Fair warning dear readers, this post will be a little tongue in cheek, but then again…….maybe not. Regular readers know from my last two posts that I really don’t find boycotts effective, and I have been slowly converted into Agnostic/Atheism by the Conservative Christians. However, with the recent passage of the so-called “Religious Freedom Law,” in my neighboring state, Indiana, I have come to a revelation. It’s time for the LGBT Community to create our own religion.
For the ten people on holiday in the wilds of Alaska who might not know, the “Religious Freedom Bill,” was drafted by the Republican majority Statehouse in Indiana, as a version of the Federal law of the same name but with much different intentions. It basically allows public business owners to refuse service to anyone, based on their religious beliefs. Republican Governor Mike Pence, who has been a potential Presidential candidate, signed the bill into law last week, saying at the time of signing, that the bill in no way allows discrimination. Of course it does, and by the Governor’s appearance on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, he flat out refused to answer the question that it does not discriminate against the LGBT Community, and even added that he would never make the Community a protected class, exempted from such legislation as many other States have done.
Commendably, many national businesses and celebrities have come out against the law, with some even boycotting expansion or holding events in the Hoosier State. Angie’s List, Sales Force, GenCon, Yelp, the NCAA, Audra McDonald, Ashton Kutcher, Charles Barkley, and more have voiced their disappointment in the new law. As much as the law was intended to discriminate against the LGBT Community amid all the growing support for same-sex marriage and equal rights, the law lets anyone discriminate based on any religious beliefs. So realistically, a Muslim shop owner can refuse service to a woman, because they refuse to wear a burka or some type of head covering.
Now back to forming our own LGBT Community religion. I looked it up. It doesn’t really take much to become ordained and to start your own ministry. An online blessing and certification, along with a quick charter and tax paperwork filed and viola!, you are an official religion that has all the same rights and grievances afforded everyone else in Indiana’s new law.
Let’s start with a name and a Diety to worship. Personally, I think we should call the religion, “Disciples of Star Fleet,” and worship to our God, Takei. He will be a benevolent God, teaching in the ways of acceptance and non-discrimination. I think we should take the shooting star logo from, NBC’s, “The More You Know,” campaign, layering it above the Starfleet symbol. With the simple prime directive, ummm, I mean religious purpose statement of, “Accepting everyone from all the colors of the rainbow,” we will have just cause to not serve anyone who does not believe as we do.
Not to stereotype, (okay, just a little), what if our first “recruitment” drive to our religion was aimed at all the hair stylists of Indiana. Most good hair stylists I know are either in our Community, or are strong allies of it. Could you imagine what would happen if the, “bless your heart, little old blue haired ladies,” could not get their regular weekly or monthly stylings, and could be refused service without promising to accept the LGBT Community? Heck, just the 15 Republican women in the Indiana State Legislature alone, (thank you google), would never vote for another discrimination bill.
What if just ten percent of the star forwards of all of Indiana’s high school, college, and professional basketball teams came out as gay and refused to play against the religious private schools, on our their religious grounds? (Basketball is big in Indiana. Didn’t you see the movie, “Hoosiers,” with Gene Hackman? Shame on you!) Or what if one of our stars of stage, screen, or behind the cameras, like Ryan Murphy, Jeremy Jordan, Mike Epps, Vivica A. Fox, and Brendan Frasier, decided you could not see their movie, play or television show because you support LGBT discrimination?
What if our religion really took one of the Bible verses to heart and agreed that the most important commandment is to, “Love one another as I so love you,” with the caveat that it’s only if you aren’t straight. Wouldn’t that be a kick in the head to the Christian Right? So in all silliness/seriousness, who wants to become ordained with me in the Disciples of Star Fleet? Let’s go out and spread the good word in Indiana, and maybe in Arizona and Georgia soon, that our LGBT Community has a religion as well, and some of you all that discriminate against us, may find the shoe on the other foot sometime soon.
Purporting to run a business for the general public should mean the ENTIRE public. There should not be a law that allows discrimination based on your religious beliefs to just one segment of the population. It has been tried before with women, black people, Irish people and more, but it just doesn’t stand up. Not only is it not good for business, it’s not good for your so-called spiritual health. As I kneel down, all I am asking is that the great and mighty Takei, look down upon our people, and share his enlightened wisdom.