Christians: the real victims

The city of Jacksonville, FL is considering a new measure that would, “ban discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation and “gender identity or expression.”

Sounds keen.  It sucks some people get discriminated against, so we should probably stop that from happening.  Of course, whenever discrimination receives a remorseless backhand, you can guess who rushes in to to coddle it.

Yarbrough, a member of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, told Florida Baptist Witness late June 9 City Council had received about 4,000 emails regarding the bill. Approximately 1,600 are in support of it and 3,200 are in opposition, he said. Yarbrough is optimistic residents will continue to express their opinions to council members, who he believes will “look at the facts.”

“We need more [comments] to come in and support those good values that we know are true and are of the Lord,” Yarbrough said. “If someone has not weighed in they should weigh in and do it now.”

By calling discrimination a good value of the lord, you’ve created a god who is the enemy of humanity.  You’ve also said a lot about yourself in which side you’ve taken.

But who are the real victims here?  It’s the Christians, of course.

Meanwhile, John Stemberger, president of Florida Family Policy Council, said the organized opposition to the bill, 2012-296, is going well.

“We have basically exposed this piece of legislation for what it is,” Stemberger said following a June 5 hearing. “And that is an infringement upon religious liberties, the Constitution, and rights of association.”

If they can’t fire someone for being gay, it’s an infringement on their religious liberties!  If they can’t discriminate, then that’s discrimination against them!  If this bill gets passed, they won’t be able to punish gay people just for being gay!

Yes.  That’s the point.  It’s why we need this fucking bill.  Has there ever been a stupider argument than, “It’s our right to discriminate”?  The argument is stupid because the answer is so easy: no, it’s not your right to discriminate.  Not in America.  We fought wars over this shit.

They keep on.

Vaughn, a local attorney and longtime member of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, said the new ordinance could violate religious liberty…

It’s not your right to discriminate against others.

…create new protected classes of individuals…

Protected…from you.

…and expose the city to unnecessary litigation.

The crux is on the word “unnecessary.”  I think giving gay people recourse against discriminatory firing is perfectly necessary.  Who on earth thinks that is unnecessary?  Ah yes, the people who think being gay is a sin.

It’s amazing how much “loving the sinner” resembles making their lives as miserable as possible with impunity.


About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • CGM3

    So, 1,600 in support and 3,200 in opposition total “about” 4,000…

    Yes, Mr. Yarbrough, “look at the facts”… like, the fact you can’t add!

  • John Eberhard

    Well put.

  • Ganner

    There are still people who argue that gender and race based discrimination should be legel – they, of course, aren’t sexists and racists they’ll be quick to assure you (with an undeniably guilty sounding tone), but it’s their FREEDOM to refuse to hire or rent to or serve THOSE people.

  •!/Erulora Erülóra Maikalambe

    I know people who believe employers should be able to fire or refuse to hire anybody they want for any reason they want, or none at all. The argument would probably be something like “people should just work for companies that have the same values they do” and “free market abracadabra.” I don’t think he’s taken a good look at how reality works. People buy what they’re going to buy, from a place they can afford it, and work where they can get a job. If a free market could actually solve social problems, we’d see evidence of that. We’d see people flexing the power they already have to bring about that change, if even to a lesser extent. Not that we don’t see it at all (eg Rush losing sponsors a while back), but not to the level that would suggest that a totally free market would be anything but a disaster.

  • Jaime

    I get so sick of the confusion between liberty and impunity.