Well, that (un)progressive state of Arizona is at it again. The "papers please" state recently sent a bill to Governor Jan Brewer which would greatly and adversely affect the LGBT community in the state. At the same time, it could even have further implications, making discrimination against women and immigrants viable. The bottom line to this bill is that it's simply hateful. And the sad part of this promoted bill is that it's intended, at least publicly, to be religiously motivated.
It's hard to imagine a discriminatory bill is based on a cockeyed outlook of religion. I'm not sure if it was just a great PR push by some zealots or ignorance on the part of the state assembly. Either way, there's something awfully wrong if the Governor signs this bill.
Making it easier for Governor Brewer to veto it came yesterday.
State Sen. Steve Pierce (R), who voted for the bill, now says it was a bad idea and wants to see the bill vetoed.
“I screwed up,” Pierce told Capitol Media Services on Sunday. “I’m trying to make it right.”
The Republican lawmaker told the Prescott Daily Courier that he doesn't like the attention the bill has brought to the state, although he believes the purpose of the legislation has been misconstrued.
To say that Steve Pierce voted for the bill is an understatement. He pushed it through. It was his baby. Perhaps he's just a bit modest in defining his efforts. I think he's just embarrassed because both he and the bill have been generating so much negative coverage.
Yet, despite Pierce's public admission that the bill was a bad idea, he's still walking his position back a bit.
"To say (the bill is) anti-gay is following the feeding frenzy," he added. "I have friends that are gay and I wouldn't do anything to hurt them. This is blown way out of proportion and it's too bad."
How familiar that sounds to shield oneself against other forms of bigotry with bromides like, "Some of my best friends are Jewish," or "some of my best friends are Black."
Maybe the truth here is that Sen. Pierce might have made both of those statements to justify his evil -- but that would require him to prove he had any friends at all. After this bill's exposure, I'm not too sure anyone's lining up to wear that mantle.
Oh goy, I mean, oh boy. Now look what's happened to little Johnny Boehner and his sandbox playmates! They can't seem to get along so they're looking for some adult supervision. A new leader. Who are they looking to? Why the big guy himself. No, not God. He wouldn't touch Congress with a ten foot pole. But close, His son -- or at least to those who believe he's the Lord's son. Good luck getting unanimous consent on that one.
For further updates on the GOP's quest to replace the Speaker, here's what a longtime Boehner ally had to say to Robert Costa at the Washington Post:
“Right now, Jesus himself couldn't be the speaker and get 218 Republicans behind something, so I think Speaker Boehner is trying his best to come up with a plan that can get close to that,” said Rep. Patrick J. Tiberi (R-Ohio), a longtime Boehner ally. “Whatever we move, there will be critics everywhere, but at the end of the day we still have to govern.”
Looks like dysfunction is the best description of the shambles the Republicans have left the House in while they take our money and go out and play. It's a shame. I bet there are at least a few of the kids on the block who would like to get something done. But when you think about Rep. Tiberi's words, the members of congress are worried about critics and not doing what's best for the country.
It's certainly at times like this you'd wish they'd ask themselves, WWJD? He certainly wouldn't behave like the GOP and worry about critics. He'd do what was right for his followers. And that's something the GOP has a hard time wrapping their hollow heads around.
I'm sure we all know about spite -- we've either done something in that vein or have had it done to us. Well, the Republicans in Oklahoma are readying to chop off their noses to spite their face.
Only the Sooner State right-wing crazies could come up with something so silly and stupid that it makes you think there's going to be another land rush -- only this time to leave the Oklahoma territory. Get this, the state legislature is concerned about their same-sex marriage ban. Well, actually, they're one step ahead of that. They think their same-sex marriage ban will be challenged. To make sure no same-sex marriage happens in their fine state under any circumstances including federal/Supreme court findings, they're considering banning all marriage.
Think this is a Saturday Night Sketch? Well, it may become one, but first check out reality on News9.com:
So Oklahoma, what's next? Will all of the children of "married" couples become bastards? Can't wait for you deal with this one.
Earlier this week, I wrote about a disturbing situation where a United Methodist Church official, Pastor Frank Schaefer was tried, by the church for performing a marriage ceremony. A same-sex marriage ceremony. And one of the two participants was Schaefer's own son. You can find it here.
The fabric of families is a fragile one. There are so many issues that can strain relationships, children, parents, grandparents. So when you think of the challenges the Schaefer family had to endure coming to terms of acceptance over gay sexuality for three of Pastor Shaefer's four sons, they all deserve kudos. That's a hurdle of love and understanding if I've ever heard one.
Then, as a sign of his admiration for his father and the church, Tim Schaefer wanted his father to have the honor of performing the service and administering the sacred vows. He wanted to celebrate with his family, his church and his God. The marriage of two Methodists who wanted to live within the law, not in sin. They were guilty of nothing more than wanting to show their devotion of love to one another, sanctified under the eyes of their God.
What was disturbing is that Rev. Frank has been tried, found guilty and now faces some very stringent punishment. Defrocking is still within the future. An ultimatum has been given. Is it just? You be the judge. Hear it for yourself from Rev. Frank Schaefer on yesterday's News Nation on MSNBC.
The United Methodist Church says it welcomes LGBT members. Isn't it time that they put their faith where their mouth is? Stop punishing men and women of belief who wish to give sanctity to marriage and keep it faith-filled. Though LGBT sexuality isn't a choice, religion is. The Methodist Church should truly mean what they profess by acceptance, and make that both on and off the pulpit. Let those pastors who believe in ordaining same-sex marriage have their wish. Those who don't needn't be forced into performing those services. But don't leave the flock to wander unwanted. They'll just find a pasture somewhere else. True believers have faith and acceptance in their hearts. That's what Jesus would say, or so I'm told.
Ron Paul may be out of public office, but he’s not out of harebrained schemes. He’s decided to go out and promote his new pay-per-view Internet television network. Nothing to be ashamed of there.
But it’s where he goes for his support that has raised a lot of eyebrows, especially Alex Wagner’s over at MSNBC. Her inquiry into why Dr. Paul would go and speak to a group called the Fatima Center in Canada that preaches it’s the churches duty to preach anti-Semitic teachings. They feel it’s incumbent upon them to preach that it's Satan’s plans to grant full citizenship to Jews.
To this Dr. Paul just says… well, listen for yourself:
There’s no doubt Ron Paul has had lots of supporters. Maybe now we can see through his veneer and into the real Ron Paul, and perhaps Rand Paul mystique.
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