My religion says I must kick bigots square in the nuts.

This makes me sick.

A pending bill in the Kentucky state legislature could pave the way for increased discrimination against LGBT people. Patheos notes that human rights groups are going to battle against a bill that would allow residents to sidestep anti-discrimination laws if they pointed to “sincerely” held “religious beliefs” that justify their actions.

The bill is sponsored by a conservative Democrat and has already passed the State Senate. The legislation would boost someone’s ability to “ignore state regulations or laws that contradict his or her ‘sincerely held’ religious beliefs,” Patheos blogger Camille Beredjick notes.

This should tell you something about religion.  Where humans value equality, and even enshrine it in our laws, the recourse for the eager bigot is to the bible.  If you want to be less than the human ideal, your religion should not make you above our laws.

And if it passes, and you get to ignore the law if your religion says otherwise (how many CEOs will suddenly find justification for working people more than 40 hours per week without overtime within the pages of the bible?), I might just find the lord: a noodley lord, who told me through personal revelation that I am to kick bigots square in the balls on sight.

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.


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