When my family and I moved to Utah about three years ago, I was amazed at the amount of ignorance and bigotry being spewed concerning (what I consider to be a relatively easy-to-understand equal protection of the laws) secular equality issue.
I constantly asked myself, how can obviously intelligent people devolve into a pack of fear-mongering liars? What part of The Golden Rule do these so-called Christians not understand?
Understanding the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the concept of “similarly situated,” and the nuances of judicial scrutiny might be a bit harder.
In an “Ah ha!” moment of pure enlightenment earlier today, I believe I now understand why equality is such a difficult pill for many Utahns to swallow:
Equality is a threat to the authoritarian social order created and perpetuated by conservative, traditional, “Christian” religion.
My moment of enlightenment came while reading Glenden Brown’s essay on the One Utah website (http://oneutah.org/2011/02/10/dallin-oaks-demands-special-rights-tradition-versus-modernity/#more-22842). Highly recommended!
Some Utahns are and probably will always remain ignorant (“pig-sex”) bigots. Some Utahns seem to be unwilling or unable to engage in an intellectually honest, rational discussion of these important, secular issues (“When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done.”). I can but hope that the ignorant and the unwilling eventually will be outnumbered by those who firmly believe in the rule of constitutional law and the ethical treatment of their neighbors.