Another hot topic is Gay rights. Should “fags” be given equal protection under the law? Are homosexuals discriminated against? My answer is yes to both or these questions. Once again, it is common sense. Discrimination in ANY form is wrong. That is a fact that no decent person would disagree with. In my mind, there is no difference between discrimination because of race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. It should be even more significant to this country as we are the melting pot. I guess that some people think we are the melting pot only when a particular person has a need for a minority. Someone to pick fruit or pick interior colors. We all discriminate. It is in our nature. There is nobody who can honestly say that they have never had discrimination thoughts. The difference is whether or not we choose to act on it. The world is made up of many different people. Black, white, orange, straight, gay, religious, atheist, tall, short, I think that you get the idea. Everyone should get equal treatment under the law. If someone doesn’t hire someone or give them a loan because they are gay, there is no difference between that and not giving someone the job because they are black, or a woman. How, in good conscious, can someone discriminate against another human being? We must learn to accept people’s differences. That is the only way to make the world a better place. They say that variety is the spice of life. I believe that is true. A friend is a friend. A good person is a good person, regardless who they sleep with. Good people are hard enough to find without narrowing the prospects by discriminating. I know gay people, and they don’t bother me any more than anyone else. An asshole is an asshole regardless of anything else. Diversity is part of modern life. I have known many gay people over the years and have seen first hand the struggles that they face. It is really a tragedy. I knew one young man many, many years ago who came out of the closet. His parents kicked him out of the house because of it. He was a great kid. Polite, caring, friendly. After he got kicked out of his house, he was forced to the seedy side of life. I watched him spiral out of control. Shortly after he got the boot, he stopped showing up to work. I never found out what happened to him. I am not sure that I want to know what happened because I am afraid of what I might learn. I cannot understand how anyone could kick their own children out of the house because they are gay. If I were to have children, I cannot fathom suddenly stop loving my child because he or she was gay. I have known several other people over my years who were gay but chose not to “come out”. They confided in me their situation and I honored their wishes and never disclosed their identity, nor will I. I have found that many people find me easy to talk to and fair in my judgment. That I believe is why people confide in me. I am glad that these men and women had the opportunity to talk about their situations. They seemed to feel better having had the chance for a shoulder to cry on. I haven’t seen most of these people in many years, but I hope that they are all well and they were able to address their individual issues. What a horrible prospect. Losing everything you have because of who you sleep with. History has recorded travesties against homosexual people. Matthew Shepard is the most vivid example that I can think of. A young man, in the prime of his life, who was brutally murder because he was gay. Nobody should have to go through the torment that is young man did. The people who murdered him should be made to endure the same torture that they put him through. Additionally, the protesters who were at the funeral and legal proceedings should be sent to a small island in the middle of the ocean. People with such hate and disregard for life have to place in a modern society. They should be ashamed of themselves. Maybe that is why people confide in me. They know that I will not think less of them because of who they are, what they believe, or who they sleep with. I don’t understand what the big deal is. What someone does or who someone does is nobody’s business but their own. If two women or men want to get married, then I say more power to them. True love is hard to find and when you find it, you should hold on to it and have the same rights as everyone else. Why is that so hard to accept? We live in a modern world and this is not an issue that is going to go away. Accept it and move on. How does someone who is gay affect you or me? If you want to fight for a cause, fight for one that is just. I don’t discriminate against religious people even though I probably don’t agree with much of what they say. They are entitled to the same rights and respect of their opinion as I am. I don’t necessarily like what they say, but I don’t get in their business if they don’t get into mine. Don’t get me wrong, if someone wants a debate, I am all for that, but I am not going to go out and look for a fight, unless they are trying to hurt other people. I will fight for what I believe if it becomes necessary. I will defend the underdog and try to protect those who are worthy and share my beliefs. If you discriminate against someone because of illogical and outdated beliefs, then prepare to face the consequences. If I had to give up 10 friends because they were homophobes and did not approve of a gay friend, I would not even have to think about it. Those 10 would be gone in a heart beat. I have no room for hateful people in my life. Below is an excerpt from a television program. I found it to be a profound statement that I wholeheartedly believe. This applies to not just this topic, but all things.
“The universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. The language is not Narn or Human or Centauri or Minbari. It speaks the language of hope. It speaks the language of trust. It speaks in the language of strength and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors speaking through us and the voice of our inheritors waiting to be born. The small, still voice that says: We are one. Not matter the blood, no matter the skin, no matter the world, no matter the star. We are one. No matter the pain, no matter the darkness, no matter the loss, no matter the fear. We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause, we begin to realize this singular truth and this singular rule that we must be kind to one another. Because each voice enriches and ennobles us and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light out way to a better future. We are one.”
For those of you who are not science fiction fans, this was taken from an episode of Babylon 5. I think that it applies in real life as well as fiction.