I Don’t Believe You.

February 28, 2014

There’s been some hubbub in Georgia about a bill similar to Arizona’s protection of religious freedom. Both bills have been vetoed or shot down.

At first, when I saw all the Facebook posts about signing petitions and sharing articles about how ignorant and prejudiced the bill was, I looked into it. I actually tried to read it, and other than clearly having an anti-choice stance, I couldn’t understand how it could be racist or anti-gay. To be fair, I had trouble understanding the bill as a whole.

This morning I saw an article on the Washington Post: “After Veto in Arizona, Conservatives Vow to Fight for Religious Liberties.” Being the skeptic I am, my first thought was “Really? REALLY?? Is this just the liberal media blowing this out of proportion? Conservatives can’t possibly care that much about denying gays the right to spend money at these businesses. Is it really that important not to let them spend money at their establishments?”

The answer, amazingly, is yes. People genuinely feel threatened by marriage equality.

I just…I can’t…what?

I know, I’m clearly very naive. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I went to college in New York City. My dad is Chinese, my mom is a Caucasian lesbian. Certain conservative or ignorant points of view genuinely confuse me.

Anyway, that’s all really. I wanted to say something about this without starting a comment war on Facebook.