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Is homophobic bigotry legally protected in the United States because it is religiously based? Remember that at one time the same evangelicals who today attack homosexuality believed into my lifetime that Black people were the descendants of Ham

Is homophobic bigotry legally protected in the United States because it is religiously based? Remember that at one time the same evangelicals who today attack homosexuality believed into my lifetime that Black people were the descendants of Ham

The New York Times wrote on November 3, 2003 that "By the 19th century, many historians agree, the belief that African-Americans were descendants of Ham was a primary justification for slavery among Southern Christians." The largest Southern Denomination is and has been the evangelical Southern Convention. They were wrong then and they are wrong now. Evangelicals will cite Paul's 1st letter to the Corinthians Chapter 6; "... Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with mena 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were." . We live in a country where our 1st Amendment separates church and state. Religious discrimination in public accommodations is unconstitutional. Religious bigotry is wrong, whether it is Christian, Islamic or Jewish. Justifications taken from nearly 2000 year old writings should not be taken out of their historical context. Bigotry is bigotry and the United States has a long history of justifying and rationalizing bigotry. It is time to stop.

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