re: Saying Goodbye to East Lansing

in reply to Scott Bame (FOR PUBLICATION):

Scott:

We’ve not met, so I have no particular feelings on your departure, but wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

I do need to comment on one part of your email. You state that the City banned Country Market: “because they hold traditional values for marriages on their farm location outside of East Lansing, religious values based upon thousands of years.” (emphasis added). First, they are not at the market this year not because of these so-called “traditional values,” but because they didn’t meet the contractual terms required of every vendor, which was compliance with the City’s non-discrimination ordinance. This is simply a contract issue.

More importantly, and the main reason I write - have you ever stopped to think how easily your words would have applied to inter-racial marriages when that was the big no-no in our culture? The Bible was also cited as a reason to ban interracial marriages, as you may recall. I’m sure you agree that “traditional” opinions that have been around for “thousands of years” can still be discriminatory and immoral. My deceased papa’s “traditional” beliefs were just racist. I literally see no difference between folks that disagree(d) with interracial marriages and folks that disagree with gay marriage.

This is a double standard for bigotry. It’s supposedly no longer acceptable to be a racist or a misogynist or a Nazi, at least not openly (well, before Trump). But it’s somehow fine to discriminate against homosexuals, because, some folks claim, the Bible says so! But, the Bible also justifies the subjugation of women, the stoning of adulterers, and the selling of young girls as sex slaves. So, I don’t buy it.

I have to stand up when I think something is wrong. And I think your characterization of discrimination against our gay brothers and sisters as okay because people have been doing it for a long time was wrong.

Again, good luck in your future.

Kristin Beals Bellar