We’ve come a long way as a nation in just a few decades. Individual freedoms have come to communities, nationalities and races of people who came to this country in search for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness– a basic tenet of American society.
Watching the news out of Arizona, where some legislators— the majority, actually, have passed a bill that will allow business owners, under the guise of their “religious convictions” to ban someone from working for them. In other words, people are allowed to take away from another person, the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
This means that I, as a bible-carrying Christian, opposed to divorce, abortion, unwed mothers and all of the other sinners out there, can look a fellow human in the face and say “you are not worthy of working for me, despite your resume, experience or skills, because you have sinned against the tenets of my faith.”
Yes, this also means that I can discriminate against gays, lesbians, Muslims, people who don’t have faith or share my values.
The good news is, if I were living in Arizona…
This also means that I can discriminate against the mega church ministers who are making millions of dollars from their flocks and flying in private jets… This also means that I can discriminate against the perverted Catholic priests who prey on young boys in their flock and destroy lives and families. This also means I can discriminate against so-called Christians who use the bible as a vehicle of hatred.
Because none of these people or groups share my values.
It was a hundred years ago in Salt Lake City when a story appeared in the Evening Telegraph about a fight that broke out because a Greek tried entering a store that carried a sign on the front door that said “No Greeks in this Place. White Trade Only.”
We’ve come a long way in this nation— except in Arizona, where under the veil of “protecting” religious freedom, citizens are encouraged to discriminate against other people whose lifestyle, color or faith they may not agree with.