OneNewsNow, formerly Agape Press, has a report about “pro-family” groups in Ohio being upset at the new governor there giving “special rights” to gays and lesbians. True to form, those “special rights” are the rights that Christians already have; the only thing “special” about them is that they want them only for themselves and not for others. Gov. Strickland has moved to make sure the state government can’t fire people just for being gay, and the religious right just does not like it:
An Ohio-based pro-family organization says it’s unfortunate that several state agencies are taking steps to give special employment consideration to homosexuals and others with deviant lifestyles.
The offices of Ohio’s attorney general and secretary of state say they plan to expand their employment policies in order that cross-dressers, transsexuals, bisexuals, and homosexuals will be “protected” from job discrimination. The state treasurer is including sexual orientation in his “non-discrimination policy”; and Democratic Governor Ted Strickland has indicated he will sign an executive order protecting against perceived discrimination against those groups.
I think this is really where the disguise gets ripped off. The religious right continually tells us that they don’t hate gays they just don’t like the sin, yet they scream bloody murder when they’re prevented from firing people from their jobs just for being gay. Sorry but “we don’t hate you, we just think you should be fired so your family goes hungry” is neither loving nor “pro-family”, nor is it moral in any sense of the word.
Even more ridiculous, as I said, is the notion that this is a “special right.” You can’t fire a person for their religion, of course, so Christians already have the very right that they claim is “special” when gays have it. The only thing “special” about it is that they apparently think it’s their own special right and no one else should get it. There simply is no reason to oppose a rule against employment discrimination against gays when you demand such protection yourself, and it’s idiotic to call it “special rights” when you demand that same right yourself and already have it.