- - Thursday, April 9, 2015


Civil rights in our nation are provided to citizens on the basis of who they are, not what they do. The fact of being a banker, farmer, priest, plumber, senator, president or any other modern-society job grants no one any civil rights. But those same individuals do have civil rights on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap or national origin. And all of these are components of who these citizens are, not what they do.

One might argue religion is about who one is rather than what one does. We are all possessors of a religious nature — atheist, agnostic or believer in one of the many existing sects, religions or denominations. Just as sex or age is an inescapable component of who we are, so, too, is the religious nature of every individual.

While male or female is who we are, heterosexual or homosexual is what we do. There is no biological basis for sex other than x and y chromosomes. What we do regarding our sex has no biological basis despite four or more decades of searching for that “homosexual gene” or any other biological enforcer of sexual behavior or inclination.

Being bisexual, a rapist, a monk, a heterosexual or a homosexual is no different from being a banker or a farmer in that each of these is what we do, not who or what we are. Consequently none of this is the basis for any civil rights.



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