Just because you *can* doesn’t mean you *should*

From the “you have every right to be a douche but probably shouldn’t” department:

The Missouri House Committee on General Laws heard testimony Wednesday on bills designed to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The idea that Missouri law should treat all citizens equally was apparently too much for Calzone, who testified against the legislation. He said anti-discrimination laws enslave property owners.

“I believe that we have a God-given right to discriminate,” he told the committee. “We actually have a God-given responsibility, a duty, to sometimes discriminate,” he added.

Arguments for or against free-will aside, just because you can be a douchey twatwaffle doesn’t mean you should be a douchey twatwaffle. Catch my drift there, Chief?

How about that whole Golden Rule thing, huh? You know, treat people the way you want them to treat you? It’s not a one-way street.

“Christians” like Calzone don’t want the full redemptive power of Christ. They don’t want to be servant leaders like Christ called us to be. They don’t want to care for the least of us as Christ explicitly commanded. No, they want to misuse the Bible as a tool to hate, discriminate, and dominate. They don’t adhere to the true message of Christ. Rather, they follow a self-aggrandizing, legalistic bastardization of Jesus that strokes their ego and over-compensates for whatever emotional trauma they can’t deal with otherwise.

And I for one am sick of it.

If you don’t like people who are LGBTQ, whatever. I was raised Pentecostal and Southern Baptist so I know your reasoning, even though I don’t agree with it. The thought that they’re inherently sinful and hell-bound doesn’t grant you privilege to act as if they don’t exist. If you don’t want to welcome them into your place of worship, that’s your prerogative. I’m sure they wouldn’t feel welcomed even if you did. But in the public sphere, you don’t have that right. The public sphere is where we all come together, ignore our differences, do our daily business as necessary, and then part ways before going back to do whatever it is we choose to do in private.

“But my business is a private establishment that…” Do you open it up to the public for business? Then it’s in the public. It’s not your private home where you lock the doors and tell people to stay away. It exists for the sole purpose of being there to serve others and generate income in return. You may own it and pay the bills, but it’s still there for the public to use equally and without prejudices that are based upon your antiquated religious beliefs.

Just stop.

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