Don’t Tread On Me   Leave a comment

The Gadsden (Don’t Tread On Me) Flag has been associated almost exclusively with American right-wingers over the past half-century, and it’s as popular as ever with them since the rise of the Tea Party. Of course, conservatives think that they have a monopoly on all things patriotic and American, but the reality is that their ideology embraces most the very worst aspects of American culture while working furiously to undo nearly all the progress that we’ve made in our two and a half centuries of existence. It occurred to me how ridiculous it is for the American right to use this flag while spewing such awful hatred against those who don’t fit neatly into their narrow worldview. And then it occurred to me that the non-lunatics ought to reclaim it. Why should the Tea Baggers have exclusive rights to this flag?

I was certain that someone had created a Gadsden/rainbow flag hybrid already – it’s been done with countless other  flags – but I could only find a couple examples, and they were both poorly done. I thought this was a bit of a shame, so I decided to create it myself. Here it is. Take it and use it, copy it, make it your Facebook profile, show it to the world. Happy Pride Month.

I’d like to think that we didn’t have to fight this fight, and that everyone would just accept homosexuality for what it is, but ignorance doesn’t go away so easily.  I can’t believe that so many people could still be so stubborn and thoughtless about this, but they are, so the rest of us need to keep fighting it.

Just because society doesn’t conform to your tiny-minded worldview doesn’t mean that you’re being oppressed. Stop complaining that the gay agenda is shoving it’s worldview down your throat. If you’re unable to except homosexuality, that’s your fault, not theirs. You have no right to demand that others forfeit their human and civil rights just because you’re unwilling to accept they have these rights. Don’t try to use religion to prop up your ignorance. No one owes your beliefs any respect if your beliefs are wrong. Don’t say, “I love the sinner, but I hate the sin.” Homosexuality is not a sin. It just isn’t. And that’s really all there is to say.

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