“Mat Staver, founder and leader of a particularly anti-LGBT hate group that peddles itself to news outlets and politicos as Liberty Counsel, is in another greasy sweat these days.”
A law which is before congress, which should have been passed more than 100 years ago forbids lynching. Staver opposes the law because he is a homophobe, just like your illegitimate vice-president. A part of this law “criminalizes lynching someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.” Staver obviously believes that every member of the LGBTQ community should be lynched.
Of all the developed nations in the world, the United States is the most ignorant and the most backwards thinking country on the planet. Because of a corrupt government which chooses to serve special interests, women are not given the same rights as men. We are the only nation in the world that loses more than 33,000 women, children, and men each year to gun violence. Per capita we are the wealthiest nation in the world; with only four-percent of the population we have 25 percent of all men in women in the world incarcerated in our prisons, and more that 46 million Americans living below the poverty line. We are the only nation which vilifies men and women based on a single fact; they love someone who shares their same-sex. We are the only nation whose government supports a religion whose history is the most violent of all-time and allows Americans who practice any other faith than Christianity to be ostracized.
Racism, bigotry, and all forms of prejudice are nothing more than extreme ignorance. Contrary to Mike Pence, Steve King, Mat Staver, and other old, white men, the LGBTQ community poses no threat to others. They are not violent, and they do not attempt to “convert” others to their lifestyle. They simply want to be allowed the same rights and privileges as all other Americans. Fact: Jesus Christ never condemned homosexuals in the New Testament.
Every moment of your life when you allow hatred and prejudice to invade your thoughts, you lose time sharing happiness with those you love; it will never return.
America is not easy, but it is the most logical lifestyle available to mankind. We are the most diverse nation in the world, and the Constitution guarantees equal rights for everyone without exclusion. We should celebrate this fact and shun those who would choose to feel superior to others for no valid reason. White supremacy, homophobia, and Islamophobia are proof of ignorance.
Choose to be happy; choose to be an American who cherishes the meaning of what it means to be a citizen of the United States of America. Ignore our current administration in Washington; they are the past. Live for today and tomorrow will be better for it.
The Truth Lives Here
Op-ed by this “Wise Old Fart,” James Turnage
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