Sunday, April 26, 2009

Thought Police

It is so ironic - even humorous, if it wasn't so perverse - that the right wing has now labeled equality efforts for the GLBT as a form of "thought policing".

The terms "thought police" and "thought crime" come from George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty Four".  The crime was based on attempts to limit free thinking.  Only thoughts in line with a totalitarian state were allowed.

Hmmm?  Who is promoting a totalitarian state?  Is it the GLBT community or is it right wing Christians?

Who is actually promoting "thought police" and "thought crime"?

The extreme right wing Christian viewpoint is totalitarian.  I must say, they are so right, they are wrong.  Any religious movement, any political movement, any movement at all that's basis is "because I say so" or "because I say God says so" is inherently flawed.  

Their goal is clear:   "Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a concept used to describe political systems whereby a state regulates nearly every aspect of public and private life."  (Wikipedia)

Is that what our United State Constitution is about?  Do you want a particular religious sect to have totalitarian rule?  What if it is not your religious sect?  And if it is your religious sect today, whose religious sect will it be tomorrow?  Are you willing to turn that over to the government or "majority rule" to decide?

Hopefully, as the religious right sees that their "majority" is quickly shrinking, they begin to see the light.  I, as a lesbian American, will defend their right to exist and practice their religion as long as they do not impede my right to exist and practice mine.  

The only policing I want to see is the kind that leads to actual Thinking.  The only religion I want to see in regulation is one that reflects a very universal truth of "love one another" and "do unto others as you would have done unto you".  There is one Law and one common Truth.  And when we find that, it does not divide based on religion or sex or age or sexual identity.  It divides based on truth and love.

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