Author Andrew Sullivan of The Dish appeared on The Colbert Report yesterday evening, where he brought up an interesting point with respect to the growing phenomena of automatically labeling conservatives as “bigots.” In light of the recent resignation of Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich, due to his participation in Proposition 8, Sullivan argues that someone being fired from a job for a belief or political view (at least in California) would be illegal. Back in 2008, Eich donated $1000.00 to support California’s Proposition 8 which of course was designed to ban gay marriage in the state. Earlier this week, Eich’s role in Prop 8 resurfaced, and following surmounting pressure from Mozilla employees, gay rights activists, and developers, he decided to resign. While he wasn’t fired, the growing adversity left him little choice but to leave his post. Some activists call it a victory, but Sullivan asserts that we stormed the castle with pitchforks and torches; I concur with Sullivan. This is not to say that I agree with Eich’s actions or credence, rather, that our casual application of the word bigot to anyone who opposes the LGBTQ community with their own beliefs, is itself an act of bigotry.
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Do you ever find yourself wondering why your life means so little? Why people don’t treat you with the respect you’re entitled to? Do you feel persecuted, isolated, disenfranchised, demeaned, neglected, shamed, or ridiculed? If you’ve answered yes to one or all of these questions, you’re probably not gay. According to a number of Republicans and Christian apologists, gay people are entitled to “special rights.” These rights essentially place gay well-being over the well-being of every other person in the country. As a non-gay, here are a list of special considerations to which you are not entitled:
“I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.” “The day flew by.” “Life is like a box of chocolates.” I consider myself a fan of metaphors and similes. These rhetorical devices are often useful in literary works to help a reader better envision the story the author is trying to convey. Speech writers, news anchors, and politicians also employ the use of rhetoric in order to make a point that an audience can visualize and relate to. Sadly, rhetoric is often misused to purposefully distort reality in an effort to rally people around, what i would argue are, misguided ideologies. Continue reading
“I don’t plan on giving up my religious beliefs. I don’t feel that I should participate in their wedding, and when I do a cake, I feel like I’m participating in the ceremony or the event or the celebration that the cake is for.” As quoted in the Huffington Post, this statement was made to Fox and Friends by the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Jack Phillips, in response to a court ruling requiring him to provide wedding cakes to all couples, regardless of sexual orientation. This ruling came about as a response to a suit filed against him by the ACLU. He is one of several business owners who have come under scrutiny for refusing services to same-sex weddings and receptions recently. Similar cases involving florists and wedding photographers continue to spring up around the country, and they all maintain the same argument; their religious freedom grants them liberty to turn same-sex couples away. Because the religious doctrine to which they subscribe deems homosexuality a sin, they contend that being mandated to provide his services for a gay wedding undermines those views. While it is commendable that business owners wish to maintain the integrity of their convictions, the use of religion as a justification for denying a same-sex couple is seriously flawed, and, at its heart, insincere.