It’s the “don’t say gay” bill. The intent is to keep public schools focused on core curriculum, like math and science, and not topics like sexual orientation.
It’s an interesting thing because the military just recently repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and at the same time, some of our lawmakers are attempting to add gun owners to the list of people who businesses can’t discriminate against. That seems kind of redundant, since gun owners can just shoot people who discriminate against them, but whatever.
It makes me wonder if we should just have a blanket “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule when it comes to everything.
What’s On the Agenda?
When it comes to things like this bill, the goal is always to protect “good, decent, family values” Americans from the gay agenda.
The funny thing is, gay rights people always deny the existence of a “gay agenda.” Of course gays have an agenda. And it’s faaa-bulous!
And conservatives, who are always stirring up fear about the gay agenda, usually can’t name one specific incident of the gay agenda in action. Even the bill’s sponsor couldn’t think of a specific incident off the top of his head when asked. He cited some vague nonsense about how he heard “it came up in story books.” If you’re going to sponsor a bill, you should probably have specifics you can name. It can’t be one of those things that you just “know it when you see it.”
That’s too bad, because it might have been a good bill to start with. Public schools waste all kinds of time and money teaching kids things that are better taught at home.
What Was Jesus’ Agenda?
Now, let’s be honest here.
How many of you evangelical Christians have whined and moaned about the removal of prayer from public schools?
Or about science classes not teaching intelligent design?
And how this country is going to hell and we have a culture war to fight? We have to take back the country from the secular progressives.
That’s because we have a “Christian agenda.” Somehow, the word “agenda” doesn’t seem so evil with the word “Christian” pasted in front of it. But most of our agenda is hardly inspired by Christ. It’s just us doing what all people do, trying to control other people.
If you want the gay agenda to be gagged in America, then we’d better be willing to be equal-opportunity oppressors. How many of us are willing to give up the Christian agenda? Can any of us even agree what the true Christian agenda is? It seems like it’s “convert everyone, or at least annoy the hell out of them.” How many of us would be willing to completely give up our social and political power and let ourselves be oppressed (just because Jesus himself did it?) How many of us would be willing to give up the evangelism and the lobbying the extreme mass-market commercialization of Jesus?
Anyone? Didn’t think so.
We’re Just Born This Way
For a while, geneticists have been trying to locate the “gay gene.” Whether it exists or not, gay advocates insist that sexual orientation is by birth, not choice.
And for a while, geneticists have been looking for a “God gene,” a genetic predisposition toward gullibility and small-minded belief in supernatural deities.
Chances are, most of us find the suggestion abhorrent. To think that our personal relationship with Jesus is just our minds tricking us, hard-wired in from birth.
But maybe we, like the gay community, need to embrace the possibility of the “God gene.” Maybe we need to admit that we’re just born this way. We can’t help it. Being a Christian is by birth, not by choice. The same people who try to empathize with Islamic terrorists would look at us and suddenly understand us. We’re not trying to be jerks or to embarrass ourselves. We’re just acting on impulse. We aren’t responsible for our behavior. I mean, really, who would believe all this nonsense if they weren’t genetically flawed in the first place?
It would certainly give new meaning to Calvin’s “elect.”
What say you? Should Christians be willing to give up all the “family values” rhetoric, if we’re going to gag other groups? In other words, we just have a universal “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule? Should we start chanting that we really are just born this way?