If people cared and put more thought into the quality of their lives and quality of their person – and lived as they claim they believe – in freedom, love, the right to make choices; we could end bigotry and oppression over night.
but that can’t happen until people can understand that you have a right to your beliefs – and so do other people.
And no one’s beliefs belong in law or government policy – the separation of church and state is partly about separating the spheres of influence.
It is the role of government to provide for all people as a matter of citizenship and be blind to whatever characteristics a person has that would put them in one subculture or another.
The public square has to operate on that same principle, or there is no equality or freedom in any meaningful sense.
The government’s job is to ensure that the lives that we lead right now are protected and that we are all able to participate in society within the limits of the actual laws (not what we’d like or think that the laws are – because religion’s rules are not secular law – and freedom is measured by the distance between the two kinds) and to our individual interest levels and capacity.
There should be no ongoing social battles by various groups over the decades to add laws to be inclusive, when they were originally set out as everyone who’s a citizen, without exception, was deemed equal.
Women should have been able to vote, own property and not be property, same for black people – and now marriage equality for gays and lesbians.
Christianity has the potential for being a force of love in society, but it’s not – it’s small and mean and vicious, limiting itself to be inclusive only of people who conform and is hateful to anyone who doesn’t.
People need to be reminded that what sexual things that other people do, are none of their business if they weren’t invited to participate in some way.
We don’t have to know each others business, but we do have to treat each other as equals – and as long as religious believers feel entitled to deny other people rights that they get to enjoy – Christians aren’t working and playing well with others.
Christians are not the morality police – as Elvis sang: