you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for
every kind of intolerance and religious persecution.William
Indiana just recently past the
Freedom Reformation Act” (RFRA) bill. While the supporters of the
bill, the Republican state legislator and governor, claim it is not
meant to discriminate, that is surely what it does. Not only can
business discriminate against LGBT individuals or groups on religious
grounds they can refuse to serve people who's religious beliefs
differs from theirs; such as Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Hindus, etc.
They can discriminate against women and virtually anyone they deem
does not meet their religious litmus test.
conservative pundits have been running around trying to defend the
indefensible and doing a bad job of it. Arkansas has just passed a
similar bill in their Republican controlled legislator but the
Governor has refused to sign it after seeing the firestorm that broke
out over the Indiana bill, unless the wording is changed.
seems that the Republicans really do a great job of restricting
freedoms. The intent of the Federal RFRA Act was to allow minority
groups the same religious freedoms enjoyed the majorities. But these
state bills seemed designed to allow the majority to slam the
minorities not just the LGBT community.
Freedom Reformation Act” (RFRA) bills. That name is an
Orwellian-attempt to use the same name as the federal law for a law
that does pretty much the opposite of the intentions of the federal
law; the federal law was meant to protect religious minorities, not
give the majority a club with which to beat minorities.” Sarah
the guise of religious freedom these, primarily GOP legislators, who
suck up to the evangelical right, have shown their intolerance and
is wonderful is that they seem to have galvanized the American public
and woken up a sleeping giant. America is a majority Democratic
leaning country and acts like this only help decent Americans see the
true color of the radical right. A radical right owned by the Koch
bros. End Post
“Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows
Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no
redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future.”
It has been a long time since I have
posted to my blog. The truth is I felt overwhelmed by politics.
Seeing the daily injustices, lies and miscarriage of justice I just
decided not to think of it. But it never goes away. So after a long
hiatus I decided to get back to my rant. And rant I will. I
can't change anything or anybody’s opinion or mind, I can only
state my own frustration at the injustices of the world.
What has struck me is that after so
long a break from posting my blog nothing has changed, in fact things
may have gotten worse. The Gay Old Party (GOP) and FOX Phony News
are still at it. The crazies are running the asylum. So what has
been happening, it is almost laughable to see what people will put up
with, the list sounds crazy until you realize that it is what is
Republicans, governors, state
legislators in red states, the senate, congress and the Koch brothers
and friends at FOX have been relentless in their assault on American
values and institutions in their attempt to transform it into their
own fiefdom. They don't want a Democracy, they want an oligarchy.
The issues such as voter
suppression are an attempt to restrict voters who would vote democratic, and
an attack on minorities and the poor. A cut in the food stamps
program which effect the poor and minorities. A cut in aid to
dependent children which effect the poor and minorities. An attack
on the Affordable Care Act which would effect millions of Americans.
An attempt to destroy Medicare. How else to pay for the tax cuts for
the rich. An attempt to dismantle Social Security which would effect
millions of seniors. In Indiana passing a law that virtually
legalizes discrimination based on sexual preference or status. No
matter how they try to phrase it is legalizing discrimination. These
are just some of the issues of the day.
There remains issues such as climate
change which the GOP says isn't happening, which I find amazingly stupid. Other concerns is
the Republicans war on illegal aliens, who if they were all deported today
would put America into a depression. And a seemingly insane push for war by the GOP with Iran while undermining the American
president while he attempts to negotiate a treaty. The issues are
many and varied and they attack what America is about. So I am back
for what its worth. I will rant on. We have an up coming presidential election
with a menagerie
of wacko Republican hopefuls which should add some spice to the issues. The Loony Tunes are about to begin folks, so
strike up the band and let the craziness begin. There is more to come.
I earned my BA Degree at Queens College CUNY, in Political Science, and MA from College of Staten Island CUNY, in Liberal Studies. PhM in Metaphysics, studying the Egyptian Mystery school and its effect on western thinking. My other interest are masonic history, western civilization, specifically ancient Rome through the renaissance. My other pursuit is Shotokan Karate, an interest that has consumed beginning in 1960. I hold a 8 degree black belt in Shotokan Karate from the World Traditional Karate Organization, WTKO. www.wtko.org I hold a 3rd degree in Iaido, Japanese sword art including a variety of martial arts weapons and close combat techniques.