20 December 2011

Santa is not my friend

I'm "straight but not narrow", as they say. I firmly support equal rights for gays and lesbians, in all spheres.

If two gay guys get married, my marriage will not disintegrate into a pile of dust or explode like a ton of dynamite.

There is no earthly reason why gays and lesbians should not serve openly in the military.

Homosexuality is not a choice, not a disease, not a mental illness. It is in the wiring, so to speak. And so, discrimination based on sexual orientation really irks my liver, especially organized discrimination. So I choose to put my money where my beliefs are (or not put my money in this case).

(Scene: sidewalk outside local supermarket)

Salvation Army Santa (SAS): (rings bell) Donations for Salvation Army! Help the Poor this holiday season!
Neurondoc (attempts to walk by without making eye contact)
SAS: Care to make a donation?
ND (still no eye contact): No, thank you. (See, I started out polite!)
SAS: You're not going to make a donation?
ND: Nope. Sorry. (Still polite)
SAS: You don't want to help out poor people during the holiday season?
ND (now irked): I'm perfectly happy helping out poor people at any time of the year.
SAS: They why won't you give a donation? You won't miss a dollar or two. It goes to a good cause.
ND (now pissed off): It has nothing to do with me missing a dollar or two. I prefer not to donate money to Salvation Army.
SAS (looks completely shocked): What? Why not?
ND: Because I don't donate money to an organization that practices organized discrimination. Salvation Army discriminates against gay people. So my money goes elsewhere.
SAS (opens mouth, closes mouth, looks away, and rings bell)

Not much to say to that, is there?

I politely refused a Boy Scout (who came to my door in uniform) a couple of months ago. I have no idea what he was selling or wanting, but I wanted nothing to do with him. Call me a curmudgeon, but the BSA is on my shitlist, too.


Janiece said...


neurondoc said...

Janiece, I almost said in the post that I blame you for my response. I was channeling you. And that's a good thing.

ExpatMom said...

You're BACK! Yay, yay, yay!

neurondoc said...

Claudia -- keep your shirt on. I suspect this is a short visit. :-)

Xine said...

So glad to see you blogging again. And I agree with you.

Nathan said...

I hate it when someone who has no right to question your motives...questions your motives. It's charity, dammit. It's for you to choose to give or not give. Or to choose to whom you'll give.

STFU Santa!

P.S. He also rates utter dickeshness for trying to make you feel like a dick.


Carol Elaine said...
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Carol Elaine said...

Good for you, Neurondoc! We do loves you, yes we do!

Nathan's (and probably Carol's) Addendum to SAS: Also, you're a complete asshole for thinking I have to justify my decisions to you, Satan...er, I mean - nope, I was right the first time. STFU, Satan.

Megan said...

A woman at my office sends all-staff messages about various charities we should be supporting. Sometimes she specifies the dollar amounts she expects us to drop off at her office. If the asked-for amounts do not materialize, she sends more all-staff messages chiding us all, because we make plenty of money and (fill in the blank) is a good cause.

They're always good causes, but I don't understand how it's possible to reach middle age without figuring out that it is impolite to decide which charities others will support and how much they will donate.

Lorraine said...

Good for you! Second Janiece's sentiments :)