Originally Posted by frugality
Why do we discriminate against adults having consensual sex with children?
Why do we discriminate against polygamy?
Why do we discriminate against marrying a dog our a goat? (don't laugh, it's done in Hindu cultures)
Realize that discrimination is good in certain instances. What's being debated is whether something should be discriminated against or not.
Ask God if he discriminates. He does discriminate, because he knows what is good for us and what is not good for us. He created bounds and limits for us, and discriminates between what's in bounds and what's out of bounds in terms of behavior. He discriminates, and does it in love. Sometimes he says 'no', with love.
You are confusing 2 uses of the word "discrimination".
It literally means "to make a disctinction between".
That is what you describe God does: He makes a distinction between good and evil.
In the legal and moral context of this discussion discrimination has an extended meaning:To make distinctions between individuals based on characteristics of any group that they belong to, and to treat them differently than others because of such characteristics.
In this context "discrimination" is when you don't treat someone like a person (like an equal) because they belong to a certain group.
Discrimination is considered immoral because it is the depersonalisation of individuals.
You are wrong when you assume that the constitution and people in general think it is OK to discriminate against murderers, child-molesters, gays or goat-marriers.
The opposite is true.
Under the constitution:
- Nobody has the right to take another's live, whether they are atheist or Christian.
- When someone is accused of murder, they are entitled to a fair trial, whether they are guilty or not, whether they are gay or straight.
- A child molester should receive their lawful sentence whether they are black or white.
- 2 consenting individuals have the right to a civil marriage, whether they are Christian or Hindu, gay or straight.
I think that you don't really understand the concept of discrimination, and that's why you can't recognize it in yourself.