The new Vicar of Christ, Pope Francis, is a rare example of a humble intellectual. With him guiding the Barque of Peter, the horizon looks bright not only for Catholics but for all men of good faith.
Vote together, and render threat impotent
I attended a presentation by Fairness West Virginia concerning efforts to educate our legislators about challenges faced by the LGBT community to gain rights to protection from unfair discrimination in housing and employment. The focus of Fairness WV is to insert language into the state's human rights law to make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation unlawful.
While the group's energy is laudable, they are fighting some of the same insidious behind-the-scenes battles that have paralyzed our congressman and senators in Washington. In particular, fear being spread among elected officials, especially those perceived as more vulnerable in their districts, that to vote a certain way will result in a focused future campaign to unseat them as a result of their voting record.
Our elected officials need not succumb to this intimidation tactic. Instead, they can turn this threat on its head, using it as a call to collective action. By voting together on an issue, they can frustrate the fearmongers. Without anyone to single out, the threat is rendered impotent.
When it comes to reducing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, there is absolutely no reason our representatives should not change our currently deficient laws.
It is clear to me, and I hope to you, that everyone should enjoy freedom from the petty whims of closed-minded, misinformed people. Otherwise, our society jeopardizes its growth toward true equality for all.