Last night was really hard for me folks—for several reasons—some of them personal that I would rather not go into here. Although I am not an LGBTQ person myself, I do have extended family members—-who are. These are family members I love and care for very much. I do not want them to live in a world where they are hated outcasts subject to discrimination and persecution. Therefore, it is sufficient for me to say only the following:
The only truly effective means to deal with the outrages of the Trumpites and the persecution of LGBTQ Americans is for every American citizen to identify the Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical business owners who support Trump and LGBTQ discrimination in your community—all across America—and simply refuse to do business with them. Throw all of your corporate business and family business to their nonfundie-owned competitors in your city, town, or rural village. When you do so, be sure to tell the fundie business owners that their support for Trump and their favoritism toward LGBTQ discrimination and persecution are a matter of personal conscience for you, and for that reason, you are no longer going to do business with them.
Sometimes people just need a wake-up call. That would be the perfect wake-up call—one these hard-hearted people would finally listen to and take seriously.
If the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of the fundie cakeshops and other similar businesses that refuse service to LGBTQ Americans, YOU and YOUR personal conscience will be the last line of defense these people have against lives of incessant discrimination and persecution. That court ruling is coming in just a very few days or weeks. If it is a ruling that favors discrimination and persecution against LGBTQ Americans, the Trumpites and fundies will celebrate with great joy and feel that they finally hold within their hands an official government green light to publicly pursue such discrimination and persecution with a nasty vengeance.
Such discrimination and persecution will not be limited to LGBTQ people. As demonstrated repeatedly over the past two years, many of the Trumpites and their fundie allies are prejudiced against girls and women; African-Americans; Latinos; law-abiding American Muslims; and those people Jesus loved and called “the least of these” (poor people, sick people, hungry people, imprisoned people, etc.). They are even prejudiced against nonfundie Christians—who they regularly call apostates and condemn with their own words to the fires of Hell. God only knows how much they hate nonbelievers (atheists, agnostics, and “nones”) in the name of Jesus—all the while falsely claiming that they love both Jesus and them.
Follow the advice of Jesus. Do not listen to the words of these fundies. Instead, watch what these fundies actually support and do with regard to LGBTQ people. I think you will see fruits of hatred rather than fruits of love, kindness, and compassion.
All you have to do is remember folks. Remember. Remember. Always remember the famous poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller, a devout Protestant Christian who barely survived seven long years in a Nazi concentration camp before and during World War II. Its words are prominently displayed in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. Those words are as follows:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
YOU, right there in your home or business, are the last line of defense many of the outcast people in this world are going to have as we go forward in time. Never forget that Jesus was an outcast in this world, too. He knew what it feels like. No one spoke up for him in his darkest hours—except for Pilate’s wife—and no one came to his aid. We can all do better—much better. It is up to YOU and ME.