Three powerful forces in society. Which ones trumps the other?
Race encompasses ethnicity so you can be racist to French people by calling them Frogs even if both of you are blonde blue eyed Aryans. You can also be labelled racist even if the “victim” doesn’t perceive it as such but any other person does. Sex is the differentiation based on gender and gender identify and also includes sexual preferences. Religion is that which you have faith in, be it a supreme being, a god, or nature, or non at all.
According the recent ruling where it is discriminatory to forbid a homosexual couple from staying in a B&B even its against your personal beliefs the rights of sex overrides the rights of religion. It has now become legal for homosexuals to go to a Muslim business and demand compensation if they are refused service. It could also be technically illegal for a B&B to refuse service to an S&M loving couple. Because S&M is just as much a sexual orientation as homosexuality is according to some people.
Or was the ruling made on which group is the lesser minority. In other words because gays are a smaller minority than Christians, gays can’t be discriminated against by Christians. But then Gays can be discriminated against by Humanists.
The judge mentioned that it is a sign that society has changed that discrimination against homosexuality is now seen as taboo. But it also shows that society is less inclined to religion than ever before, even though a large proportion of the UK state that their religion is CoE in the last census.
Statists want everyone to have all rights possible and to have the state impose them and force them on everyone, but then they don’t usually think it through. Should we have any rights other than life? What happens when a conflict between two rights occurs? Which trumps the other? Should the state impose any rights through laws? How big an issue does it need to be before friendly banter is perceived as racism.
Now we don’t want discrimination based on someone’s beliefs, sex, or colour as a good society is one where everyone is fair to everyone else but neither do we want one group to claim top trumps over another group through rights. So how do we stop discrimination without using rights roulette?
Some examples that might help the discussion.
Is it discrimination to exclude a boy from a game of football if he is crap at playing? Is it still discrimination if the boy is black as well?
Is it discrimination to not serve a black customer in a village in northern Scotland where they don’t have much choice about where they can take their business? Is it the same discrimination in deepest London where a black person can just go to the next corner and conduct their business?
Is it discrimination to stop a Scientologist from entering a Mosque? What about stopping a homosexual from entering the Mosque. Can a Muslim be stopped from entering a sex club?
Is it discrimination for a black kid to make fun of a red haired kid?
Can we not just accept that people are different and have different viewpoints, ideas, and ways of living and that unless they are committing an act of violence against us that only best way of fighting discrimination is through education and that many times the discrimintion is only perceived and does not actually exist and that groups can still live harmoniously even when they have different beliefs. In the case of homosexuality the education has used the fact that its not so much a choice as a determination by genes and hormones and brain chemistry. Race has highlighted that there are more differences within a genetic grouping (such as northern Europeans) than there is between blacks and whites. With religion it is educating others that all faiths are equal as no one faith is better than the others, no matter what the fundamentalists think.
And don’t get me started on politics!