It’s Okay If You Really Believe It

Posted by – November 5, 2011

S.B. 137 of Michigan is an attempt to prevent bullying after a young man named Matt Eppling committed suicide after he was.

But state Republicans added this language:

THIS SECTION DOES NOT ABRIDGE THE RIGHTS UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OR UNDER ARTICLE I OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION OF 1963 OF A SCHOOL EMPLOYEE, SCHOOL VOLUNTEER, PUPIL, OR A PUPIL’S PARENT OR GUARDIAN. THIS SECTION DOES NOT PROHIBIT A STATEMENT OF A SINCERELY HELD RELIGIOUS BELIEF OR MORAL CONVICTION OF A SCHOOL EMPLOYEE, SCHOOL VOLUNTEER, PUPIL, OR A PUPIL’S PARENT OR GUARDIAN.

So as long as you actually believe gay people will burn in hell, it’s okay to tell them that.

Really?!

In our own local common council meeting here in Appleton this past week, one woman actually stood up & said she was being discriminated against if the City of Appleton paid health benefits for same sex domestic partners. Yes, I said that right: by giving same sex couples the same benefits as their straight colleagues, she was being discriminated against as a Christian. I was there. It took me a minute to understand what she was saying, to be honest.

2 Comments on It’s Okay If You Really Believe It

  1. Andie says:

    It’s like the right to smoke being greater than the right not to breathe someone else’s smoke. Discrimination is a very useful word, used correctly: to note the difference between the value of things. To be a discriminating connoisseur? To be a discriminating art dealer, or editor? Yes, it is good to discriminate between the human rights of ordinary good people, and those who insist that their philosophy or religion trumps the rest of the world with no reason other than their personal belief. I do discriminate between a closed mind and an open one. That’s not the same as when the word is used to mean attack or deprive. So many religions claim to be based on love and peace, and yet present hatred and exclusion.

  2. Mercedes says:

    Christians are throwing people to the lions now?

    They’re seriously promoting a circumstance in which they believe it is okay to bully?

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