Marriage Equality

March 26, 2013

I support marriage equality for everyone.

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Friggin Bigots

March 14, 2013

Yep, I hate bigots.  And there is no valid excuse for anyone to be one.  blame it on religion, the way you were raised, morals, whatever… but isn’t it a higher moral and character trait to accept others as they are, and to treat others with kindness and equality?

The religious bigot has been bugging me in particular lately.  Would Jesus really want you to hate another person, or treat another person poorly because he/she was different?  I really don’t think so.

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“I’m Moving” Pouts

I was happily dropping the whole politics thing, and ready to move back to more fun blog topics like cookies and cupcakes and what’s on TV, but I thought I would mention that I am getting a real kick out of all the (mostly young adult based) outrage over the election result Facebook posts that announce the poster is “moving to _____” fill in country.

Canada and Australia seem to be the top contenders.  Both of which are basically considered to be socialist countries.  Ouch.  And don’t look to Europe either my friends or you will be sorely disappointed.

As far as free modern countries, the USA is actually one of the least socialist. (Free being the key word there)
And let’s look at Australia folks, officially known as “the Commonwealth of Australia”, it is also a country that is not easy to immigrate to.  Which is again, ironic, that many of the people I see posting that they plan to move to Australia, are also against immigration in the USA.

Lack of education much?

Makes you wonder if they really knew what they were voting for in the first place.  Did these people look at impartial information, did they look at all sides with an open mind, and maybe research the pros and cons?  Or did they just listen to their parents, friends or even worse, TV commercials? EKKK!

And this does not even touch on the poor sportsmanship these people are exhibiting.  Do they really think its OK to just ball out when they don’t get their way?

What ever happened to supporting your “team” no matter what?   The elected officials in office might not be the ones that you specifically wanted, but they are still our leaders, and they still need our support.  How else are we supposed to be a strong country?  We need to show a UNITED force to the rest of the world, and that the American people band together and stand as one.

So stop being such a pansy ass loser, and step up to make your country better.  And maybe do a little research while you are at it.  Education is a good thing.

Civil Rights for ALL

The elections are over and now we can watch TV without the barrage of political commercials trying to brain wash us with their half truths and out right lies.  And soon Facebook will return it’s usual images of people’s kids, what’s for dinner, and updates on weekend activities.  Normal easy going stuff.

Awesome.

But leading up to this election, I was loosing a bit of heart in the American people.

Specifically regarding civil rights.

You know, the whole equality, freedom and equal rights for all thing.

Hell,  we are talking about, Liberty For All, which is in our Pledge of Allegiance.

Say it with me folks – I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

But not everyone has equal rights.  Not everyone has civil liberties.

And the reason they don’t have them? One word: Bigotry

Because some people mix CHURCH and STATE and suppress other people’s rights because their church says they should.

ie. Same sex marriage.

So some people think god, wants to restrict love?

And that the government should be involved in who people can love and marry?

Hell, if you are gay, and your church tells you its wrong, and you feel so strongly in your church’s teaching that you feel it is more important to do what they tell you vs be true to yourself, then don’t act on how you feel.

And if your kid, or your grand kid, or your sister or brother or close friend turns out to be homosexual, and you would rather cut them from your life than remain their family or friend, then that is on you.

Our country was set up on the premises of freedom of religion for all. With the whole separation of church and state being key.

Interesting fact; did you know that John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, took his presidential oath on a book of law, instead of a bible, to uphold the separation of church and state?

And sadly, a lot of the people screaming to keep gay people from marrying the person they love, and that they want the government to be involved in preventing this, you know, because their church says it’s wrong, are the same people that say they want “small government”.

hum, maybe its only small government when it relates to specific topics?

Anyway, I digress.
Leading up to this election I was becoming disheartened, that a people as great as the American people, would actively fight against equal rights for all American people.

But the election results renewed my love and pride in my fellow people.

My birth state, Maryland,  along with Washington and Maine, joined the growing list of states that support same sex marriage.

There is still a long way to go, but at least we are moving in the right direction.

And as a patriotic, USA loving, American, I am proud to see the country I love making steps in the right direction.

Damn, I love this country.

Vote 2012

 

Unbiased Voter Guide???

I arrived at work this morning and there was a pile of 2012 Virginia Voter Guides sitting by the door.  I grabbed one and was genuinely happy to have a simple bullet pointed unbiased guide to look at that included the VA senate candidates.

Then I actually looked at it and BOOOOOOO, so bias.

First I looked for who was sponsoring it and found listed three Christian based conservative groups, Focus on the Family, The Family Foundation, and the Family Research Council.

Focus on the Family: According to Wikipedia – is active in promoting its socially conservative views on public policy. Focus on the Family is one of a number of evangelical parachurch organizations.  “Focus on the Family’s stated mission is “nurturing and defending the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide.”Focus on the Family opposes abortion, divorce, gambling, LGBT rights, LGBT adoption, pornography, pre-marital sex, and substance abuse.  It supports abstinence-only sexual education, non-LGBT adoption, corporal punishment, creationism, school prayer and strong gender roles.  Psychologists, psychiatrists, and social scientists have accused Focus on the Family of misrepresenting their research to bolster FOTF’s political agenda and ideology.”

The Family Foundation: From its own website- “The mission of The Family Foundation is to strengthen families in Virginia by applying founding principles and faith to policy and culture. The organization seeks to establish through citizen advocacy and enactment of Virginia law a safe, prosperous and wholesome climate for families. All of its public policy decisions are based on the principles of life, marriage, parental authority, constitutional government and religious liberty.”

Family Research Council: From Wikipedia – is an American conservative Chirstian group.  “The FRC promotes what it considers to be traditional family values, by advocating and lobbying for socially conservative policies. It opposes and lobbies against LGBT rights, abortion, divorce, embryonic stem-cell research, and pornography.”

Then I opened it up and looked at the “issues” listed.  Which appear to me to be mostly conservative Christian based agenda items, with abortion listed as the top issue.

The next item that jumped out at me is that it actually tells you how to vote on ballot question #1.  “Vote Yes”.

Pretty blunt there.

And lastly, the back cover lists “Sources” which not so surprising at this point, but still sad, are mostly biased.  Included are several Christian based sources including Life News and CNS News.  It also sites mittromney.com several times.  Although it does list the Huffington Post, ABC News, MSNBC and the White House’s website, it also lists itself “The Family Foundation” quite a bit.  Can you really list yourself as a legitimate source?

No mater what your beliefs, I think we can agree that this guide is not UN-Biased.

Pretty lame.

I thought I might actually be getting something unbiased and factual that I could actually use to learn from.  But it was just more twisted facts and lies.  If one candidate was actually straight up and told the full and whole truth, I would be more inclined to vote for them.

I wish candidates would get kicked out of the running for lying.  But then I guess we wouldn’t have anyone to vote for.

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