A Few Personal Points

To the Editor,

Red Lodge’s proposed non-discrimination resolution (NDR) states that our town should welcome everybody equally, and that everyone should have the same access to housing, jobs, and other basic human rights.
There are those, however, fighting the resolution. Some say we don’t need it because there is no discrimination in Red Lodge. Really? Here are some examples from my own personal experience:

The last City Council meeting where a transgender teenager spoke of not drinking water at school because he’s afraid he’ll be beaten up if he goes in the boys’ bathroom.

My Crow friend who won’t come into town because of how he’s been treated here.

Other friends who weren’t allowed to join the Elks because they are atheists.
The person in my bookstore asking me not to tell anyone they were buying Buddhist magazines.

The letter-writing campaign a few years back to stop a group of people from camping outside town because they were Wiccan.
Former Police Chief Hibler sitting at my dinner table talking about how we needed to drive the atheists and Muslims out of our city.

There is definitely discrimination in Red Lodge.

Others claim that this NDR discriminates against them because they don’t want LGBT people in this community, like Church of the Rockies, who passed their own resolution that says even though they love “all people,” an NDR would “have the potential to erode peace and good government” and that “the deterioration of peace and good government will likely force people to move from the city or choose not to vacation here.”

In other words, they love everybody, but they don’t want LGBT people to rent homes in our community, get jobs in our community, shop in our shops, eat in our restaurants, or go to our churches. What happened to “love thy neighbor?” Does that remind you of the people from an earlier time in America’s history saying if black people moved into their neighborhoods, everyone else would move out? Bigotry and hatred aren’t okay, even when wrapped in righteousness.

Pastor Merck from Church of the Rockies has a video on YouTube where he says, "In order for the Lord's army to capture the city of Red Lodge for Christ, we must strategically initiate spiritual conflict..."
That is what this is really about. The church’s claim that this NDR discriminates against them is a way for them to “strategically initiate spiritual conflict” within our community. Don’t let their strategy work to divide Red Lodge.

I urge everyone to support the NDR and pull our community together instead of allowing its opponents to tear us apart.

Gary Robson
Red Lodge

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