What are we really protecting?

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Okay, the term “protected class” sounds somewhat highbrow and quite accomplished.  If you know what it means it even has the potential to make you feel as if something noble is happening, when in fact it really just refers to a group of people whose rights are more sacred than everyone else’s.  If we view this idea of protected classes through the best possible light, most of those classes of people are folks who are born with traits that make them different from the majority.  If this is the lens from which we are to view the idea of equal opportunity for all and equal protection for all, why then are we creating a protected class of people based on their sexual choices? 

I don’t believe that it is anyone’s business what two consenting adults choose to do with each other behind closed doors, however I definitely believe that it is behind those doors where that business should remain.  The idea of openly gay people serving in the military doesn’t bother me as much as the open part.  Serving in the military is a job, it is a chosen profession and has nothing to do with one’s sexuality.  Why then does someone need to be openly sexual at all?  Why is it necessary to put your sexuality or sexual preferences in someone’s face at work?  Is there anyone who is openly missionary, or openly doggie style?  After protecting someone’s sexual preferences for another person, we will eventually begin protecting the actions that they choose with whomever they choose. 

I think that all of  this protection by the government, if left unchecked, will turn into big brother in more ways than what would make any of us feel comfortable.


3 thoughts on “What are we really protecting?

  1. You stated that the term ‘protected class’ “really just refers to a group of people whose rights are more sacred than everyone else’s”, but in fact “protected class” does not refer to any particular group of people. Under the law, a protected class is a classification, such as race, relgion or gender.

    The law doesn’t just protect any PARTICULAR race, religion or gender. Many people are confused by this because they assume the term “class” is like middle class, working class, etc. But in this context it refers to the various classes or classifications that laws against discrimination or bias-related (hate) crime laws cover, not groups of people.

    For instance, one protected class is religion, but no law states that only Catholics are protected against discrimination based on religion, but not Baptists. If it did, it would be unconstitutional, because we are all afforded equal protection under the law.

    • I apologize for the response taking so long. “Protected class” is the exact term that I meant to use as a group of people who are grouped together and labeled can be referred to as a class of folks. I am saying that by protecting sexuality, sexual orientation, and people’s choice of adult sexual partner the United States is going too far. I believe that soldiers in the military are employed by the US and because that is their chosen profession, matters of sexuality should be left out. I believe that “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was a way of avoiding the sexual issue altogether.

  2. There are already many gay people serving honorably in our armed forces. They are adults. They separate their sex lives from their work lives. To me, “openly serve” means that, if it comes up… the choice and gender of one’s partner is no one’s business but one’s own. Alas, there are non-adults of all genders everywhere, and we all pay the price.

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