I remind everyone, just like with his
constant no votes against alcohol sales, Rodgerson
is simply acting like a Baptist preacher.
He was a Baptist preacher before he was elected.
He will be a Baptist preacher after he leaves the Council.
To expect him not to act like, believe, and vote like a Baptist preacher while he is on the Council is absurd.
Also, this couldn't be a bigger non-issue.
Rodgerson is the only person on the Council who feels this way.
isn't a Nazi, hate-monger or Klansman deserving of impeachment, or impalement.
He's a fundamental Baptist preacher, who like it or not, does represent the beliefs of more people in Kirksville than critics want to admit.
was elected with these fundamental beliefs, and this last vote will only have one affect, and that is if and when he
runs for re-election.
Kirksville City Councilman Aaron Rodgerson: "I wouldn't rent to a homosexual."
March 5, 2009 · 36 Comments
Ladies and gentlemen, meet your homophobic City Councilman.
Ladies and gentlemen, Aaron Rodgerson
A person does have a choice as to what their sexual orientation is," Rodgerson
It's true that race, color, age, disability and national origin are all descriptors protected by the EEOS that you cannot change about yourself.
Gender is also protected, but this can be changed with a degree of difficulty.
There's another descriptor that falls under the EEOS anti-discrimination protection provisions that can be changed, and easily: religion.
Aaron Rodgerson happens to be the Pastor of Southside Baptist Church.
chooses to practice Christianity, he
chooses to make himself a religious figure, he
chooses to present himself through religion.
logic of "choice exempts protection," religion should not be listed under EEOS provisions, yet Rodgerson
has never once asked to have it struck from the anti-discrimination protection provisions listed in many city documents, which is what he
advocates doing with sexual orientation.
justify not objecting to something that is very clearly is a choice, but justify discriminating against the inclusion of an orientation, an inclination, that cannot and likely will never be proven to be the result of a choice?
The hypocrisy exhibited by Councilman Rodgerson is as unfortunate as it is unsurprising.
opposition to the inclusion of a provision to protect GLBTQs against rental discrimination by saying that "the majority of people in Kirksville
do not support [gay rights].
is a savior of the masses, the majority of whom are landlords and all of whom feel as though they need protection from the horrors that ensue when money flows into their pockets from GLBTQ renters? ("Oh no, it's a gay person paying their rent on time!
Anything but that!") Forgive me if I am mistaken, but I was under the impression that the "For Rent" signs still lining the streets of Kirksville
, the lengthly listings of apartment and housing rentals in the classified ads and the daily news of the tanking real estate market are all indicators that landlords probably want anyone who's able to rent their properties, be they gay or straight.
To put it plainly, money doesn't have a sexual orientation.
prove that his
"majority" exists, factually and unequivocally?
has done nothing more than attempt to use a paid position of influence to discriminate against a group of individuals based upon a personal agenda.
position on this issue as that of a bigot; when asked if he
would rent to someone who was gay he
gave an interview this morning to KTVO3 that's worth checking out.
Doesn't help his
, Gay Rights, Kirksville