Can Rights be Wrong?

Indiana and Arkansas are still in the news for their controversial bills adding the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people. It seems another polarizing issue and both the Left and the Right are completely unwilling to compromise. Should there be a compromise on discrimination? The clear answer is “no”, or is it?
Let’s put these vendors and purveyors of goods in a context outside LGBTQ rights.

A black photographer is hired by the KKK to cover a rally. The photographer doesn’t realize it’s the KKK and the KKK don’t know she is black. Now both parties surely don’t want to work with one another, but money has been exchanged and contracts are signed. The KKK cannot find another photographer to cover this important event and so they begrudgingly settle for this woman’s service, but she refuses returning the money. The KKK sues for breech of contract.

Next we have a doctor who specializes in cosmetic surgery. He consults with a woman who wants to augment her features. They come to a mutual agreement and exchange the proper funds and paper work. Just before he performs the surgery he notices bruises on the woman’s body and makes inquiry. She says it’s her boyfriend and she’s getting the surgery thinking it will please him, thus mitigating the abuse. The doctor decides he did not have all the information and it would be unethical to perform the surgery. He takes his fees for the consultation and returns the rest. The woman sues him for breech of contract.

You can think of myriad situations where people may have scruples differing with a client’s belief or reasons for soliciting services. A tattooist refusing to do a Swastika or a daycare center refusing service to the unvaccinated. The point being, are Christian’s practicing discrimination by sticking to their beliefs anymore than any of these aforementioned businesses?

The simple answer is “no”. Christians simply want the right to deny service to an act they view as an abomination and these people truly believe LGBTQ are living in hateful defiance of their loving god. However, marginalizing an already marginalized group never moves society forward. Should whites be able to refuse service to blacks? Absolutely not. So what is the difference? Is there one? Not really.

Christians have no just reason for treating LGBTQ differently and are terribly inconsistent with their claimed reasons. We know LGBTQ people are not sexual devious any more than straight cisgender people. They struggle to maintain healthy loving partnerships just as much as straight cisgenders. They are just as terrified about that wedding day. So LGBTQs aren’t psychologically bent, it’s not about perverse sex, and they are not demanding straight cisgenders act in any way counter to their natural state. The only reason left is religion.

Christians are ridiculously disingenuous about what they choose to defend as traditional marriage. They rightly claim god despises gay sex, but a closer Biblical reading shows men can have many wives (in fact this is recommended). Women may be bought and sold as wives. Men must marry their rape victims and vice versa. On and on, the Bible has obscene recommendations regarding traditional marriage and yet Christians are only hung up on discriminating against LGBTQ people. Where’s the legislation demanding rape marriage and polygamy?

Thankfully society’s backlash to these bills indicate sure defeat, but in the interest of compromise and freedom to practice religion and run a business in a free market society this is my recommendation: If you want to make badly reasoned discrimination a legally backed business plan you must show bigotry is part of your business model. Put it on the shop door, the website header, and your mission statement. “No service for LGBTQ”. Put it out there big and bold if you are that sure your god wants that. You want to treat people badly for a completely natural state of being, you own it. Let the free market teach you how it feels to be discriminated against.

Obviously there are parts of this country where those businesses would thrive and possibly expand as we’ve seen with Chick-fil-Aand Hobby Lobby, so contact your legislators and let this know this is discrimination for the dumbest of reasons and you won’t stand for it. Christians are wrong and hateful for thinking any part of this could be justice, but that’s the beauty of this country. You have the right to be wrong. If the law won’t hold them accountable, then it is up to us to boycott their services. Maybe we should start with the source of all this non-sense and stop going to Church. If you really care about human rights, stop supporting one of the worst violators in all of history, or don’t. That’s your right.

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Body Mods Under Fire

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Senator Missy Irvin has sponsored a bill entitled “AN ACT TO LIMIT BODY ART PROCEDURES; AND FOR OTHER 10 PURPOSES” subtitled “TO LIMIT BODY ART PROCEDURES”. It passed Arkansas Senate by a landslide and is on its way to the house. The wording is vague and depending on interpretation could outlaw body modification in general.

Jake Reynolds - Artist For Blue Lotus Tattoo in Madison, WI

Jake Reynolds – Artist For Blue Lotus Tattoo in Madison, WI

I can hear you saying, “I don’t live in Arkansas.” or “I don’t care about body mods, so this doesn’t affect me.” First off, defend the rights of those who do care. Secondly, bills like this set precedent the government can tell us what we can cannot do with our most precious possession, our bodies. Like a snowball rolling down a hill, it starts with dermals and scarification and can move into unhealthy food and drink. It removes personal responsibility. You shouldn’t eat junk and fast food all the time. You will do yourself damage. However, every now and then it’s a great treat. Just because some individuals in society eat themselves to death does not mean the government needs to reach into everyone’s life and dictate what we eat and we should not be cowed into thinking this a good way to operate a society.

Now obviously there needs to be oversight in the body modification industry just as the FDA watches over what we consume, but that is the other danger of bills like this. If you make body modification illegal it doesn’t go away. It goes underground. There are many laws in place on the industry insuring artist, piercers, and the like are held accountable. Sterilization of equipment, licensing, testing, first aid, aftercare training, health inspections, age limits, consent forms, etc. The list goes on and on what a parlor must go through to operate. If you take away the right of these law abiding shops to trade their skills and wares, criminals will provide the desired services. Kitchens and basements across the country will become populated with tattooing machines and piercing needles. No one will insure the needles are clean and single use. No one will make sure people know how to take care of their modification as to avoid infection.  No one to keep impulsive thirteen year-olds from permanently altering their body.

If someone wants to use their body as a canvas to display art, that is their prerogative. We need to nip legislation like this in bud before more liberties come under fire. Keep a sharp eye in your own state for these kind of bills. They start with the fringes of society and slowly encompass us all. Call, email, mail, Missy Irvin in protest. Let her know our bodies are just that, ours.

Senator Missy Irvin (R)
P. O. Box 106, Mountain View, 72560

Senator Irving

Senator Irving

Phone 870-269-2703
District 18
Seniority Number 13
Occupation Marketing Director
Church Affiliation: Methodist
Public Service Senate 2011, 2013 Asst. President Pro Tempore

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