Once again, Arizona has lost its freaking collective religious right mind. Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard by now that Arizona legislature passed a bill making it legal for businesses, public servants etc, to refuse service to anyone who does not conform to their religious beliefs. Dubbed the “right to discriminate act,” similar bills are currently being considered in 10 other states, with Georgia hot on the heels of Arizona. While many feel as if these bills solely target the LGBT communities in these states, that’s not exactly true. In Georgia and Arizona for instance, a hotel for example, can refuse to give a room to anyone who does not fit the religious criteria of the owner. Muslims, Hindus, virtually anyone can be refused service. Currently in Arizona, the bill is expected to be vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer. However, she is doing it because of the back lash, not because it’s just a god-awful, disgusting Jim Crow like set back to human rights. The bill reeks of inhumanity, and both conservative and liberal alike should be disgusted by any such piece of legislation. This bill, and other bills under consideration, are a slippery slope toward not only a return to Jim Crow, but a return to Nazi Germany as well. It’s horrifying to me to even think about what bills may come afterward, should any state turn such discrimination into law.
Yet, I’m not surprised by the bill. The radical religious right has been hot on the trail of Puritan like conformity for decades. They want to quash down the movement of marriage equality (Ted Cruz, I’m looking at you). They want to kill women’s reproductive rights (Hello Rick Perry!). They want to severely limit immigration. They want to jail almost every American of black and brown color on trumped up charges. They want to eliminate every colorful ingredient of our melting pot, and turn our country into bland creme soup. It’s so bad, that even moderate conservatives are not only distancing themselves from their grand old party, they’re forsaking it all together – in droves. If John McCain is complaining, you know it’s bad.
What’s our recourse? Protest, protest against these moral intruders like they owe you money. Write your state leaders, and make your voice heard. Threaten with your buying power, and threaten with your votes. People will listen. It’s happened before, and it can happen again. In fact, it’s already happening, why else would Governor Brewer consider a veto? It’s not because of her humanity: She doesn’t have any. It’s because she knows that Arizona will lose a ton of tourist dollars. She’s probably going to do the right thing for the wrong reasons, but at least she’s going to do the right thing. We must continue to stand up for what is right: After all, George Takei simply isn’t going to be around forever to fight our battles for us.
These are dangerous times we live in folks, and if we don’t fight back, our freedom will already be more repressed that it already is. I’m just saying.
Welcome to the latest installment of What Does The First Amendment Really Mean? Recently, Phil Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty gave an interview in GQ Magazine. In that interview, he made derogatory remarks involving not only the LGBT community, but African Americans as well. He likened homosexuality to bestiality, and claimed that blacks in Louisiana were much happier during the days of Jim Crow. Naturally, there was an outpouring of outrage, and A&E Network responded by suspending Robertson indefinitely. Of course, the bible thumping Tea Partiers, lead by Sarah Palin (Why is she still relevant?) came to his defense, claiming his First Amendment rights were violated. I say this with all due respect Mrs. Palin, but you and your ilk are full of hypocritical bullshit.
First of all, Robertson’s rights were not violated. Yes he has a right to his opinion, no matter how bigoted or idiotic it is. He can freely state his hillbilly bible thumping bullshit, without any reprisal from our government. However, his employer has every right to fire or suspend him for making such statements. For example, I can freely say that in my opinion, Phil Robertson is a prejudiced hateful moron, who deserves to be hog tied,and have a giant rainbow colored duck call shoved up his ass. I can opine this without worrying about any consequences from the government. However, if my employer was to read this post and disagree, they can fire me without reprisal. There would be nothing I can do about that. I can also freely state in my opinion, that I think Sarah Palin is an uneducated coat tail riding twat, and that I wish she was eaten by the very wolves that she enjoys shooting at from a helicopter. Fired by my employer? Yes. Arrested or censored by the authorities? No. This is how the First Amendment works folks. You don’t hear Martin Bashir bitching about his First Amendment rights do you?
Nobody is questioning his right to make racist and homophobic opinions. Has he been arrested for them? He has his right to his opinion. We also have the right to be offended by such comments and speak out against them. We have the right to reach out to his employer and complain about his conduct. The Tea Party went after Martin Bashir for his inflammatory comments about Sarah Palin, and as a result he was fired by MSNBC. Now that the situation is reversed with one of their own, they’re crying like a bunch of butt hurt little children about his First Amendment rights. You can’t have it both ways.
In my opinion, the ass hats of the Tea Party, along with their minion Sarah Palin, need to take a civics class or two. Maybe then they would finally shut their fucking mouths about the First Amendment already. Hell, they need to have the entire Constitution taught to them. That is, of course, once they get through a remedial hooked on phonics class.
I’m not holding my breath though.
I love Buddy Christ. He’s so eager to please Just swipe your card at the door, and charge your sins away. It won’t be long before Buddy and his ecclesiastical pals figure out a way to finance your redemption with automatic withdrawals from your savings and checking
First, there was an apology. Then came this announcement. After nearly 40 years of targeting the LGBT community with bigotry and abuse, Exodus International seems to have had a change of heart. The conservative Christian based organization is best known for their “pray the gay away” reprogramming of gays and lesbians. Now, according to Exodus president Alan Chambers, they are disbanding and rebranding.
So why after 37 years of hatred has there been a change of heart? Chambers had this to say on their blog:
” Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we’ve ceased to be a living breathing organism.” ” For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a world view that’s neither honoring our fellow human beings, nor biblical.”
Does that sound like a change of heart to you? It sounds like a change of heart to me. The times, they are a changing, and I couldn’t be happier
However, the fight for acceptance goes on: There are many, many, so many more hate based Christian groups out there. I’m sure wing nuts such as Fred Phelps and his Westboro cronies are absolutely seething over this betrayal. Exodus has long been the keystone in the arch of Christian based LGBT bigotry. But hey, it’s progress am I right? It represents a monumental shift in American Christian thinking, and I must say I’m impressed.
Now, about that marriage equality issue, can we please get that resolved?
Speaking of Westboro, they’re about to taste the rainbow. The Equality House, which is right across the street from Westboro, is holding a wedding in full view of the whackadoodle compound. I realllly wish my partner and I could be there! Alas, Mr and Mrs Hat are not on the guest list I wonder if Fred and Margie Phelps were invited?
- Exodus (whittierstrong.wordpress.com)
- Central Pa. church to continue “gay therapy” despite Exodus International shutdown (fox43.com)
- Ex-Gay Ministry Exodus International Will Shut Down (patheos.com)
Down here, in the sleepy river town of East Jesus Kentucky where I live, the churches are more prevalent than Walgreens. A sign in front of one of the many houses of the holy along my 25 mile drive to work poses this question:
“What if god doesn’t believe in atheists?”
This question was borrowed from Ray Comfort’s book “God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists: Proof That The Atheist Doesn’t Exist.” Apparently, the pastor of East Jesus Baptist Church thought it would be a hoot to pose this question to passers-by, as well as his congregation. The answer to the question is this:
We simply do not give a fuck.
- Debating with Believers (ironatheistblog.wordpress.com)
Actually, It should be happy christian holiday copied from the Pagan rite of spring Ostara, which celebrates the emergence of new life after the harsh winter months. The christian hierarchy had a cunning way of fashioning Pagan holidays into their own, in order to manipulate nature worshipers into becoming obedient christians.
At any rate, this cartoon perfectly symbolizes what Paul Ryan and the GOP is all about: Stealing out of the mouths and pockets of the poor and middle class, in order to make fatter the class that has already grown morbidly obese by feeding from our hard work.
A tip of the tin foil hat to cartoonist Mike Luckovich, for hitting the nail on the head, as well as a tip of the tin foil hat to Being Liberal for sharing.
Let’s all ponder the bible literalist shall we? Twisting and quoting chapter and verse of whatever passage suits their arguments. I dearly love religious fundamentalist points of view – not!
A tip of the tin foil hat to Ben Patrick Johnson for sharing.
These pictures tell it all: Benedict was subjected to a hostile work environment! How can he do his job of poping correctly when the holy spirit is constantly interfering? How else would you explain all of these infuriating “wardrobe mishaps”? The holy spirit has been harassing popes for centuries, and Heaven’s Human Resources department has yet to do a damn thing about it. I think Benedict has a good case if he wanted to file a harassment lawsuit. I’m glad someone is finally taking a stand against that insufferable invisible prick!
- Going Against the Current (heartnsoulblog.wordpress.com)
- On the announcement of Pope Benedict’s resignation (thepracticingcatholic.wordpress.com)
It looks like the Vatican is going to have to dust off it’s papal retirement package. For the first time in 600 years, the pope has resigned his position. Citing his advanced age and declining health, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will relinquish his duties as of February 28th. Benedict was elected pope in 2005, after John Paul II elected out of his papal retirement package by dying.
Pope Benedict’s legacy is not so good: his reign was marred by clerical scandals in the Vatican, as well as rampant cases of sexual abuse committed by many of his acolytes. Furthermore, in a time when church laws are continuously criticized as outdated, Benedict doubled down on conservative ideology. His papacy was highlighted by his over the top critical views on subjects such as Islam, homosexuality, and the role of women in the church. As pope, Benedict managed to piss off everybody not named Rick Santorum.
Benedict is the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415. Gregory’s resignation came during a time of scandal as well. His resignation was an effort to end The Western Schism, in which the church was split between two papacies for decades. Gregory’s resignation was in tandem with the Council of Constance, which ended the schism, and resulted in a reunited church under one pope.
- TEXT & VIDEO OF POPE BENEDICT XVI’s RESIGNATION | WORLD SHOCKED (shanepedia.wordpress.com)
When I started this blog two years ago, I had very little expectation. I figured I would write about what interests me, and put it out on the intertubes for whoever else would care to read it. Hell, I’m surprised I’ve managed to stick with the blog this long. I never imagined that my blog would ever attract this much attention, as modest as that attention may be.
The blog recently passed the 100,000 view mark, and I want to thank everyone of you who support BTTFH. It’s been a lot of fun putting myself out there, as well as meeting and interacting with so many cool people!
To celebrate, I thought I would share links to my 5 favorite posts, as well as the top 5 posts by view. I hope you enjoy!
Top Five All Time Fan Favorites:
#5 Naked Family
A pic of a family in anatomically correct naked costumes. What’s not to like?
#4: I Got Nothing
Who knew bitching about school and writer’s block, would generate so much interest?
#3 Beneath The Tin Foil Hat Goes Global: My Interview On Russia Today
Like everybody else, I wrote a series of posts about Anders Breivik and the Utoya, Norway massacre. Somehow, my posts caught the attention of a producer on the Russian news network, Russia Today. The interview went horribly wrong, thus ending my brief career as a Russian TV pundit.
It was still fun as hell though!
#2 Dear Republicans
A meme I shared that highlights just how much today’s GOP dislikes – well, they dislike everybody.
#1 From Mittens To Kittens
I posted this shortly before the election, just to put a little irreverence into a tense atmosphere. Who knew so many people like pictures of cats?
My Top Five Favorites
#5 Angry Poetry Week: Howl – Allen Ginsberg
One of the best poems written by one of the best writers to ever walk the face of the earth!
#4 Why God Hates Al Gore: Judeo-Christianity and Ecology.
A small history lesson concerning religion, and it’s sense of entitlement to all things big and small on our planet.
#3 My Response to Republicans Over SB5? F*ck You!
This is me doing what I do best.
#2 The Pueblo Indians of The 17th Century.
Another history post: This one is about those naughty Pueblo Indians.
#1 Where is The Angela Davis of Today’s Generation? She Never Left!
What can I say? I’m a history geek.
Once again, I want to thank everyone who continues to support my little piece of crap blog. I love you all!
- Cat in the Tin Foil Hat (itinerantneerdowell.wordpress.com)