I am a libertarian and an atheist. At parties, I often find myself on the other side of discussions. People want more nanny state protections, I want less. People want more theocracy, I want less. People want to stamp out prostitution or smoking, I say people should have a right to do what they want with their own bodies, even if that means selling their services or smoking a cigar.
I've learned a few things over the years. like, real libertarians are crazy. Every time I get involved with my local libertarian organization, I run away screaming. the current batch are "pro-war libertarians". I am not even sure how that is possible. The local libertarian leadership is more concerned with petty power struggles than with addressing real issues. On occasion, they rise above their own struggles to call for the scrapping of the public school system or some such nonsense. It really is pathetic.
I cannot play with the "real" libertarians, I have little tolerance for stupidity. I address my libertarian concerns by weaving the issues into my posts... and, I talk to people. Lately I've been talking about gay rights. I cannot understand why people are so concerned about what other people do and how they live their private lives. What bothers me most is that it seems like the people who should be the most tolerant are actually the least tolerant.
Take the case of the recent gay pride march in Jerusalem. Instead of understanding the struggle of an oppressed people, some nutball religious bomber tried to blow them up with and IED while thousands of his peers protested.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews have rioted repeatedly in the past week, burning tires, assaulting policemen and damaging police cars. A 32-year-old ultra-Orthodox man was arrested Thursday morning carrying a homemade explosive device. Under questioning, the man said he wanted to plant the explosive along the parade route, said police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld.
Black Churches are another example.
“In most black churches, parishioners experienced sermons identifying homosexuality not only as a sin, but with a rage that placed it as an even greater sin, as a monstrosity, a part of a wicked spirit,” writes Rev. Horace L. Griffin in his new book, "Their Own Receive Them Not: African-American Lesbians and Gays in Black Churches."
Both groups have a long history of oppression and discrimination. Both groups fight gay rights as if the future of the world depended on it. What they share in common is intolerant religion and a myopic sense of history. I rail against the injustice and theocracy as an Atheist and as a libertarian. How people choose to live their lives is their own business.