justread posted at 07:33:37 AM on Oct 08, 2015:
I agree with the intersection of two of the three big issues and legislation. Work and school need to be protected areas for all.
But I think the area of faith and worship needs to be organic. Let's say I'm gay. Wouldn't I find a church that truly accepts me as me? Or would I be required to go "fix" all the churches that don't accept me because of their beliefs? Hell, I left a church for less reasons than that. But still, an issue of "fit." I didn't feel obliged to "fix" them. As much as they are way of base to suggest that those who aren't like them can and must be "fixed."
I don't think I want churches to be forced to all think the same, whether I agree with what one church espouses or I don't. My gay sibling had no problem finding a church that felt like home. No, it wasn't the church we grew up in.
Justread-I totally get this, and religion is certainly something, that in my view, mostly gets to do what they want, regardless of the perceived validity. Article 1 and all of that. It's a pillar of our constitution. On their end though, they are supposed to stay out of government, which they can't seem to not do. Sorry-tangent.
To the point of the 3 issues-those are their 3 key awareness issues they're dealing with right now. I don't expect the religious piece of it will creep into a Mayoral Forum, although I could be wrong. That just feels like an ongoing education portion. I would agree that it's not the Mayor's nor really anyone's job to tell a religion how to operate, and i don't think they're asking for that. i hope I didn't misrepresent them there.
At this point, I'm 90% sure Bandito is trolling.
Oh, totally. However, he brings up an interesting point that had me consider exactly how I feel. His message, while clumsy and icky, is nonetheless worth discussing and vetting. What IS the role of government in Social Issues. Those of us on the left haven't always been articulate about how we feel is the best may to help move society forward (you know, accepting everyone, equality, etc). The right (or the "libertarians") have been much more black and white about the issue and have therefore, more successfully argued in favor of Government not getting involved. I think it sheds light on the perception of bureaucrat vs. elected leader. After much thought, I do very much believe that LGBT issues fall on local politics, maybe not to legislate at the moment, but to be aware of and prepared for any possible future issue. All politics is local, just because a nationally controversial issue hasn't hit this city (LGBT) doesn't mean we're immune to having to deal with one in the future. We've actually had a few incidents that flared up a bit, including the person that was jumped and beaten the crap out of last year if I'm recalling correctly . A lot of information and a little sensitivity could help our future and current leaders, you know, lead.