Sep 08

The Confederate Flag, Gay Marriage, & Christianity Need to be Banned

The Confederate Flag, Gay Marriage, & Christianity Need to be Banned

Demetreus Johnson

gay battle flagAs a gay black man, my life has been full of ups and downs lately. The political events of this past year have put me on a roller coaster of emotions, and my head is still spinning. There was the sudden realization by everyone 154 years after the founding of the confederacy that the confederate flag is considered by some Americans to be racist; especially by, a surprising number of African Americans. Then there was the legalization of gay marriage, which allows all gay people to marry, fall out of love, and have a horribly bitter divorce. Some might believe we have reached the promised land of equality, but in reality, we are still in the desert of intolerance and hate with police killing black men in Ferguson.

How do I feel about all of this? In a word, offended. My dreams have been crushed, ego has been deflated, and I feel a little verklempt. I have reached my limit, and I am not going to take it anymore, because no one should ever be offended. Everyone should work together to prevent people from experiencing the trauma of wounding words and offensive objects.

When I see the Confederate flag, I take offense, exception, and great umbrage at this transgression of my emotions. Not everyone finds the flag to be a symbol of hate, but that does not matter. If even one person is put off by an object, it should be banned, burned, destroyed, and obliterated; otherwise, feelings of unease could start to permeate throughout all of our society, and we do not want that, now do we?

To be fair, while I am exceedingly thrilled and a bit giddy by the Supreme Court’s new law, which makes gay marriage legal, I know there are some Christians who are not exactly stoked about the whole two men being married thing. A few Christians have even gone as far as to claim that gay marriage is a sign of the apocalypse, which is simply ridiculous. I can say with absolute certainty that the end times will not consist of the four horsemen: war, death, pestilence, and gay marriage. The forth horseman will not be two fabulous gay men in sequence white outfits riding bareback together as Cher’s greatest hits are playing in the background.

But despite our differences in the interpretation of the Book of Revelations, I am concerned by their concern about gay marriage, because I do not want anyone to ever feel uncomfortable. For this reason, I am calling for an end to gay marriage, because no one should ever be offended.

It should be noted that while the confederate flag and gay marriage are big issues in the United States, there are many other objects and objectionable acts offending people around the globe that need to be addressed. We need to act as citizens of the planet earth to ensure that no one on the globe is ever offended. The primary directive of every government should be to offend no one.

Sadly, if we are going to be completely honest with ourselves, we have to admit that the United States as a Christian nation has fallen short of this standard. Many Muslims have been offended by the Unites States; particularly, ISIS. Many followers of ISIS have been so irked, they have murdered countless Christians. Clearly, Christian Americans have to do something to make amends for their indiscretions; after all, ISIS would not go around chopping off heads for no good reason.

While many agree with my no offense mandate, some disagree and even take offense to my no offense decree. They point out that it is impossible to not offend someone when they act, because there are over 7 billion people on the planet. If we had to gain consent from everyone before an action occurred, nothing would ever be accomplished. We would all starve to death, because the human race would be unable to identify a food to eat that was not offensive to someone: pork is offensive to Jews and Muslims, meat disagrees with Vegans, and lima beans are offensive to children.

The alternative of course to my no offense offensive is to require people to be tolerant. We would have to accept diversity. Everyone would have to agree that it is not a crime to offend another person. We would need to realize that it is dangerous to compel others to act the way we wish, because it would take away other people’s freedom as well as our own.

Such musings about tolerance by other insensitive souls are all well and good, but as a gay black man, I do not approve of tolerance for diversity. I hold fast to the belief that the confederate flag, gay marriage, and Christianity are all offensive to someone and have to go. If a reader disagrees with me, I will label them offense, and they will have to go too.


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