If you're not a rich, heartless Republican, the handwriting's on the wall: You have been measured and found wanting, by us, the Chosen Few. I call it the “chosen few sin-drome.” Not so long ago it led to the downfall of democracy in Weimar Germany, the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, then World War II and the Holocaust.
Now once again bigotry rears its ugly head. As reported by the City Paper’s Jeff Woods: “After a testy debate in which Democrats accused Republicans of homophobia, the state House voted overwhelmingly Monday night to nullify Nashville’s new anti-gay bias ordinance and to ban any such laws in the future in any other Tennessee city.”
What does this mean, really? All too obviously, just as the Bible was once used by conservative Tennessee Christians to enslave and discriminate against black Tennesseans, the Bible is now being used by conservative Tennessee Christians to discriminate against gay Tennesseans. Who is full of holy zeal to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders? Undoubtedly, those conservative Christians who furiously try to believe every verse in the Bible even though the Bible in hundreds of verses commands or condones racism, slavery, ethnic cleansing, genocide, sexism, homophobia, fathers selling their daughters as sex slaves (Exodus 21), parents stoning girls to death for being raped (Deuteronomy 22), and “men of God” like Moses slaughtering defenseless women and children (Numbers 31).
Such conservative Christians focus narrowly on gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders as the objects for God’s wrath, rather than admitting that parts of the Bible are worse than Mein Kampf. If we no longer believe that parents should murder their children for being “stubborn” or having been raped, why should we discriminate against and persecute them if they’re gay?
Republican politicians have become stooges for the rich, special interests and conservative Christians. Their agenda is heartless and threatens everyone who doesn't fit the required mold. They continually legislate things that make absolutely no sense, in effect saying, “Discrimination against blacks and women is wrong, but we conservatives need the ability to discriminate against gays, Hispanics, Muslims, teachers, union workers and the elderly because our money is more important than their rights.” Can anyone really believe that Jesus would prefer the money of rich Republicans to the rights and needs of the outcasts, the poor and the elderly?
This discrimination will only widen if we allow it to continue, as it once did in Germany. If we are not rich, intolerant bigots who want everyone slightly different from us to submit to our vision of who they should be and what they should believe, now is the time to vote the bozos out of office, before it’s too late.
Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary,” at www.thehypertexts.com.