LGBT equality and the SCOTUS decision.
This is a highly polarizing issue and I sincerely understand that people have a range of feelings on both sides but I would like to try and cut a path right through the middle.
Private companies have a right to not be engage in religiously objectionable things. If they are privately held companies such as Chick-fil-A then I don’t really have any problem with that. I mean if you’re starving and there’s no place to get food, yeah that could be an issue. I can see that side of it. But let’s face it, that’s not the case and everyone knows it. So if they don’t want to serve LGBT people. No problem. If they don’t want to provide medical coverage that includes religiously objectionable services. That’s their right.
Same thing for hiring and firing practices. If they decide they don’t want to hire LGBT people based upon religious and moral basis, I don’t have a problem with that either. Why? They’re privately owned companies. They are not openly traded on the stock market where everyone can buy a piece of those companies. If you’re a publicly traded company, then I’d have an issue. If you’re a government service. We’d have an issue. Places that are part of the public square have to serve the public. That means all of us. We own pieces of some of you. We depend on some of you for basic needs such as grocery stores, gas stations, gyms, entertainment, and more. So no, you don’t get a choice if you’re part of the publicly traded companies out there. Those that are exempt from that, go ahead and knock yourselves out. Let’s the market sort you out. If people want to do business with you, that’s amazing. If they decided your practices go against their collective morality, sad about your business. That’s capitalism. Let it do it’s thing, please.
This comes back to something I’ve said time and again to so many people. This is an issue of mutual respect. I don’t have a problem with those who have religious beliefs wanting to remain in their own lane. I feel sorry for them because ultimately they are judging others and last I knew, for most of them, judgment and the weight of sin is for God to judge and not for mortal men and women to take upon themselves. Love the sinner, not the sin. Matthew 7:12 says “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” I know you’re all familiar with that passage and it’s true no matter where the words come from. If you expect good done to you then do good to others. Simple concept. I think we could all use a little more of that common sense these days.
So what is going to happen here? I think that this decision is going to be like opening Pandora’s box. This decision will be used by people that are transgender who aren’t actually transgender at all. I think that could happen, I really do. I think that if lawmakers don’t step in and define a legally recognizable definition of what it is to be transgender, you could see a bunch of people that aren’t in any way transgender. I think that the medical community is a disaster on this issue since they refuse to take a hard stance on both the physical and mental issues facing actual transgender people. People that have an actual medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria. Actual genetic anomalies that could contribute to a diagnosis. Anything that is conclusive to support a legal definition that would protect real transgender people from wrongful termination while stopping predatory behavior of militants in the LGBT community who will attack this in the courts until they get the result they desire.
So here it is, again. The never ending circle that is the fight between the LGBTQ community and Christians. This plays out like a bad soap opera and for once I wish it would just be over and both sides would stop trying to infringe upon one another. Both have a right to live their lives unmolested by government. Both can do that. They simply choose not to do so.
By the way, has anyone noticed that once again the LGBTQ community is cheering this decision but ignoring the fact that the majority opinion are joined with not one, but two conservative justices? One of those justices is a Trump pick as well? But hey, don’t worry Liberals. Trump won’t get any credit for his part in helping the LGBTQ community. You can bet on that. And yes I know what Trump said. I know that the administration argued against this ruling. The SCOTUS decided and we all have to live with that decision going forward. It was still a Trump justice and another conservative justice that gave the court the majority on the decision and that’s just going to have to be a landmark decision that, in part, Trump had a hand in whether people like it or not.