Moron of the day, Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) told ThinkProgress last week that he believes someone should be able to be fired for his or her sexual orientation.
He said this, because he thinks being gay is a choice. So… of course, I wrote him a letter:
Dear Jamey Lankford,
All things aside, who cares if being gay is a choice? The legality of firing someone for something they choose to do in their own free time is pretty clear cut. Sure, if someone is butt-fucking on their desk at H&R Block, or scissoring on the counter at Subway while they are supposed to be making sandwich art, they should be fired, but that would also be the case if they were having straight sex.
Maybe you hate gay people. Maybe you think what they are doing with their lives is a sin. But, in our country people of all kinds of different beliefs, colors, religions, and sexual orientations are supposed to be protected by laws, and being gay is protected by any number of these laws.
If YOU start ignoring these laws or KEEP ignoring these laws when it comes to one group of people, you never know when someone else is going to START ignoring these laws when it comes to YOU and what YOU want to do and who YOU are.
What if someone wanted to fire you for being a ginger, because your soulless pale skin is more susceptible to skin cancer, and they don’t want their health insurance rates to go up because you are always having to have biopsies?
What if someone wanted to fire you, because you have a terrible haircut? Your terrible haircut reflects poorly on the company. People think you are cheap and have no sense of self worth.
Anyone or anything can be demonized and that’s why we have laws. You should know a few of them before you get into politics.