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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bigotry by decree in Louisiana

Lawmakers in the State of Louisiana this week voted down Republican Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposed law, dubbed the “Marriage and Conscience Act,” which, had it been enacted, would have explicitly allowed all businesses and even state agencies to discriminate against gays.  
Gov. Jindal, known for his vociferous criticism of President Obama’s penchant for issuing executive orders bypassing the will of Congress, immediately issued his own executive decree effectively bypassing the Louisiana State Legislature. His decree is nearly identical to the failed measure. In the name of “religious liberty” it permits every business and state agency, e.g. shops, restaurants, hotels, banks and social services offices to refuse service to gay couples.
Of course, it is no coincidence that Jindal is considering running for President of the United States on the GOP ticket in 2016. This is his way of pandering to the ultra-right-wing evangelical religious bigots in the party who believe that dictating social issues is the number one responsibility of the president.
It’s part of his campaign statement to the faithful residing on the extremist GOP fringe. After all, he has to compete with the likes of fellow travelers Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Jeb Bush and the rest of the hysterical political mob of GOP homophobes.
It also exemplifies the reason why mainstream American voters don’t like Republicans. Reasonable people these days are sick and tired of politicians arguing about inconsequential social and cultural issues which individuals ought to have the right to determine for themselves. The social issues bigots have ruined the Republican Party.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, the gay rights activists are going a bit too far attempting to trample upon the rights of others to freedom of expression and religion.
I’ve written on these pages many times my opinion that private businesses open to the public ought not be allowed to discriminate by denying services on purported religious grounds to gays. I stand by those posts. Bakers and florists, for example, should not be permitted to rely on religious grounds to circumvent Civil Rights Laws by denying their services to gays.
But while baking a cake or arranging flowers is one thing, expressing positive verbal sentiments which go against religious beliefs is quite another. The baker should not be forced by the law to put a same sex couple decoration on top of the cake or otherwise express on it words or depictions which support that which his religion forbids. Likewise, the florist should not be forced by the law to create expressions contrary to her religious beliefs.  
A law court in Belfast County Ireland this week found that a bakery discriminated unlawfully against a gay rights activist by declining his request to decorate a cake featuring Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie, with the slogan: “Support Gay Marriage.” That decision is wrong in my opinion. The baker is obliged to provide the cake but not to express on it sentiments with which he does not agree. In the USA that baker would and should be protected by the First Amendment.
Yet even in the USA, despite our Constitution and Bill of Rights, we still find bigotry by decree in Louisiana.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Exit the Nuns; here come the Nones

A new Age of Enlightenment is now evident in America. A modern Age of Reason is slowly catching on all over the planet. Just like the original Enlightenment movement of 17th Century Europe, the cultural forces of humanity today are once again turning to reason, science and individualism while rejecting traditional oppressive modes of authority.  

In sum: The Nuns are departing.  The Nones are coming.

Attention GOP: The Nones are coming!

I repeat. Attention all Republicans and the GOP: The Nones are coming! If you want to get one of your own elected as President in 2016 and stem the socialist tide, you had damn well better take note of, heed this message, and act accordingly.

Thanks largely, in my opinion, to the proliferation of the Internet and World Wide Web, the influence of religion upon ordinary individuals is waning. Christianity, for example, is on the decline in America, not just among younger generations or in certain regions of the country, but across race, gender, education and geographic barriers. 

Of White Americans 24% now say they have no religion; ditto, 20% of Hispanics and 18% of Blacks. We’re talking about a Hell of a lot of voters here.

According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, the percentage of adults who describe themselves as religious is falling dramatically while the percentage of those who identify themselves as non-religious is soaring. “It’s remarkably widespread... The country is becoming less religious as a whole, and it’s happening across the board,” explains Alan Cooperman, director of religion research.

Today there are more religiously unaffiliated Americans (Nones) than Catholic or mainline Protestant Americans. “What we’re seeing now is that the share of people who say religion is important to them is declining,” says Greg Smith, associate director or research.

“The religiously unaffiliated are not just growing, but as they grow, they are becoming more secular... There’s a continuing religious disaffiliation among older cohorts. That is really striking,” Smith added. “I continue to be struck by the pace at which the unaffiliated are growing.”

As far as I’m concerned it can’t happen fast enough.

Here come the Nones.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Your Fantasy is Imaginary; My Fantasy is Reality

“I’m interested only in dealing with reality and facts,” declared Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal this week when he called upon President Obama and the world’s Muslim leaders  to publicly condemn  the “acts of barbarism,” perpetrated by Islamic radicals. “Let’s be honest here, Islam has a problem,” said Jindal. “We are fools to pretend otherwise.”
“It is also time for Muslim leaders everywhere to step up and declare that perpetrators of such violence are the enemy, they are wrong, and they will NOT be rewarded in the afterlife,” he concluded.
Of course Governor Jindal is absolutely correct. He’s clearly stating reality and facts. He’s being honest. Islam has a problem and those who pretend otherwise are fools. The Islamic jihadists are wrong. They will NOT be rewarded in the afterlife.
I love it when right wing religious extremists like Bobby Jindal candidly admit and loudly proclaim that religion is fantasy. Oh, no, not his own religion – not Christianity -- but that other guy’s religion. Christianity is reality. Jesus will put Christians in heaven. That other religion, however, is wrong, imaginary fantasy, and they won’t be rewarded in the afterlife.
But the reality and facts of the matter are that everything the radical Islamic jihadists believe is supported in the Koran, just like everything moderate Muslims believe is supported there. And everything that right wing Christian religious extremists believe can be found in the Holy Bible, just like everything that moderate Christians believe can be found there.
If Governor Jindal were completely honest though he would have to admit that all religions have the very same problem – they are all entirely imaginary. God’s are imaginary. When a person dies there is no ‘afterlife.’ The afterlife exists only for those who are still alive after his life expires.
 Only fools pretend otherwise. No one is going to an ‘afterlife’ when they die. They’re dead, that’s why. A million years from now they might be dug up but they’ll still be dead. That is the reality.
The sooner individuals on this planet come to recognize that reality the better off they and the rest of humanity will be. For one thing there will be no more imaginary excuses for barbarism and other bad behaviors – no more “your fantasy is imaginary”; “my fantasy is reality.“


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Public School Cookie Monster

Compulsory public school education laws are unconstitutional. They violate First Amendment rights to free speech and association because the government forces parents and children to participate whether they want to or not in a group activity involving indoctrination of a government imposed educational agenda. They violate Fifth Amendment rights to due process of law because the government arbitrarily deprives parents and children of liberty and property without evidence of a crime.
There is nothing in the Constitution which permits the government to force parents and children to attend school.  There were no compulsory education laws in existence when the USA was founded; no constitutional amendment since then to allow such laws; and never any justification for the state to think otherwise.
The people were free then and at liberty to voluntarily educate their children or not as they thought best.  Where there were public schools there were no laws compelling parents and children to participate.  Yet today the state governments have been violating our constitutional rights for many decades and getting away with it.
Governments, without constitutional authority, think they have the right to ‘educate’ children according to the dictates of the state. Children are indoctrinated as to what to think, what to believe and how to act; even how to express themselves and what to wear. Kids are expected to conform in all respects in the manner dictated by the state. The government demands their allegiance as well as their minds. The government criminalizes or otherwise punishes behavior which doesn’t conform.
The principal of Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, Tennessee, for example, thinks he has the right to force the parents of one of his students to style the boy’s hair according to his idea of a proper haircut.
Second grader, Adam Stinnett decided to get a military style haircut just like his soldier stepbrother. The principal didn’t like it; told the kid’s mother that it was “distracting,” and demanded that she “fix” it so that “it is in compliance with our rules.”  She was forced to shave her child’s head.
Education ‘authorities’ in Aurora Colorado would not allow Natalee, a 4-year-old child, to eat the Oreo cookies her mom had packed in her bagged lunch. They sent the poor little kid home with a note that said:  “This is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit, a vegetable and a healthy snack from home, along with a milk. If they have potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it. Lunchables, chips, fruit snacks, and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy snack. This is a very important part of our program and we need everyone's participation.”
The statist compulsory public school education bastards are actually telling a parent in the United States of America what she can and cannot provide to her own child for lunch. Now we know that chips, fruit snacks and peanut butter are not permitted for the little kids to eat for lunch in Colorado – because they’re not part of the “program.”
It’s unbelievable!

The statist public school cookie monster even took her cookie.  

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Bigot’s Last Stand

“We will not obey,” is the pitiful warning from the American army of right wing evangelical religious bigots to the Supreme Court of the United States if they recognize gay marriage as a constitutional right.

It’s the same sort of warning the rabid racial bigots declared in the 1950’s when the Court was poised to desegregate American public schools.
“We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross that line,” declares the  Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage. “We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve.” 
First things first – I’ll be mighty surprised (but delighted) if SCOTUS decides that gay marriage is a fundamental federal constitutional right upon either due process or equal protection grounds. It will be another 5-4 decision and this time I just don’t believe that Justice Kennedy has the intellectual courage – the balls if you will -- to cast his lot on the side of reason. He will most likely cop out and side with the religious extremists on the Court who believe that the issue should be left to the democratic process of the several states.
I hope I’m wrong.
No matter what the Court does, however, the handwriting is on the wall. A growing majority of Americans today are fed up with mindless religious discrimination against 10% of the population who had no choice but to be born homosexual. It is only a matter of time before their rights as human beings are fully recognized in the United States.
But the religious bigots, just like the racial bigots before them, are having none of it. “While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross,” they cry.
“We’re facing a real Constitutional crisis if the Supreme Court rules adversely from our perspective on same-sex marriage,” warns Joe Scarborough. “For me there’s no option. I’m going to choose to serve the Lord. And I think that thousands of other pastors will take that position and hundreds of thousands – if not millions of Christians... “We have no choice. We cannot compromise our clear biblical convictions, our religious convictions.”
Never-mind that no one is really attempting to ‘redefine’ marriage; Gay marriage if recognized would still be marriage. The Constitution is supposed to be gender neutral. Equality is gender neutral. The sexes are equal. A man and a woman are equal under the law. A man and a man are equal under the law. A woman and a woman are equal under the law.   Equals under the law should enjoy equal rights. It’s not a matter of changing the definition. It’s a matter of equality of rights.
The bigots don’t see it that way. They actually believe that giving gay’s their rights will herald the “beginning of the end of Western Civilization.” The logic is truly bizarre. It comes down to: giving gays the right to marry will result in everyone turning into a homosexual. Only homosexuals will get married. They won’t reproduce sexually, so there will no longer be any offspring to perpetuate our civilization.
“The institution of marriage is fundamental and it must be defended,” they reason. “It’s the foundation for the entire culture. It’s been in existence for 5,000 years. If you weaken it -- or if you undermine it – the entire superstructure can come down. We see it as that important.”
But just exactly how is the institution of marriage weakened or undermined simply by allowing gays their equal rights? Do equal rights weaken their own marriages? Will heterosexual couples love each other less if homosexual couples marry? Do equal rights make it less likely that heterosexuals will continue to marry and have children? Will heterosexuals turn into homosexuals? Will it really result in the end of civilization as we know it? Will the sky fall?
I don’t think so.

But this is the bigot’s last stand. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Reefer Madness in Kansas

Crazed Authorities in the State of Kansas enjoy ripping little kids away from the tender embrace of their Mommy’s if they find out that Mommy is committing the “crime” of smoking pot to alleviate her debilitating medical illness.  

You see, if Mommy were accused of murder or just about any other heinous crime in the State of Kansas she’d be still allowed custody of her children while out on bail, at least until convicted and imprisoned, but ingesting marijuana for medical reasons... well, that will result in the kids being hauled away kicking and screaming by Child Protective Services.

That’s what happened to Shona Banda’s little boy recently when he spoke out during an anti-drug indoctrination propaganda session at his school about his Mommy’s medical marijuana use at home. The cops raided his house, found some dope, arrested Mommy and took custody of the 11-year-old.

A Kansas judge has refused to return the kid to his mom after a hearing. He’s still being held in protective custody by the state, a ruling which might become permanent, and a gag order has been entered on the entire proceedings. The child has lost his Mommy, maybe forever, and he can’t even talk about it.

Next door, just across the border in the State of Colorado, smoking pot is legal – not just for medical reasons – but for recreational purposes too. So if the kid lived in Colorado he’d still have his Mommy; but not in Kansas.


The Authority is plagued with reefer madness in Kansas.  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Flag Delusion

Only in a deluded mind can a symbol assume greater importance than the reality. This is especially true when it comes to deluded minds and the American Flag. A symbol of freedom is more important to these folks than freedom. Their symbol of freedom requires protection but freedom does not.

Consider the pitiful case of Michelle Manhart, a U.S. military veteran who thinks she has the right to confiscate an American flag belonging to someone else if they are desecrating it. She thought it necessary to intervene in a University protest when she saw demonstrators walking on their own American flag.

First she demanded that University officials stop the protest. They declined. So she snatched the flag from the protesters and refused to give it back. "This belongs to actually the entire United States," Manhart yelled; "It's not yours."

Eventually, the police arrived but she still stubbornly refused to turn over the flag. She resisted the officers until she was finally overpowered and tackled to the ground. She was taken into custody but released after both the protesters and the police declined to press charges.

Later, on the TV talk shows, the deluded woman declared: "When it comes to the flag, it's our iconic symbol. It stands for everything that we are. It stands for the freedoms to allow those individuals to do what they want, protest or have an organization. So how are you even going to justify ruining or walking upon something that's giving you the right to do what you're doing?"

Huh?

Obviously, this poor lady just doesn’t understand the meaning of freedom. Freedom in her deluded consciousness is totally eclipsed by the symbol of freedom. That symbol, she thinks, requires protection but the freedom of the protesters does not.

She believes that the symbol is what gives the protesters the right to protest – they don’t enjoy the right without the symbol – so they can’t justify desecrating the symbol. They don’t have the freedom to do that.  


Manhart deserved 30 days in jail in my humble opinion, but I can understand why the cops and the protesters decided to give her a break. She could have got off anyway with an insanity plea. 

She could have successfully pled the flag delusion defense.