Your Human Rights Don't Infringe On My Religious Freedom

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    Sep 29, 2015 11:15 PM GMT
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mica-mcgriggs/human-rights-religious-freedom_b_8209336.html


    There is a stink in the air and it's the putrid smell of Christian elitism framed as "religious freedom." The Christian right in America has been successfully bullying non-religious and religious minorities for centuries. From the colonization of this country to the civil rights and the ERA Christians (particularly white Christians) have attempted to keep power by using cherry picked verses of sacred text to cry foul on their neighbors and friends.

    Prop 8 was the latest in a series of organized movements with a goal to shape legislation that limits citizens' rights, all in the name of God and family. While 8 has been repealed and SCOTUS has ruled in favor of justice and equality there is still a zeal around marriage equality. The World Congress of Families (which has been named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center) is scheduled to hold a conference in Salt Lake City Utah this week. I am disappointed that leaders of my church would associate with political lobbyists who aim to serve a very select constituent.

    I had several thoughts flood my mind as I read about the upcoming conference; the first thing that came to mind was about prop 8. One of the many unfortunate outcomes of prop 8 is how the Black church in America was used as scapegoat. There is a specific type of family that prop 8 serves to "protect" and it certainly isn't the black family. Campaign organizers sold their agenda to many local congregations and they were gaining momentum, it took major religious leaders (Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc.) in the black church to turn things around across the nation.

    Top community leaders including the NAACP saw how the black church was being used so serve in a Christian elitist white-supremacist agenda. I see The World Congress of Families in a similar light. They are willing to use anyone with a platform for their purpose. I believe the LDS church (my church) is being caught in that crossfire. I know that Mormons have done deplorable things in order to gain entrance into the Christian elite in America. I think we believe naively that we have arrived; but the truth is that we will always be an outsider. The "red headed step child" (who grew up to be wealthy) that will never full be accepted. Many Christians believe that we are cult! We are being used to support a cause that likely has no intention of protecting us.

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    Sep 30, 2015 4:28 AM GMT

    Mica McGriggs Doctoral Candidate, Womanist, Activist, Mormon, Scholar, Thought Leader, Therapist, Seeker of truth, light, and fun!

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    Sep 30, 2015 4:50 PM GMT
    Congratulations to retarded religious people for shitting all over spirituality for everyone. Have a great time in your imaginary heaven, that you wouldn't even be sent to upon death if it even existed, which it doesn't.

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