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SCOTUS rules on marriage equality: Everyone write something!

The Supreme Court just struck down the bans on same-sex marriage and during this historic weekend there have been a lot of people sounding off. Why not? Whether your agree or disagree (or are indifferent, which is a large group, too) – it’s a BFD!  This kind of major milestone inspires many people to write something or say something.

Most of what I see are “thumbs up” posts with positive messages for an outcome that most everyone saw as eventual inevitability (though perhaps not this soon). But not everyone, right?

The views from the heterosexual camp break down into 4 basic categories.

  1. I’m totally and completely on board with this and I have no reservations whatsoever. I can’t believe it hasn’t already been done. Marriage is a civil doctrine and two consenting adults from marrying is a civil violation. (I’m probably a Liberal).
  2. I don’t really worry about it much but I’m in favor of legalizing gay marriage. I think it’s an unnecessary rule and a civil rights violation. It makes no difference to me if a couple lives together with or without a marriage certificate. If I put myself in someone else’s shoes, if I or my child were gay, I would be for gay marriage. I don’t care if straight people do or don’t marry. This neither picks my pocket nor breaks my bones (Thomas Jefferson). A couple is going to make a commitment to each other anyway and it doesn’t really affect me. (I’m probably a Progressive).
  3. The whole gay thing is wrong and immoral and I don’t like it. I don’t want my kids around a lot of gay couples. But whether or not they are a gay couple without a marriage certificate or a gay couple with a marriage certificate makes no difference to me so I have no problem legalizing gay marriage. (I’m probably an Independent).
  4. Gay people are ruining everything for me and I am totally and completely against it. Jesus is against gay marriage and anyone who supports it will go to hell. 9 out of 10 Christian divorcees agree that homosexuality is destroying the sanctity of marriage. I will fight against it and I will refuse to acknowledge it. (I’m probably a Conservative).

If you’re in that last camp…I caution you to be careful what  you write. Conservatives tend to be on the wrong side of history more often than not. You’re not going to change anything and there’s no upside to continuing to rant against gay people.

My advice, in this day of posting-permanence is to be mindful of what you say…especially if you’re on the wrong side of this one. On historic topics that people (like your grand-kids) might see, you might want to think before you write. Back when conservatives were ranting against de-segregation, every idiot didn’t have a social media account and a blog. If your grandparents were on the wrong side of de-segregation, you don’t see their remarks…typically just people like Strom Thurmond.

There are always conservatives who don’t want change. But before you post how upset you are, and how sure you are that Jesus should have mentioned this in his teachings, and how sure you are that this is the worst thing that’s ever happened…before you write, consider these conservatives cheering this guy on a few decades ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgH7WgtIU2k

From a corporate level, this is a list of companies tweeting about it this weekend: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/love-wins#.gu9MKdDaOJ

 

Edit: For detractors who are undoubtedly going to cite the Old Testament…We all know that you aren’t following everything written in the Old Testament so just skip the hypocrisy.

You shall not wear a garment of different sorts, such as wool and linen mixed together. Deuteronomy 22:11

You may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT

Nevertheless these you shall not eat . . . the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. Leviticus 11:4, 7

If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them…they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die. Deuteronomy 21:18-21

Look in the mirror and acknowledge that you are picking and choosing the parts of the bible that you feel are “right” and you can follow only the ones you like.

If you get to decide which parts of the bible are wrong and that you can ignore, then logic dictates that other people also get to choose which parts of the bible are wrong and can be ignored – rendering your argument completely pointless.

 

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June 27, 2015 at 7:24 pm Leave a comment

Greatest Quote on Religion

This might be the greatest quote on religion.  Ever.

Dalai Lama

 

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

Dalia Lama

 

 

 

April 9, 2013 at 2:38 am Leave a comment

School vouchers – one of the problems

Some greatest hits from a good piece on school vouchers and Republican Valerie Hodges (who clearly doesn’t put much thought into the laws she votes for in Louisiana).

Read the whole article here: http://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/louisiana-revelation-school-voucher-funding-it-s-not-just-for-christians

A member of the Louisiana House of Representatives who eagerly supported Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan to fund private schools has had an epiphany: Muslim schools might start getting taxpayer money!

Hodges’ bigotry is perhaps only rivaled by her ignorance of constitutional and legal principles.

Ouch.

In Washington, D.C., where House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican allies in Congress have established a federally funded voucher program, most of the schools taking part are Catholic, but two Muslim schools have been among the recipients.

Some legislators aren’t comfortable funding Muslim schools. What’s to be done? How about not establishing these programs in the first place? Let Muslims fund Muslim schools. Let Catholics fund Catholics ones. Let fundamentalist Protestants pay for the conservative Christian academies and so on.

Rep. J. Rogers Pope, points out that the law allows students to be educated off campus and establishes no standards for what qualifies as meaningful education.

“This is impractical on so many levels,” said Pope, a conservative Republican. “What will a high school diploma from Louisiana mean, if nobody can list our courses? How will we verify course content, attendance, teacher qualifications, and testing?”

Welcome to the brave new world of school privatization!

In other states where vouchers have been implemented, we’ve seen a plethora of fly-by-night schools, schools whose leaders are more interested in making a quick buck than educating children and schools where the primary focus is making sure kids are indoctrinated in a particular form of religion, not offering them a sound education.

http://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/louisiana-revelation-school-voucher-funding-it-s-not-just-for-christians

July 6, 2012 at 4:53 am Leave a comment

New Arizona law…

New Arizona law: Pregnancy begins two weeks before conception!

Pregnant prior to sex – that’s what u call “Mary-envy”.

http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/pregnancy-begins-2-weeks-before-conception-now-the-law-in-arizona/politics/2012/04/13/37993

http://www.ucsdguardian.org/component/k2/item/25601-arizona%E2%80%99s-new-abortion-law-gives-pregancy-a-pause

April 24, 2012 at 3:53 am Leave a comment

NEW YORK — A day before Easter, the head of New York’s Roman Catholic archdiocese faced a challenge to his stance on gay rights: the resignation of a church charity board member who says he’s “had enough” of the cardinal’s attitude.

Joseph Amodeo told The Associated Press on Saturday that he quit the junior board of the city’s Catholic Charities after Cardinal Timothy Dolan failed to respond to a “call for help” for homeless youths who are not heterosexual.

It’s not just Dolan…it’s a large part of the entire church (especially the “executive management” of the church).  It’s pathetic how the church tolerates and protects homosexual molestation by it’s employees but denies food and shelter to homosexual youth.  PATHETIC.  I would quit, too.  I would also quit putting money in the collection plate and I’d give to a secular organization.

“As youths find the courage and integrity to be honest about who they are at younger ages, hundreds of thousands are being turned out of their homes and forced to survive alone on the streets by parents who cannot accept having a gay child,” Siciliano wrote in his letter, sent last week.

Siciliano, who is Catholic, said parents who are strongly religious are much more likely to reject children who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Of the nation’s homeless youths, as many as 40 percent are LGBT, studies show.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/07/nyc-catholic-quits-board-over-lgbt_n_1410030.html?show_comment_id=146514446#comment_146514446

April 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm Leave a comment

Cardinal Dolan calls for Catholics to join religious battle

Ahh, the state of things:

Cardinal Timothy Dolan called on Roman Catholic worshippers Saturday to become more involved in politics as the church stands against the government…

Cardinal Dolan is also president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Speaking at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, the spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of New York said the U.S. government is engaged in “an unwarranted, unprecedented radical intrusion.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan called on Roman Catholic worshippers Saturday to become more involved in politics as the church stands against the government in what he called a “freedom of religion battle

“We’re not trying to impose our teachings on anybody,” said Dolan in his 45-minute speech to a packed auditorium of about 1,000 people. “We’re simply saying, don’t impose your teaching upon us and make us do as a church what we find unconscionable to do.”  [Employers have can opt out – they don’t “have” to do anything].

Proponents say the plan is a breakthrough for women’s rights, but Dolan and other leaders say it violates religious freedom.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/03/nys-cardinal-urges-freedo_n_1318984.html

 

No one is making you do anything, you self-righteous self-centered tool.  The law states that you can opt out.  The president himself has come forward and explained this to dumber members of our society who have trouble with the ‘reading’ and the ‘learning’.  (And the ultra-stupid seem to keep turning up with bibles in their hands for some reason). 

High ranking leaders speaking to impressionable, using ‘the word of God’ as their justification for using aggressive verbage like ‘battle’, speaking about how America is threatening their religions, talking about the USA as radicals….thin line.

So this idiot is calling for a religious battle against the government.  If he were a high-ranking member of a different monotheistic religion…there would be an outcry. The line between this Cardinal encouraging his followers to join a religious battle against the “radical” United States, and a Muslim cleric who is encouraging his followers to join a religious battle against the United States….is a thin line. 

 

March 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

War on Christmas

This is exactly the way Jesus planned it – making sure that major retailers don’t say anything blasphemous like “Happy Holidays”.  (Gasp… it’s so offensive I can barely type it).

Christians Winning ‘War on Christmas’

http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/13/9421835-war-on-christmas-waning-list-shows

The American Family Association, a Christian group, has taken the leading role in alerting the media to the grave danger posed by retailers who avoid using the word “Christmas” in marketing materials in favor of the more neutral “holidays.”

Anyone whose faith is shaken by someone saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is someone who’s faith is tenuous at best.  It’s these frail whining brats that drive people away more than win them over.  It’s not appealing. I don’t want to be associated with idiots like that, few people do.

Jesus spoke to me and he said he doesn’t give one rat’s ass whether retailers say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.  He said he cares what actions you take during your day.  He said he is more concerned with feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and healing the sick.  Not petty bickering by spoiled Americans about how some retailer greets them.

The difference between someone who gets upset at “Happy Holidays” and someone who gets upset about a drawing of their prophet is….almost nothing.  Both are over-sensitive children whose tantrums contribute nothing.

 

December 14, 2011 at 2:11 am 1 comment

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