Well, I’ve mentioned this before, but I think it deserves another go.
A lot of people whine about “equal rights”. I say get the fuck over it. You aren’t after equal rights, you want equal privileges. You already have equal rights. Rights cannot be taken from you, that’s what makes them rights. You can give up your rights, but if they are denied to you they aren’t rights, they’re privileges; which are the things an authority figure can choose to give to you or take away.
Let’s go over just a few of these:
You have the right to defend your life. You have the right to defend your freedom. You have the right to seek happiness. You have the right to love whom you will. You have the right to any religious belief you want. No matter who you are, no matter where you are, you have these rights, the end. By exercising these rights, you may risk having some of your privileges taken away, but no one can take your rights. People can and have been anything from beaten to burned at the stake for believing in a religion, but that didn’t stop them from believing it.
Some people have the privilege of defending their life with violence without legal repercussions. Some people have the privilege to speak freely in public about any subject they wish without repercussions. Some people have the privilege to marry the person they love. Some people have the privilege to practice their religion in public. Some don’t.
Some of these privileges are really nice. Some of them are things I personally would be willing to kill for, though I have no intention of dying for anything. That doesn’t make them rights. Get it right.
You might get attacked for exercising your rights. You might go to prison, might even get yourself killed. That doesn’t mean anyone’s taking your rights.
If you’re tied to a big pole, people are screaming obscenities and calling you a witch, and they’re lighting the fire… That means you’ve lost the privilege of living peacefully in their society, but they haven’t taken your right to believe in your religion.
If you love someone you can’t marry, you don’t have equal marriage privileges. Marriage isn’t a right, love is a right. If you want to get married, fine, but I don’t want to hear that it’s a right. Marriage is a social institution managed by the government and devised by Christianity. If you don’t care about the government or that particular religion, why the hell do you want to get married anyway? I think it’s enough to be in love.
So go ahead and pursue the privileges you want, but pick your battles, think for five minutes and figure out what actually matters, and for gods sake don’t call them rights.
May you find what you seek,