Reactions to yesterday's blog post were a bit harsh. Many people believe that the Catholic Church promotes gender inequality, because it allows women to become nuns and men to become priests, but not the other way around.
So let's talk a bit about equality. That's a popular topic in the United States. Our country believes that "all men are created equal", and everyone has the same rights and privileges as a result.
In the past sixty years or so, there have been several movements that focus on minorities, in order to ensure equality. First there was the civil rights movement, then the feminist movement, and currently, we have the gay rights movement.
In my experience, these movements have not resulted in completely equality. Why do I say that? I've been excluded from all of them.
As a white person, I am not encouraged to develop racial pride, in the same way a black person is encouraged to do so. As a man, I am told to not be proud of my gender, because men have historically oppressed women. As a straight person, I am not allowed to openly celebrate my sexual identity with things like huge parades, because that is bigoted behavior.
It's a cruel double standard, to be sure. I get accused of being a racist, a sexist or a homophobe, if I try to take pride in my race, gender or sexual identity like other people do. I'm Catholic, so I sometimes get accused of being a child rapist, in addition to being a racist, sexist homophobe. From where I'm standing, things don't feel very equal right now.
I'll talk more about equality tomorrow. What do you readers think? Is there a better way for our country to have equality? How can we better help all minorities and majorities who are currently being discriminated against?