Atheism / LGBT / Rights · April 10, 2006

Christians fight for the legal right to make me a second-class citizen.

From the Chicago Tribune online newspaper (watch a quick ad before the article loads):

The legal argument is straightforward: Policies intended to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination end up discriminating against conservative Christians. Evangelicals have been suspended for wearing anti-gay T-shirts to high school, fired for denouncing Gay Pride Month at work, reprimanded for refusing to attend diversity training. When they protest tolerance codes, they’re labeled intolerant.

In that spirit, the Christian Legal Society, an association of judges and lawyers, has formed a national group to challenge tolerance policies in federal court. Several nonprofit law firms – backed by major ministries such as Focus on the Family and Campus Crusade for Christ – already take on such cases for free.

Others fear the banner of religious liberty could be used to justify all manner of harassment.

“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.

So – they only discriminate against “lifestyle choices?” Isn’t religion, or the lack thereof, a lifestyle choice? Will they attack the so-called “Jesus-killing Jews”, or the Hindu? I’m already receiving Christian God-Spam advocating the genocide of all of Islam.

Atheism would just be another “Lifestyle Choice” that Focus on the Family can try to make illegal.

How can Christians call themselves compassionate? Compassion calls for tolerance, and Christianity does not mean tolerance. This is being made extremely clear. These people are simply evil.