Wednesday, April 06, 2016

E is for Exclusion

Today's A to Z blog post will be a topic ripped from the news. I have homosexual friends.  And heterosexual ones.  All online.  I don't have a lot of real life friends. I don't care who sleeps with who.  None of my business, I think to myself.  Love in general is in short supply in our world.  Plus I read, all the time, and I know better than to think homosexuality is choice.  That's garbage.  It's biology.

 I'm uncomfortable with the whole idea of sex altogether.  I don't like to think about it.  When its on TV, I turn the channel.   Maybe its because I had such trouble with my father, growing up, or because I was brought up in a church that made us believe our bodies were horrible vessels of sin.  I left religion behind long ago.  I bristle when the church "value" crowd act like their poop doesn't stink.  Pardon the French.

E is for Exclusion.

I read in the news this morning that both Mississippi and N. Carolina have granted the "right" for businesses to exclude people based on the perceived religious sin of being homosexual.

Homosexuality is biological, not choice.  For gosh sakes, do some reading people, I thought when I read that!

Our local state university does research, on rams, because its a huge financial issue, homosexual rams.  When someone brings in a ram to their herd, to breed more sheep, and the ram has eyes only for other rams, that's a problem.

There are numerous studies that indicate the wash of hormones during birth can lead to a homosexual child.  In fact, I read about some right wing Christians, who were so fearful of having gay children, that they had doctors give them estrogen, during birth of a girl baby, to be sure she would be ultra feminine.

I could go on and on.

Exclusion is a terrible thing.  To be excluded because of what you are and you can't change who you are is one of the worst.  Blacks were excluded in our country for a long long time.

Why can't we just accept people as they are?

After all, if you decide to exclude for perceived religious sins, you better have your customers fill out a long questionnaire, and take a lie detector test to be sure they're not having sex before marriage, honoring their parents, not having affairs, not prideful or greedy, not liars, the list is long.

Homosexuality is biological.  However, if you believe it is a choice, then why give such a preference to exclude on the basis of religious tenant violations/sins only?  And why limit it to the perceived sin of homosexuality?

This is giving a privilege to a few, to violate anti discrimination laws everybody else has to follow.  If one group of people, are allowed to discriminate, based on religious beliefs against another's "lifestyle choice", then every business should be able to discriminate based on any lifestyle choice they don't like.

Why shouldn't any business be able to exclude anyone whose choices they disagree with?   These laws are discriminatory in that manner, giving people the right to exclude for religious sins, but not other people the right to exclude because they disagree with other choices or lifestyles.  The laws should be challenged on this basis, if nothing else.

ISIS throws homosexuals off buildings.  Some African nations jail them for life.  Or execute them.  America is a great country because we don't force everyone to adhere to vague religious doctrines of whomever is in charge.  Like some Muslim run countries.  Do you want America to be like that?   Because when we start allowing businesses to exclude people because they're not like they are, we're heading down that path.

This is why government and religion should not mix.

E is for the sin of Exclusion.


  1. Yes! You have said it well.... I'd be hanged wearing a scarlet "A" before I'd ever be accused of condoning the sin of exclusion!

    1. Me too, Sharon. That'd be a great campaign for the people of those two states who believe in freedom for all, wearing scarlet letters.

  2. It all comes down to people being afraid of something they don't understand and that often goes away with knowledge or personal experience with the person possessing the frightening traits. Getting to know others is the best way to fight all of this exclusion. Of course, that's easier said than done.

    1. I've known families whose son or daughter was gay, upheaving their entire belief system, but have also known children tossed to the wolves for being different in this way.

  3. An Excellent E post. I think Exclusion is Evil. And more than a little silly.

  4. Sadly, the Missouri legislature is trying to pass the same type of law. Makes me embarrassed to live here.

    1. I bet so, Kathy. I'm sorry.

  5. Very thoughtful post. I agree with you wholeheartedly on this. And it breaks my heart that you were abused. ~hugs~ Makes me realize how lucky I am that my dad is just angry at me right now. It is what it is.
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