In California, a lawyer has filed the Sodomite Suppression Act, a new bill that will legalize murdering gays
by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.
Since this is California, the bill will go to the signature-gathering stage because under California law, any bill that you introduce will do so – provided that you cough up the USD 200 fee. So Matt McLaughlin thought this was a wise investment, and paid in full.
Somewhat predictably, this caused people to become flustered; some even went so far as to call for McLaughlin being disbarred.
Now I don’t think that submitting a bill, even if it was created from pure, unadulterated hate and mixed with equal amounts of terminal homophobia such as this one, should result in legal action against whomever submitted it. For a number of reasons:
- progressing the bill is a phenomenal waste of resources, yes. But don’t kill the messenger. The correct response is to change the process, not to punish the person who uses it correctly. If you can submit such an insane bill, something may be wrong with your legal system.
- that being said, I think it’s also a sign of a healthy trust in your population that you allow whackjobs to submit whacky proposals. Even if we don’t like what’s proposed, at least all proposals are heard. This is actually a good thing.
- also, I think freedom of speech is more important than silencing an idiot because we don’t like to hear what they want to say. Let them speak freely. That way we also know whom to avoid in the future.
- this is a another great example to cite when some believers tell you that religion is good for people
And of course, reading the comment section is as entertaining as visiting the local zoo: asks a (presumably devout Christian) believer:
Is this nutter for real? Sadly, he gives Christians a bad name. I think he may need to acquaint himself more closely with the teachings in the Bible which are based around love, not discrimination and hatred
Obviously, that commenter, unlike hate-filled Matt McLaughlin, didn’t read the bible.