Equal rights for all cannot come soon enough. Shame on us all that this is still an issue. Let’s get it fixed.
Equal rights for all cannot come soon enough. Shame on us all that this is still an issue. Let’s get it fixed.
With marriage equality battles in front of the voters in four states, the faithful are out in flocks to defend traditional matrimony. I don’t know exactly what traditional means in this context. It certainly doesn’t mean biblical, or it would include captive virgins and sex slaves and fathering children for your deceased brothers. It certainly doesn’t mean Mitt Romney’s version of traditional, since…
A small note on my unusual silence the last couple of weeks…….
It isn’t like I haven’t had scores of things I wanted to shout about. There are plenty. Too many, in fact. I seem to have become buried alive in election cycle stress syndrome. I can’t open any of my multitudinous (I love that word, and never get to use it) news and political sites without being assaulted by an avalanche of offensive and terrifying articles, posts, quotes, soundbites and developments. I have been hiding, frankly. I’m kinda’ afraid if I begin to talk about any current events, I’ll deteriorate into full-on Southern-belle profanity. For those who know southern ladies, y’all know there is no language on this Earth quite like ours when we are good and worked up.
I would like to pose a few questions to the world at large though…….
Who the hell are these undecided voters, and what, pray tell, is the cause of their indecision? Much like Sheldon Cooper, I have the urge to ask them if they have recently received a sudden blow to the head.
Your candidate is offensive, pretentious, obnoxious, and rude. He is boorish and totally impolite. He is completely disrespectful. Now, come the second and third debates ( and VP debate) and the first thing out of y’all’s mouths is that the VP and POTUS are RUDE? Wah. Boo hoo. I have news for you guys. Lies, misconstrued facts, and politicizing events for your own selfish ends and gain–especially when you were pointedly asked not to by surviving family members in the case of Ambassador Stevens–deserve no polite treatment or mollycoddling. What pathology do you guys suffer from, that you all think you are entitled (see what I did there) to set the terms for the way everyone else behaves? Only from the rabid right do we see people whacking others over the head with metaphorical shovels while screaming “Why are you persecuting us?”
DOMA is finally getting put where it deserved to be from the first moment it was thought up…..in the trash can. Case by case, court by court, I love to see it go. When it finally disappears for good, and when lovers all through our nation are ultimately able to love and be loved by the partner of their choice, how precisely will that affect ANY of you? The sacrosanct institution of marriage in our modern times is beset right, left, and sideways by unfaithfulness, separation, and divorce. In a great many cases, multiple-remarriage and divorce. Why deny same sex couples the right to be as happy as all of us straight couples, since we are all clearly ambassadors of nuptial Utopian living?
In reference to the absolutely staggering amount of propaganda, lies, filth, perversion, stupidity, and insanity directed at women and their right to make choices about their bodies and health (specifically reproductive health) : Piss off. I can’t be any more clear than that. You people are insane. You are not rational. You are frankly frightening. An incredibly astute gentleman once said “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” Thank you, George Bernard Shaw, for reminding me that you can’t reason with some people.
Yes, I know the last was not a question, but it was certainly a statement I felt needed saying.
I look around and wonder, what on Earth must other countries think of us? I suspect that if the nations of the world were a family reunion, we would be the inappropriate uncle who wears his underwear outside his pants and speaks in non-sequiturs that make everyone uncomfortable.
So Chik-Fil-A has reportedly taken the bold step of ceasing financial support to hate groups. 11 Alive posed the question ‘Do you think this helps or hurts the Atlanta company?’
Hmmm. Don’t need to think long or hard about that, at least not in regards to whether the purveyors of intolerant chicken rise or fall in my estimation in light of this new information.
All this does is put them back at the square one of not doing anything intentionally harmful or discriminatory. So after all this controversy, the best they can apparently manage is to do nothing at all. Well, I’ll take nothing at all over the knowledge that they actively finance hate groups and dogmatically driven legislation, but it would be nice to see them take a further step and join the ranks of those who are actually trying to do something positive.
So…….it won’t hurt them, but I see no reason why it should help them, either.
My younger brother is gay. Gay as laughter. Gay as the day is long. One of the finest moments in my life, and one of the greatest compliments anyone has ever paid me, was the day he felt safe to come out to me. He’s in his mid-30s now, but he’ll always be my little brother. And man, I love that kid.
Okay, the sad thing here is that they actually do believe they are being persecuted and unfairly labeled as a hate group. The level of blindness in operation here simply staggers me.
*picture taken from the Facebook page of The Equality Mantra.
Aahh, now I see. This could almost have been taken from the textbook I used at our local Christian college, in the mandatory Christian Family Living class. They probably use the same publishing house.
I was still snickering over this one when a re-tweet on my twitter feed caught my eye :
Sometimes the best antidote to the insanity around you is to find something you can point at and laugh. It doesn’t fix anything, but it sure makes you feel better for a bit.
*first pic taken from the Facebook page of Political Loudmouth who got it from the Facebook page of Proud To Be A Filthy Liberal Scum. second screen shot taken off my Twitter feed and the specific tweet is from Megan Amram. thanks to all sources.
More eloquent than I have ever been. This strikes a deep resounding chord within me, because it is so very true.
Owldolatrous Productions take on the true implications of the Chick-Fil-A debate, and what is really at stake here.
Read it. Please. You don’t have to support it, or agree with it, but at least read it and give it some thought. The most important step towards tolerance is to open your heart and mind enough to understand, really understand, what motivates others. Once you understand them, and they you, you can each work towards middle ground. Knee jerk reactions that start debates which turn into hate filled arguments always seem to start with folks who just simply do not listen, then put their own interpretation on the points others were trying to make. Stop. Listen. Think. Speak slowly, and from the heart. You may still disagree, but there might be less hate to spread around.
Came upon this inspirational (holding up sarcasm sign NOW) article this morning on my newsfeed.
I am honestly not that surprised, or in fact upset, about the contents. Oh, I was, when I first read it. Worked up a minor head of steam while scanning through it, too. By the time I finished it, my compartmentalization centers had kicked in and relegated it to the spam box section of my brain, at which point I decided not to waste time being pissed that people with such asinine ideals get any airtime. After all, if this man and those who think like him want to spew their venom, it cannot possibly help the repubs very much. I can imagine some people being offended, and some shaking their heads and bleating their agreement. What I do not see is lots of new converts experiencing epiphanies that this is the one true party to represent them. I believe divisive ideals like this are insulting to everyone who hears them, even those who spout them (although they may not see it that way). This man is simply stirring the pot and inciting us to rip each other apart. Look at me, though. I’m no better, really. When I titled this post, I reverted to a juvenile (but, I maintain, still comically viable) jab ala Wayne’s World. I think I will leave the title as-is, just to underline the point.
Here’s the thing that really bothered me about this…….
This afternoon I was out shopping with my mother. The aforementioned article came up in conversation. As I expected, she was not overly impressed with the statements of this misogynistic man. However, I was also treated to her theory that he was a covert Liberal Democrat who was acting under cover to infiltrate the Republican party and instigate the false belief that the repubs are waging a War On Women, which, of course, is patently false. Repubs are, after all, the holy party. They are Right With God. She made me so sad. That is what is really bothering me right now. I hate to have the divide between us thrust into my face by some hate mongering man who, with any luck, I will never meet and have to be polite to.
I am fully capable of cruising through life discounting the ideologies of strangers with whom I disagree. I can post my opinions, tweet, +1, and generally shout from hilltops until I feel like my own point has been made and perhaps I have shined a little light into the darkness. It is much harder to come up against opposition from friends and family. You know you will never convince or convert them, just as they will likely have little sway with you. So you sit in silence with an impassive face while they spout and sound off. It turns my smile upside down.
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