Fired for support of marriage equality and help free atheist!
Issues in the News:
I. Dannika Nash wrote about Christian churches wondering why young people are leaving Christianity in droves, "(we) will not stick around to see the church fight gay marriage against our better judgment. It’s my generation who is overwhelmingly supporting marriage equality, and Church, as a young person and as a theologian, it is not in your best interest to give them that ultimatum."
Well, in a not very surprising result, the Christian summer camp fired her, as is their right of course. But just because something is a right, doesn't make it not idiotic. This is the reaction to her free speech, to fire her because they don't agree with her assesment or position on marriage equality for gays and lesbians?
Since about 3/4ths of those under 30 support marriage equality, they are going to have a lot more young people leave Christianity if they continue to fire its' supporters.
II. A Christian right-wing professor at an evangelical college compared homosexuality to racism. When asked why there were no gay panelists on a sexuality panel, he stated, “I wouldn’t want a pro-racist person on this panel if the question were racism.” Yes, because supporting marriage equality, is just like hating people for the color of their skin, but of course.
III. Lastly, the Center for Inquiry, which I am proud to say I am a member, is asking folks to e-mail Secretary of State John Kerry to urge him and the Obama Adminstration to advocate for the release of atheist bloggers who have been arrested by the Bangladesh government for their criticism of religion, and Islam in particular.
One of these atheist bloggers is Asif Mohiuddin. He was arrested on the charge of "hurting religious sentiment." Strange, a nation with millions of Muslims who wield strong political power seem to be afraid of having their feelings hurt. It seems that whenever religion becomes too powerful, be it Islam in Bangladesh today or Christianity during the Middle Ages in Europe, blasphemy laws will be enacted and enforced.
As a humanist I say, if you disagree with me, tell me why. I don't want the government protecting my feelings from what you believe. So why do so many on the religious right-wing, think they can use government to protect their feelings?