I am too old to be governed by the fear of dumb people, good thing I live in a country governed by a representative democracy. That being said, I am also too young to to be governed by old peoples fears, fortunately for me I live in a country where there are more old people than young people. However, I am also lucky enough to understand that people change as well other things. Such as beliefs, religions, and ideologies. I believe that statement so much I’ll even call it a fact, especially the one about ideologies. I mean we can look through several decades and eras and you can see how the ideologies of the nation change.
In the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s you saw a shift to conservatism with a counter culture of secret liberalism, that lasted for the most part until 1933. Then in 1933 we saw a strongly democratic president take office for twelve years and he was followed by an equally strong democratic president. Then in mid 1940’s we saw a shift to the middle which lasted for a short while and in 1950 we saw a shift so far to the right, that people were being blacklisted for simply being accused of being a communist. Then in the 1960’s we saw the birth of modern liberalism we the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. Then after Johnson’s stint in office we saw a president take office who was slightly right of center but a counter culture that was far left of center. Finally we saw the birth of what was known as modern conservatism with Ronald Reagan taking office. Reagan’s predecessor was a man who held the same beliefs as he but he couldn’t hold the office for eight years. His predecessor was Bill Clinton who was for the most part a left of center president. He led the nation to a prosperous era. He was then followed by George W. Bush who had a hard time keeping the nations economy afloat while dealing with two wars. While the second Bush was in office you saw people go farther to their respective ideologies.
Now we have a president who is having a hard time getting things done for a number of reasons. Obstructionism, a full plate, growing daughters, and other things. Under his control we have seen the two main ideologies split so far apart we haven’t seen the country divided like this since the Civil War. With as much divisiveness as we’re seeing one can say we are absolutely left for dry, unless we figure out a way to fix our differences. The way I see it, everyone is stupid even the most brilliant people. You know why? Because we all believe we have the answers. When in reality all we have is our mouths open trying to drown every body else because we believe we know what’s best and every body else is an idiot. The sooner we stop thinking we’re geniuses and every one else less than us the sooner can get back to being a united nation that disagrees on a few things instead of a divided nation that doesn’t agree on diddly squat.
I stumbled upon a pro-life facebook page the other day. At first I was like “Alright this is pretty cool. People voicing their opinions in a reasonable and peaceful manner.” Then I began looking through the pictures and I saw the discussions people were having in relation to the pictures and I became even more appreciative of facebook as a place to convey ones political or religious beliefs. A few moments later I lost a little of that appreciation when I stumbled upon a picture of a single celled organism or possibly some other cell, one that may become a baby someday, with a few sentences written on it. The picture read ” If a single living cell was found on a distant planet, scientists would exclaim that we have found life elsewhere in the universe. So why is a single living cell found in the womb of a pregnant woman not considered life?” The person who created must not know anything about science.
I don’t know much about science but I have never received a grade lower than a B in a science class so I know a little bit about science and little about how scientists speak. If a scientist saw this picture that professional probably would have called the creator of this picture a smart ass who was trying to put, or rather take, words from a scientists mouth. See a scientist will say anything that is made up of cells has life. By the logic of a scientist a sperm cell has life, an egg inside a woman has life, a single celled organism on some distant planet has life. Where the logic of a scientist differentiates from a person of the pro-life persuasion is that a sperm cell in implanted in a woman’s uterine lining is not human life.
Abortion isn’t black and white as many people believe. Some people will say when you’re dealing with abortion you have those who are pro-life and pro-abortion. It’s not like that at all. I am the perfect example of someone who is pro-choice. I don’t believe abortion is right but I don’t necessarily think it’s wrong but if I got a girl pregnant I’d ask her to keep it because I believe it’s wrong for me and the woman I am in a relationship with. So while I may oppose abortions personally I understand that some people have different beliefs and their circumstances are different than mine.
Then there’s the “infanticide” thing. You know when a woman wants an abortion and some how miraculously survived and people have to choose what to do with the, I don’t know what to call this so I apologize if I offend any one right now, half born child. Often people elect to finish the abortion and sometimes people keep and raise the child. But “infanticide”, which has been totally bastardized, is what happens when a half born child is killed. People say this is worse than abortion and that it should be illegal but what does one do with a child they wanted to abort but, ended up surviving and now has some severe medical problems. The woman obviously tried to abort it the child for a reason and now you’re going to force her to keep it or she’s going to give it to the state where the government will have to pay for the medical bills and pay for the orphan system to raise the child until the child is adopted. You’re caught in the cross hairs with this topic.
What I am really trying to say is abortion is confusing. The less we as a nation stop trying to marginalize it to an issue that is black and white the easier it will be for us to talk about it. People are either pro-life or pro-choice and they are stiff in those positions. If we loosen those reigns a little bit we will be able to have a more intelligent discourse and get more done and create a lot more reasonable bills that will help a lot more women and families. And that is the most important thing right? Protecting Americans.
With Virginia poised to enact a law that will force women to get an ultrasound, transvaginally, it seems inevitable that women and their reproductive rights will continue to be ignored. This law not only ignores women but, it also violates them. One reporter described it as state sponsored rape. When you think about it though, it’s more than that. This law allows the state to not only rape women but, also rob them. Because forcing women to get an unnecessary ultrasound wasn’t enough, Virginia legislators saw it fit to make women pay for these unnecessary ultrasounds.
Women and their reproductive rights are being delegated by older men who lack a woman’s perspective. Just this past week the republicans set all men panel of expert witnesses to decide what the laws on contraception should be. Yes, you read that right, a panel of all men was chosen to decide whether contraception should be covered by insurance. And when woman offered to provide an expert opinion they said, “Nah, we men got this. We know what women want and need when it comes to contraception.” They didn’t really say that but by denying a woman to serve on this panel one can imply that’s what they were thinking.
The other disheartening thing besides the fact that men are deciding what women can and can’t do with their bodies, is the men’s reasons for telling women what to do with their bodies. Often times you’ll hear the people who are the most vehemently against abortion or contraception are Catholic or some kind of super strict Christian. And one will think to themselves these men are only against abortion because of their religion. This assumption leads to people asking themselves, “Aren’t we supposed to leave our religions at the door and not let our religious beliefs affect our political beliefs?” You can answer that question with a yes and a no. While we live in a secular state our religious views can play an affect on your political views. It’s when you allow your religious beliefs to dictate to you what your political beliefs that it becomes an issue. Like the Personhood Amendment, a perfect example, shouldn’t have even been allowed because it was drafted and introduced to law makers by a Christian Right group, and for that reason alone it shouldn’t have been introduced to the legislature.
So you see what women have to deal with? They have to deal with a male dominated congress averaging fifty-eight years old, who lack the perspective of women. They also have to deal with a lot of religious zealots who wish to impose their beliefs upon them, even though they say they want a limited government. They have to worry about buying contraception by themselves when they may not have any money to spare. The way I see it, women are being dealt a really bad hand at this point in time and really need people to step up and speak on their behalf. And the people who speak on their behalf actually need to speak for what women want and not what they think women should want.
Virginia state lawmaker , Janet Howell, introduced a somewhat controversial yet extremely funny amendment to a bill into the Virginia senate. This amendment would have made it mandatory for any male getting treated for erectile dysfunction to get a rectal exam and heart test before being prescribed an erectile dysfunction medicine. Ms. Howell introduced this amendment in protest of the bill forcing women to get an unnecessary ultrasound before going through with an abortion.
Ms. Howell stated “We should just have a little gender equity here,”. I easily and understandably agree with her. It’s ridiculous to force a woman to pay for an ultrasound when they don’t need it. You may say “But a rectal exam is far more intrusive than an ultrasound,”. I respond to that by saying an ultrasound is an extremely intrusive thing only physically but, mentally and emotionally. In most cases when women see the unborn child living within them they become more attached to the fetus. I believe this is why the Virginia senate included the forced ultrasound into the bill.
The forced ultrasound bill passed. The forced rectal exam amendment almost made it into law but missed the mark by a narrow two votes, 21-19. This Virginia bill is by far one of the most intrusive laws in the reproductive rights field. There are the “fetal pain” laws, which say fetuses can feel pain so a woman can’t abort after 20 weeks, in Nebraska, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Alaska, South Dakota, and Texas. But even those states don’t force women to get an ultrasound before an abortion.
As reproductive rights continue to come to the forefront of politics, women continue to be misrepresented. They often don’t get their voices heard, being that there are only seventeen women in the U.S. Senate and ninety-two women in the U.S. House of Representatives. Majority of those women are democrats so there’s only aspect of the woman point of view being told and when that point of view being isn’t being there’s some old guy telling women what they can and can’t do with their body. In fact of all the people that support anti-abortion laws seventy-seven percent of them are men. That is a little backwards.
While I consider the gift of life a blessing. It is not my place to tell a woman the child that is growing with in her is a blessing. There are so many instances where an abortion is justifiable and for me to tell a woman that her reasons to abort are wrong is the slap in the face of every women to have ever lived. Then you have the cases where a woman is raped. To force that woman to carry the child of her attacker is like telling a man to donate sperm to the woman who cut his genitalia off. That puts that situation into perspective now doesn’t it?
Even though I have the situation into perspective some men will still continue to use the same old excuses to force their patriarchal ideals on women. Some women still use the same old excuses to follow those same prehistoric patriarchal ideals. However, until all women come out of the dark ages we will see intrusive and idiotic reproductive rights laws being introduced into law.
From Mitt Romney’s tax returns we found out a lot. We found out that he pays a 13.6 percent income tax which amounts to 3 million dollars. We also found out he makes more in a day than the median American household makes in a year. Probably one of the most understated things we found out from Mitt Romney’s tax return is to which groups he made large donations.
From Mr. Romney’s tax returns we found out he donates a considerable amount of money to organizations working to end the spread of LGBT equality. There’s two problems with this discovery. Two weeks before releasing his tax returns, Mitt Romney said in New Hampshire that he would support equal rights for members of the LGBT community. The other problem is, Mitt Romney aspires to be the President of the United States but, is willing to alienate a group of Americans and help spread false statements about that group of Americans.
The two groups that Mr. Romney made his donations to were The Massachusetts Family Institute, to whom Mr. Romney donated ten thousand dollars, and The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, to whom Romney donated twenty-five thousand dollars. Both organizations preach that you can pray the gay away, because one chooses to be gay the same way he or she chooses to be born with a cleft lip. They also preach that conversion or reparative therapy can turn a homosexual person into a heterosexual. These two groups stand by reparative therapy even though the American Psychology Association states there’s nothing wrong with members of the LGBT community and that reparative therapy doesn’t work.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty’s name is actually contradictory. They want religious liberty for religious people but not for people who are free of religion or don’t follow exactly what “religious” books say. They were the people that made sure “under God” stayed in the Pledge of Allegiance. Even though they claim to be protecting peoples religious freedoms they are forcing all kids in the United States, even the ones who may not believe in a God, to say the Pledge of Allegiance with “under God” in it. That doesn’t sound like religious freedom to me.
Then the Massachusetts Family Institute is just outright bigoted. They support a bill that would fine a transgender male or transgender female for using the public restroom or dressing room of the sex they identify with. While the fine is relatively small, fifty dollars, it’s the principle of the bill that throws me off. The Tennessee Legislator who drafted the bill, Sen. (R) Bo Watson, claimed that the bill was to ensure the safety of all patrons in public facilities. Yea, that’s how he justifies his transphobia, with a lame ass excuse claiming it is to protect people, because so many transgender people are just running around raping people in public restrooms and dressing rooms.
Mr. Romney needs to make up his mind. He needs to decide if he wants to represent all Americans or only the ones who believe what he does. Then when he finally makes up his he needs to not be so capricious. Mr. Romney make up your mind and stay with what you have decided. I think it’s more important to build strong base of people that have similar beliefs than a shaky base of people who only agree with the things you say rather than what you actually believe.
In July Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill mandating LGBT history be taught in schools across California. To say the least, I am very proud to be a Californian for this reason alone. However, a lot of my Californian counterparts do not feel the same way about this momentous bill. People were outraged and took to social media sites claiming God will smite Californians who supported this bill. Others stated teaching LGBT history will turn children homosexual. One person even asked, “What gay history?” Statements like these left me perplexed, even dumbfounded at the ignorance of some people.
America alone is saturated in the history of the LGBT community and more history is being every day. People asked what difference does it make that people are taught that Leonardo Da Vinci or Andy Warhol were gay. The difference it makes is if some one admires the works of these men and knows they were gay they may be more accepting of the gay individual in their class or the entire LGBT community.
Other people were dropping references to the bible and asking why can’t kids be taught about the life of Jesus Christ. My problem with that is it alienates the groups of people who aren’t christian and also we live in a secular state. It shouldn’t matter what the bible says about anything in a building funded by the state or federal government. And not only that but what about the other things allowed by the law of the land but forbidden by the bible. Like incest, which is discussed in Leviticus 19: 6-30 but allowed in 16 states, or how about the love of money which Jesus says is an abomination in Luke 16:15. What about how the bible says it’s wrong to eat shell fish, like crab or lobster but, I’ve never seen any one protest a Red Lobster or Joe’s Crab Shack.Then there’s the “don’t mark yourself as the pagans do” that means no tattoos or piercings but people get cross earrings and bible scriptures tattooed all across there body, but nobody boycotts tattoo parlors. Or please some one I have rounded the edges of my beard and since the bible says that is an abomination punishable by death I should no longer be allowed to live on this earth. Some people, like San Diego pastor Miles McPherson, will argue some laws of the Old Testament shouldn’t be taken seriously any more but the one about homosexuality being an abomination still rings true.
I’m tired of people using their religion to be homophobic. They take the Bible and other holy books like the Qu’Ran as absolute truth with no mistakes rather than for what they really are, books. Books that have been translated, re-translated, and are missing some parts.
I’m going to get off the religious aspect now and go into other issues people have with the law. One black woman said “They give us the shortest month of the year but the can teach the history of these evil people.” That woman probably doesn’t even know that there’s an Asian Pacific American month, Hispanic Heritage month, or American Indian Heritage month. She complains about having the most notable heritage month and tries to compare it to a law that is trying to end discrimination and hate crimes against another American minority. Yea, she comes off sounding intelligent. Another person said ” I don’t want to sound like a gay basher but this law is stupid and alienates heterosexuals.” I’m sure, the people who can get married and divorced at any time and are other wise given privileges not awarded to homosexuals feel alienated because a groups history is being taught. I understand where he’s coming from but it holds nothing to common sense.
I am proud this bill passed and I am eager to see what good it will do for future generations. I am just disappointed that this bill won’t have an affect on the older people who need it. Until every one is tolerant of every ones differences we will see discrimination, hate crimes and unnecessary suffering. I’d like to see an America where people don’t fight each other over asinine reasons such as race, religion, or sexual orientation but I’m a dreamer filled with innocence. I can only hope and no one better try to stop me.
Bible abominations link
Southern California LGBT History link
Some Celebrities of the LGBT community link
One of the greatest songs and bands led by a homosexual man
If you can watch this video and not want these two to be allowed to get married then there’s something wrong with you.
This video portrays perfectly what it’s like to be in a relationship with some one you care about. It’s not until the end of the video though that you find out the couple is gay. This video is so moving and if you find yourself still saying homosexuality is unnatural and a sin then, I don’t know what to tell you. I watched this video and I thought “Wow, this makes me support same sex marriage even more.” I find love to be one of Gods greatest gifts to man and I believe God created every man and woman the exact way God wanted them to be. Yea the bible says homosexuality is a sin but the bible was written and translated by many men therefor the bible is bound to have some mistakes in it. And a lot of theologians and linguists and even some preachers believe the bible in its’ original Greek form didn’t actually condemn homosexuality.I am inclined to agree with the people that support same sex marriage because when I see people preaching against homosexuality I hear hate in their sermons. Then when I see people supporting homosexuality and same sex marriage I see and hear love. Now there’s always the people that aren’t their companions but I am not for not allowing two consenting and loving adults to get married. So, It’s time let’s all come together and support same sex marriage.
Two days ago Rick Perry came out with an ad claiming Obama is waging a war on “Americas Religion” and he also pretty much said the LGBT community of America should have no rights. I am going to be blunt about the way I feel about Rick Perry. He’s a dumb homophobic prick who has no place in American politics. I’m sorry, but I can’t stand by and listen to this “man” spew his hate filled excrementitious homophobic bigotry around this great country.
People like Rick Perry are the reason America isn’t getting any better. They would rather discriminate and just talk out of their asses than discuss the real problems. I know why Rick Perry released this ad though, because he can’t talk about anything else. He has been stumped in the debates, his post card taxes are weak, and that New Hampshire fiasco totally flattened his campaign. I’m sure he feels this will inspire the homophobic people just like him to lean in his favor when the pollsters come around.
Let’s look at the numbers of the youtube video though. You have 290,504 dislikes and you have in comparison a mere 6,336 likes. I’m going to do the math so you don’t have to. Of the 747,019 people who watched this video 296,840 clicked either the like or dislike button. That’s 39 percent. 39 percent of the people who watched Perry’s ad clicked either the like or dislike button. Of the 39 percent clicked either the like or dislike only 2 percent of the people liked the video. People have compared the hatred for the ad to the hatred of Justin Beiber among youtubers. To say that Rick Perry’s ad failed would be an understatement.
And what religion is America governed by? What religion do Americans recognize to be their religion? My religion isn’t Rick Perry’s. Is yours? As far children not being able celebrate Christmas in school, my nephew gets to draw snow men and Christmas trees so that statement is false. And if Rick Perry cared so much about the protection why did he put ” The first family wishes you a happy holidays” on the Texas governor website. I’m not suggesting Rick Perry would make a bad president I am declaring Rick Perry would make a bad president.
I read and I hear people,religious and non-religious, say that America is a “christian” nation. They say this country was founded on christian values and that our founding fathers meant for our country to be based on christian teachings. This is not true and people should stop spreading this lie. They even go on further to say our founding fathers were christian. This is true but the key members of our founding fathers were deists. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton were the key founding fathers and they believed in God but did not want God to be the basis of our nation, except for John Jay.
Thomas Jefferson created his own bible. George Washington rarely went to church. John Adams wrote in a letter to Samuel Miller “I must acknowledge that I cannot class myself under that denomination.” James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, wrote in his memorial and remonstrance religious assessments “During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution.”
“What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate it, needs them not.” Benjamin Franklin rebelled against his parents religion and revealed his skepticism of religion in his auto biography.
Then there’s the Treaty of Tripoli and most importantly Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli. Article 11 reads “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.” This article states clearly we are not christian nation, but why do people still try to push that we are. Religious people try to say our government has gotten away from its christian values that’s why we have no moral background. And I say we have gotten away from our non-christian values and those christian values have crippled and have forever bred an indifference for those who disagree those christian values.
Some Christian leaders and zealots refuse to admit we are not a christian nation. They use their misinformed logic to persecute homosexuals, atheists, Muslims, and any one who is in the least bit different. Newt Gingrich said that he wanted to make America more “christian”. A man who cheated on and left two of his wives while they were ill. A man who said he disagrees with child labor laws. A man who gave charity to himself said he wishes to make America more “christian”. I don’t have a problem with Christianity or any other religion but, I do believe a government run by any religion is only convenient for the religious. A government is responsible for everybody not just for the Christians.
Now some people will argue that with out religion we would have no moral code. That is a bold faced lie. I don’t need a book written thousands of years that it is wrong to kill a person. I have a conscience and my conscience was developed not by going to church and listening to some homophobic ordained person speak. No, my conscience was developed on the playground where I learned to share and to play right. I learned right from wrong from my parents not some overly translated constantly changing book. We are Americans, some may be christian, some may be buddhist, some are muslim, and others don’t have a faith. And to say we are a christian nation is to disown Americans of other faiths. We are an American Nation, we are free to practice whatever religion we wish and we are free to refrain from being religious. This nation is no more a christian nation that it is socialist nation.