Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thursday unprofessionalism

1. A lesbian couple shared a kiss at a baseball game in Minneapolis.  A security guard reprimanded them, telling them “we don’t play grab ass here”, whatever that means and telling them they must “adhere to the 10 Commandments” while they were at the stadium.

Here they are (the first version, anyway):

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me
  2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honour your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbour's house; you shall not covet your neighbour's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbour's.'

Not a lot in there about kissing at sporting events.  While it bothers me that the idiot didn’t even know the commandments he was accusing others of breaking, the issue here is of course that a security guard should think it’s part of his job to berate people on what he considers to be their moral failings.  This is different from a random stranger accosting them: he was abusing his power.

It could have been worse though.  He could have thrown them out.  In Kentucky, two men were thrown out of a public swimming pool for being gay.  This was especially sad because the men had developmental and intellectual difficulties.  They already felt excluded and pointed at by society for their differences and they were further humiliated by being prevented from doing something everyone else is allowed to.

The Pavilion staff immediately entered the pool area and asked my clients and their staff to leave the Pavilion," stated Shirlyn Perkins, Executive Director of Mending Hearts, Inc. "My staff asked The Pavilion staff why they were being asked to leave, and they were informed that 'gay people' weren't allowed to swim there. My staff told this man that what he was trying to do was discrimination. The man stated that what he was doing was in the Bible and he could do it.

My emphasis, his idiocy.

He also said:

We own this place and can tell you to leave if we want to.

This is a public pool, owned by the public, which includes the men who were ejected.  More abuse of power, even more horrible than the other.

Hate the sin, not the sinner, eh?

No comments:

Post a Comment