A specific resolution benefits everyone
In regards to the anti-discrimination resolution approved by the Casper City Council Tuesday night, I think the council member’s passing vote was a very good thing for our community and I thank them for that.
Some in opposition curiously claimed that it was in conflict with Biblical values. Being that in Matthew 7:12, it is written that Jesus said, “all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” and in Matthew 22:35-40 it is written that Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love one’s neighbor as yourself, and that on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets, it seems to me that this anti-discrimination resolution fulfills these Biblical values.
Others in opposition stated that the law already prohibits discrimination against all citizens, that Casper is a caring community and that there was no need for this resolution. Some even appeared to take offense at the suggestion that such a resolution was needed.
Historically, anti-discrimination policies have been specifically worded for a reason. Race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, disabilities; good communities are always a work in progress and as a community becomes aware of areas of discrimination—all these areas in their own time—the issue is dealt with for the good of everyone. No one is harmed by anti-discrimination policies, they make the community a better place to live. Now, the community was made aware of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and it was time for these to be added to existing anti-discrimination policy.
PFLAG, and the people who supported its resolution, demonstrated that Casper is a caring community, and the City Council’s passing of the resolution was an even greater demonstration of that caring. This is the natural progression of a caring community that benefits everyone.
DINO WENINO, Casper