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Sun Aug 23, 2015, 12:57 AM

How To Get Away With Bigotry In Just 3 Words: “It’s My Faith”



On Wednesday night, the city of Houston, Texas passed an ordinance banning discrimination based on, among other characteristics, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, sex, nationality, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, and military status. Given the sweeping nature of the measure, it will undoubtedly have real, positive effects for people who are marginalized or discriminated against simply because of who they are.

But in an irony too great to ignore, the parties of god find themselves as untouched as their ideal unmarried woman:
“The ordinance applies to businesses that serve the public, private employers, housing, city employment and city contracting. Religious institutions would be exempt.”

The act is growing tiresome. When Pope Francis flashes the slightest sign that he and by extension the Catholic Church may be softening on gay rights, for example, he is hailed as a progressive. In reality, he remains to the right of George W. Bush on gay issues. Or take his steadfast position against women’s ordination into the priesthood. Imagine a corporation that reserved executive positions for only men. It would be boycotted until it either changed the policy or went broke.





http://thedailybanter.com/2014/05/how-to-get-away-with-bigotry-in-just-3-words/

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Reply How To Get Away With Bigotry In Just 3 Words: “It’s My Faith” (Original post)
Lordquinton Aug 2015 OP
beam me up scottie Aug 2015 #1
cleanhippie Aug 2015 #2
beam me up scottie Aug 2015 #3
Yorktown Aug 2015 #5
beam me up scottie Aug 2015 #6
rug Aug 2015 #9
Lordquinton Aug 2015 #11
Yorktown Aug 2015 #4
Lordquinton Aug 2015 #12
snagglepuss Aug 2015 #7
Yorktown Aug 2015 #8
Lordquinton Aug 2015 #13
EvolveOrConvolve Aug 2015 #10
Lordquinton Aug 2015 #14

Response to Lordquinton (Original post)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 01:06 AM

1. "It's my faith."

Religious exemptions like this are a perfect encapsulation of an age old refrain meant to shield those who say it from critique and ridicule: “It’s my faith.”

Remember these three words, and you can get away with holding some of the most ludicrous beliefs against common decency and good sense imaginable.

Gay people shouldn’t be able to marry. It’s my faith.

People whose religions are different from mine are going to hell. It’s my faith.

Atheists shouldn’t be president. It’s my faith.

Jews cause mischief and corruption. It’s my faith.

Women should sit at the back of the bus. It’s my faith.

Apostasy should be punishable by death. It’s my faith.

I murdered a woman. It’s my faith.

And on and on with this patently dangerous nonsense that, were it not divinely sanctioned, would be universally dismissed out of hand as the garbage that it is. Instead, these sentiments have justification in sacred texts written by ignorant men of antiquity who knew less about the world than a modern day middle school student. Yet amazingly, not only do believers accept these ideas as facts, but even those who do not, actually respect these dearly held beliefs.


We see it often enough here on DU where criticism of the pope and his misogynistic, homophobic organization by its victims is called "bigotry".

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Response to beam me up scottie (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 02:40 AM

2. The Dolts that call criticism of religion "bigotry" are just projecting bigotry of their own.

But with a small intellectual arsenal only compromised of deflection, obfuscation, and cognitive dissonance, such responses are to be expected.

I pity the Dolts.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 02:53 AM

3. They can't help themselves.

It's the only way they can defend the Church from uppity atheists.

And persecution fantasies are part of the religion, too.

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Response to beam me up scottie (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 03:14 AM

5. defending the Church from uppity atheists is good

 

Just imagine if it happened to you:

When there are uppity atheists in the neighborhood, who you gonna call?


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Response to Yorktown (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 03:43 AM

6. 80's flashback!


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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 03:21 PM

9. Tsk, does it still smart?

 

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Response to beam me up scottie (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 08:34 PM

11. Amazing how many crimes can be ignored

Because of faith.

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Response to Lordquinton (Original post)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 03:10 AM

4. How To Get Away With Absurdities In Just 5 Words: “I take it on Faith”

 

I had a conversation with a DU theist about the many absurdities of the story of Moses

Whenever I would ask how he could believe in the official story despite such and such impossiblity,

the answer came back as a mantra: “I take it on Faith”

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Response to Yorktown (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 08:42 PM

12. Faith cover all manner of crimes

From being unable to explain simple stories all the way to genocide. Biggest umbrella in the world.

Note, this is hyperboly, i hope juries at least can grasp basic english comprehension.

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Response to Lordquinton (Original post)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 10:23 AM

7. When the UK was drafting its Hate Laws some 10 or 12 years ago,

British imams requested that religions be excluded and that request was granted.


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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 10:57 AM

8. The UK Hate Speech Laws were comically asymmetrical

 

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 08:44 PM

13. There is always an exemption for religion

Cause if god tells you to do it, it's not hate somehow. I guess that's why some think that right wing atheists are so bad cause they don't have god on their shoulder telling them to hate, but if you look at the big picture their hate lines up with the cultural hate that religions have left behind.

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Response to Lordquinton (Original post)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 08:15 PM

10. Silly, dontcha know that misogyny, racism, and homophobia are okay

if they're endorsed by gawd? It says so right in the holy bible, so it must be true.

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Response to EvolveOrConvolve (Reply #10)

Sun Aug 23, 2015, 08:45 PM

14. Best source for nightmare fuel

Cause people actually take it seriously.

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