|Inspector General Alejandro Ordoñez|
Still, Ordoñez may have some valid points. Some Catholics and members of some other religions believe that homosexuality is a sin. Would obligating them to, say, rent an apartment to a gay couple violate their freedom of religion?
On the other hand, what if, God forbid, one of those extremist racist and anti-Semitic religions from the United States set up down here? Using Ordoñez's reasoning, would they have a right to exclude blacks and Jews from their churches and businesses? How about simply expressing their racist beliefs on the Internet or in church?
On these issues, I tend to support freedoms, at least as long as there's no pressing danger to others.
|Giving blood, a fundamental right?|
Another issue is blood donation. It seems pretty clear, for obvious reasons, that certain diseases, beginning with AIDS, are much more common amongst sexually-active gay men than amongst the general population. Prohibiting gay men from donating blood may technically amount to discrimination. But it's also common sense and biological reality.
|Blatant discrimination! Newspaper help wanted |
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By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours