Sunday, May 14, 2006

The Private Right to Be Repulsive

Kentucky School May Lose Funding After Expelling Gay Student

There is an unfortunately all-too-common belief among some conservative Christians that belief is the be-all and end-all, that if something 'violates' their 'beliefs,' no matter how shifting and political those beliefs may be, they have a Private Right to Discriminate. That is the impulse behind marriage initiatives and amendments to state constitutions--a deep need to have an -ism codified. Like Plessy v. Ferguson.

I could see my school doing this. I don't think it would, not now anyway when it is desperate to keep and draw students. But if the atmosphere in the country became more religiously fundamentalist/conservative, I could see students agitating to get 'those people' off campus.

image by Lilith Adler


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