Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Virus Of Hate Spreads

First they came for trans people in coffee shops.
Then they came for gays in bars.

Back in the fifties and sixties the LGBTQ+ their were sit-ins, protests, uprising for our rights, and legal challenges to gain our rights.

Then there was Wisconsin Republican senator Joseph R. McCarthy and the Lavender scare, and the attacks on gays, lesbians, and trans people.

Then there Anita Bryant and the Save Our Children campaign.

Then it was our turn with the bathroom bills.

Then they got down and dirty smelling blood and attacked us with vengeance. They pressed on with their hollow victory and now they have once again turned their attention to the gays.
A 'troubling rise' in business owners refusing gay couples, advocates say
A Kentucky accountant who refuses to serve clients in a “homosexual marriage” is not an anomaly, LGBTQ advocates say.
NBC Out News
By Jo Yurcaba
April 21, 2021

Amy and Stephanie Mudd drove an hour from their home in Glasgow, Kentucky, to the city of Radcliff on April 3 to meet with an accountant at Aries Tax Service.
Stephanie Mudd said the first emotion she felt was anger that businesses can still turn away same-sex couples.

“It just kind of makes your heart fall into your stomach,” Amy Mudd said.
But this is growing especial in the south…
There’s no federal law that explicitly allows people, based on their personal beliefs, to turn away same-sex couples or other classes of people, but there’s also no federal or Kentucky state law that protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in public accommodations, such as businesses.

Legal advocates say situations like the Mudds’ are on the rise as conservative religious organizations, such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, have been building campaigns and lawsuits for years to challenge civil rights laws.
Let’s face the religious far right wants to create a theocracy. They want to be above the law.
The Supreme Court creates a new religious aristocracy
The Hill
By Andrew Koppelman, Opinion Contributor
April 19, 2021

The Supreme Court has just created an aristocracy of the religious, who now can plausibly demand the right to defy almost any law. The Court has sometimes been willing to accommodate conscientious objectors, but its earlier decisions were nothing like what it has now done. By the Court’s logic, human sacrifice now presents a hard case, with a colorable argument for its protection.
The Court declares that “government regulations are not neutral and generally applicable, and therefore trigger strict scrutiny under the Free Exercise Clause, whenever they treat any comparable secular activity more favorably than religious exercise.” This calls into question laws that do not mention religion at all, and whose framers almost certainly were not even thinking about religion, such as the one in this case.
These court cases has the potential of voiding all the states non-discriminations laws.

Now here is a thought; suppose a religious bigot walk into a restaurant and the owner refuses to seat him saying that it is against his (meaning the restaurant owner) spiritual beliefs. The bigot sues saying that his religious beliefs were violated. Whose religious beliefs were violated? And do religious beliefs have to be codified in a book?

What a can-of-worms the courts are opening up!

Talking about religious hate, a divorced lesbian got a dose of their hate.
Church sends divorced lesbian a letter saying she’ll be shunned by community unless she “repents”
The church elders were hostile in their letter to the woman, but now they're hiding from the media who want to know why they did something so incredibly offensive.
LGBTQ Nation
By Bil Browning
April 21, 2021

The elders of Atlanta’s Woodstock Church of Christ have abandoned their namesake’s teachings in favor of the opposite of what he taught.

The four men sent a letter to a lesbian parishioner to say they would “no longer treat you as a sister in Christ” if she didn’t somehow become straight and warning her that if the men “withdraw fellowship” that “Christians must not interact with you.”

“Well when I opened it, I was kind of enraged. Like, why am I getting picked on and getting called out when everyone has sin?” hairdresser Krystal Cox told the local CBS station.

“The fact that they’re going to point it out and release my personal business to the entire congregation of the church and tell them that I can no longer come there I just don’t feel like that’s right.”

"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." it should be "Hell hath no fury like a religious zealot scorned."

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