I don’t often get political in this space, but for this week’s (Almost) Wordless Wednesday, I feel like I have to. I’m sure that if you are here in America, you have caught a whiff of the rise in “religious freedom” bills. The state of North Carolina recently passed one. The state of Georgia was on the path to pass a similar bill but due to economic pressures, the governor refused to sign the bill. The South Dakota governor also vetoed a similar bill. Mississippi, in all of her infinite wisdom decided to pass and sign into law a bill harsher and more restrictive…or broad…as the case may be than the NC bill or most of the bills proposed in other states.
In a state with a long and storied history of discrimination and inequity, it is almost unfathomable to me that we are traveling down a road that we have been on before…a road that for the record is crumbling because Mississippi cannot adequately fund our infrastructure. Mississippi is last or almost last in every category that measures prosperity and progress, but we focus our efforts on legalizing discrimination.
It is painful to realize that progress not only isn’t being made but we are in fact moving in reverse.
I’m not sure why sexuality seems to be our huge hang-up in this country. I don’t know why another person’s choice is so threatening or damaging to us. I don’t know why we focus on “religious liberty” when it comes to sexual orientation or in the case of Mississippi’s new law – sex outside of marriage – but not any other sin. As I said to a friend on Facebook, who went on a tangent about how he doesn’t “condone” same sex marriage, do we tell obese people that we love them but can’t condone their lifestyle? Or do we tell people who work for payday or title loan companies that we love them but can’t associate with them because we can’t condone their work? What about single mothers? I love you but I can’t condone your lifestyle.
Of course we don’t say that. Because we aren’t that big of assholes. Except when it comes to sex.
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that last night I consciously went out looking for beauty in midst of all of this ugliness, and that reminded me that I had some beautiful photos lurking in my archives. Beautiful white flowers – some weeds and some intentional plantings – but beautiful nonetheless. It reminds me that even in the ugliness, there is purity. One of the saving graces that I have seen regarding Mississippi’s folly is so many of the people I know regardless of their political, religious or philosophical beliefs are against HB 1523 and believe it to be a dangerous precedent. It is grace and beauty in the face of so much ugliness.Much beauty is found in Mississippi in spite of HB1523 Click To Tweet Grace and beauty remain in the face of so much ugliness Click To Tweet
There is indeed much beauty in Mississippi, and I believe that the potential to change is here. I know that this law will not stand, and the upswing might be that young people might get more involved in politics. I’ve been sending my legislators on both the state and federal level emails and making calls. I’ll be at the next town hall meetings as well. My voice is just as important as those who are screaming for “protections” for their particular flavor of discrimination, and I believe that those who believe the way I do are actually in the majority.