This blog exists to provide me with an outlet for my work-induced
madness stress, and as anyone who has ever read a single post on this site can tell you, I have plenty of stress to release.
(My 5×5 series has no bearing in this case, so put it out of your minds. All clear? Thanks. You’re the best. I mean that. Seriously, you’re cooler than Iceman, Killer Frost and Mr. Freeze combined – and wrapped in bacon.)
At any rate, there are times in life when a writer must deviate from the norm in order to stay true to his principles. This is one of those times. I ran across the following item while enjoying my lunch.
In an act of apparent lunacy, Arizona’s Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.The bill, which the state House of Representatives passed by a 33-27 vote Thursday, now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer.
Brewer, a Republican and onetime small business owner, vetoed similar legislation last year but has expressed the right of business owners to deny service.
“I think anybody that owns a business can choose who they work with or who they don’t work with,” Brewer told CNN in Washington on Friday. “But I don’t know that it needs to be statutory. In my life and in my businesses, if I don’t want to do business or if I don’t want to deal with a particular company or person or whatever, I’m not interested. That’s America. That’s freedom.”
Freedom? Are you actually suggesting that banning/segregating a particular group because you don’t agree with their ideology is what freedom is all about, Gov. Brewer?
Acceptance is a byproduct of love, which requires sacrifice and courage. To love means to put one’s desires and feelings aside. Love is infinitely rewarding but it requires infinite patience and bravery. Hatred, however, requires nothing but surrender. All one needs to do to hate is to let go and to give into our most primal urges.
As for your definition of freedom,I think there are a few folks that may disagree with you, Gov. Brewer…
I hope I’m not the only one who sees where all this is leading. Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past, a group of people found themselves segregated by their own government. Their fellow citizens, some motivated by jealousy, others urged on by blind, raw hatred, supported the government’s actions and turned in those that attempted to flee or hide from their persecutors.
Before the individuals in question could even wrap their heads around their new reality, they were faced with a greater, completely improbable crisis: Their impending extermination.
You may think I’m playing it fast and loose with my metaphors, but I grew up listening to stories about the Holocaust and just what the German people were thinking at the time and trust me, the similarities are chilling.
“The rallies and raids were like music concerts, people were swept up in the excitement and they did whatever they were told. But don’t you worry, Bobby,” my grandmother would say, “You’ll never see that happen again in your lifetime.”
We’ll see, won’t we?