Doesn't matter if it's a choice

Listen all you commenters; I’m the author at this here blog (along with Dr. Dave, Christina, and occasionally Michaelyn).  When you leave comments that are better than the material I provide, you make me look bad.  Let’s keep the insights to a minimum, ok?  Otherwise I have to dedicate entire posts to comments, like this one from DaveL.

Let’s assume for a moment that sexual orientation is a choice (it’s not; I never chose to be straight). Does that actually make it different from the civil rights movement?

What if race were a choice? What if we had a pill that a black person could take in the evening that would make them wake up a white person? A pill that would change their skin color, their features, their hair, erase their memories of their parents’ culture and the experience of growing up black in America, and implant false memories of white culture and experience?

If such a pill were available, would that make it morally permissible to roll back the civil rights movement, reinstate Jim Crow laws, etc.? Is racial equality something white people condescend to extend to non-whites because, poor dears, they just can’t help being what they are? Or is it an inherent right of all people, because being a person of colour is an equally worthy way of being human as being white?

Bingo.  I love this.  It puts the bigot about LGBT rights in the position of either having to affirm the morality of racism or ditch that argument.  Either way, they lose.

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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.