We admit that we were swept up in the indignation over Indiana's new "religious freedom" law that allows businesses to be protected against discrimination, presumably against gays and lesbians (unless there's also a religion that openly advocates discrimination against non-whites, in which case that religion is destined to become very popular).
But now it turns out that we -- and by "we," we mean the entire civilized, non-homophobic world -- were overreacting.
Sen. Tom Cotton went on CNN Wednesday night to remind America's gays and lesbians that, sure, they live in a country where some states won't allow same-sex marriage and try to pass laws allowing businesses to not serve you because you're so gay. But it's nothing to get hung about! Cotton tells Wolf Blitzer:
"I also think it’s important that we have a sense of perspective about our priorities. In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay. They're currently imprisoning an American preacher for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in Iran. We should focus on the most important priorities that our country faces right now. And I would say that a nuclear armed Iran, given the threat it poses ... is the most important thing we could be focusing on right now."
See how good you all have it in the U.S., American gays and lesbians? And doesn't it make you feel just a bit sheepish to be doing all that complaining about not getting a pizza delivered to your gay wedding, or not being served in a restaurant, or not being able to go to a gun range? Which you probably wouldn't want to do anyway, since shooting and fetishizing guns is the most un-gay thing that could ever be.
And even if you got to do all those things, none of it will really matter once Iran starts nuking us. Also, as far as you not being hanged or beheaded for being gay in this country, Tom Cotton says, "You're welcome."
This story, "Tom Cotton wants U.S. gays and lesbians to be thankful they aren't being executed" was originally published by Fritterati.