Jeb Bush wouldn’t understand discrimination if it gave him a reach around. This old, white fuddy-duddy making up part of what is now referred to as the Bush Dynasty wants to try to Christsplain to the LGBTQ community why same-sex marriage isn’t “discrimination,” it’s just Christians “acting on their conscience.”
Go ahead and discriminate, the former governor of Florida and likely 2016 presidential hopeful says, sidling up to a firm Christian-right voting base. If only people could just understand that turning people away from a public business for being gay isn’t because of the potential client’s sexual orientation, but because of the proprietor’s personal religious belief about said potential client’s sexual orientation. It’s not you, same-sex couples, it’s them, so don’t take it so hard, eh? That’s what the candidate being referred to as perhaps the most moderate Republican candidate for 2016 is saying.
That’s not discrimination then, to Bush anyway – especially since the effects of such a naïve, disingenuous slant will never be felt or experienced by Bush. For him, it’s easy. It’s not a matter at all. He’ll never walk into a public business with the expectation of being served, like any other potential client out there, only to be slighted and refused service because he happens to be gay. He doesn’t have to worry about that, so spit out some dumbass line and move on with your life. You’ve got another press conference in 10 minutes. Money, money, money.
Bush stated in an interview with David Brody on the Christian Broadcasting Network, May 16, that a “tolerant country” would be more understanding of poor Christians’ plight. After all, it’s not easy to discriminate, even when you know it’s wrong, just because some old book alleging to be the word of God as delivered through the hands, mouths and print of man, tells you to. You don’t want to be smote, do you? By God? No thank you – better tell Adam and Steve to get their ding dongs somewhere else. What kind of donut shop do they think this is anyway? Lord!
It’s not just that people of faith can have their views, it’s that they need the space to act on their conscience. That is what faith is about.
A big country, a tolerant country ought to be able to figure out the difference between discriminating against someone because of their sexual orientation, and not forcing someone to participate in a wedding that they find goes against their moral beliefs.
Well quick — get thee to a nunnery, Bush! And take your clan of bigots with you. There isn’t a chance in hell you’ll win the presidency talking shit so old it would take a team of paleontologists to dust it off and identify it, anyway.
The problem Bush and such simple little lambs fail to understand is that Americans have a right to live their lives free from discrimination, which is most certainly what he is advocating. It’s discrimination. Do we really want to live in a country where all expectations of walking into public businesses and receiving service fly out the window for any number of esoteric religious reasons from a multitude of different faiths? After all, America contains a lot more than Christians. That opens the door to all sorts of ugliness, and a chaotic economic scene at best.
It’s always fascinating when the all-mighty dollar actually loses out to bigotry, isn’t it? NOTHING beats money, except people’s own fear and ignorance.
And faith has no place in our legislation other than to allow citizens the right to practice their faith, which is a private matter between each person and their god, if they have one. So long as you are able to practice your faith in your private life, your religion (and hence, you) are not being discriminated again. You simply aren’t suited to work with the public. Running a public business, even if privately owned, isn’t for you, because your religion cannot discriminate against the public your business stands to serve. If you are open and serving the public, that means the entire public, not only the folks you deem worthy for whatever reasons you want to pull into your archaic argument. Your faith stops at the inner lining of your skull, the outer tissues of your heart, perhaps within edges of your soul, if you believe in that sort of thing, and at the doors of your home and place of worship. That’s all you have a right to. Sorry, but excluding same-sex couples from service at businesses, from marriage and all the rights that come along with it between couples, isn’t within your right for “tolerance.”
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If same-sex couples are asked to “tolerate” being discriminated against by Christians, Christians can “tolerate” serving the entire public – even same-sex couples.
Bush is anticipated to make his formal announcement for the presidential race sometime this summer, and he’ll likely be a frontrunner. If petrified bigotry is the best the Republican Party has to offer, love or hate it, Hillary Clinton will be destined for the White House, especially if the Supreme Court rules favorably on same-sex marriage in June.