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Question, do you recognize or remember each of these flags?  In case you don’t remember, let me explain them to you.  The first one is the so-called Christian Flag.  This flag was carried by zealots who wanted to eliminate different sects of Christianity from existence.  This flag was carried when it was attempted to wipe out the Mennonites in Western Europe.  This flag is currently the love-child of the Conservative Christian Cult who wishes to discriminate against anyone they want based on “religious beliefs.”

The second flag is the Confederate Flag.  As everyone knows this flag was the battle flag of the Confederate States of America.  The CSA tried to secede from the U.S. basically over slavery.  Yes, there were arguments about “states rights” but that was a cover to say that each state should have the right to make slavery legal if they so chose.  This flag is currently the “official” flag of groups like the KKK and other domestic terrorist groups.

The third is the World War II German Flag.  The swastika is prominent on the national flag.  Of course the Nazis only used the swastika on a red background for its party banner.  That particular flag was also the one used as a battle flag during the second world war by German Troops.  This flag, as well as the swastika on a red flag are both banned in Germany today.  The Nazi “blood” flag is the “official” flag of un-American groups like the Aryan Nation and other Nazi loving groups.

The fourth flag was used by Japan prior and during World War II.  After the war, this flag was banned by Japan and we currently have the red sun on a white background.  This flag has mostly disappeared from history.

The one thing that all of these flags have in common is they were symbols, and still are considered symbols of oppression, hate, bigotry, genocide, and slavery.  The other thing that all of these flags have in common is that they are foreign flags.  None of them have ever been adopted by the U.S. as a symbol of our country.  They are simply foreign flags, mostly from the past.

Which brings us to today’s argument about the Confederate Flag.  There are a lot of people, mostly in the south, who do not want the Confederate Flag banned.  They claim it is part of their “heritage.”  Those other flags are also part of someone’s “heritage.”  Yet, flags three and four are outlawed in their own country because of the atrocities that were committed under them.

What makes the Confederate Flag any different from those others?  Additionally, why isn’t the so-called Christian Flag banned due to the genocide the people fighting under it committed?  I am tired of hearing about the Confederate Flag and the wonderful “heritage” it “honors.”  Since when is genocide, bigotry, hate, and slavery things that require us to “honor” them?

But, even taking all of that away from the argument, the use of the Confederate Flag by any state, group, or citizen to show their “heritage” is basically pledging their allegiance to a foreign symbol.  The Confederate Flag was not and never will be a symbol of the United States of America.  So anyone wishing to fly that flag for any reason is saying their allegiance is to a foreign country that does not even exist.

What it is saying is that any person, group of people, association, or state that uses the Confederate Flag as their symbol is un-American!  It could even be stretched out to say they are treasonous.  You cannot swear allegiance to flags of more than one country.  That goes for all of the other flags being talked about as well.

The Christian Flag is not American.  It was not adopted by this country as a symbol of our nation.  If you fly and pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag, you are being un-American.  It is as simple as that.  True Germans do not swear allegiance to the Nazi Flags.  True Japanese do not swear allegiance to their “Empire Flag of WWII.”  No true American should swear allegiance to either the Christian Flag or the Confederate Flag either.

To try to put this in simple terms, the only flag real patriots of America swear their allegiance to is the official Flag of The United States, the Stars and Stripes.  Flying any other flag is truly unpatriotic.

The next time someone argues with you about keeping the Confederate Flag, or any other flag “flying” call them what they are.  Un-American.  Because, their allegiance is to a foreign symbol.

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Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio, Louisiana.  What do all of these states have in common?  They all have lax gun laws, and they have all had mass killings in the last 12 months,

Then of course there is Colorado.  Where a man was just convicted of the mass shooting of innocent civilians at a movie theater.  Colorado also has lax gun laws.

Now, before you get angry about those comments, yes there have been mass killing in just about every single state regardless of gun laws.  Yet, it is also clear that most of the killings in other states are done by criminal elements involved in gangs, drug traffic, etc.

The problems with these other shootings, including the shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, is that the victims were not innocent bystanders tragically caught in the crossfire of criminals.  They were targeted by people who just wanted to shoot and kill people.  In most cases using guns they owned.

You will hear about how guns stop crime.  Yet, where there are more guns, statistics prove there is more crime.  States that have strict gun laws complain that the majority of their criminals who have guns, get them from states that do not have similar laws.  Meaning they are transported from states like North Carolina that does not require background checks if you purchase a gun at a gun show.

Last night another shooting took place in Louisiana.  Three people were killed in another movie theater.  Nine other people were wounded.  The shooter eventually shot himself to death.  We don’t know why this happened, and as of the writing, we don’t know who did the shooting.  The police only say he had a criminal record going back a long way.

Which brings us back to the point.  How did he get his gun?  If criminals are not supposed to be able to purchase guns, how did he own a gun?  The answer is that there are no standardized laws that require background checks on who is purchasing guns.  These criminals are allowed to either go personally, or send someone to a state with lax gun laws and get whatever they want.

In Ohio yesterday, something I predicted would happen, happened.  One of those publicity hounds who claim to be “protecting” recruiting stations accidentally fired a round from an AR 15 assault rifle.  Fortunately, no one was injured.  Yet, it could have been another tragedy committed by another stupid person with a gun.

After the incident, the owners of the mall where the recruiting station is located, asked the police to escort all armed civilians from their property.  The publicity hounds howled about that saying: “If something happens here and hopefully it don’t and if it does I hope they hang the people who own the place.”

Funny, the only person who fired a gunshot was one of their own.  He could have killed someone.  Should he be “hanged?”  These idiots are showing up all over the place even though the military has asked them to stay away.

I have not, am not, nor ever will advocate for the removal of our right to own guns.  I do however, want stricter laws to ensure that criminals, mentally impaired, domestic abusers, and terrorists either foreign or domestic, and others not capable of rational thought cannot get guns.  That is not too much to ask.

I have always found it interesting that you need to take a test to get a driver’s license but not own a gun.  Yes, the gun advocates say that driving is a privilege and owning a gun is a right.  But, far more people are killed with guns than with cars each year, and that number is growing.  Doesn’t it make sense that universal background checks and proper training should be required to own a gun?

If you want to see how dumb these lax laws are, just look at Kansas.  They recently passed a law allowing people to carry concealed guns without a license or proper training!  That is really smart!

Sorry, but if you are looking to place blame somewhere for these mass shootings, all you need to do is look at the NRA, the gun lobbying groups and those “open carry” nuts.  They are the ones who refuse to support reasonable laws that protect citizens from the wrong people getting guns.

Maybe it is time we look to “hang” them for their crimes.  They are the ones causing this environment to exist.  You have to make up your own mind on this.  I know where I stand.  I believe I stand on the side of reason.  Just because you have there “right” to own a gun, doesn’t mean you have the capacity to safely own a gun.  Which means you shouldn’t own a gun.

If that pisses you off, it just proves my point.

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The biggest unfortunate side of the Chattanooga, TN shooting of 5 service members is that it has become the cause celebre for all of the crazies.  Or, should I say all of the bigots and fringe groups.  Since that tragic day, the wacko bunch has come out of the woodwork faster than you can say “oh shit!”

One gun shop owner, a full believer in the Constitution of the United States announced that his gun shop is now “Muslim Free.”  He doesn’t say how he intends to discover who is and who is not a “Muslim” but there he was standing in front of his all-inclusive Confederate Battle Flag making his announcement.

We have lunatics calling themselves “patriots” in open-carry states now saying they will “defend” our recruiters.  They have started showing up in front of Recruiting Stations openly carrying guns declaring they would defend our recruiters.  This is because they believe that the Defense Department is “wrong” in not allowing recruiters to carry guns wherever they go.

There has been a large outcry on Facebook about the President not ordering the flag put at half-mast in honor of these servicemen.  They claim that the President is “disrespecting” our service members by not immediately issuing the order.

I simply don’t know where to start on this.  So, I guess I will take them one-at-a-time.  First, that gun shop owner who claims to have a “Muslim Free” gun zone in his gun shop.  He claims to have the right to refuse to sell guns to anyone he believes is dangerous.  But, there is no right to refuse to sell guns just because of a person’s religion.

What he is saying is that if you are an American Citizen protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution and have a right to own a gun, you still cannot purchase one in his shop if you are a Muslim.  In other words he has taken on the task of defining who is and who is not a citizen protected by the Constitution.

The simple fact that he is standing in front of a Confederate Battle Flag shouts loudly exactly what he means by “Muslim Free.”  Since he claims he won’t be asking you what religion you belong to, the only way to determine if you are a Muslim is by skin color or name.  If you are not white, and have one of those “funny middle-eastern names” you will obviously be considered a Muslim and refused service.

On the other hand, if you are white, you will be gladly sold any weapon you want.  Apparently, he doesn’t know that there are millions of white people who are Muslims in the world.  Even right here in America.  I personally know dozens of white Americans who are Muslims.

The second one involves recruiters for our military branches.  We now have crazies “walking the beat” outside recruiting stations carrying all sorts of weapons from assault rifles, sniper rifles, and hand guns.  All without being asked by the Department of Defense to “protect” the recruiters.

One of the greatest things about our country is that our military doesn’t go around carrying weapons everywhere they go.  You will find armed soldiers in other countries, even so-called democratic countries.  I can guarantee you that if our military personnel have been carrying weapons in public before Chattanooga, these very same crazies would be screaming at the top of their lungs.  It would be the proof they need that the government is trying to “take over” the country.

This so-called “protecting our recruiters” is nothing more than a very sick publicity stunt to get their names and pictures in the papers and on news stations.  It serves absolutely no purpose.  As a matter of fact, it is probably going to hamper these recruiters from doing their jobs.

Not many people are willing to cross a line of armed men to walk into a recruiting office.  Additionally, the added publicity these wackos are creating only increases the possibility of another attack.  If that should happen, what is going to be said when these odd-balls start shooting and innocent civilians are killed in the crossfire?  It will be the responsibility of these “patriots” if that happens.  But, of course, they will claim they were just doing their “duty” to protect the recruiters.  Those innocent civilians were just “collateral” damage.

These same people are calling for recruiters to be armed.  To many that sounds reasonable.  However, there is a difference in the training of personnel to carry arms in a combat zone and carrying arms in a civilian area.  There are lots of rules and laws that must be met, even for the military.

That means more training for recruiters, many administrative personnel, has to be conducted before they can carry arms in the office.  It also means that armories must be built and established to house and protect those weapons when not being carried.

The Coast Guard, being law enforcement, has such training for personnel.  However, not everyone goes through it.  I did.  I even had to go through the “shoot-don’t shoot” training.  If you failed that test, you were not allowed to carry a weapon in public areas.

All of this costs money.  The Defense Department is facing calls for cuts in their budgets.  They are facing base closings and reduction in forces.  How can they afford to add the costs of the training and armories needed before recruiters are armed?

Even if this all happens, how can they go to a High School or College Campus with weapons?  If you ask recruiters, you will discover it is hard enough to get to these places already.  Not many of them will be happy if the recruiter shows up carrying a handgun.  As I said, this has more potential to hamper recruiting efforts more than help them.

Third, the issue of the flag at half-mast.  I don’t have a problem with the President ordering flags being flown at half-mast in honor of these men.  Actually, he has issued that order.  But, on the other hand, I have a problem with it being flown at half-mast for these men and not the rest of service members who have been killed.

Yesterday I wrote about the problems at the VA and how fixing it is the best way to “support our troops.”  What I didn’t put in that article is that a veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes.  That means about 23 veterans commit suicide every single day!  Are we to fly the flag at half-mast for them?

Where do you draw the line on that issue?  If the flag was lowered every time a service member was killed, we would never see the flag at full mast again.  That is just a simple fact.  You don’t “respect” servicemen by lowering the flag in honor of their death.  You show “respect” by making sure their families are properly taken care of after their great loss.

You see, once a service member dies, their families are basically cut off.  Just as one example, the survivors of a fallen service member must vacate military housing within 30 days of the funeral.  They lose most of their benefits.  They lose almost all of their “privileges” like shopping at the exchange.  They become just another survivor of a fallen service member.

I seriously mourn the five members who were killed in the senseless shooting.  I also hate it when these kinds of situations brings the crazies out of the woodwork.  These service members deserve better than that.  Their families deserve better than that.

Yes, security at recruiting stations needs to be reviewed.  The DOD says a report is due on Friday.  There are thousands of way to better protect our recruiters than with arms.  Especially when you consider that one “trained” recruiter accidentally shot himself in the leg when he began carrying a weapon.  What would have been said if he had accidentally shot a recruit?

Honor those who were killed.  Remember their families in your prayers, if you are prone to pray.  But, don’t praise these wackos who are looking for nothing more than publicity.  That is not honoring these brave men’s memory.

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If that headline makes you angry, you aren’t even close to the rage I have right now.  We have seen them everywhere.  “Support our troops” stickers, magnets, slogans are all around us.  But, I have to say that hardly anyone really means it.  I am sticking to that comment.  To tell you the truth, I am one really pissed off veteran.

The other day the Donald started a ruckus when he said John McCain wasn’t a “hero” because he was “captured.”  He went on to say that “I like those who weren’t captured.”  It only proves that Trump has no idea what it is to serve.  But, of course, Trump never did serve so he wouldn’t know anything about it.

I have the same feeling for the vast majority of politicians, candidates, and ordinary people.  They have no idea what it is to serve, but yet they want you to believe that they “support our troops.”  We are called “heroes.”  We are “thanked for our service”.  As I have written before, I am sick of the hallow platitudes.

Something that politicians and apparently the media doesn’t want you to know is that vets are being ignored once again.  In case you missed it, and you probably did since no one wants to talk about it, the VA is about to run out of money.  With all of the sequester budget cuts, there is a $2.5 Billion hole in the VA’s budget for this year!

After all of the hand wringing over the problems vets are having getting treatment at the VA in the last year, we are sitting on the verge of the VA having to shut down hospitals and giving furloughs to medical workers at hospitals and clinics because it doesn’t have the money it needs to properly serve the veterans they are supposed to help.

Instead of looking into the real problems at the VA, Congress led by Republicans passed a law that allows vets to see private doctors if they have to wait too long at the VA.  On the surface, that sounds very reasonable.  However, there was no added money in the VA’s budget to cover these added, and more expensive, costs.  It has to come out of the VA’s budget.

Something else the media and politicians don’t want you to know about the VA.  The VA hospitals and clinics receive the highest “customer service” marks of any medical service in the country.  The quality of treatment at the VA has never been in question by vets.  Only the time lag in getting that treatment.

That is the real problem facing the VA and vets.  A lack of sufficient clinics and hospitals to help vets with wounds.  The lack of sufficient staff to man clinics and hospitals.  That is not being addressed by this new “privatization” of the VA that Republicans want to turn the VA into.

As a result, money that should go to the help vets at VA hospitals and clinics are being siphoned off for “privatization” of VA benefits.  So, if you are a vet needing assistance at the VA, you are looking to lose that help because of a budget shortfall.

The VA wants to use money from the “privatization” pool to offset their budget shortfall.  So far, Congress has failed to even acknowledge there is a budget problem at the VA.  At the same time, Republicans are falling all over themselves saying who is and who isn’t a hero.

This may be a shock, but I don’t give a flying f&*% who you call a hero and who you don’t.  I only care about the thousands of vets who need help and are on the verge of losing it.  I only care about those who have served being “supported” by our government and public for the service they gave.  I only care about the millions of my brothers and sisters who are homeless.  I only care about the millions who can’t afford to feed their families.

We have been at war now for over 15 years!  Those two wars have created thousands upon thousands of needy vets who returned home shattered either physically or mentally by those wars.  The politicians did nothing in advance to make sure they would be cared for once the wars were over.  Nothing was done to help the VA prepare for what was about to hit them.  Veterans deserve to not be abandoned by our public and our politicians.

Those of us who served our country only want what we “EARNED”.  That is right, what we EARNED through our sacrifices.  Our families have sacrificed too.  The time we spend away from our spouses and children.  The childhood illnesses we missed.  Our child’s first steps.  Our child’s first words.  The constant worry our spouses faced every time we were away.

After all we have given, our thanks are hallow platitudes and we are tossed on the trash heap of society.  No one wants to really look at the vet who suffered severe burns when he was bombed.  No one wants to watch a vet who lost his legs trying to get around.  No one wants to talk to a vet with PTSD who has trouble forming a proper sentence.

No, we are expected to go to war whenever politicians think it is necessary and then drop out of sight when we return.   In short, we are just too expensive for ordinary people to care about.  This isn’t anything new either.  This treatment of our veterans goes all the way back to the end of the Revolutionary War.  Vets were promised land for their service, but none got it.  It was all sold to speculators before the end of the war to help pay for it.

Veterans are not interested in hallow platitudes.  They are not interested in “feel good” phrases that make the public feel good about themselves.  They want help.  They want the resources given to the VA to ensure they get the treatment they need.  They want the support their families need to get through the severe trauma these physical and emotional problems are causing their family.

In short, we want what we deserve.  We want to be treated with dignity.  We want to be treated with respect.  What we really want is to be treated, and not worry about losing that treatment because of a lack of funds.

Apparently it is more important for people like Donald Trump to get a tax cut than to give the needed help to our veterans.  So, unless you are willing to start calling out your politicians for ignoring the plight of our veterans, you can shove your hallow platitude bumper sticker.  You may just run into another really pissed off vet who will let you have a different response to your next “thank you for your service.”  And, it won’t be “you’re welcome.”

 

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Another day, another mass shooting.  On the same day the Colorado movie shooter was convicted of mass murder, less than a month after 9 people were shot to death in a church in Charleston, SC, we have another mass shooting in Tennessee.  There is a difference in this one.  Four service members, all Marines, were killed in this incident.  And, the suspected shooter was reportedly born in Kuwait.

This one difference makes this, according to the right-wing, an act of terrorism.  None of the other mass murders that have taken place are acts of terrorism.  The shooter in Charleston has not been charged with domestic terrorism, but rather mass murder.  The guilty verdict in Colorado was not for domestic terrorism either.  But these shooters were both.  I guess that makes a big difference to the right.

The latest shooting in Tennessee may well be an act of terrorism.  But, so little is known about the shooter that we need to learn more before making any claims about that.  We don’t even know yet if the suspect is a U.S. citizen.  Just because he may have been born in Kuwait, doesn’t mean he isn’t a citizen.  He did graduate from a U.S. High School and the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

This could also be a case of revenge as well.  Maybe the suspect was turned down for recruitment in the military.  It would not be the first time service members were killed for that reason.  True, it doesn’t happen very often but it does happen.  We just don’t know yet.

The right-wing is also arguing that this shooting will be turned into the use of guns and more gun controls.  But, one does have to ask how the suspect got his guns?  If he is a citizen, then he has the right to get guns.  If he is not a citizen, then how could he get his guns?  That is something that also needs to be looked at.

This country has seen way too many mass murders of this type.  Some have been acts of terrorism, but almost all of them have been committed by U.S. Citizens and not foreigners illegally here.  That should raise some red flags as well.  The fact that the only time the right wants to label them as terrorist acts is when the suspect is supposedly a Muslim, also tells us something.

All acts of mass murder, in my opinion, are acts of terrorism.  It doesn’t matter to me who the suspect is or what religion he belongs to.  All that matters is that mass murder is simply an act intended to make people afraid.  That is terrorism.

Until we treat all cases of mass murder as terrorist acts, this will continue to happen.  This case has nothing to do with immigration or any other trivial matter.  It has to do with someone wanting to frighten people.  They are intended to make people fail unsafe in public.  That is the very definition of terrorism.

None of this matters to the right-wing.  This is the perfect example of ISIS coming to our shores and shooting us to death.  It is the very thing that they want you to be terrified about.  It is exactly what people like Donald Trump want to happen.  It allows them scream about the President and his so-called “lack of border control.”  It is another excuse to go to war.

As one right-wing nut tweeted:

We’ve been saying it forever; hit them HARD over there, or they’ll hit us here. Obama’s been playing footsie with ISIS, this happens.

In order to try to keep these things under better control, we need to start treating mass murder as acts of terrorism regardless of who commits the act.  The Charleston shooter should be charged with an act of terrorism.  We need to make sure that anyone committing such crimes, be charged with the real crime they are committing.

No more excuses.  No more sick attempts at getting headlines.  Terrorism is terrorism.  We need to prosecute it as such.  And, if gun laws wer violated in order to get the guns, those responsible for not following the law and selling these terrorists guns should also be prosecuted as accomplices.

Many on the right won’t like what I just said, but I don’t really care.  I am tired of seeing my fellow citizens being killed by terrorists, both foreign and domestic simply because it is too easy to get the guns they need.  We really need to have a real discussion on how to best make things like this less likely.  Reason usually wins out.  Unfortunately the right-wing nuts don’t know how to even spell reason, much less know what it means.  So, I guess I am just howling at the moon.

 

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Now that it has been announced that a deal with Iran has been struck, the question becomes whether it is a good deal or a bad deal?  I have not formed any opinion about the deal yet, simply because I haven’t seen the whole thing.  As I told my children for years, the main reason I worked for a living all of my life is because I failed mind-reading school.  If I had passed, I could have read minds, bought lots of the right stock, and made millions without lifting a finger.  But, since I failed, I had to work.

The unfortunate side of this is that conservatives, especially those running for President, seem to believe they passed mind-reading school.  Ever since a deal was even possible, conservatives have been saying it is a “bad deal.”  Now that one has been reached, the antagonism has reached new highs, or maybe lows.

The President says this deal is based on “verification” rather than “trust.”  For everyone’s sake, I hoe that is correct.  However, conservatives are howling at the moon without even seeing the final draft.  Rather than simply saying that they look forward to reading the text of the deal, and then deciding whether or not it is good or bad, they are just screaming about it.

Lindsey Graham says it has “created a possible death sentence for Israel.”  Mike Huckabee claims it is the beginning of the apocalypse.  Scott Walker says we should only negotiate on “our terms.”  Meaning his idea of “negotiating” is to dictate terms to the other side.

Jeb Bush says that the “net result of this is we’re likely to have proliferation in the region, you’re likely to have an emboldened Iran, not a humble Iran, and you’re likely to have our strongest ally in the region be threatened.”  And, of course Bibi hates the deal.  Then again, Bibi hates anything to do with Iran.

I had asked before what are the options?  As I see it, the options are to either get a deal or go to war.  We have used sanctions and they failed.  Yes, Iran is hurting economically, but they haven’t stopped their nuclear program.  Additionally, our allies have balked at more sanctions.  And couple that with the Greece problem Europe is facing, I don’t see them getting too involved with more sanctions.

Anti-Obama knee-jerk reactions from the right has been common-place since he took office.  There has been nothing proposed by this President that the right hasn’t criticized without even reading it.  That is no way to govern.  Additionally, if this deal is really based on “verification” then they should be praising the President for following in Saint Reagan’s legacy of “trust but verify.”

Unlike our friends on the right, I am going to hold off on my opinion of the deal until I have had a chance to read it.  I suggest you do the same.  It may be a very good deal.  On the other hand it may be a very bad deal.  But, I suspect that it will fall somewhere in between as almost every “negotiated” deal with another country does.  Only time will tell if it will work or not.  The only alternative is another war.  I would prefer that doesn’t happen.

Maybe I should try mind-reading school again.  Heck, if conservatives can pass the course, I should be able to as well.

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“Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!”

George Wallace 1963 Inaugural Address

Today, it is 2015.  We should be well beyond this bigoted phrase.  However, we have not passed beyond the world of bigotry and hate.  Government officials in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, among others, have taken up this mantra.  The only difference is that they are now wrapping themselves in the hatred of religion.  Or, I should probably say they are wrapping themselves in the false Religion of Hate!

Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was constitutionally protected in all 50 states.  Even before this decision, the Religion of Hate was busy passing laws that would deny same-sex couples the right to marry and/or get services from private business to celebrate their marriages.

This Religion of Hate came to us under the so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” laws they passed.  According to these laws, if you wish to discriminate against same-sex couples, all you have to do is say “I have a deeply held religious belief” against them.  That makes everything perfectly legal for you to discriminate against anyone you wish.

During the Civil Rights era, we heard the same stupid arguments about segregation that we are hearing now about same-sex marriage.  It was “God’s Will” that the races be separated.  They used that wonderful phrase from the bible that said “each shall seek their own.”  It was nothing more than Religion of Hate and it was endorsed by many politicians like George Wallace.

The Attorney General of Texas has openly said that county clerks in his state do not have to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples if they don’t want to.  They are being allowed to break their Oath of Office with his blessing.  He even said there are hundreds of lawyers who are willing to defend these oath breakers, many pro-bono.  How nice.  The Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, has just joined the long list of bigots in political power like George Wallace.

Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee has said that clerks should “resist” this ruling.  He is calling for “civil disobedience” by pubic officials because he believes the court “overstepped” its bounds and “created a civil right that does not exist.”

First, the court did not “create” anything.  This ruling came about because someone challenged the same-sex marriage ban in their state as being unconstitutional.  They argued that these bans denied them “equal protection under the law.”  The court simply agreed with their argument and said that the laws banning same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.

Second, there was nothing in the Supreme Court’s ruling that said that ONLY same-sex marriages were protected.  They did not ban heterosexual marriages.  They did not say that a Roman Catholic Priest MUST marry a same-sex couple.  This was a ruling that declared same-sex civil marriages have the same legal rights as heterosexual marriages.

No one lost any civil rights in this case.  No one has suffered any harm in this case.  No one has been allowed to “attack” Christians in this case.  To the contrary, all this case did was ensure same-sex couples have the same civil rights as everyone else.

But, when you subscribe to the Religion of Hate, you are expected to deny civil rights to those terrible “others.”  You are expected to be able to deny dignity to people of religions that do not subscribe to the Religion of Hate.  You are expected to claim that you are the ones under attack even though you have not been affected at all.

There have been a lot of instances of hate in our country.  We have endured the evil of slavery.  We have endured the evil of the Jim Crow laws.  We have endured bigotry against Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists.  We have seen the Religion of Hate preached from church pulpits and state houses and even the halls of Congress.

The real unfortunate part of this narrative, is that the Republican Party has endorsed this Religion of Hate.  Where are the other Republicans bashing their right-wing nuts?  Where are the complaints from other Republicans that these members of the Religion of Hate are not speaking for the party?  You don’t hear any of that because the party as a whole has endorsed, and placed its political future, with the Religion of Hate.

The Religion of Hate says that marriage was defined by God as between one man and one woman.  A few weeks ago, I saw a church sign at an Episcopal Church, I don’t remember where it was located, that read:

There are thousands of Christians that are homosexual.  Get over it!  God

We need to see more signs like that one.

All of this hate speech from people like Paxton, Cruz, Gohmert, Huckabee, Jindal, and the rest of the so-called “Christian Right” only proves how un-Christian these nuts are.  They do not subscribe to the religion of Christianity.  They do not subscribe to any religion that teaches tolerance and love.  No, they are the new purveyors of the Religion of Hate.

Even non-believers know that Jesus taught love.  He taught tolerance.  He taught not to judge others.  His was a religion of peace, tolerance, and love.  Three things that were basically unheard of at the time.  That is why I can say absolutely that Conservative Christians are NOT Christians at all.

They are simply bigots, racists, and haters.  They are nothing more, and nothing less.  That is the religion they want to force on everyone else.  As the song said:

Go ahead and hate your neighbor.  Go ahead and cheat a friend.  Do it in the name of heaven.  You can justify it in the end.  There won’t be any trumpets blowing, come the judgment day.

Is there anything more evil than the Conservative Christian’s “Religion of Hate?”

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