They knew this would happen before the bill was ever passed, but they pushed it through anyway. They knew there was really no voter fraud in the old North State long before the bill was even sponsored, but they didn’t care. They knew that we would challenge them in court no matter what the cost, and still they made it happen. Continue reading
I wasn’t able to attend this week’s Moral Monday protest, and hope to return next week. This fellow, both his sign and his expression, seen at today’s event, sums things up pretty well. As a nation we fought this battle and others forty years ago, but settled for good enough.
The proof, as they say, is indeed in the pudding, and good enough has proven to be not enough forty years ago. This time we must not settle for anything less than full civil and human rights for all people.
We must keep moving forward together, toward freedom, fairness, and equality for all, while steadfastly refusing to take even one step back.
A few minutes ago the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) declared that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. This means that as of today a handful of gay people in a handful of states can no longer be denied federal benefits due any other married couple under US law. Time to celebrate, right?
Wrong. You see, yesterday the very same court stripped a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, so while they were busy stripping protections from a large part of our population, they were preparing to pay lip service to a smaller but currently more organized segment of the population.
One step forward does not negate several steps back.
It’s time for the Moral Monday protests we’ve been having in North Carolina for the last two months to go nationwide. Pick an evening – any evening – and gather as many of your friends and neighbors as you can and go down to your state capital grounds, every week, at the same time, and make your voices heard.
The only way forward is together, we cannot tolerate even one step back.
Someone posted the following comment somewhere on the Internet the other day. I liked it and saved it here to see if I could add anything to it. Unfortunately, I didn’t copy the source, so I don’t know who to credit, but whoever they are; they’re absolutely right.
“Can you imagine the absolute shit-storm that would blow up if Jesus came back and started preaching the same old things he did before but in the USA ?
Can you hear the howls of outrage from the conservative ‘christian-right’, from the grassroots of the GOP, that the guy’s a socialist or a commie or at least a bleeding-heart liberal who hangs out with low-life scum and whores and that he’s pretty obviously anti-christian and therefore probably a tool of the devil?
And if he caused enough of a commotion, if there was any serious chance he might change the way things are, he’d surface on the US (government’s) radar and that could be fatal. Swarthy middle-eastern guy with a beard butting heads with the establishment ? Chances are some government agency would pin him as a ‘terrorist’ and assassinate him or whip him off somewhere secret where he could be hurt for a spot of ‘indefinite detention’ without trial.
You can understand why he might want to stay well clear of America today.”
When I read that, my first thought was, ‘Isn’t that exactly what happened to the guy 2000 years ago in Palestine?’
Some of the most “religious” people I know, some of whom have advanced degrees in, you guessed it, Christianity, have been soaking so long in the brine that they cannot see how far removed their own beliefs are from what the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth were really all about.
Jesus hung out with the dregs of society because they didn’t get any respect or love from the powers that were (and still are) in charge. Jesus was pointing out to those people that they didn’t have to see themselves as less than human just because they were poor, or sick, or outcasts, or foreigners. Jesus was teaching that we are all brothers and that we didn’t have to listen to the corrupt rulers of church or state who told them and still tell us that we’re all so different we can never trust each other, live together, or find the strength in our numbers to challenge the status quo and make a better world for ourselves right here, together.
The kingdom of heaven is within you, he said, and that stirred some people’s imaginations, and got them to thinking and talking to each other, and, worst of all, challenging the powerful few who controlled the many. For that, it was arranged to have old Josh put to death, but the seed had been planted and was growing.
Over the decades and centuries that followed, one group of usurpers after another latched onto the original message preached by the Nazarene and worked their own particular agenda into it until today, the original message is almost totally lost.
If Jesus came back today, he’d be in the streets, protesting NATO and capitalist imperialism. He’d be standing up for equal civil rights for all people – including homosexuals. Hell, he’d probably be gay just to spite the hateful bigots who continue to preach hate in his name. He’d be carrying signs, or playing a guitar, singing at the top of his lungs, and if his work created enough of a stir to make the plutocrats and oligarchs in power feel a little bit insecure, the writer of that original comment up above would be absolutely right. Jesus would be disappeared to some nice quiet death camp, where some Bible-thumping self-righteous idiot, funded by our own holier-than-thou government, would torture him to death in the name of his god, the almighty dollar of the US of A.
This article has been making the rounds this week, and to shorten it would be an injustice to the author.
(Author: Soraya Chemaly) This week the Georgia State Legislature debated a bill in the House that would make it necessary for some women to carry stillborn or dying fetuses until they ‘naturally’ go into labor. In arguing for this bill Representative Terry England described his empathy for pregnant cows and pigs in the same situation.
I have a question for Terry England, Sam Brownback, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and too many others: I have three daughters, two of them twins. If one of my twins had been stillborn would you have made me carry her to term, thereby endangering both the other twin and me? Or, would you have insisted that the state order a mandatory fetal extraction of the living twin fetus from my womb so that I could continue to carry the stillborn one to term and possibly die myself? My family is curious and since you believe my uterus is your public property, I am, too. Continue reading
The following is reposted from the very fine website, BlueNC. It’s time we demanded accountability from the heads of corporate America and corporate North Carolina.
What are these people doing with the enormous resources at their disposal? Are they doing good or enabling evil? How are their funds being used to help or harm the people of this state (and this nation)?
Demand answers. Hold these people and others in similar roles accountable. Their pay scale demands that they live up to a much higher standard of conduct.
It’s a pretty sad day in the Old North State when captains of industry and business are silent on Republican efforts to discriminate against their workers. And sadder still that they have to look to the CEO of Goldman Sachs as a role model.
- Jim Rogers of Duke Energy. Not only silent, he’s putting the coffers of his company behind electing Pat McCrory, North Carolina’s leading marriage bigot.
- Brian Moynihan at Bank of America. Where do you stand on a constitutional amendment that would discriminate against your employees?
- Brad Wilson of Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Is your company putting money behind candidates who stand for discrimination?
- Robert Niblock of Lowes. You have thousands of gay employees. Do you stand for or against an amendment to make them second-class citizens?
- Art Pope of Variety Wholesalers. (Roses & Maxway stores) No surprise that you’re using your profits to fund candidates who will discriminate against your employees. No surprise at all.