I submitted this letter to the editor yesterday (once I calmed down enough to write it).
My response to the letter “Christians are stopped from serving the Lord”.
I read this letter today and immediately knew I had to respond. I am human, so please understand when I tell you this hurt me. Deeply. Let’s get something straight. Christians are not being “stopped from serving the lord” as they please. I think what the writer actually means is that she feels threatened.
For much of our history America has been dominated by Christianity. Everywhere you turn there are symbols of the Christian faith. Christian churches are in every community in America. Hospitals funded by Christian organizations provide health care in every state. Schools and Universities named for Christian leaders teach America’s youth. Americans are free to wear symbols of their faith on chains around their necks and on their clothing. They can read religious books in public, and say grace openly in restaurants.
I never hear my Jewish and Muslim friends complain that they are unable to worship as they please in our country. I wonder why that is, especially since throughout history they have been victimized, tortured and killed (by Christians) for merely existing, much less practicing their faith.
Because others are using their voice to assert themselves in our culture, Christians are feeling offended. I think they have confused the rights of others with their own. In America, you can have an abortion or marry a same-sex partner if you want to, because it is legal to do so. If you don’t believe in abortion, then don’t have one. If you don’t want to marry someone of the same sex, you don’t have to. No one is forcing Christians to have abortions or get ‘gay married’. But, you do not have the right to tell others they cannot.
What happens when privilege is threatened? Remember what the wealthy plantation owners did when they faced losing all that free slave labor? Remember what kings and queens throughout history did to people who opposed them? Remember lynching in the south during the Jim Crow era? These kinds of things occurred because a class of privileged people felt threatened.
Since today is Sunday I assume many of you are worshiping in the church of your choosing, praying to the god you believe in, wearing the clothing you selected from your closet which I assume you bought with your hard-earned money. That is your right. But you don’t get to tell the rest of us that we must do the same, because hooray, we’re in America.
The quote in the title (above) is by a woman named Julie West, who has two children at the University Tennessee – where apparently “they are willing to sacrifice anything for the sake of gender inclusivity”. It’s because of this Franklin Graham has his tightie-whities in a wad.
According to the University of Tennessee – Knoxville’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, educators are concerned that students might be offended by the usage of traditional pronouns like she, he, him and hers. “There are dozens of gender-neutral pronouns,” said Donna Braquet, Director of the university’s Pride Center. She suggests using a variety of gender neutral pronouns instead of traditional pronouns.
Here is what makes people like Old Franklin so dangerous. He writes that “secularists and progressives are pushing their godless agenda into our education system and corporate America”. As opposed to what Mr. Graham? Biblical teachings? We have a little thing called Separation of Church and State, so unless you own this university and fund it privately, I’d suggest you stop talking. Oh and yes, there is a gender neutral word for idiot. The word is “intolerant”.
I have a suggestion for you Mr. Graham. Why don’t you spend your time and energy feeding the hungry children or housing the homeless in Tennessee, instead of blithering away on a topic about which you are ill-informed? Your bigotry shines through, as always. Do something productive or, just sit quietly while the rest of the world seeks progress and inclusion.
I stumbled upon this article while sipping coffee this morning. Ah coffee, the nectar of the gods… Any-hoo, I saw a story on the “book of face” and opened the article to see if it was some new hate, or the same hate served on a different plate. Ha-ha, Plate of Hate – that’s mine, so don’t use it.
The article was about the casual but derogatory use of the word ‘tranny’. The article says, in short, that a business owner used the word as a means to promote his business and when called out for using the word, tried to make a joke of it. He later released an apology. Sort of. It was more like “sorry-not sorry”. Here is an excerpt, complete with misspellings and improper grammar; …”your a propaganda machine at best as a responsible organisation truly missions with education would have at least called me and educated me before trying to end the lively hood of a good man with great kids and a kind hearted blessing of a wife and a store full of staff of all races sexual orientations religious beliefs but with a common denomination of being good hardworking people“.
Wow. Did you get that? You could have called me. Really? You make derogatory remarks about a group of people and expect to get a phone call to educate you? Um, no. You made the remarks in public using social media. You were called out in public using social media. No one owes you the courtesy of a phone call Mr. DeSantis. But you do owe all Trans people and their allies a true, heartfelt apology. You were a jerk, now own it. And while you’re at it, how ’bout slicing yourself a big piece of humble pie. Here’s hoping you choke on it.