Some wingnut far-right Christians are suing for the right not to have to attend tolerance training and the like.
“What if a person felt their religious view was that African Americans shouldn’t mingle with Caucasians, or that women shouldn’t work?” asked Jon Davidson, legal director of the gay rights group Lambda Legal.
Christian activist Gregory S. Baylor responds to such criticism angrily. He says he supports policies that protect people from discrimination based on race and gender. But he draws a distinction that infuriates gay rights activists when he argues that sexual orientation is different — a lifestyle choice, not an inborn trait.
By equating homosexuality with race, Baylor said, tolerance policies put conservative evangelicals in the same category as racists. He predicts the government will one day revoke the tax-exempt status of churches that preach homosexuality is sinful or that refuse to hire gays and lesbians.
“Think how marginalized racists are,” said Baylor, who directs the Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law and Religious Freedom. “If we don’t address this now, it will only get worse.”
Davidson asked the right question. Less than two centuries ago, it was these same people who were using religion to justify slavery. “Think how marginalized racists are”? They’re as marginalized as they should be for poison-spewing, dangerous, hateful bigots.
There’s nothing but hubris coming from these evangelicals here: the assumption that there is no genetics (or in-utero developmental conditions) involved in homosexuality, for example. I think there are very few evangelicals who are equipped with enough knowledge to make the claim it’s purely a lifestyle choice. They want it to be, because it fits their definition of sin and allows them some group to judge and hate. That’s why they’re willing to pervert their religion to fit with politics, and pervert politics to fit with their ill-conceived understandings of their main teacher. But they know as much about this as they do about the rest of science… not enough to know how stupid they sound.
In the end, meaning in the long, long run, evangelicals are going to be as marginalized as racists, because they’re clinging on to the right to bigotry, the right to ignorance. Go ahead and choose that. We in the Bitchun Society (to steal a feather from Cory Doctorow) will outlive you twerps, no question of it.
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