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Showing posts with label religion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label religion. Show all posts

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Religion, Bigotry, Fairness and Conservatism

In June of this year, the Robert's Court ruled against a previous legal judgment that denied the LGBT community marital rights.

American bigots have found cause celeb-re in an individual's defying the Robert's Court ruling with religion as their war moniker and bigotry as their closeted paradigm. Some on the Right are even talking about re-writing the US Constitution to fit their social paradigm. A paradigm which is overwhelmingly white male, Jurassic Era in ideology, defies science, and relegates women to household objects.

We apologize in advance for the lined video as it embodies the essence of one GOP 2016 potential candidate who is oblivious outside the realm of sanity. However, the video truly embodies y statement on women as "household objects."

I posit the same mindset is inherent across the full scope of American conservatism......and it is a dangerous mindset.

Let's move to the latest and most glaring example of conservative hypocrisy with religion as a war flag. First a quick visit with the king of hypocrisy and Chameleon-ism, Rand Paul, and yet another pre-SCOTUS ruling inchoate rambling regarding his "libertarian" paradigm. Now, let's review a brief on the Robert's June 2015 Court ruling. 


Obergefell v. Hodges

Linked with:
Docket No.Op. BelowArgumentOpinionVoteAuthorTerm
14-5566th Cir.Apr 28, 2015
Jun 26, 20155-4KennedyOT 2014

Holding: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.

Judgment: Reversed, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Kennedy on June 26, 2015. Chief Justice Roberts filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Scalia and Thomas joined. Justice Scalia filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Thomas joined. Justice Thomas filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Scalia joined. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Scalia and Thomas joined.

And, in the Great State of Kentucky we have outright defiance of the law of the land.  Can you recall a time when conservatives were so anti-Robert's Court rulings?  They (to the person) relished gutting Civil Rights legislation regarding voting rights and the state of Alabama. They embraced the Court as it ruled in favor of Citizen's United and secret funding and sponsorship of elections.  And, they remain quiet as the Courts handed cops stop and search rights which will undoubtedly weigh in favor of disparate stops of blacks and Latinos. Then comes gay marriage rights and you have social hypocrites defying the Courts ruling in the name of religion.

When we speak of hypocrisy we seriously mean "hypocrisy." 
Dan Savage on Kim Davis: "This is about someone hypocritically cashing in, and she is a hypocrite.”
Posted by Mediaite on Wednesday, September 2, 2015
The Kentucky clerk has released a statement regarding her position on refusing to issue marriage license to LGBT couples. The statement is completely ridiculous and indicative of exactly the mindset the United States should be placing in coffins for deep burial.

Lex18 Dot Com

Her lawyer speaks.
“She’s acknowledged that she’s made mistakes, “ Staver said. He explained that the turning point in her life came four-and-a-half years ago when her mother-in-law died. To fulfill her dying wish, Davis went to church and found her Christian faith.
The opening of the statement seems to have been written by a professional, but regardless of author the statement is irrelevant  to put it mildly.
"I have worked in the Rowan County Clerk's office for 27 years as a Deputy Clerk and was honored to be elected as the Clerk in November 2014, and took office in January 2015. I love my job and the people of Rowan County. I have never lived any place other than Rowan County. Some people have said I should resign, but I have done my job well. This year we are on track to generate a surplus for the county of $1.5 million.
Relevance please?  Leave it to a conservative bigot and her lawyers to place a history of remember before the rights of a segment of the population. 
In addition to my desire to serve the people of Rowan County, I owe my life to Jesus Christ who loves me and gave His life for me. Following the death of my godly mother-in-law over four years ago, I went to church to fulfill her dying wish. There I heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God.
What we have here is probably heartfelt words from the county clerk, but I doubt there is one word in her job description which provides sanctuary in a state of bigotry not backed-up by directly related Scripture. The job description should by federal law include essential and nonessential (job) duties with separate lists of physical and skills requirements. The description, without doubt, does not include accommodation for religious beliefs. Also, note the common church vernacular of pray for forgiveness and you will receive it, Really?
I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage. To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God's definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God's Word. It is a matter of religious liberty, which is protected under the First Amendment, the Kentucky Constitution, and in the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Our history is filled with accommodations for people's religious freedom and conscience. I want to continue to perform my duties, but I also am requesting what our Founders envisioned - that conscience and religious freedom would be protected. That is all I am asking. I never sought to be in this position, and I would much rather not have been placed in this position. I have received death threats from people who do not know me. I harbor nothing against them. I was elected by the people to serve as the County Clerk. I intend to continue to serve the people of Rowan County, but I cannot violate my conscience."
Did you notice the essence of the statement: "I" and "me?" If the "I" and "Me' are the essence of the issue, the clerk could simply walk-off the job, thus enacting a resignation. Of course, 27 years is an extensive background and employment career that wold be hard from which to walk away, but it seems 23 of those years were devoted what seems an all inclusive life of "I" and "Me" regarding social/sexual interaction. How does the last four years of her life qualify as final authority, outside of the law, in denying civil rights to people regardless of demographics. It is a dangerous position that can and will be applied to others areas of US bigotry and racism.

If you think for one second ultra-conservative bigots will not reach to apply the same denials to interracial couples, you are either a conservative to the core or you till feel this nation is an exceptional nation. In either case, you are misguided and factually an enabler of the Kim Davis's personal war of bigotry and deprivation.

We will close this piece with a link to a a very well developed piece in Liberal America from Tiffany Willis, founder and editor-in-chief of Liberal America and an "unapologetic" member of the Christian Left.

Update: The Daily Kos also published a piece that adds to a the Kim Davis story.
This is good to hear.By Daily Kos user Village VetPosted by Daily Kos on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Update:  Kentucky Clerk ordered to jail. It will take conservative America thirty minutes to secure her release for jail.

Posted by name deleted on Thursday, September 3, 2015


Monday, April 16, 2012

The Four Pillars of the GOP Achilles Heel (encapsulized)

The GOP since the 2010 election has really shown it's underbelly. Once exposed the true nature of the Circa 2000 GOP is not a pretty sight. Economic issues aside, I thought a quick flash of a categorized set of visuals seem to embody the party's Achilles Heel. 

Economic issues aside for good reason.  I know and you know that our suffering economy remains a lingering battle from eight years of greed based neglect. Despite the desire to lay all of our economic problems on President Obama, it really is clear where the fault lies. A perfect example are gas prices. 

The Right is all fired-up about a new campaign issue. I wrote in another forum this morning that GOP gas prices glee and commitment to use as a campaign mantra is disturbing. First, the GOP is not  shallow enough to use the gas prices spike if they were concerned about the spike dropping significantly.  In other words, I feel they are using the spike because the gas price spike has been given to the GOP as a campaign issue. Moneyed interest in oil and gas have every imaginable reason for a GOP president in the White House. 

Gas prices can shut-down our slow yet improving economy. An improved economy is not good for the GOP.  A basic syllogism will finish the formula.

Deductive Reasoning

 A typical form is “All A is C; all B is A; therefore all B is C.”
A. High gas prices is good for the GOP;  C. If prices remain high that benefits the GOP in the fall elections.
B. An improved economy is not good of the GOP; A. High gas prices must remain high GOP stands to bode better int he fall elections
B. An improved economy is not good of the GOP;  C. If prices remain high that benefits the GOP in
the fall elections.

It seems the GOP pundits and politicians are so committed to commenting about gas prices, a part of me feels the fix may be on.  They know prices will not deep back into respectable levels, in fact prices will increase when the industry changes over from winter to summer grades.

The party has a good mantra in gas prices. A good mantra if you believe the hype about Obama being responsible for the higher prices.   If you think he is responsible for the  higher prices, help me understand why the spike occurred in January of a General Election year.

I will leave the "Fifth Pillar" for now, and move to the Four Pillars via images and a short video.

Pillar I. Religion

Pillar II. Tax Rates

Pillar III. Women's rights or pushing back on obvious attacks from the Right.

Pillar IV.  Attack on public service jobs and voter suppression.

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For those of us who have watched American Politics over 40 years, we know all too well the ways of the nation's conservatives and the ways of the GOP. Since the election of President Obama the GOP has turned into something of a meandering authoritarian monster. 

The monster toots around one of these.....

2010 Elections unleashed the monster, look at what awaits in 2012 if we are not careful!

The people of Troy pulled the Trojan Horse into their lives. You know what came from its innards!