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Freedom Of Speech vs. Freedom of Religion

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Oh, boy. It seems when you use the US Bill of Rights to defend one extremist position, you might discover yourself trampling on another. And so we find the case in the Michigan City of  Warren, with their Mayor, Jim Fouts.

From THE RAW STORY:

A Michigan mayor who says that he believes in freedom of religion has refused to allow atheists to set up a so-called “Reason Station” inside City Hall, saying it could upset Christians visiting the nearby “Prayer Station.”

Yes, you read that correctly. 'A Prayer Station'' for Christians, good. A 'Reason Station' for Atheists, bad.

As an individual or an organization, you can preach and promote a belief, but you cannot preach or promote logic and reason. That, it seems, is unconstitutional and violates the Bill of Rights.

“I emphasize one thing,” he (Mayor Fouts) added. “The government cannot restrict an individual’s freedom of speech, but an individual cannot restrict the government’s freedom of speech.”

Yet that's exactly what the Mayor did. He restricted freedom of speech. What Fouts seems to have overlooked is what happens when the government restricts an individual's rights to the same freedoms it grants.

Religious Freedom may mean freedom from religion. At least expounding that belief does. But evidently that's not so in the City of Warren, Michigan.

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White Americans Become More Conservative the More they Fear Becoming a Minority

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White Americans Become More Conservative The More They Fear Becoming A Minority (via Liberaland)

A Northwestern University study reveals that as white Americans learn of America’s changing demographics, the more conservative they become. Psychological scientists Maureen Craig and Jennifer Richeson of Northwestern University noticed a substantial…


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Minnesota Republican Seeks Office So His Daughter Won’t Have To Learn Evolution

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Minnesota Republican Seeks Office So His Daughter Won’t Have To Learn Evolution (via Liberaland)

Aaron Miller is seeking to replace Democratic Rep. Tim Walz. That way, he can single-handedly stop science from being taught to his kid. Miller first mentioned his daughter’s evolution lesson at the Blue Earth County convention in March, according…


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Why The LGBT Community Scares The Holy BeJesus Out Of The GOP

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It does make you wonder why the Republicans are so anti-gay as a party. Oh, that's not to say everyone in the Republican party is homophobic -- but we can argue that their most vocal spokespeople certainly are. And on the state level, it's even more acute than nationally.

One reason might be that the conservative wing of the once Grand Old Party (now the WHOMP - White Homophobic Old Men's Party), is being led by the nuts (take that any way you wish) by the Tea Baggers. And they fear anyone or anything that doesn't look old, white, Anglo-Saxon Christian.  Anyone else -- Jew, Muslim, immigrant, minority -- is a threat to them. And their rule book is the bible. More appropriately, their interpretation of its teachings. When it suits them, they quote it. When it doesn't, they interpret it.

The anti-gay movement within the Right-wingnut conservatives bible-thumpers isn't really new, Yahoo News:

Then there are the influential conservative “Christian” groups who have long demonized gays, such as Bryan Fischer at the American Family Association (AFA) who said the “homosexual agenda” is “the greatest immediate threat to every freedom and right that is enshrined in the First Amendment.” Even the Republican Party’s 2012 platform made it seem like the end of days were approaching with their description of gay marriage as “an assault on the foundations of our society.”

So, if Fisher and his AFA group are to be believed, the LGBT community is out to get us. They're the enemy. They're going to enlist us to join (I wonder if they have glossy membership cards) or if we're not willing to convert, to enslave us. By that I guess they mean to turn us into concubines and rape us and our children -- not to mention our pets.)

 AFA’s former general manager, Dr. Buster Wilson, explained the “homosexual agenda” in this light: “Simple ‘equality’ is not the goal of the gay activists.  They want total domination in some cases…not just ‘accept them’ but to bow to them and their wants.“

Who can argue with that reasoning? Us straight folks face a real threat of enslavement and domination. Oooh. Whips. Yup, that's the gay S&M scene. We should all thank visionaries like Fisher and Wilson. They have seen the light. Pull out all the stops to make sure the gays don't even find equal protections under the law or else.

Comedian Sabrina Jalees,  revealed a bit of the homosexual agenda: “You should see what we've got planned once we get our equal rights. We're gonna go ahead and keep living. Almost exactly the same way heterosexuals do, just with better clothes.”

So now we know what's behind the Conservative hatred core. But my favorite comment about the LGBT haters out there is this comment from comedian, Jim David. He put it succinctly: “People who aren't having any good sex are seriously threatened by those who are.”

Anyone else out there who thinks it's time to stop this Conservative right-wing hatred?

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Gay Dads Get Hateful Birthday RSVP For Their Daughter

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Laffy Note: This turned out to be a hoax by some DJs. Here's the scoop via Joe My God.

So you're two proud gay dads and can't wait to throw your daughter the best birthday party imaginable. You send out invitations and you expect, out of respect for your daughter, you'll get mostly positive responses. That's not really too much to expect.
Let me repeat, two GAY dads.

So above is the RSVP response they got from the mother of an invitee via HuffPo:

Tommy will NOT attend. I do not believe in what you do and will not subject my innocent son to your "lifestyle." I'm sorry Sophia has to grow up this way. If you have an issue or need to speak to me: [number erased]

Ignorance does really start at home, but it's not started by the young. It's started by the old. It's the parents, not the innocent kids. Now there's so much wrong with that short response, but really, is this 2014 or the dark ages? What does Tommy's mother think is going to happen to her son if he attends? Is he going to be molested? Is he going to be sold into slavery? Is he going to be "indoctrinated?"

Obviously this mom thinks any or all of those will happen. What's her giveaway -- She highlights "lifestyle" as if it's a choice for these two men. They evidently missed out on getting into Marcus Bachmann's (Rep. Michele's husband) program of conversion therapy.

How awful to be brought up in a heterosexual household by ignorant adults rather than being the child of two same-sex, loving people who want to teach their child that there's more to life than news, weather, sports -- oh, and bigotry.

I wonder if the rack where they hang their house and car keys has the reminder, "Hate, don't leave home without it."

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Why Does The GOP Fear Same-Sex Marriage?

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The Raw Story:

Republicans in the Kansas House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would make it legal for both government employees and private individuals to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds.

According to House Bill 2453, “no individual or religious entity shall be required by any governmental entity” to “provide any services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges” if “it would be contrary to the sincerely held religious beliefs of the individual or religious entity regarding sex or gender.”

I guess the GOP in Kansas doesn't read newspapers, the internet or news from any source. They totally missed the Department of Justice memo of last week. Or maybe they did get it and are scared. Neither Discrimination nor hate are part of any religious doctrine that I'm aware of. So violating that "tenet" is impossible to justify as being a religious belief. Talk about reaching!

Bible thumping, hate mongering, fear and revivalist dogma aren't the answer. And either is Kansas House Bill 2453.

With same-sex marriage now legally accepted in nearly a third of our 50 states, the recent Attorney General announcement that the DOJ is going to fully recognize same sex marriage, it's time to take a look at the repercussions these haters in Kansas are trying to promote. With the Justice department memo, gay couples now have the ability to file jointly for bankruptcy and guaranteeing that married same–sex partners would not be forced to testify against each other in trial. They'd be given the rights to visit the dying reserved for family members. 

Hmm. Can't see where that's hurting heterosexual marriage any.

With same-sex marriages come the de-stigmatizing of all adoptions. As a matter of fact, the number of adoptions by same-sex partners is growing rapidly -- and that means more orphaned and unwanted children are finding good homes and the love they've previously been denied. That doesn't seem to be harming heterosexual marriage and at the same time lessens a burden on the states of caring for these unfortunate children.

Then where's the problem? There's not one documented case of same-sex marriage infringing on or interrupting a traditional heterosexual marriage. Not one.

Well, that's still not good enough for the National Organization of Marriage, NOM.

According to THE HILL:

But NOM’s Brown said the [recent DOJ] measures trample on states’ rights to make their own decisions on how to define the institution of marriage.

“The American public needs to realize how egregious and how dangerous these usurpations are and how far-reaching the implications can be,” Brown said. “The changes being proposed here to a process as universally relevant as the criminal justice system serve as a potent reminder of why it is simply a lie to say that redefining marriage doesn't affect everyone in society."

How interesting a point made here. What's their point in case you missed it? THERE ISN'T ONE.

Benefits of same-sex marriage are numerous, some of which are spelled out above. And ther are many more. Among the most important is not to define this relationship between two consulting, loving individuals as second class. Human rights and dignity are the backbone of America. Classifying same sex love as a sin, or evil or a sickness is true -- but not of those who live it -- only of those who deny it from being allowed.

Marriage is a choice. Homosexuality, being gay, lesbian, transsexual or bisexual is NOT. Let's remember the immortal words of Thomas Jefferson in that very cherished document, The Declaration of Independence:

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We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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From California To Maine, The GOP Is Very Scared

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Don't let the press scare you if you're a Democrat or an Independent, or if you're a woman, LGBT, believe in evolution or science, are an immigrant, accept climate control, favor social welfare, public parks, clean air, or are young, have college loans or want financial reform. The Republicans who are against all of those things and more are showing signs of cracking. The Republicans might very well lose the House despite gerrymandering and they're certainly not going to regain control of the Senate.

How can I make such broad predictions? Well, here's a taste of what the RNC is thinking and how they're approaching their attack. Here's a piece of a story from BDN MAINE

The Maine GOP’s latest insult to women

Even as Maine Republicans are rolling out a traveling show in an attempt to gain support among young people, they seem to have given up on their attempts at outreach to another problem demographic for the party: the majority of voters that are female.

In a post on the Maine GOP Facebook page today the Party ridicules lawyer Sandra Fluke for considering running for Congress in California with an image macro claiming she “can’t afford birth control” but can afford the filing fee to enter the election.

This is a sign of fear. Why? Well, for starters you can't get farther away from California than Maine on any map of the US. Then look at the target of this attack. It's Sandra Fluke. She's best known for being denied a chance to speak to congress by the GOP as well as the over the top, outrageous misogynist and truly misinformed comments by Rush Limbaugh. He's the cartoon you look at when you want to point out crazy.

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Finally, look at this campaign against the Fluke filing. She's just filed. So have two others and more are expected to vie for the seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman in Los Angeles. It's a Democratic seat and most likely will be filled with a Democratic candidate. But when just the filing of a political neophyte (and that doesn't mean she isn't an excellent candidate), brings on the opposition money and shivering in their timbers by Republicans across the country who will have no say in a Los Angeles area election, it says something. It says a lot. And true colors are coming to the surface. No matter how much lip service Republicans give to being inclusive, having a large tent or any other analogy, they clearly are not. They're white, old, out of touch with reality, anti-women, anti-employment, anti-Black, anti-immigrant and you can take that to the bank (polls).

They say animals can smell fear. Well so can people. And right now, if you take a whiff, that's the GOP's stinking, fear-filled carcass, not the licorice smell emanating from waters of West Virginia.

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