You have to love when someone is being a complete bigot towards same-sex couples or homosexuals and when they get called a bigot, they throw out the ‘I’m not a bigot! It’s my beliefs card’.
I hate to tell you…you’re still a bigot.
Holding religious beliefs that ignore reality, evidence or even theology, doesn’t exempt you from being a bigot. You can rail all you want about your beliefs and no one can take those beliefs away from you, but you’re still a bigot.
The KKK believes that African Americans are sub-human. They don’t get to hide behind their mask of religiosity and proclaim that they aren’t bigots. The rest of us know better. Just because it’s their belief that anyone who isn’t white is sub-human, doesn’t make them any more right.
Danielle Harkins was a literacy teacher in Florida and she believed that some of her students had demons inside them. She instructed them to cut themselves and cauterize the wounds:
Detectives said that two students were injured during the ritual, in which Harkins allegedly instructed the teens to cut each other.
'They would follow that up with some sort of cauterization of the wound to keep the evil spirits from getting back in to the body,' Mr Puetz said.
Teens told investigators that Harkins used a lighter to cauterize the cuts, but the wind blew it out. She then poured some sort of perfume on a student and lit him on fire, causing second degree burns, in an attempt to 'brand' him.
Another teen was cut on the neck with a broken bottle piece, police said, and then Harkins heated up a small key to close the wound.
She can believe all she wants in demons and hocus pocus, but that doesn’t make her any less right and if convicted, won’t save her from being sentenced by a judge and it sure as hell won’t stop many of us from calling her a dangerous dumbass. She was also probably mentally ill. But then again, people use religious belief to justify female circumcision so who knows?
If I read the Koran and take away the belief that all females are worth half as much as a man despite all of the evidence based reality, I’m still a bigot and a misogynist. If I’m an atheist and read Mein Kampf and come away believing that Jews are sub-human, I’m still a racist dumbass.
The point being, your beliefs don’t give you a free pass to do or say whatever you want without having to face any criticism. If you’re beliefs are wrong, stupid, racist, bigoted and/or harmful, they will be criticized as such.
In the case of homosexuality, here are a few of the organizations that have come out and said that the evidence shows it’s normal:
-The American Psychological Association
-American Psychiatric Association
-National Association of Social Workers
-World Health Organization
-Royal College of Psychiatrists
-American Academy of Pediatrics
-National Academy of Sciences
If you oppose same-sex marriage because of your ‘beliefs’, your beliefs go against the accepted medical and scientific community consensus, making you a bigot. No matter where you turn, you will find more and more evidence supporting the idea that homosexuality is not a choice and is completely normal despite your biased beliefs:
While female sexuality appears to be more fluid, research suggests that male gayness is an inborn, unalterable, strongly genetically influenced trait.
Nobody can stop you from clinging to your beliefs but that does not mean you aren’t guilty of bigotry. Even if you sincerely believe that your Bible is telling you that homosexuality is a sin, keep in mind that Jesus never once mentions same-sex marriage.
In fact, even though the news has been full of vile pastors thundering their hatred towards homosexuality, there are quite a few good ones who are pointing out that it’s a bigoted position that is unsupported by the Bible, such as Frederick Haynes from Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas:
I’m sure some of y’all came here today wondering what I would have to say about what was said by the President of the United States this past week… The president remembered that when, on January the 20th, he lifted this nation by raising his hand of 2009 and took the oath of office, don’t forget that he was sworn to uphold, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States which was born out of a declaration of independence. Do you know the words of the Declaration of Independence? “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men (all people) are created equal.” I gotta hang out there. Notice it doesn’t say that “all straight men are created equal.” It does not say that “all men, unless you are gay and lesbian, are created equal.” He swore upon oath to uphold, protect, and defend the Constitution, not the Bible, but the Constitution of the United States.
He is not the pastor of the United States, he is the President of the United States and for the first time in the history of this nation, we have a President who has dared to use his position to make the democratic promise available, not just for a select few who are up and in, but for everybody regardless of their race, their creed, their color, or their sexual orientation.
And, my brothers and sisters, I salute the President for that. Now, I recognize there are those who are upset about this. I recognize that because I can’t believe how many conference calls I was asked to participate in this week to discuss what the President had talked about. You should have seen preachers just scurrying and hurrying to call a conference call to call out the President for what he had declared (watch this) as a personal opinion. He said it was a personal opinion, but whenever you like to ostracize other people it’s because there’s a fear that you have yourself and the fear that you have finds itself rooted in an ignorance of other people or… in a projection of your issues. Either there’s ignorance or there is a projection of your issues.
Because I’ve been trippin’ — ask some of my colleges. You know what, it really blows my mind how outraged you are, you are so outraged over what the President said. First of all, take a chill pill, take a deep breath, everything’s gonna be all right. You are not going to lose your 501(c)(3) if you do not marry a same-gender-loving couple, you are not going to lose it. Why? And Senator Royce West is right here, back me up State Senator. He is an attorney. Do you not know that marriage, watch this, is a state law. That’s what happens in a state, am I right about it? And in a state, that’s why when I pronounce you husband and wife, I say “according to the laws of the state,” not the United States.
And so he is not saying something that is going to eventuate in a public policy that’s going to cause churches to lose their 501(c)(3) if they don’t marry same-gender-loving people. But I have a question for you:
Why are you so upset? Why did it bother you so? Why were you so emotional that you had to clothe your anger with the Bible and justify your bigotry with scripture? Why did you have to do it? I gotta hang out here because you do know, and I’m going to lose some of y’all right now, we often major in what Jesus minored in.
Have you ever read the gospel and heard Jesus say anything about homosexuality? I’m with Kelly Brown Douglas, black folk can’t even deal with homosexuality because we’ve got issues with sexuality and because we’ve got issues with sexuality we can’t have a healthy discussion about homosexuality.
… Why? Why do you get so upset? Why are you so mad at the President that you got to call conference calls so you can organize the statement that you’re going to make about what the President said? Why are you so angry? Jesus never said a word about it, but you want to major in what Jesus minored in? Well maybe we need to talk about what issues you may have. Because evidently you’ve got some major issues or there is an ignorance that is rooted in fear. Y’all not feeling this, but I’m going to preach the gospel anyhow! Because you do understand, my brothers and sisters, that the sad reality is we love to judge other folks’ sins because it keeps it off of us as opposed to looking at us! Aw yeah!
So just like the people who opposed interracial marriage, who opposed allowing women to vote and thought slavery was a great idea based on their beliefs – you’re on the wrong side of history and you’re beliefs do not exempt you or in any way exonerate you from being a bigot.