An Immodest Proposal

Officials in Chicago are considering set-asides for homosexuals and the “transgendered” in the awarding of city contracts. Chicago already sets aside defined percentages of contracts for businesses owned by minorities and women, and this expensive, corruption-ridden process is one way that the city keeps the wheels turning on its ever-humming patronage machine.

(Word is that the president has put forward something similar in his Obamacare proposal; that’ll really keep costs down!)

Let’s see: If Chicago gives preference in city contracts to blacks, Latinos, other minorities, women, gays, and the “transgendered,” who’s still left out? The only group I can think of is straight white males.

Since homosexuality is well on its way to becoming a protected class via hate-crimes legislation and gay marriage, some enterprising white male business owners might simply decide to claim that they’re gay in order to get a city contract. And who’s going to check, after all? Talk about government intruding into the bedroom!

And under this system of preferences, is an African-American lesbian worth more points than a gay white male? And do you only get half-credit if you’re bisexual? And how do you calculate the score for the underrepresented class of people who enjoy sex with farm animals?

Perhaps in a few years we pasty white guys will simply be able to claim reverse discrimination and get some set-asides for ourselves. Then Chicago can scrap the entire program and do something really progressive-just award contracts to the lowest bidders.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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