This week, Republican Delegate Eric Porterfield from West Virginia managed to cause an uproar in the LGBTQI communtity after comparing these people to the memebers of Ku Klux Klan. He also called the LGBT community as the most socialist group in the United States, making them sound like bad people. 

First of all, I fail to see how LGBT people are comaprable to the KKK. Sure, there might be racist people in the LGBT community as well, but there are racists in most groups of people. They are often quite frankly, the opposite. Most LGBT people are quite open and let people be who they are, no matter their skin color or sexuality. I speak from personal experience when I say that many LGBT people are the most tolerant people I know, and that's a lot, since about half of my friends are a part of a sexual minority, just like myself. 

Secondly, I hate how most (most, not all, but most) Americans take the word socialism as it's the devil's invention. Yes, capitalism is the norm America is used to, but a lot of countries rely on a bit of socialism to operate. For example, Canada is a mixture of different cultures, with the country providing its citizens with public health care and in some places, really good social security. Many European countries offer free university education for all EU/EEA countries and their citizens. Those are good things, right? I'd rather not spend the rest of my life worrying about debt because I decided to get a degree. Those are basic examples of everyday socialism. Governments and countries provide for the people with the money they get from taxes. 

Of course there are issues and somewhere people are sick of the taxation. I work but my tax percentage is zero, unless I make over 9000 euros a year, which I won't. This is called progressive taxation, which many Americans also see as a communists' plan to take over the free world, which it isn't. People providing for their community by paying taxes or whatever is normal in many countries, but it's still socialism. However, those countries aren't all called the Sovier Union.

That was a little off the topic, but that's just to say socialism isn't bad. I'd love to know why LGBT people are bad, especially bad enough to be compared with the KKK. KKK is an organized group, while all the gays in the world, are not. One person isn't a threat to the society because they are gay or transsexual. Even a racist KKK member isn't a threat to the society, unless they do something. If you attack a black guy because he's black, then you're in the wrong. But does actually just belonging in a sexual minority hurt anyone? If someone is gay, does it mean a random person is going to get hurt as a result? No. What Porterfield isn't getting, is that people who are a little different, aren't a threat to anyone. Someone being a part of the LGBT community doesn't mean that all the "normal" straight people are going to suffer.

 



Submitted: February 10, 2019

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Eraser

I didn't hear what Porterfield said but I do think it's wrong to compare the LGBT community to the KKK. The issue I see has to do with political correctness. Many progressives are very militant in their opinions and advocate a certain way of speaking and acting that is Orwellian. In the name of political correctness, society is trying to make straight people think there is something wrong with them and that being gay is the preferred path. Why can't everyone just accept everyone else for who they are?

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