In this post I will explain why I now, as of today, solidly identify myself as Liberal.
I’ve been back and forth most of my adult life, between hardcore Conservativism and quasi-liberalism. I was raised to be ultra-Conservative, as in, you can’t be a Christian and even think of voting for a Democrat. I was taught from an early age that all the problems in the world were caused by Liberals, both political and religious.
For a while, I went a little left. I was living behind the Orange Curtain in SoCal and the greed and lack of compassion I saw among the Conservatives there, especially those in my church, was enough to get me to change my voter registration.
But, at heart, I think I was still mostly Conservative. Not just that I was (and always will be) pro-life, but in several other beliefs and ideas as well.
Then Target went and opened opposite sex bathrooms to transgender people.
My knee-jerk reaction was the Conservative one.
“Oh, no! We won’t be safe in the bathroom.”
But then I actually thought it through.
Really? Are transgender people that dangerous? More dangerous than porn addicts, who, btw, commit about 99.99% of sex crimes?
Uh, no. They aren’t. And transgender people are a tiny minority, as opposed to porn addicts. Approximately 1/4-1/3 of all men consider themselves addicted to porn. These are the ones who admit it.
And who do Conservatives freak out about? Gays. Lesbians. Transgender. Etc. A group that makes up less than 4% of the population.
Recently Franklin Graham and James Dobson sat down and had a heart-to-heart about how to respond if you child “comes out of the closet.” The summary is this: Kick them out of the house. Essentially gay people can infect those around them. (I love the blogger I read who pondered why gay people are only infectious after they come out, not before.)
50% of minority women are raped by an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime. And we are freaking out because less than 1% of the population gets to use their preferred gender bathroom in one store chain. We’re banishing our own children because “Christian leaders” tell us they are dangerous. The same “leaders” who tell women to remain married to their abuser.
What is wrong with us? How is this even our priority when churches are covering up for child predators?
Your child has a better chance of being molested at church than inside a Target bathroom. Why aren’t you freaking out about that?
When the Conservative church gets its head out of, er, gets its priorities straight, I’ll consider returning. Until then, you’ll find me firmly on the left.
Oh, don’t worry, I’ll still call them on their bull too, but until Conservatives learn what Christ meant by desiring mercy, I’ll be over here, on the left, watching with a heavy heart as the right continues to attack the minorities while the actual threats are ignored, excused, given a voice, offered the right hand of fellowship, and set in the high seats in the church.