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'Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons.' -- Vizzini from "The Princess Bride"

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Persecution in the US

The Rude Pundit does an excellent job of shredding the nonsense surrounding the Right's take on "traditional" marriage. (Be forewarned, he doesn't call himself 'rude' for nothing, his posts are rife with profanity.)

One thing he touches on that I have talked about many times is persecution. The thing I would like to make perfectly clear here is how the concept of 'persecution' is used by Christians today. In a nutshell, they consider themselves persecuted if they are not allowed by the government to persecute groups they hate. Talk about irony! When they are not allowed to persecute gays, brown people, Jews, Muslims, atheists, etc., by forcing those groups to think/behave as they desire, then it is persecution.

In the days of slavery, slaveowners of the south complained when restrictions were put on them as to how badly they were allowed to beat their slaves. It never occurred to these slaveowners that it was the slave who was being beaten to within an inch of his/her life and they were the ones suffering. The slaveowner suffered nothing but were the ones complaining nontheless. It wasn't until the emancipation movement gained strength that those slaveowners lost their grip and absolute authority over the slaves.

That is where we are today, the beginning (unfortunately the very beginning) of the "emancipation" of gays and lesbians. And the Christian masters today are screaming foul as their slaveowner forebears did 150 years ago.

It has been said that History repeats itself again and again (sic). Let us hope this is true today (but with less bloodshed). Although today if these Christians all exited to the south and seceeded, I'm not so sure it would be worth another civil war, maybe this time "Let them leave" would be a better motto.... [Granted I feel much better about them taking Alabama instead of South Carolina -- I guess I am prejudiced too!]

Just a random thought.

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