Saturday, February 22, 2014

Antidiscriminatism - a new religion for the good people of Arizona

Am so disturbed by the new Arizona bill that proposes to allow people to discriminate against others if someone about the others violates their religious beliefs.  I wanted to declare a boycott of all Arizona academic institutions if the bill passes, but I thought better of that (for now).  And so instead I am in the process of creating a new religion that would allow good people of Arizona to discriminate against discriminators.  I know this is not fully thought out but I just had to share something ...


When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for the people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with the State of Arizona, a decent respect to the opinions of hummankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.  Alas, despite a previous well-known Declaration in 1776 that "all ... are created equal" and "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." the State of Arizona threatens to ignore this declaration and to hide under the guise of religious freedom to declare that some people are less equal than others.  In every stage of these oppressions many have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms, yet, our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our Arizonian brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over free people. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these actions, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. 

We, therefore, the citizens of the rest of United States of America, declare the creation of a new religion to counter the discrimination found both in Arizona and throughout the land.  This religion shall be known as Antidiscriminatism.  The main tenets of this religion are below:
  • The creator of the world created many different people's among which are found many diverse appearances, skills,  behaviors, preferences and other traits.
  • Discrimination against any of these people for any reason - whether explicit or implicit - whether justified by religious texts or by word of mouth - is hereby declared to be evil and is forbidden.
  • Any association with those who discriminate is an indirect support of evil and is forbidden.
  • Any payment of taxes or fees to any institution (government or otherwise) that supports discrimination shall be forbidden.
  • Any verbal or written or other support for discrimination is hereby forbidden.
  • Any association with any who have expressed verbal, written or other support for discrimination is herby forbidden.
  • Only one kind of discrimination shall be allowed - discrimination against those who discriminate.
Given the tenets outlined above, if the people of Arizona or any other state declare that discrimination will be allowed for religious reasons we free people of the United States of America declare that we shall make use of such laws to not associate in any way with those who discriminate. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jonathan,

    I also have some thoughts on this. I don't want to discuss this online. I could head out to Davis next weekend and we could discuss in person. Let me know.



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