Canada has been kinda smug lately about how we treat our LGBTQ community so much better than the United States do.
But you know what?
We’ve still got our fair share of Bigoted, Bible Thumping, Hiding Behind Jesusers up here too. And they love politics just as much as those possum-fucking losers in the American Bible Belt.
Why am I picking on the Christians? Because we are a right bunch of assholes sometimes.
The latest controversy is over the refusal of a Member of Parliament, Ted Falk, to attend the Pride celebrations and parade in a town called Steinbach. Steinbach is in the heart of a deeply Mennonite community where it is no secret how they feel about gay marriage.
Yes. I know that the Bible says something about “man shall not lay with man” or something along those lines. But I’m pretty sure he also told us that there was a limit on how many slaves you could own and how you’re not allowed to touch a woman when she’s having her period. By the way, it also has a list of 10 Ways Not To Be An Asshole. Otherwise known as the 10 Commandments. There’s a biggie in there about loving your neighbour as yourself. Check it out sometime.
Here’s my biggest problem with all of this. Canada is not actually a Christian country. There are a great many of us who are indeed Christian. Some of them support LGBTQ rights and some use their faith as an excuse to continue to spread hatred. But as a Member of Parliament, you must leave your personal beliefs at the door, and support the laws of this country. You are welcome to try and influence and change laws, but you must uphold the rights of all the citizens.
And unfortunately, Ted Falk, the law is not on your side here. Bigotry is something that should not be tolerated in any capacity from a Member of Parliament, and I would suggest that your personal belief system is getting in your way of doing your job.
The other problem I have is that I think bigots like Ted Falk here make some sort of weird assumption that a Pride parade and celebration is some sort of recruitment drive.
Honey, have you looked at yourself in the mirror? The gays don’t want you. There is a standard of fabulousness required that I just don’t think you could ever live up to.
Rather, the Pride celebrations are supposed to be a celebration of not having to hide yourself. A celebration of being able to love freely who you love without having to fear arrest or abuse. Clearly, we aren’t there yet, but we are a far cry from those days in New York City where the police raided the Stonewall Inn. The Pride celebrations around the world are a reminder of this event, and how far we have come in accepting and loving everybody as they are, not how you interpret that they should be.
As a Christian, your job is to promote love and protect your brothers from harm. And yes, they are your brothers. And sisters. That’s your calling.
And as a Representative of your country, your job is to uphold and support the laws that are in place, and be present in a official capacity as needed in your community. And newsflash: Part of the population that your represent is LGBTQ.
Out of all the laws in the Bible, I don’t understand why we’re allowed to ignore all the other ones from the Old Testament and yet this one is like the Golden Fucking Rule.
I mean, we’re also not supposed to eat shellfish. Do you take stand on this, Ted, and refuse to enter any restaurant that has shrimp on the menu? I mean, how are you supposed to support these blasphemous eaters of shellfish, when God has explicitly said not too?
How can you stand by and watch your children run and hug their mother or cousin who got her period this morning? The filth!
And how can I, good Christian woman that I am, stand by idly while you clearly don’t love your neighbour as yourself?
I can’t. Neither should anybody else.
Your values aren’t the only values that matter in this country. And so, as a member of our Federal Government, you need to find a way to get past your bigoted, hypocritical “value” system and do your fucking job.
Stop making Jesus look bad by using Him as an excuse to act like a dick. Just go to the fucking parade already. Wear a rainbow, have a beer and no promises, but I’m pretty sure no one is going to gay rape you.
That was actually the Catholic Church…but that’s a whole other post.