White Congress Should Follow Our Youth

White Congress

Our Old, White Congress, Should Follow Our Youth

Wheaton College is an Evangelical school in the suburbs of Chicago.  It’s 2400 undergrads make a pledge to abstain from sexual intercourse outside of  marriage, including “the use of pornography … premarital sex, adultery, homosexual behavior and all other sexual relations outside the bounds of marriage.”

In 2010, a junior by the name of Benjamin Matthews took a courageous undertaking.  He posted a letter on a bulletin board next to the student post office boxes.  In the letter he came out as “openly gay”, and invited others who were afraid to “come out”, some of whom had revealed plans for suicide in a pile of prayer requests, to contact him.

The result was 15 male students reaching out to him.  Matthews said other students seemed entirely ambivalent.  He said the most serious feelings expressed were no more than discomfort about someone declaring their homosexuality and remaining a Christian.

“I don’t think most Wheaton students knew what to do because they’ve been given ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ rhetoric, but they don’t know how that plays out in real life,” said Matthews, who graduated in 2011. “They would mostly just listen, nod and say, ‘Yeah man, that’s hard.’”

In February a group was formed to discuss students’ feelings regarding the LGBT community.

Old men such as Mike Huckabee won’t understand this.

Have scientists found a cure for homophobia?  Possibly so, and it is a perfect serum with no side effects.  It’s called “age”.

In the most recent survey about attitudes towards the LGBT community, just over 70% of those polled under the age of 30 approved of same-sex marriage.

I just came up with a solution for a government that persists in upholding antiquated policies and ideals.  To serve in the House or Senate an individual only has to be 25 years old, and a citizen for 7.  Let’s kick the old white boys out.

Unlike the President, one need not be a “natural born citizen”.  And the requirement for our nation’s highest office is 35 years of age.

We need to encourage 25 year old African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans to get interested in what happens in the country and run for office.  Our youngest and brightest coming out of college need to think about a career in government that does not involve mundane work.  Compared to what we are dealing with in 2013, just imagine the energy of a congress that averages age 30 instead of 60.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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