On the left

Recently my partner and I were having a discussion about being left-handed in a parochial school. Less than 30 years ago lefties were discriminated against, forced to use their right hand and often physically abused in an attempt to turn them into righties in Catholic schools. Ludacrious right??! So what was the origin of this discrimination. Well there are numerous references in many cultures equating left-handedness with evil, left-handed kids were told they were “of the devil”. The biblical references are obscure and minimal, yet a whole group was discriminated against and abused based upon these references. Do you see any correlation here? A few disputable and vague biblical references are used as the basis to discriminate against a group of people. See a correlation here? Can a lefty “choose” to be a righty? Of course not! Can “reparative therapy” (such as tying up the left hand, or being hit repeatedly on the left hand with a ruler) change a lefty to a righty? Preposterous! There is just as much science and evidence to support the inate nature of being right or left-handed as there is to the inate nature of being gay. Maybe some day future generations will look back and be horrified at the treatment and discrimination of gay people in the same way that we look back at the absurd discrimination of lefties in the not-so-distant past.

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