The Christian Right’s Double Standard on Discrimination

The Christian right is freaking out about the mayor of Atlanta canning a fire chief over a book he wrote urging anti-gay discrimination (and honestly, they might be right, though not for the reasons they think), but their arguments show as blatant a double standard as you can imagine. Here’s evangelist Michael Youssef:

For the sake of America’s future, please do not try to marginalize or destroy those whose only crime is following the clear commands of God. By all means, you should be free to disagree, even vehemently. In fact, I will defend your right to disagree with God’s Word.

But to terminate someone’s employment and deprive them of their livelihood? That is something worthy of ISIS. Members of ISIS may chop off the heads of Christians, but to chop off someone’s voice or identity originates from the same desire for control through cruelty.

Unless, of course, that person is gay. If that person is gay, it is absolutely outrageous and evil to protect them from discrimination. In fact, not allowing Christians to discriminate against gay people is itself discrimination against Christians. Funny how the position flips completely when you change that one little fact.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Funny how the position flips completely when you change that one little fact.

    It does not flip. In both cases he supports your right to disagree and do nothing.

  • http://florilegia.wordpress.com Ibis3, These verbal jackboots were made for walking

    I thought he was fired for pushing his anti-gay book to his workers. That’s creating a hostile work environment–textbook harassment, and surely grounds for dismissal.

  • rationalinks

    Ibis3 is right. This isn’t about his anti-gay book directly, it’s about the fact he made a hostile work environment (pushing his book on employees) and people complained. The fact that he wrote this ant-gay book just makes him even more of an asshat.

  • raven

    For the sake of America’s future, please do not try to marginalize or destroy those whose only crime is following the clear commands of God.

    Meaningless gibberish.

    There is no such thing as the “clear commands of god.”

    Xians disagree on everything and frequently change their beliefs based on convenience and whim. And there are hundreds of gods at least. If you count sockpuppet gods, there are billions.

    PS The “clear commands of god” in the bible say that I should be stoned to death several times over. Being a Pagan is just one of several reasons their magic book say I should be killed.

    It’s not much of an honor though. Under bilbical law, 99% of the US population would be stoned to death.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Ibis3, rationalinks, it wasn’t a so-called “hostile” work environment. All the people there who aren’t gayhomos agree.

  • Alverant

    If he wrote an anti-gay book, can he be expected to do his job as required and serve all the citizens of the town? Would he work as hard if the house of a homosexual couple was on fire as he would if it were a house of a heterosexual couple? If the mayor has reasonable doubts about it, then yes he should be able to fire the offending chief. In any case, if the chief was pushing his views on his employees that’s a whole other matter.

  • jd142

    IIRC, but can’t find on google at the moment, he also mentioned his position as fire chief in the book in ways that went beyond a mere biographical mention. I wish I could find the article I read–assuming it was correct– because it seems like he used his badge/shield and the text made it sound like the book was written by the fire chief, not someone as a private individual who happened to be a fire chief. An important distinction. That’s a fairly standard rule/policy for big organizations.

  • marcus

    His terms of employment also prohibit this type of behavior without first getting approval. I thought this comment at the Atlanta Journal Constitution put it rather well…

    As an Atlanta taxpayer, I did not hire Cochran to make his first priority “creating a culture to the glory of God.” I hired him to protect public safety. I did not hire him to use his position at the top of the fire department to give him a platform from which to disseminate his religious views and in so doing to pressure his subordinates to emulate his beliefs, whether spiritual or political. I do not care what he believes in the privacy of his own heart and mind, but I do care what he does on my dime. First he requested (and, disgustingly, got) cash equivalency for “unused vacation time” because the mayor believed that Cochran was facing ‘economic hardships”. Then he decided to put his religious beliefs before his public duty. You desperately want to believe that Cochran was fired because he publicly professed his faith, bigotry and all. The simple fact is that he was fired because he did not meet the requirements of his job. There is no “attack on his personal religious freedom”, much as you’d like to frame it. He cannot bring that personal religious plan of action into the workplace, particularly when he tried to spread it to his subordinates. If he’d been Muslim and passed out tracts on Muslim behavior and beliefs, saying that his first priority was to create a culture to the glory of Allah and Muhammad, there would be no question about his firing.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    But to terminate someone’s employment and deprive them of their livelihood? That is something worthy of ISIS.

    Indeed, ISIS was just another Islamist group until they posted that video of them firing a guy for insubordination. Only then did we realize the kind of evil we’re dealing with.

  • malta

    Ibis3 @2:

    textbook harassment

    I lol’ed.