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Give Me That Old Time Discrimination, Mississippi!



Freedom Summer has just been commemorated here in Jackson, Mississippi. 50 years later, we are still fighting for civil rights here.

For younger people who may not know what 'Freedom Summer' was, the blockquote below is from their website:

In the summer of 1964, hundreds of summer volunteers from across America convened in Mississippi to put an end to the system of rigid segregation. The civil rights workers and the summer volunteers successfully challenged the denial by the state of Mississippi to keep Blacks from voting, getting a decent education, and holding elected offices.

50 years later, Mississippi's right wing has come up with a new wrinkle to deny people their rights: a religious justification for discriminating against anyone they want for any reason they want. A store owner can now discriminate against you in Mississippi if you're African-American, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, disabled, not a Christian, gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender, a woman, or for any other reason he or she decides on the spur of the moment is reason enough to deny you goods or services.

Nice, huh? The business owner now has carte blanche to discriminate against anyone for any reason!. It's his/her religion! The business owner can always find a passage in the Bible (the only religion which counts down here for lawmakers) which says it's perfectly okay.

The religionists in Mississippi, led by Tea Party / Republican governor Phil Bryant pushed this law through calling it the 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act'.

As the song goes - 'Jesus died to save our sins...glory to God we're gonna need him again' - this time for another Freedom Summer for Civil Rights, just for different civil rights than were being suppressed in 1964.

Some more information on SB2681 - in this case from the Hell No on 26 and 27 Facebook Page:

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act SB 2681 goes into effect July 1st, 2014. Though masked in the cloak of religious freedom, this law is an open license for any business, if they chose to do so, to discriminate against any individual that does not meet their criteria. Thus, gender, disabilities, race, sexual preference, Atheism and other non Christian beliefs,...can be the basis for refusing you service. All under the guise of religious freedom, this is now legal! Hell No! on Mississippi 26 and 27 invites you to join us and tell Governor Bryant that this law is unconstitutional and the citizens of Mississippi will not accept it. We say Hell No, 2681 has got to go!

How can Mississippi have come to the point that at least one national website is warning its site visitors not to travel here?

BREAKING: GetEQUAL Issues Travel Alert for LGBT Travelers to Mississippi

It's simple: the religionists were losing the battle to suppress without a law saying they could. Now they have one.

However...there are still good people here who have no interest in discrimination.

A few references:

Coalition of Miss. businesses want LGBT customers to know they’re welcome

As SB2681 Passes, A Gay Mississippi Businessman Talks Back to the Far Right

Well, we'll have to see how stupid Mississippi business owners actually are if they decide to discriminate citing this act, but this is what it permits:

From the bill itself: Mississippi SB2681

c) "Exercise of religion" means the practice or observance of religion. "Exercise of religion" includes, but is not limited to, the ability to act or the refusal to act in a manner that is substantially motivated by one's sincerely held religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.
(d) "State action" means the implementation or application of any law, including, but not limited to, state and local laws, ordinances, rules, regulations and policies, whether statutory or otherwise, or any other action by the state, a political subdivision of the state, an instrumentality of the state or political subdivision of the state, or a public official that is authorized by law in the state.
(3) (a) State action or an action by any person based on state action shall not burden a person's right to exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless it is demonstrated that applying the burden to that person's exercise of religion in that particular instance is both of the following:

(i) Essential to further a compelling governmental interest;
(ii) The least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
(b) A person whose exercise of religion has been burdened or is likely to be burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding, regardless of whether the state or a political subdivision of the state is a party to the proceeding. The person asserting that claim or defense may obtain appropriate relief, including relief against the state or a political subdivision of the state. Appropriate relief includes, but is not limited to, injunctive relief, declaratory relief, compensatory damages, and the recovery of costs and reasonable attorney's fees.

From Rethink Mississippi

That means businesses in Mississippi can discriminate against LGBTQ citizens in the same manner that they say “no shirt, no shoes, no service.” The shirtless don’t have legal protection from discrimination in Mississippi, and neither do gay, lesbian, or trans individuals. Unless employers have a private non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation, LGBTQ employees can be fired at will.

And here's more: 2 stories from Buzzfeed articles:

Mississippi Approves Religious Freedom Bill, Governor Signs It Into Law
The Chef Who’s Leading The Backlash Against Mississippi’s New Anti-Gay Law

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I mean really, Mississippi - what the hell were you thinking?


O Mississippi, Where Art Thou?


Image: Salon Phil Bryant, Mississippi Governor

We're in the middle of a cultural war everywhere in this country, but I particularly feel it here in Mississippi, where I live. I know many wonderful, creative, progressive people here.

Hollywood, however, doesn't see them or have any interest in them because there's no drama in living a happy, normal life.

While the Coen Brothers film O Brother Where Art Thou (Wiki) was well made, it still perpetuated a stereotype of a racist, backward state - in 1937.

Mississippi Burning is a film which takes place in in 1964. This is 2014, 50 years later, and the Mississippi of today is nothing like the Mississippi of 1964 or 1937 - for most people except right-wingers..

I know many wonderful musicians here - Celtic, bluegrass, blues, classical - filmmakers, photographers, painters, sculptors, glass makers, filmmakers, watercolorists, and many more. We have some excellent writers here.

And then there are the 'eternal yesterdayers' - a literal translation from German for neo-Nazi sympathizers - right-wing politicians who long for 'the good old days' of being able to discriminate against anyone for any reason which strikes their fancy. They're still around and their poisonous thinking has, sadly, affected a small percentage of younger people.

The newest attempt of the right-wing 'take America back' crowd (an ambiguous concept if there ever was one) to set us back: legislation which, using the pretext of 'religious freedom', legalizes discrimination against gays.

Here's Salon's take on it:

Mississippi Passed Its Anti-Gay Segregation Bill. Will It Be Struck Down?

O Mississippi, Where Art Thou? (The real, progressive Mississippi Hollywood doesn't write about.)


Rep. King: All LGBT Is Self-Professed Behavior, Laws Protecting It Are Made For Pedophiles


Dunce LGBT

Ah, the LGBT life: unfortunates filled with public pain, abuse, ridicule, discrimination, beatings, and even murders. Wait. Maybe unfortunates is a poor choice of words. Masochists is more appropriate, according to Congressman Steve King (R - Iowa). It seems Dr. Steve believes homosexuality or sexual identity is a choice, just not a verifiable one. HuffPo:

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) defended Arizona’s recently vetoed anti-LGBT legislation on Sunday, arguing in part that homosexuality is a “self-professed behavior” that cannot be “independently verified."

“Although it’s clear in the civil rights section of the code that you can’t discriminate against people based upon -- and I’m not sure I have the list right -- race, creed, religion, color of skin," King said, "there’s nothing mentioned in there on self-professed behavior, and that’s what they’re trying to protect: special rights for self-professed behavior.”

I guess that means that most, if not all professed LGBT'ers are masochists. They love being discriminated against and ostracized. Just listen to King's own words. Count how many times King says, "self-professed behavior:"

Sexual orientation does not warrant constitutional protection because it cannot be “independently verified” and can be “willfully changed,” King contended.

See. It's a choice and we can just learn them gays and other queers to be straight. Just send them to Marcus "Mr. Michele" Bachmann. And King's insights and vast scientific knowledge on the LGBT life aren't new:

During the 2009 passage of the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act -- which expanded the existing 1969 law to include crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity or disability -- King argued that the sexual orientation provision would provide pedophiles with special protections.

Ah yes, that very strong Washington pedophile lobby -- the leading firm there is Findem, Rapem & Abusem.

Money. Yup, and that's the reason Rep. Crazy made in arguing for the recent Arizona anti-gay (religious freedom) bill. By her vetoing it, Gov. Jan Brewer opened the door for the big fix. The big scam. What is that, you may be asking?

He [Rep. Steve King]  went on to suggest that anti-discrimination laws protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people could give those individuals the opportunity to trick businesses into discriminating against them with the intent of “setting up a case.”

seinfeld puffy shirt

Well, at least now we know. When you're not being a pedophile, you're scamming the justice system with phony discrimination claims. This is all a money-making plot. Rep. King has officially set the record straight.

Thanks to him, I'm going out to get my LGBT membership card, put on a "Seinfeld puffy shirt," move to Georgia or Kansas where similar legislation to Arizona's is being considered and go sue somebody before it's too late. I want to be rich. I want to be part of the "1%" group. I wanna be gay!!!


"Arizona: the American Uganda. It's not the hate, it's the stupidity."



Another guest post by the one, the only Will Durst who's having a little fun with Arizona, Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer, and her recent decision to veto a terrible bill that would have legalized discrimination in the name of religion.

Brewer is so totes adorbs that Will couldn't resist analyzing her and her reasons for signing SB 1062, as well as poking fun at the state as a whole. Enjoy:


Alright. Woo- hoo. We’re partying now. With the kind of enthusiasm normally reserved for sorting Phillips head screws from flat head screws, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer publicly vetoed SB 1062, legislation that would provide legal cover to businesses denying services based on the operator’s religious beliefs. The return of Jim Crow with a cactus beat.

Yes, the finger jabbing governess banged down the brakes of the bigot bill. And the disappointment rumbling through the evangelical community caused snakes to be mishandled all the way to Eastern Tennessee.

Give the lady credit. She hemmed. She hawed. She deliberated. Took her time like a molasses coated snail slogging up Everest against the wind in the dead of winter. The right thing was done; for the wrong reasons. The same way deciding not to drink that 8th beer was a smart move whether the cause was self- restraint or misplacing the bottle opener under the front seat.

Mostly it was the threat of another state- wide economic boycott including the possibility of losing a second Super Bowl that did the trick. Once again, the NFL trumps religion. Of course, if those darn liberals hadn't put up such a stink, she would have signed it so fast it would make a roadrunner's head spin, mid beep- beep.

Ironically, Brewer’s painstakingly lackadaisical response was responsible for ratcheting up the backlash that inflamed the country. She inadvertently gave the press time to trumpet the story. And the resulting uproar bodes as well for the umpteen other states considering similar legislation as a dead gila monster- head in your Frosted Flakes.

This is what happens when the tourist industry, the business community, the state’s 2 GOP US Senators and even some of the bill’s co- sponsors turn against it. With friends like these, who needs enemas?

You’d think that vetoing a bill that sanctioned discrimination would be a no- brainer, but no- brainers aren’t quite the sure thing in Arizona. This is the state famous for voting against recognizing Martin Luther King’s Birthday as a holiday and encouraging local police to stop anybody with a tan on both their arms. Not to mention Alice Cooper.

Perhaps Arizona legislators are unaware that religions other than Christianity exist, because depending on the faith of the business owner, this bill would have allowed folks to refuse service not just for sexual orientation but for sporting nail polish, fastening pants with zippers or eating shellfish. The burning hunger for desert shellfish having been dealt with many millennia ago.

Not wearing a hat offends some gods. While the wearing of hats offends others. The gods, they are sartorially conflicted. Suspected of engaging in premarital sex, no ice cream for you. Divorced patrons can purchase their organic rutabagas somewhere else, thank you very much. Wear a turban? Don’t need a couch. Customers would need to take a urine test every time they dropped something off at the dry cleaners.

With every piece of ludicrous legislation, it becomes increasingly apparent that AZ- the postal abbreviation for the Grand Canyon State- stands for Angry Zenophobes. And yes, xenophobe is actually spelled with an X, but the insensible and intolerant denizens of Arizona are probably unaware of that. Arizona: the American Uganda. It’s not the hate, it’s the stupidity.

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