Questions to be addressed

To the Editor,

Regarding the Non Discrimination Resolution: I am for this resolution and attended the Council Meeting last Tuesday evening. I did not speak but listened to all the comments. 

I thought many of the comments against the resolution brought up important concerns that need to be acknowledged or addressed, but not in the context of this simple straight-forward resolution.
1.) Lawyers looking for lucrative lawsuits is a concern. Since this is a resolution, not a law, it does not open that door.

2.) With the changing awareness of gender issues, we are probably looking at a new way to structure public bathrooms and dressing rooms. That is not the issue here.
3.) Religious freedom in my book is about sin not crime. Sin is between the sinner and God. Love the sinner, judge not others, but monitor your own behavior.

4.) Those who saw no need for this resolution are largely people who have had no personal experience of discrimination. I raised two black adopted daughters and I was totally unaware of the racism they faced until they told me about it. And I was looking for it. These things are hidden from us until we have a personal experience of them. That is what white privilege is all about. We have to believe when people tell us they are not safe.

As Martha Brown said at the end, if we lived in a perfect world, we would not be having this discussion. But we don’t, as could be seen in many of the comments where people shared personal experiences of discrimination and bullying in this community. I urge the Council to pass this resolution.

Julia Childs
Red Lodge, Roscoe

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