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Promoting Equality = Buying Into the "Homosexual Agenda"?

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The right-wingers certainly do like to exaggerate and twist things -- especially when it comes to sex. For some reason, they love to worry about what consenting adults are doing in the privacy of their own bedrooms, and they want to dictate whom you can love and whom you cannot.

So now Rev. Don Wildmon of the American Family Association is accusing McDonald's of buying into the "homosexual agenda". Why? Because the fast food giant has contributed money to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, which "promotes hate crimes [legislation], the ENDA [Employment Non-Discrimination Act]."

Therefore, says Wildmon, "[T]hey're dedicated to pushing the homosexual agenda."

Wait a minute. This seems to imply that McDonald's is doing something wrong by supporting organizations that support non-discrimination legislation. In other words, Wildmon is telling us that it is wrong to support equality for all our citizens.

In other words, Wildmon is telling us that discrimination is right, and equality is wrong.

Apparently, he believes that some people are worthy of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution, but other people are not. And he believes that he is qualified to judge who is, and who isn't. How arrogant is that?!

Apparently, he believes that gays and lesbians should be treated as second-class citizens, because for some odd reason he feels threatened by the private bedroom activity of others.

Apparently, he believes that any person, or any corporation, who supports fairness, equality, and love is "buying into the homosexual agenda".

But what is the homosexual agenda?

It is the right to be treated the same as anyone else, and to enjoy the same protections and freedoms as anyone else. The homosexual agenda is about equality and respect for all people, regardless of whom they sleep with.

The Declaration of Independence states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

"All men are created equal." All. Not just the heterosexual ones. And those rights are unalienable.

That, quite simply, is the homosexual agenda -- as bought into by Thomas Jefferson.
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