Discrimination is everywhere!

In case you missed it, my post on gay marriage turned into a long frustrating “debate” with a random visitor. When looking into this guy’s website I found his amazing definition of discrimination…

Here’s the breakdown for all levels, a marriage that excludes one sex or another is discriminatory. In a same sex marriage the individuals are participating together in the discrimination against a sex. In the delusion of claiming “gender neutrality” a government that accepts a discriminatory marriage as equal to a non-discriminatory marriage endorses gender discrimination.

After reading that, it was clear that there was no way to debate an individual who believed “discrimination” was defined in such a way. Wouldn’t a white man marrying a white woman then be discrimination against other races? Goodness, we have a lot of racists in this country!

From Merriam Webster, the usage of “discriminate” as an intransitive verb: 2 : to make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit. OK, I see where he’s coming from. A man chooses to marry a man, because he likes men. But he’s discriminated against a perfectly worthy female candidate. It makes so much sense, because afterall homosexuality is a simple choice. A “switch” even. Just flip it off and marry the woman instead. (heavy sarcasm there, for people who have trouble) So, if gay marriage is discriminatory because both sexes aren’t equally represented, then what else is discriminatory?

  • This morning I chose to order an Americano at the coffee shop. I discriminated against lattes, mochas, and dairy products as a whole.
  • I ate a burger at a BBQ on Saturday as opposed to a hot dog. I’ve helped oppress processed pork products.
  • I’m writing this on a weblog instead of a letter, newspaper or newsletter. I’ve discriminated against all print media.

What discrimination have you been up to lately?

5 thoughts on “Discrimination is everywhere!

  1. sicarter

    So, if I only date men (I am a woman), am I discriminating against women? Or men? I am getting confused by his circular logic. I could take it to a whole nother level and add that I only date *human* men? Is that discriminatory in some way to other mammals?

  2. Admiral PP

    I have been discrimiating against sleep. I have to wake up early, and I watch TV and play xbox all night.

    Actually, as it turns out, I guess I’m just lazy.

  3. On Lawn

    It makes so much sense, because afterall homosexuality is a simple choice. A “switch� even. Just flip it off and marry the woman instead. (heavy sarcasm there, for people who have trouble) So, if gay marriage is discriminatory because both sexes aren’t equally represented, then what else is discriminatory?

    I appreciate the honesty here. What you are arguing is that discrimination is okay if it is genetically ingrained. I remember that during the civil rights movement, discrimination against blacks was justified in much the same way. They argued there was a natural purposeful aversion built into our genetic make-up, and so that justified the discrimination against that race.

    Also, I find it funny that you close one discussion only to try to open another where you can publically lick your wounds with your echo-chamber zombies. Funny because I see it used all to often. I’ve never understood why running to an echo-chamber was ever considered a rational course, or a way to enlightenment.

    But lets get serious here. You simply ignored my last comment. I’m shocked, shocked to find ignorance so actively persued here!

    You always could answer the questions. Your attempts at sarcasm are simply undermining your position.

    This morning I chose to order an Americano at the coffee shop. I discriminated against lattes, mochas, and dairy products as a whole.

    The cruxt here is are you allowed to discriminate on a personal level? What you did is evident. In fact people will choose one coffee brand over another and say they do it because of their “discriminating tastes”. That kind of discrimination, however, doesn’t match the definition you gave in this article. Why you didn’t give the full definition is, well, just further admission by yourself that you don’t want to see things circumspectly. You want your comfortable echo chamber and limited knowledge. Too much knowledge and reality, apparently, upsets your oh-so-noble values.

  4. lopolis Post author

    Yes, I ignored your previous comments for the reasons I laid out in my last comment on the post here. Once again, we have different definitions of what marriage should be, and thus we are going to have very different beliefs on what is or is not discrimination when it comes to allowing individuals to get married.

    Because I believe (that key word “believe” again) your definition is laughable, I decided to laugh at it here with a new post. I do not think same sex marriage is discrimination, the same way I don’t think that choosing a hamburger instead of a hot dog is discrimination. You pointed to the m-w.com definition of “discriminate” as “a choice” but this is not the type of discrimination I’m talking about in regards to gay marriage. See the definition I pointed to. Changing definitions of a term haphazardly to further your beliefs seems dangerous to me, but that’s your choice. Once again, we’ll have to agree to disagree because we have different beliefs.

    I find it very frightening that “freedom of choice” and “discrimination” (definition 2) can be confused/interchanged as you’ve done.

    Because I see no more constructive discussion coming out of this (again, see my previous post), I’m going to end this one here. My echo-chamber zombies will be quite happy where we are and we’ll continue to support gay marriage. If you wish to continue the discussion, feel free to e-mail me, but I don’t promise to respond.

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