Sunday, October 18, 2009

Got (Harvey) Milk?

So, the state of California recently passed a law creating a day of recognition for Harvey Milk, the gay rights activist murdered in 1978. The day is to teach children about Harvey Milk and what he did. And... let the screech of the religious right commence.

Some think that teaching children history and tolerance, is "indoctrinating" them. Because accepting that gays and lesbians have the same rights as everyone else does makes you friends with Satan. I'll tell you what "indoctrination" is, and that's what most Christian churches in this country are doing right now. They indoctrinate children to believe everything they spout, whether it is true or not, if it's in the Bible, that "infallible" word of "god" that urges genocide and endorses that a woman marry her rapist.

The point of education is to question. The point of blind belief is to do what your leaders tell you to do and not to ask why. Public school does (or is supposed to do) the prior, while most churches do the latter.

Over at the Collegian Online, the online paper for California State University - Fresno, they apparently have people with a lack of education:

Call me old-fashioned, call me ignorant, set the LGBT police on me, I don’t care. I think this [day honoring Harvey Milk] is ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong—I have no quarrel with homosexuals. I believe it’s unnatural and immoral, but who am I to judge. Hate the sin, love the sinner. I believe all that... I understand this may be controversial to some, and maybe it is. It is now conventional wisdom for us to see homosexuals to be born the way they are, that it’s natural. I’m sorry, but I don’t see it that way.

I'm not quite sure how one can hold that view point and still sleep soundly at night, but whatever. I'm also not quite sure how he thinks he has no quarrel with homosexuals and yet he calls them "unnatural" and "immoral". Yeah, that's not at all a quarrel. *sigh*

And there are dozens of other blogs saying pretty much the same thing and worse. It's indoctrinating the children, it's endorsing homosexuality in our public schools, gasp, screech, *fall over*!!! Just google it. I know, I know, it's really no surprise they're having a fit over it.

Someday, hopefully, humanity will look back on all of this and wonder what the hell was wrong with all of us, and with a bit of incredulity, be grateful that such barbarity is gone from the world. One can hope anyway.

1 comment:

  1. It's quite in line with the weird inverted thinking of Christian fundamentalism. If society doesn't allow Christians to enforce their taboos on everyone, it's persecution of Christians. If someone disagrees with a fundamentalist, it's "setting the LGBT police on him". If the schools fail to indoctrinate children with Christian prejudices, that constitutes anti-Christian indoctrination.

    Whenever they are not allowed to victimize, they claim that that makes them victims.