Yesterday, with the stroke of a pen, President Obama enacted an Executive Order that expanded protections for members of the LGBT community who are employed by the federal government or contractors who do business with the government. This EO builds upon prior EOs enacted by previous presidents and expands employment protection to include gender identity. I know it makes some people upset, but I’m glad that he didn’t include any religious exemptions in the EO. If you’re going to take federal dollars, then you should play by federal rules. If you can’t do that, then don’t try to contract for government dollars. Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, agrees with me based on the following press release from their website:
“Religious groups have no right to accept taxpayer money and engage in rank forms of discrimination,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Faith-based groups that tap the public purse should play by the same rules as everyone else and not expect special treatment.”…
“No forms of discrimination should be supported with the taxpayer dime, period,” said Lynn.
The only issue I have with this is, why do we have to enact such protections in the first place? Let’s flip this 180 degrees for a minute. Does it even sound right or logical to think that someone could get fired simply for being heterosexual? Should a man get fired because he dresses like a man on his time off? Should a woman be subject to job termination because she loves men? None of that makes any sense, so why would we tolerate the opposite happening here? If a man loves another man, how does that affect his job performance if he’s an air traffic controller? If a woman feels like she’s a man trapped inside a woman’s body, does that inhibit her from being a computer programmer? Hell no, it doesn’t.
“For more than two centuries, we have strived, often at great cost, to form “a more perfect union” — to make sure that “we, the people” applies to all the people. Many of us are only here because others fought to secure rights and opportunities for us. And we’ve got a responsibility to do the same for future generations. We’ve got an obligation to make sure that the country we love remains a place where no matter who you are, or what you look like, or where you come from, or how you started out, or what your last name is, or who you love — no matter what, you can make it in this country.” — President Barack Obama 7/21/2014
You would think that, after more than two centuries, we would be far enough along on that quest to form a more perfect union that we wouldn’t need to enact things like this. It should be second nature in America to not discriminate against people. We’ve had quite a few examples throughout history, and they’ve all turned out the same way in that discrimination lost.
Thank you President Obama for accomplishing what should be obvious by now. If this country wasn’t so mired down in dumb crap, just imagine what we could have accomplished within the two centuries plus that we’ve existed.