Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Arkansas's message to America

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 7:00 AM

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News coverage piles up about the Arkansas legislature's aggressive move to not only stand in the way of sexual equality but to pass laws that protect legal discrimination against gay people, whether at the local or state level.

The Conway City Council's action to adopt a non-discrimination policy for city employees was a welcome departure, though it was accompanied by horrified tweets from such legislators as Sen. Jason Rapert and Rep. David Meeks. They're working tirelessly to advance the logically bankrupt theory that THEIR religious rights are violated if the city of Conway doesn't discriminate against gay people.

Sadly, that upside-down logic is carrying the day in many places around the U.S. And the diehards have much to cheer about on the news from Arkansas. A welcoming place for gay people it is not these days.

We might as well put a sign like the photo illustration/editorial above at all our borders. Because Rapert and Meeks and the others mean no less than the sentiment expressed. Their Bible tells them so.

I posted the photo on Facebook last night and it drew a huge response. Given that it was the Arkansas Times' page, most of the comments were supportive. But the enmity toward those of different sexual orientation — and particularly toward transgender people — is, in some quarters, deep and mean. Not very Christ-like, at least as I understand his reported view.

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