Dana Rohrabacher Loves Queers (Just Not Within City Limits)
Bacon & eggs. Love & marriage. Autumn & football. Some things just go together. Like Hate & religion. Whether it be crusading Christians & Muslims, battling Catholics & Protestants or Islamic terrorists destroying history, an incalculable amount of destruction has been done and an immeasurable number of souls have been lost in the name of God / religion.
Speaking to a group of realtors, and referring to the LGBTQ community, Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California recently declared, “We’ve drawn a line on racism. But I don’t think we should extend that line. A homeowner should not be required to be in business with someone that they think is doing something that is immoral.”
His spokesman Greg Blair doubled down in a statement in which he said that the congressman “does not believe the federal government should force those with strong religious convictions into a personal or business relationship that is contrary to their religion.”
Let’s be clear: What is immoral, is judging other people and masquerading prejudice, ignorance, hate and fear as religion.
As a boy this author lived in a Florida town that was physically divided by an irrigation canal. The blacks lived on one side of the canal and the whites on the other, and never the twain did mix! I first saw the other side of town through the porthole of forced bussing, and that initial year was one of confused anger and aimless beatings and early dismissals due to race riots - weirdly amid an atmosphere of trying to get along.
When affluent blacks made efforts to buy homes ‘across the canal’, not only were they terrorized, but if there was any indication that a white neighbor might sell to a black family they would also be sent not-subtle messages that could include burning crosses, broken windows, or vicious epithets, slurs and threats scorched into lawns with gasoline – they cruel inventiveness of the bigot knows no bounds!
To have witnessed the turmoil and then watched as things gradually got better; to have reached a point where even a throwback to Strom Thurmond like Rohrabacher acknowledges that blacks in America can buy a home wherever they can afford one; to have applauded as the United States grew up before our babybooming eyes, only to now see elected representatives try to take us back to Square Zero is more disheartening than any humorous simile can describe.
To Representative Rohrabacher and all the old, white, used-up, bigoted Republicans out there making one last ditch effort to create a name for yourself while Trump is in office: If you want to carry a sign that says “I Hate Queers” or some other repulsive pronouncement, that is your right. If you want to drape yourself in religion and paint yourself as both moral and an apt judge of morality, that too is your right. If you carry your vicious sign while draping yourself in religion, that is more obscene than any loving act two consenting adults could possibly share; a sin worthy of your God smiting you – no?
Let us hope that those smart and talented California realtors, as well as realtors, loan officers, banks & mortgage companies and home sellers across the country enable and encourage all prospective home buyers to disregard the canal of hate and live wherever they choose to. Let us hope that the voters of California and the voters across this land all say ‘NO’ to hate and vote these bigots out of office. Let us continue to move forward, teeny tiny step by teeny tiny step, and never let selfish ignorant people like Rohrabacher nudge us backward.
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