March 24, 2006

It's About Equal Treatment, Not Special Rights

Invariably when legislation is introduced in any legislative body proposing protections for GLBT invididuals, opponents point to the "homosexual agenda" promoting "special rights."

Since when is equal protection under the law a special right?

According to a report from Amnesty International, the GLBT community is still being plagued by unresponsive police and hostility from officers. The report offers the opinion that even when there are legal protections in place, attitudes of law enforcement personnel is a major issue that is frequently resulting in poor treatment of GLBT people.

There is still much work to be done toward insuring the gay and lesbian community has its rightful place as a full-fledged member of the human race, not some sub-species. A lot of that work needs to be done in the church. In fact, many of the loudest voices screaming out against basic human rights for GLBT people are church leaders.

I wonder what part of the gospel detailing Jesus' ministry inculdes discriminating against, well, anyone? I can't find it in my bible.

2 comments:

  1. I think it's funny that the Church does something which is obviously wrong (marginalizing) in judgement of something which is not so oviously wrong, if it is wrong at all. Even if homosexuality is wrong the Church had better find a better way to deal with it.

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