North Carolina is the latest state to embrace bigotry and the put the reduction of rights for a minority into their state constitution. Just as the South did in the Jim Crow era, the majority of ignorant people made laws to oppress a minority they hated for a variety of very stupid reasons.
That their is such ignorance and bigotry among the public is not new. What is new, in my opinion, is how politicians are just as ignorant as their constituents. When I worked in politics we took advantage of the voters stupidity but we didn’t succumb to it. Things are indeed different.
We used to say, “the masses are asses” around the state Capitol building. Unfortunately, now, the Capitol is full of those same asses.
There is also this awful religious aspect that in the name of God, marriage must be defined as between a man and a woman. My pastor recently declared the best thing organized religion has done in the last decade is push people away from church. I wholeheartedly agree. As a lifelong Christian, I’m embarrassed and offended by the things done in the name of God. I am very confident in both my Faith and that God is not present in the souls of those preaching to oppress any other child of God in any way.
Just as the preachers preached segregation and George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door and children threw rocks at black men swinging from trees in the deep south are now horrors from our past, so shall the things done to marginalize the LGBT community be seen when history looks back. Those on the wrong side will be ashamed and will have to atone.
The bigger issue to me is the need for those that do embrace thought, education, science, and real Christianity to stand up and be louder than the noise of the thoughtless, uneducated, and fake Christians.