much with us in the form of sites like Lifesite, Patheos, Breibart News as well as others.

Much of their platform is not science or logic based but instead built on a perversion of faith tinged with intolerance with very little love thy neighbour. In support of the sanctity of man and woman they rail against the LGBT community and their chosen “lifestyle” and love to use terms like "transgender agenda" through warning against its promotion of a gender fluidity conspiracy. All this presumably under the premise of protecting "family values".

Unfortunately, nothing is to be done with these people and they will continue to exist regardless of the education you offer them. They are the ideologically driven "earth is flat" crowd that seem to be ever present in every society.

Take the bathroom issue: any semi-intelligent individual can tell the difference between a sexual predator and a trans person but for this group it's prejudice in the guise of trying to protect the public. Transgender people were using restrooms before without incident and sexual predators don't need to dress as women to do what they will.

Now in Texas a judge has temporarily defied Federal Law by blocking the Obama administration initiative to allow transgender children to use the bathroom that fits their identity. So this tiny sliver of the population is once again going to experience discrimination due to blatant human stupidity. Thank goodness the New York Times editorial board calls these bigots on it (see link below).

These people do have a fall back position in that the science on why people are gay or transgender is sorely lacking but pointing this out to a member of the LGBT community has little value. We know very well that absence of evidence is not definitive proof that something isn't there. But spelling out their position on this issue is not for our elucidation but instead to bolster more discriminatory practices among the already skeptical.

In the end these types of people are driven by unflinching dogmas rather than compassion and tolerance for the diversity and complexity of humanity. There are no agendas but instead only people who don't want to be discriminated against for being different. In that sense the world has changed very little and still has some ways to go.

How I pine for the day when people mind their own business instead of weighing in on the lives of others. May God save us from the imbeciles of this world.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/24/opinion/more-attacks-on-transgender-rights.html?_r=0



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