Topic: The Law
The law is what you say the law is...
In a companion piece to the item below regarding Dayton "Scopes Trial" Tennessee, one might note this.
LGBT Federal Workers Lose Job Protections
Paul Johnson, Newscenter Washington Bureau Chief
365Gay.com - Posted: March 17, 2004 2:01 p.m. ET
Here's the scoop:
Because I am not gay - by nature I am actually rather morose and gloomy - I suppose this should not bother me. But it does.
The special counsel here is reversing the position of the federal government. You can be fired for being a homosexual - it's quit legal. The previous special counsel had it wrong? Guess so.
For the sake of argument, let's assume homosexuality is a condition one finds one simply has, like left-handedness or having red hair. That is to assume homosexuality is not something one chooses as a "lifestyle" - it is simply what is. Should "having that condition" be necessary and sufficient cause for dismissal from your job - even if having "that condition" alone is the one, and only, determining cause? It would seem so.
Well, it doesn't seem fair. But then again, homosexual folks seem to make the majority of mainstream, born-again Christian Americans very uncomfortable. Something must be done, they believe.
It seems to me we live in a dangerous world. There are the terrorists out to get us. Forty-four million folks are without health insurance. Thirty-five million folks live below the poverty line. Jobs are hard to get - the percentage of adults working is the lowest it has been in forty or fifty years. And there's global warming and AIDS (SIDA) and lot of things to worry about.
Worrying about gay marriages and spending time making sure we can fire folks for being born a bit different than John Ashcroft - or so I'm assuming about him - just seems pointlessly mean.
Or maybe I just miss the point.