North Dakota is a great state. If you are looking for a state where you can go to the mall and have the luxury of smelling a cow’s rear at the same time, this is the place to be.
There are some issues in this state that must be addressed beside its smell. Not only do we have issues with wood chippers and the University of North Dakota, we also have issues with discrimination.
In this state, we can evict, fire or use any other form of discrimination against anyone based solely on his or her sexual preference.
As an American citizen, this is disturbing. It sounds like a direct attack against our freedoms.
The freedom of others isn’t important, it seems. We have the freedom to not fear wrongful termination or eviction and the freedom to marry whomever we please.
We have all of these freedoms. But when someone is born with a genetic preference, they are miraculously no longer granted these freedoms.
I think a great example of just how stupid we have let this all become is that we label it as a way to protect “religious freedom.” Let’s call it what it actually is, “asshole freedom.”
I am a Christian. I was baptized, went through confirmation, attended church picnics and am to this day a true-blooded Lutheran.
Yet I refuse to understand how throwing someone out of my place of business or firing a gay member of my employment staff, specifically over sexual preference, is anywhere near my Christian duties.
I don’t remember the Sunday school lesson on that sadly. We must confront this.
In our state, gay people are allowed to marry. That is great, for with marriage comes a great sense of happiness and pride. But for same-sex couples, there also has to be a sense of fear.
Fighting for equality isn’t easy. It’s messy. Let’s just leave it for someone else. That isn’t fair, though. We must challenge this.
Think about your average North Dakotan — we aren’t malicious. We live in the state of please and thank you, not the state of “get out.”
I think it is high time that we change this and restore religious acts. “Love your neighbor”… I remember that from church.
Maybe you don’t believe in marriage equality, and that is fine. Just recognize that if you feel an urge to fire/evict/remove a gay person from your place of business, you are not being friendly.
You aren’t stopping progress — you are simply being a jerk.