If I lived in a country where Muslims were oppressing me, I’d surely be writing about Muslims. But I don’t. I live in a country where coalitions of conservative Christians are pushing the Trump Administration to roll back LGBTQ rights at a staggering pace. I don’t aspire to live a little more freely than LGBTQ people in Egypt or Morocco. I aspire to live as a fully free and equal citizen in the United States.
What difference do Muslims make to me here? None at all.
What difference to Christians make to me here? Well, they’ve just convinced the Trump Administration to reverse course and argue to the Supreme Court that it ought to be legal for employers to fire gay people for being gay.
That’s the concrete manifestation of the the Administration’s symbolic statement in refusing to grant embassies permission to fly rainbow flags in celebration of Pride — a very longstanding tradition that hurts nobody at all.