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Bigotry:  intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.  (Webster Dictionary)

I have written before that we all “suffer” from some levels of bigotry.  There seems to be something inside us that makes us decide what we want to believe and what we don’t.  That leads to a certain level of intolerance in all of us.  I don’t know why this is so, but it seems to be everywhere.  Simply having a “favorite color” could be considered as a form of bigotry.

The problem we face as we walk through life, is how we handle our own bigotry.  Do we recognize that we are bigoted, and fight our instinct to dismiss others, or do we simply give in to that bigotry and dismiss everyone who thinks differently.

I have found that most people in America actually try to fight their bigotry.  Maybe not successfully every time, but they do try.  That is one thing that has made our liberties possible.  We recognize our bigotry yet we try to make sure that our rights are equal among everyone.

In the past few decades, there has been a “movement” to allow bigotry to become institutionalized.  That is a major problem.  When we use political influence to foster bigotry as a “right” that is protected under some other imagined “right” everyone loses.

The primary battleground today is “religious liberty” which by definition is allowing everyone to believe in whatever religion they desire.  It is not putting labels on people simply because of their religious beliefs.  If the argument for “religious liberty” remained in this field, I would have no problem, and I do, support that concept.

Unfortunately, “religious liberty” has become a code phrase for acceptable bigotry.  That is not what “religious liberty” is all about.  It has gotten so bad, that people like Fox News has declared there is a “War on Christianity.”  That is absolutely absurd, but it rings true to many on the right.

The reason it rings to true to many on the right is because they want to be able to discriminate against others because of their “religious beliefs” which the right considers false.  Thus they wish to institutionalize bigotry so they don’t have to join the rest of society and be tolerant towards someone different.

Marco Rubio recently remarked “we are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech.”   Of course, Fox News is playing this up as “pure truth.”  The vast majority of Americans laugh at such a stupid remark.  I have heard no one arguing that “mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech.”

Yes, I have heard, and even argued myself, that super-conservative Christian cults do practice hate speech.  But, that is a far cry from “mainstream Christian teaching.”  What has prompted all of this?  The simple fact that same-sex couples want to get married.

That is what is behind this recent tirade about “religious liberty.”  It is the idea that a business which is “open to the public” should be allowed to refuse service to gay couples.  It is the same idea that allowed a business which was “open to the public” to refuse service to blacks before the Civil Rights Act.

That is what the ultra-conservative Christians really want.  They want to be able to decide that you are sufficiently different in your beliefs that they don’t have to serve you.  That may sound innocuous, but why should a consumer have to find out who will and who will not serve them?

There are those who argue that if you open a business, you have the right to decide who you will serve.  You have the right to “refuse” service to anyone you choose.  It is your business after all.  But, that is simply wrong.  Once you open the doors to the “public” you are legally bound to serve “the public.”  Besides, refusing service to anyone for any reason is very anti-Christian.

Once bigotry became politicized and put under the umbrella of “religious liberty” it became very dangerous to the very fabric of our way of life.  When politicians started distorting the very teachings they claim to believe in, bigotry reared its ugly head in the public discourse.

Think about this for one minute.  The biggest argument against same-sex marriage is that it attacks “traditional marriage.”  Even if that were remotely true, which “traditional marriage” are they talking about?  Today the argument is that marriage is between one man and one women.

In our past, marriage was between one man and several women.  It was an institution where one man could have more than one wife and concubines.  If you want to defend “traditional marriage,” shouldn’t we be protecting the latter?  Isn’t the concept of marriage being between one man and one woman an attack on the “original traditional marriage?”

It is this simple fact of life that shreds the conservative argument against same-sex marriage.  Simply moving to a monogamous marriage system attacked the “traditional marriage” of the past.  Guess what, both still exist today, and will continue to exist if same-sex marriage is finally legalized.

Bigotry is the intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.  And, I will say this openly, you have a right to be a bigot.  However, when bigotry is masqueraded as “religious liberty” in order to force your bigotry on everyone else, it is not only wrong, it is immoral!

Christians are not the only people who wish to force their bigotry on the general population.  All religions are just as guilty.  Anyone can find one phrase or word in any of the so-called religious texts to proclaim they are correct.  That doesn’t make it so.  But it is the reason there is so much hate between believers.  Religion, or at least interpretations of religion foster this hate.

The real fear of the ultra-conservative Christians in this country isn’t that they believe their religion is under attack.  It is the fact that most Americans are turning away from their religion.  Recent polls indicate that the country is becoming more-and-more secular.  Americans are simply not buying into the antiquated beliefs of our ancient past.

I would like to think that is because we are beginning to understand that religion is personal.  That we are beginning to understand that tolerance is much better for a peaceful existence than hate.  But, I believe it has more to do with turning away from the rigorous “blind faith” that religions need to exist.

Whatever the reason, becoming more secular is probably a good thing.  Especially when that secularism understands each of us has some form of bigotry, some form of beliefs, but we strive to be more tolerant of those who have different opinions.  To me, that is what secularism is all about.  If we can achieve this one simple thing, maybe hate, at least in our public laws, will disappear.  Now, that would be something to look forward to.

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John Boehner has said over-and-over:  “We are simply trying to follow the will of the people.”  We are now looking at another battle brewing indicating “which people’s will” they want to follow.  The new battle is brewing over the EPA’s new rules to help keep our drinking water safe from polluters.

The final EPA rule released yesterday has very strong backlash from Republicans in both houses of Congress.  The new rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers clear up what rivers, streams or wetlands are “waters of the U.S.” subject to federal oversight.  The rule, issued after years of debate and delay, will help curb algae blooms or pollutants in waterways like the Mississippi River or bodies such as Lake Erie, the agencies said.  You know, places from which you probably get your drinking water.

“Today’s final rule provides clarity and predictability about which waters are covered by the Clean Water Act,” Jo-Ellen Darcy, head of the Army Corps, told reporters Wednesday. “Our rule makes it clear which waters are covered, and which are not.”

Of course, Boehner and his Republican “listeners of the people” went into a typical tantrum.  Boehner summed up the overwrought sentiment nicely in his reaction to the rule’s release. “The administration’s decree to unilaterally expand federal authority is a raw and tyrannical power grab that will crush jobs,” he said. “These leaders know firsthand that the rule is being shoved down the throats of hardworking people with no input, and places landowners, small businesses, farmers, and manufacturers on the road to a regulatory and economic hell.”

Don’t you just love it when says something will “crush jobs.”  You remember everything from the Affordable Care Act to Minimum wage was supposed to “crush jobs.”  They didn’t.  I bet this won’t either.

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), who is sponsoring a bill with Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) that would overturn the rule, called it “reckless and unwarranted” in a statement, and vowed to “work tirelessly to stop this expansion of federal control.”

Farmers have been against the rule too.  However, the EPA in it final rule exempted most of agricultural practices from the new rule.  Nor, does the rule cover groundwater.  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy also took care to stress that the rule has been changed from the proposed version to clarify that it does not apply to ditches or groundwater, and that agriculture will continue to be exempted. The rule “does not interfere with private property rights or address land use,” she elaborated. “It does not regulate any ditches unless they function as tributaries. It does not apply to groundwater or shallow subsurface water, copper tile drains or change policy on irrigation or water transfer.”

Oh, by the way, the EPA during this whole drawn out process received millions of pieces of input from large business, agriculture groups, small businesses, and average citizens.  It was hardly reached “without input” as Boehner is trying to say,.

Still the Republicans claim it is a “power grab” by the federal government and want to pass laws in both houses of Congress that will kill the new rules.  Why?  Aren’t Republicans interested in protecting the drinking water of their constituents?  Apparently not!

On May 12, in a veto-proof majority of 261-155, the House passed a bill that would force the agency to withdraw its plan and consult state leaders before issuing a new version.  A Senate vote hasn’t been scheduled.  They knew what was coming and they already passed legislation on a rule that wasn’t even released yet!

So, as I mentioned several times, the Republicans only want to “do what the people want.”  In keeping with their vow, they are arguing against something that 80% of the American SUPPORT!  They are also arguing against something that 80% of small businesses SUPPORT!  Even Craft Breweries are in support of this new rule.  Of course, beer is 90% WATER!  If the water is contaminated, your beer will taste bad, too.

The people most against this new rule are Farmers along with other business interests New York Times identifies as “property developers, fertilizer and pesticide makers, oil and gas producers and a national association of golf course owners” — again, polluters that, under the status quo, are getting away with it.  When we speak about farmers, we are talking about the large agricultural business farms, not the family farmer.

This is the typical “will of the people” that Republicans are really interested in.  These are the “contributors” to their campaign coffers.  To really sum up what this is all about, the best quote came from White House Senior Advisor Brian Deese who told reporters “The only people with reason to oppose the rule are polluters who knowingly threaten our clean water.”  (emphasis mine)

There you have it.  Republicans are simply outraged that the Environmental Protection Agency is actually doing its job and protecting our drinking water.  How dare the EPA actually do the job it was intended to do?  How dare they actually believe that Americans deserve clean drinking water?

As usual, what the Republicans are really saying is “we are simply trying to follow the will of our contributors.  The American people be damned!”  As the TV ad says, “you got it straight from the horse’s mouth.”

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The conservative movement in the U.S. is always crying that the debt is too high and we “cannot burden our children with this killer debt.”  There is some truth to this rant, but the fix they are offering is worse than the sickness.  One of the biggest ways that conservatives want to fix the debt isn’t by increasing revenue, it is to eliminate pensions.

Yes, that is right, they want to eliminate your pension.  If you had a private pension in the past, it was conservatives who killed it.  How did they do that?  They passed laws that allowed for those pension funds to be raided by the companies who offered them in the first place.

See private pension funds were actually over-funded.  Meaning there was more than enough money to pay for future pensions.  But, conservatives figured that was money would be best used by the companies.  As a result, the companies were able to raid the pensions “excesses” and use it to run their companies.  This resulted in the death of private pensions.  As a result, contributed 401Ks were invented.

The biggest winners in the 401K plans are the financial institutions.  They rape your pension by charging exorbitant fees everytime you decide to take some of that money out.  As a matter of fact, they charge huge fees for everything.  As a result, you don’t get the full benefit of your “contributions” because the financial institutes get a huge chunk of it.

Today the rally cry is over government pensions.  The conservatives are crying that we cannot “afford” these pensions.  You always hear the Republicans even crying that Social Security is going to run out of money.  What they fail to tell you is that they are the reason that Social Security can run out of money.

See, Social Security was not supposed to be used by the Federal Government to run the government.  The Social Security accounts were supposed to be separate and not touched by the government for anything but Social Security.  That was just too big of a pot for Republicans, and they changed the law.  Now Social security is part of the general budget.

Likewise, states raided pension funds for their employees.  Instead of making the contributions to these funds, they diverted the money to other uses.  They failed to live up to their end of the bargain in the name of “lower taxes” and pension funds around the country are falling short of funds.

In order to keep up the attack on government employees and pension funds in general, they tell you that they want to change them for “future” enrollees.  Meaning your children will not have the same type of pensions you may have.

As a result of this decades long attack on pensions, Americans are living longer due to healthier living styles and better health care, but living in their retirement poorer.  It is only going to get worse.  When you hear Republicans talk about pension funds, especially government employee pensions funds that are just “too expensive,” just remember the only winners in changing them will be the same financial institutes that are raping your 401K plans today.

If you want to kill off pensions and Social Security for your children, by all means, vote Republican.  You might want to think about that first.  By continuing to believe these conservatives and their desire to kill future pensions, you are going to be relegating your children to poverty when they want to retire.

People work hard all of their lives.  In exchange for their work, they expect to retire in some financial security.  As we have seen, you are expected to die off before you actually get your money.  It is time to stop listening to conservatives about pensions and the economy.  They don’t have any answers that will benefit you.  They don’t even try to benefit you.

The American economic ship for the middle-class is sinking.  The Republican plan is to rearrange the deck chairs.  Mainly to take your chair away and give it to First Class passengers.

 

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Fiscal Conservatives want you to believe that the Government, whether it be Federal, State, County, City, or local should be small.  They want you to believe that if any of these governments would just cut taxes to the bone, economic prosperity is right around the corner for everyone.

They have been telling us this for at least 30 years.  Ronald Reagan tried it at the Federal level.  His regular rant was that Government wasn’t able to fix the problem because government was the problem.  He ushered in huge tax cuts, mostly for the wealthy so that their money would be invested and “trickle down” to the rest of us.  It never happened.

At the same time, Reagan began boosting the Defense budget by billions of dollars.  The end result was a recession right in the middle of George H.W. Bush’s first term as President.  You remember George H.W. Bush, he was Reagan’s Vice President and believed in the same nonsense.  As a result, the deficit grew hugely, a recession hit the country, and Bill Clinton defeated Bush in the 1992 elections.

But, Conservatives said not to worry.  Everything will turn around if we just stick to the plan outlined by Reagan.  30 years later, we are seeing the biggest income inequality since the turn of the century, the 19th to 20th century that is.  We are facing huge deficits brought on by two wars and a catastrophic economic disaster in 2008 caused by deregulating the financial industry.  Yet, conservatives still tell us that if we just cut taxes for the wealthy even more, things will turn around.

This fantasy has been playing out in Kansas for several years now.  And, the result is even worse than it was at the Federal level under Reagan.  Kansas is bleeding money.  Its deficit has grown and the only way Gov. Brownback wants to balance the budget is on the backs of the poor.

In 2012, Gov. Brownback along with his voodoo-economics smarty pants Art Laffer planned to “save” Kansas from all of this economic mess.  They set about and slashed income tax rates across the board, especially deep cuts for top earners, and elimination of taxes on small businesses.  It was supposed to spur economic growth in Kansas never seen before!

Brownback said at an April 2012 economic conference that the tax cuts would be “like shooting adrenaline into the heart of growing the economy.” Laffer wrote in September 2012 “Cutting taxes can have a near immediate and permanent impact which is why we have advised Oklahoma, Kansas, and other states to cut their income tax rates if they want the most effective immediate and lasting boost to their states’ economies.”

In 2014 Brownback started preaching patience for his plan.  If there was such a great adrenaline shot into the heart of Kansas’ economy, why preach patience?  Because it never happened.  Kansas actually began lagging behind other states in job growth.  The state started bleeding money because it didn’t have the revenue to keep up with budget demands.  It started slashing budgets for education and other social services agencies.  He told CBN in October 2014 that his “tax policy takes some time for it to work.”

Even Laffer started changing his rhetoric.  At the start of all of this economic miracle growth he’d guaranteed an “immediate and lasting” economic boost.  By January 2015 he urged Kansans to wait. “You have to view this over 10 years,” he told the Kansas City Star. “It will work in Kansas.”

But will it really work in Kansas?  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan organization points out in their just released economic projections that personal incomes in Kansas will grow more slowly than the national average through 2017. “Serious academic literature typically finds little relationship between a state’s tax levels and its economic performance,” CBPP notes. “So there’s no reason to think that the tax cuts will cause Kansas’ economy to boom in the future.”

It is safe to say that the Brownback/Laffer tax scheme has failed to live up to its promises.  Though it has been great at redistributing wealth to the top of the income ladder, while, at the same time, screwing over the people at the bottom. While the rich soaked up the lion’s share of the tax windfall, the poorest Kansas families actually saw their tax burden tick up a bit.

The real problem is that this scheme in Kansas was supposed to be the Republican Party’s testing ground for voodoo economics.  This is the plan that the Republicans want to unleash on the rest of America.  It has been their economic policy for over 30 years.

Every Republican Candidate for the Presidency in 2016 adhere to this failed economic scheme.  For that matter, every Republican candidate for any office adheres to this failed economic scheme.  The funny thing is that none of these candidates are using Kansas’ scheme as proof of their plan working.  Probably because it is failing!  If it had worked, you know they would be saying they have the magic bullet for economic growth.  They would just say “look at Kansas” for proof.

Well, I say that when you look at all of the candidates for office, regardless of what office they are running for, just remember their failed voodoo economic policies in Kansas.  If you vote for the current Republicans, you will likely turn up in Kansas.

Maybe the Democrats should use a new slogan.  When it comes to prove Republican economic policies are a failure, just “Remember Kansas!”

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If that headline didn’t get your attention, maybe you should examine what some of the most powerful Conservative Christians are saying about the end times.  Maybe you should also examine which members of Congress believe them when they say we are at dooms doorstep.

However, as you look into this prophecy, you will discover that it isn’t scripture that is calling this year the last known to man, it is the moon.  That’s right, the moon.  As a matter of fact, it is the “Blood Moon” that is calling for the end times and the end of our world.  John Hagee, a mega-pastor says this is so.  The Family Research Council also says it is so.  So, it must be so!

A blood moon occurs when there is an eclipse of the moon.  There are often four blood moons within a year to a year and a half.  We have had three such blood moons so far. The third was in April and the fourth will be in September.  When the moon is in the earth’s partial shadow, it turns red.  It is quite lovely to see.  But, according to these infamous prophets it is a death knoll on mankind.

Here’s how the prophecy is supposed to shake out: It was “discovered” that blood moon tetrads (four lunar eclipses occurring within a year and a half or so) that coincide with traditional Jewish feasts and holidays announce world-historical moments for Jews; and because fundamentalist Christians seem to think the fate of the Jewish people determines the fate of humanity, each of these revelations signals the approach of the End Times.

A blood moon tetrad coinciding with Jewish holidays in 1493 is said to have marked the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and the European discovery of America. Another in 1948-49 signaled God’s pleasure with the founding of the state of Israel; and the next, in 1967-68, coincided with the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, which allowed Israel to acquire Arab territory, much of which it still maintains. The occupied territory is considered prophetically necessary and in accord with Scripture by many conservative Christians.

But all of that was merely prelude to the tetrad currently underway.  This tetrad, according to the prophecy, signals the beginning of the end of the world. Something bad happens to Israel, then God turns out the lights on us.

I wonder about the switching between good and bad though.  In 1493 it marked a bad thing for the Jews because they were expelled from Spain, but yet America was founded.  Was the European discovery of America a good thing or a bad thing for the Jews?  Then in 1948-1949 it was a good thing because the state of Israel was founded.  In 1967-68 the Arab Israeli Six-Day War happened.  Was that a good thing or a bad thing for the Jews?  They did gain ground in that war so one might consider it a good thing.

Then we come to now.  The tetrad, according to this astounding prophecy, went from bad to split to good.  Now I guess it is time for it to turn bad again.  Or, maybe it will be split again.  Maybe Israel will be “the only country standing” after this prophetic apocalypse.  That would be bad for us and good for the Jews.

Have you noticed one thing about these prophecies?  They all seem rather un-American to me.  Everything is determined by the fate of the Jews.  You know the same people fundamentalist Christians blame in the “killing of Jesus.”  Why would fundamentalist Christians place the fate of the entire universe on the same people they say killed “God’s Son?”  But then, since Conservative Christians think that America has lost its morals, especially by letting those ugly gays get married, we are doomed to God’s wrath.

Now you may be wondering why I said you need to examine who in Congress is in agreement with this prophecy.  That is because some of the leading Conservative Republicans are buddies with and/or followers of Hagee.  That crazy uncle from Texas, Lou Gohmert is pals and hangs around with Hagee.

Rep. Jody Hice from Georgia says: “Blood moons, have preceded world-changing, shaking-type events.”  He gets to vote on some major legislation introduced in Congress.  It would appear he doesn’t need to read the papers he is intending to vote on, he merely needs to go into the backyard and consult the moon.

But, Hagee and his pals aren’t the only ones caught up in this fantasy.  On May 14, a large banner atop World Net Daily, the popular conservative Christian website, advertised its “exclusive” report on the four-month “countdown” to the “Biblical day of reckoning.”

Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, has gotten into the act as well.   She has called for a seven-day “mayday” prayer campaign for this week.  Just to make sure you are paying attention, she issued this warning.

Institutions will collapse. Banks will close. The Stock Market will plunge. Planes will fall out of the sky. Cars will crash on the road. Government in America at every level will disintegrate. Families will be torn apart. In the unprecedented turmoil, our nation will be vulnerable for our enemies to seize the moment and attack us. There will be mass chaos, confusion, fear, grief, despair, anger, threats, danger… judgment.

The Family Research Council says we must all heed Anne’s warning.  Just to make a point, the Family Research Council is not some backwater church.  It is the well-heeled D.C. lobbying group that holds it’s “Values Voter Summit” in late summer which will be a who’s who of conservatism, with Rush Limbaugh, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Sean Hannity and a host of others expected to speak at the conference.

The final nail in our coffins is that Pope Francis is scheduled to give a speech to a joint session of Congress in September.  That coincides with the fourth tetrad.  Naturally, people like Gohmert are absolutely freaking out about the upcoming speech by the Pope.  It must mark the end times, after all, the Pope recently recognized that state of Palestine!  That is sure to bring God’s wrath down upon us.

So I have a question for the Family Research Council.  If the world is going to come crashing down upon us in September, why bother holding your “Values Voter Summit” this summer?  Isn’t that a waste of time?

Turns out there won’t be a 2016 Presidential Election because there won’t be a 2016.  Everything will end this September (sorry Hillary).  We have been looking in the wrong places to find solutions to our problems.  It seems all we had to do was look at the moon.  It has all of the answers we have been searching to find.  At least until September.  Then it won’t exist either.

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I have had many reactions to my writing about inclusion.  I have been told that only Muslims are terrorists and that we can’t come up with any proof that Christians are terrorists.  Well, they are out there, but no one wants you to know about them.  Especially Fox News.

There is a small town outside of Hancock, NY known as Islamberg.  It is gathering of American Muslims, mostly black who left other areas of New York because of prejudice against them.  What they did not expect was to be the target of an horrendous attack by so-called “Christians.”

Robert Doggart, 63 is a man who lives in Tennessee.  As a matter of fact, he ran a failed campaign for Congress on far right-wing ideology.  I guess he decided that a town called Islamberg was a threat to his way of life.  He was captured on a wiretapped phone planning to go with his friends to Islamberg to burn down the mosque, school and cafeteria.  He also said they planned to shoot anyone from the community who planned to stop them.

“Our small group will soon be faced with the fight of our lives. We will offer those lives as collateral to prove our commitment to our God,” Doggart said in a Facebook post, according to court documents. “We shall be Warriors who will inflict horrible numbers of casualties upon the enemies of our Nation and World Peace.”

Doggart was arrested April 10 by the FBI on charges that he solicited others to violate civil rights, attempted to damage religious property because of the religious character of the property and made threats through interstate communication.  He pleaded guilty to the charge of  interstate communication of threats.  A judge is still to accept the plea agreement and pronounce a sentence.

Do you notice anything funny here?  He was charged with soliciting other to violate civil rights, attempt to damage religious property and made threats through interstate communication.  Where are the charges for soliciting others to commit an act of terrorism?

Another funny thing here.  This story was never given a press release.  That is why you probably have never heard about it.  None of the major news outlets have had a single word about this case on the evening news.  Fox News who is convinced that terrorism will signal the death of us all, has said not one word about it either.

Why hasn’t Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly screamed at the top to their lungs about this terrorist plot to kill Americans?  Where is their outrage that the government isn’t charging these people with terrorism?  You won’t hear them say a single word because these “terrorists” are white Christians.

Of course others at Fox have called Islamberg a “terrorist training camp.”  No one who lives anywhere near the place believes that stupidity.  The town is actually peaceful.  But, anything called Islamberg MUST be a terrorist training camp.

“It’s kind of perplexing to us,” local Police Chief Craig Dumont said on New York’s AM 970. “All this recent media attention in regard to potential terrorist training camps and things that are going on there. We don’t see it. We just don’t find any of that to be valid at this time. … There are no active threats that we are aware of at this time.”

Do you really believe that if a Muslim did this kind of action the media wouldn’t be screaming about it being a terrorist act?  Of course it would, and Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity would be screaming the loudest.  Here is a case of a white so-called Christian planning to take a militia group with a cache of arms to a small town to commit a terrorist act, and no one seems to know about it.  Fascinating!

“Doggart is an example of the results of unchecked and rampant Islamophobia which has spread lies for years about our peaceful community,” the organization’s public relations director, Mathew Gardner, said in a statement. “This man plotted to mercilessly kill us, kill our children, and blow up our mosque and our school. We have sound reason to believe he has already visited our other locations around the U.S. What other murderous plans do he and his private militia have and where are his accomplices?”

“All would agree, if a Muslim did this, the perpetrator would be immediately identified as a terrorist then prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The examples are numerous,” Gardner said. “Therefore, we call on all branches of justice to see to it that this man is prosecuted for planning a heinous hate crime and terrorist act.”

That is still the unanswered question.  Where are his accomplices?  Why haven’t they been charged yet with any crimes.  To date, only Doggart has been charged.  He wasn’t planning on going alone.

This case brings up another point.  Why is it that no press statement or release was given over this incident?  Why has it been kept so secret by the Judicial System.  I am happy the FBI was able to head off this terrorist attack, but why did they keep it all so quiet?

Yes, Christian Terrorists are alive and well in the U.S.  The problem is we can’t see them because when they are busted, law enforcement won’t tell us what happened.  They won’t let it out that another Christian terrorist has been caught planning to kill American Citizens simply because they are Muslim.

Tell me again how the only terrorists are followers of Islam.

 

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Big Government or Small Government.  That has been a political question for generations.  It even goes way back to the very founding of our country.  Do we want a strong big government, or do we want a weak small government?  The Republican Party has been screaming for a weak small government for decades.

According to the Republican Party, big government is hurting our nation.  It spends too much money, regulates way too much and tells people how they must live their lives.  This argument is nothing new, it has been going on for a very long time.

In that least state of Texas, this has been a raging battle cry for at least a half century or more.  But, that least state of Texas doesn’t really believe in what they are screaming about.  That has become apparent in their anti-abortion measures, voter ID laws, and now anti-fracking bans.

Not long ago the small city of Denton Texas was facing an invasion of oil companies looking to use fracking to extract oil from the massive Barnett Shale of which Denton, TX sits on the edge.  Denton passed a fracking ban in their city.  They cited its potential impact on public health and their property values.

Fracking has been in the headlines a lot.  There are reports that say fracking causes minor earthquakes, it pollutes ground water and the air.  Denton wanted to head off any health problems fracking in their backyard would potentially cause.

Being in the least state of Texas, that sounds perfectly reasonable.  The City had determined it does not want fracking in its city, Texans believe in a weak small government philosophy, so what could possibly go wrong?  Well, the state legislature said NO!

The state legislature passed a ban on anti-fracking bans.  That’s right.  The least state of Texas decided that they know better than those pesky city governments and said that no city, county, town, or anyone else for that matter has the right to say no to fracking.

As a result, the ban on fracking in Denton, TX is no longer valid.  The oil companies are free to frack anywhere they wish, in the state of Texas.  Texas is not the only state to pass such laws.  Outlawing fracking bans are not new.  Many states have done so.

But, Texas is the loudest screamer about “small government” as a necessary thing.  Yet, when they don’t like what a “small government” like a city does, they apparently are all for the state to step in and say NO!  I am against fracking.  I believe it does far more harm than good.  But, this is not about fracking or not fracking.  This is about honesty in the public debate about small or big government.

As usual, the Republicans in the least state of Texas say they demand a small government.  Yet they are very willing to wield the Big Government stick anytime a city decides what is best for them, and that goes against what the state wants.  I say that goes totally against their argument for a small government.

The next time you hear a Republican talk about the government being too big, just remember those people in Denton, TX who went against the Big Government in Texas.  What better way to showcase Republican hypocrisy than this law banning local fracking bans.

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