They call it the "Truth Truck". I call it a lie. One of the Ten Commandments says "thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor". Who knew?
Oscar Wilde once said, "Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people whom we personally dislike."
Today that morality is simply hateful as any "truth truck" will attest.
These broken-down vehicles of bigotry are making the rounds. Friday, it was Annapolis, but they're coming your way, too. It's equal opportunity discrimination, a circus on wheels intent on spreading the word to legislatures in state capitals across America.
It's the word of malicious hatred putting LGBT America on notice. Civil rights aren't for you.
We've seen it before. The messaging remains the same. The target audience, however, does not. There will always be new converts to the cause of discrimination and religious oppression. As long as long as the LGBT community lobbies for equality the religious right will seek retribution through discrimination.
Like many executive directors, Morgan Meneses-Sheets of Equality Maryland has engaged a particularly bitter fight during the final days of the 2010 legislative session:
"The 'truth truck' is just one example in the string of truly crazy anti-equality antics that we have faced lately. Last week, Delegate Don Dwyer attempted to impeach our Attorney General in response to his opinion permitting the recognition of out of state marriage licenses.
There is also a bill that would permit state funds to be utilized to provide tax breaks for private schools, including religious schools, even though they refuse to uphold our state's anti-discrimination laws. With the recent firing of a lesbian teacher from a Catholic high school, we believe this would amount to state funded support of discrimination."
"Truth Trucking" may be a crude fear-mongering tactic, but its primitive ability to generate attention, to raise the ire of an otherwise self-absorbed voting public should never be dismissed.
Just as the tainted truck's words of hate must never be dismissed as the right of religious freedom.
The truth is religious extremism and religious oppression is never right. It's bitter-rotten to the core, covered by a morality of hate which gives no quarter to any truth other than its own.
Let's call these words of "truth" what they really are: Evil, malicious lies. Sins against humanity and fellow Americans. Words that generate irrational fear, inflames emotions and ultimately consumes its followers.
Hate hurts. Hate Poisons. Hate kills.
It can only be stopped with equality.