I generally try to avoid ranting. As a rule, my ‘snarky snippets’ are enough to release the pressure that builds as a result of the chaos and corruption of our government and the idiocy of our society, and then I can go back to breathing and writing more well-reasoned pieces. But sometimes a number of issues converge, and it is blowup time. I can either blow up at my family, who do not deserve to be the brunt of my temper, or I can let the steam off here on my blog in an all-out rant. I choose the latter, so please bear with me.
There are two professions that should be above politics, though there is a necessary correlation: Teaching and Medicine. There is only one valid reason to enter into either of these fields, and that is a genuine desire to help people, to make a difference in this world, to be a humanitarian. Anybody who enters either of these professions for any other reason … well, they ought to get out. If you have any other motive, then I do not want you teaching my grandkids and I don’t want you being responsible for my life or that of a loved one.
Of late, it seems that some in the medical profession have decided they only want to treat people of one sort, while excluding some of the people who may need their services most. They are bigots and homophobes, and they ought to go work in an auto plant or a bank, for they are not humanitarians. I am talking, of course, about the recent push by some to allow health care workers to legally discriminate against the LGBT community.
Discrimination is against the law, just in case anybody has any doubts. We have something called ‘civil rights’ in this country, or at least we did until just over two years ago. I would also remind you that this is a secular nation, meaning our government is not tied to any specific religion and does not make laws that discriminate pro or con any specific religion. Until, that is, the evangelical Christians and Donald Trump came together. Suddenly, under the Reign of Trump, it is said to be okay to refuse health care to LGBT people.
Why, you ask? Because the bulk of those who support Trump are these evangelicals and Trump believes he only needs to serve his supporters, not the majority of us who cannot stand the ‘man’! So, along come the ‘evangelicals’ and they say to Trump, “Hey, Don, our bible says that sex between two men or two women is a sin, and so we want to have nothing to do with those gay and transgender people. Can you help us out here?” And so Don helps them out.
From the New York Times …
President Trump on Thursday announced an expanded “conscience rule” to protect health care workers who oppose abortion, sterilization, assisted suicide and other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds.
The rule establishes guidelines for punishing health care institutions with the loss of federal funds if they fail to respect the rights of such workers.
“Just today, we finalized new protections of conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students and faith-based charities,” Mr. Trump said in a Rose Garden event for the National Day of Prayer. “They’ve been wanting to do that for a long time.”
The ‘rights of such workers’??? What about the rights of a sick person or a child??? What about the human rights to an education and health care? What about civil rights??? Only about 25% of the population of this nation identify as evangelical, and yet that 25% … that minority … now gets to decide on the laws of the land for us all?
As those of you who have followed this blog for a time are aware, I am not religious, but I respect the religious views of all others, including Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Jains, and all others. I shy away from discussing religion on this blog for that very reason … I recognize that there are many different sets of beliefs out there and I would never willingly offend any. That said, there is only one qualifier: don’t shove your religion on others, including myself! This latest move by King Trump is doing just that. It is saying that a nurse can refuse to take the blood pressure of a gay person, an ambulance driver can refuse to transport an accident victim who happens to be transgender and instead may leave him by the side of the road to die.This nation was founded in part on religious freedom, and yet now, some 230 years later, the current regime is attempting to force this entire nation to believe as a mere 25% of the population believe. What is wrong with this picture???
I want you to think about a question: What’s next? Yes, what’s next … we know there will be a ‘next’, for when Trump gets his way once, it emboldens him to go on and push for more. So, by autumn will he sign a new rule saying it’s okay to deny an education or medical treatment to African-Americans? Far-fetched, you say? I think not. The bulk of his supporters are evangelicals, and they got what they wanted. The bulk of his supporters are also white and believe that this nation should favour Caucasians. Will they get their way also?
Bigotry takes on many forms from homophobia to misogyny to Islamophobia to racism and in every instance it is a result of fear … in every instance it is the face of ugly. I look around this country … a country I’ve lived in all my life, a country I thought I knew … and more and more I see the face of bigotry, the face of ugly. I see the arrogance of those who think they are somehow superior based on the colour of their skin, or their religion, or even their gender. I don’t like what I see, do you? Think about it.