I sit here on a plane from Providence to Denver pondering on why the world has gotten so ugly and it feels like I traveled to a world so distant yet seems so close. I started following politics at the age of nine which was eleven years ago. In those nine years I have saw the first black president in the history of our country, and I also saw gay marriage become legal which was outlawed for many years. One of the greatest and most important things I saw was the hate that is sowed within our society, the hate for people who are different from “them”, the hate that makes people scared to be who they are and the hate that makes people have anxiety of others. We can sit here and say the world is a beautiful place which I do agree at times it definitely is, and where we can all go hold hands and skip in a bed of red roses, but that is not the world we live in. Their is beauty in the ugly and we as a collective must sow the fear, hate and anxieties before we all feel that pursuit of happiness we were all promised.
How did we end up here? Well most people wouldn’t point the blame to one race, group or person, but here I am doing what I do best and that is opening my big mouth. We got here because we live in two different worlds, one world where people are free to be who they are without any limitations. This is the world I thought we were headed towards, but sadly I was wrong. I was wrong in the sense that I thought their was good in all people, but if you take back the layers you see people who have hate embedded in their DNA and the only way that hate is going to ever subside our great earth is by teaching people about love, acceptance, and tolerance for all who look and act different then you and to not group one persons actions to all the people in that group.
I woke up oneway and I saw the reality of the world I thought was becoming that utopia. The other world was my reality being where you have to conform to what people tell you to be, you are their shell that must obey to what their eyes accept. You are who they want you to be, a robot that is confined to those programmed ways. You must believe in what I say, and act a certain way or we will deem you weird and out of the ordinary. You are not one of us if you break free from the shackles we put you in.
“God. Believe in god. You are a sinner. God hates you. You are going to hell. I’d rather have my own son dead then to be different from me.”
These are the words that I think of when I think of this other world, and I replay them in my head because my entire life I have had these words thrown at me like dirty being splattered on a white wall that they said to never get dirty because that white wall looks better white.
I've lived and worked around this bakery since I graduated High School in 2015. Growing up in a conservative die hard catholic family I understand his side of the argument, but I also understand why he's wrong in what he did and what he is fighting for. He's trying to use his religion as an excuse to discriminate based on a belief that a man shall only sleep with a woman, and that is his belief and should be kept out of business public or private. This is not just a case for a baker that didn't want to bake a cake, but a much broader issue for rights for all.
Let's go into some of the reasons why this case is a huge issue and then go into why the case has such a significant impact on free speech, human rights and on the LGBTQ+ community. This case is not as absurd as it would seem in 2017, because the United States has been flipped upside down and there is a culture and race war going on. This case could go either way and undo decades of progress for gay rights and human rights. The case will have a significant impact on the rights businesses have and how they can choose to do business with whomever they might deem worthy of their product or services and that is wrong because when you have a public business you are choosing to open your doors to anybody coming in regardless to sex, sexuality, race and or appearance. That is the text book definition of discrimination. It also has a huge impact on gay rights and will open the door to more suppression of an already marginalized community.
Let's go into why this is such a big deal? well it's because our country is in a war against itself. It's the culture war of 2016 caused by many things and the flames fanned by different factors. It was sparked when Donald Trump started running for President. His rhetoric and pure disrespect of the presidency is what led to this internal war against ourselves. I'm not blaming it solely on Trump, but he was the sparks that lit the building on fire, there was race issues long before Trump but this is what gave the racists a mic to speak their hate and express it to the world. The Russians took an incompetent business man that would do their biding to take our weaknesses and use them against us, the Russians are the ones who controlled Trump and everyone around him to fan the flames to spread them throughout every aspect of our country which is showing up in cases like these. Don't fall for the bating, continue to push for rights for all, and continue to push for human dignity for everyone.
We are Americans, and we might have no always been the most civil or humane country but we have that American spirit in us to fight for what is right and continue to allow for Liberty and justice for all!