Us Vs. Them: An Op-Ed on the Gay Rights Drama

From Canada’s Montreal Gazette comes an op-ed by a Jillian on the drama of gay rights and equality. Jillian frames the commentary in a protagonist vs. antagonist style. Within this examination, Jillian asks what is the motivation behind fundamentalist, religious organizations and their opposition to gay rights and equality.

So, how would an objective viewer determine who are the real protagonists and antagonists in the Battle of the Rainbow Flag? What if you had just tuned in from, say, another planet and knew nothing about this story?

Well, it’s elementary, actually…While there is plenty of name-calling from both sides in the anti-LGBT vs. LGBT war, who is throwing sticks and stones? Who draws blood from its opponents? Who is the physical aggressor?

Do I need to answer those questions? Is there anybody out there who doesn’t see how some religious fundamentalists throw sticks and stones at LGBT people in so many different ways, both directly and indirectly? Sadly, there are religious fundamentalists around the world who are responsible for the physical persecution of LGBT people.

On the other hand, I can’t ever recall hearing about LGBT people physically persecuting fundamentalists. LGBT people don’t nail anti-LGBT fundamentalists to the cross or throw them to the proverbial lions. The only thing LGBT people want is equal civil rights. Clearly, LGBT people are the protagonists in this war.

Anti-LGBT religious fundamentalists are the bad the guys: the aggressors, the oppressors, the persecutors, the killers. They have blood on their hands. They are the wolves posing as sheep – and giving the good sheep a bad name in the process.

But why? Why do they do it? How do the sexual activities of others threaten them? Why should they care what goes on in the bedrooms of people they don’t even know?

No doubt, they would say that homosexuality is a threat to the family, and to the institution of heterosexual marriage. But there is no proof of that. Heterosexuals still marry in countries that have legalized same-sex marriage (i.e. Canada). Heterosexuals are not forced into same-sex relationships. Children raised by same-sex parents are doing just fine.

So, are the fundamentalists victims of propaganda and paranoia? Or is there something more sinister going on? Follow the money, Detective Page. At least, look at that angle. A lot of money is being raised by anti-LGBT forces. Some whip up paranoia with superstitious propaganda, then ask for donations. Others whip up the same, and then write books and sell them to their frightened sheep.

It can’t be denied. It happens.

But spreading propaganda and fear and then profiting from it is not a crime. It’s an age-old tactic used by businesspeople – and religions — all over the world.

And, sadly, that may very well be what the oppression of LGBT people is about, partly, at least: business. Dirty business. And those profiting from the war to oppress LGBT people stand to lose a lot of money when LGBT people are granted equal civil rights.

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