Jesse Jackman & Dirk Caber
According to an article on Queerty a lot of heterosexual men are tired of Kim Davis and her ilk’s antics. Earlier this week two friends uploaded a video to YouTube with a message for the Notorious K.I.M., giving birth to #KissesForKim. I love their message and think they are on to something. The LGBT community and our allies are far more influential when we are spreading a message of forgiveness and inclusion than when we react out of anger and seek retribution.
You don’t have to be straight to show your support. My friends Jesse and Dirk were nice enough to share this photo to show their support. Do you have a photo you want to share? Email me at email@example.com.
Earlier this week several prominent LGBT blogs wrote about the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) report that suggests the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts passed in 21 states (and counting) will define the new battle lines in LGBT rights in the US.
With marriage equality mostly settled, religious conservatives are claiming their “religious freedom” has been violated and are looking to create exemptions to discriminate against LGBT people. Cultural conservatives through out the 20th century have used “God” and “The Bible” as reasons to oppose and violate laws including a women’s right to vote, civil rights and interracial marriages.
“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”
-Judge Leon M. Bazile, January 6, 1959
A rash of RFRA’s that increasingly target the LGBT community have been passed recently (e.g. Indiana RFRA law which ultimately was rolled-back – in part). Signaling cultural conservatives are looking to use these acts and the courts to institutionalize discrimination under the pretense of “religious freedom”.
Since the start of 2015 lawmakers in 17 states have introduced religious exemption proposals in response to the spread of marriage equality. Below is an image that MAP shares in their report. Select their link above to learn more.
Not to spell this out for those unfamiliar but many Amish do not drive cars for religious reasons. The logic of the Kentucky DMV clerk, Kim Davis, who has been denying marriage licenses to a same sex couple follows the same line of logic as shown in the FOX News spoof. Perhaps now one might realize not only how idiotic her logic is but how her actions do not violate anyone’s religious freedoms except those of the people being denied their right to marry.
While I disagree with Pope Francis on many things, I find myself in agreement with him on many other issues as well; like war and who it really serves.
Both political parties in the US have been far too eager to rely on military might and while there are many reasons for our military involvement abroad, I firmly believe that Pope Francis has explained it perfectly. In our current political landscape, money talks and nobody outspends the US Military Complex. Check out this chart detailing the military industrial complex spending from 2007 – 2017. Maybe it is time to rethink our military spending? It looks like we have plenty of money to invest in things like infrastructure, education and even paying down our deficit.
When you are against gun control legislation, opposed to ending the death penalty and don’t believe in providing universal healthcare I need to ask, “What about life do you value?” The pro-life movement in the Republican Party is a marketing gimmick wrapped up in religious fervor and it rings hollow to me.
- When you argue against common sense gun laws that would help save more than 11,000 deaths by guns per year in the US – you are not pro life.
- When you oppose ending the death penalty – you are not pro life.
- When you work to repeal universal healthcare and not replace it with a safety net for your fellow neighbor – you are not pro life.
I can appreciate why individuals for either reasons of faith or personal values would be opposed to abortions, but the value of life isn’t summed up by a single issue. If life is sacred then it is always so – not just as it pertains to abortion rights.
For those who do not know him, Barry Goldwater was a 5-term conservative, US Senator from AZ and the Republican Party’s nominee for president in the 1964. He is credited for sparking the resurgence of the American conservative political movement in the 1960s. His prophetic words have come to roost. It will be interesting to see how this manifests at the first Republican Presidential Primary debate in Ohio tomorrow night on FOX News.
The 2016 Presidential campaign season is in full swing and while anyone could win the election, the window of opportunity seems to be shutting for Republican candidates. I had thought one of the lessons learned by the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee after the 2008 elections was that they need to start building bridges with the all important Latino community.
With California and New York solidly in the Democrat’s back pocket (California last voted for a Republican President in 1988 and New York in 1984) and states like Texas where 38% and Florida where 23% of the population identify as Latino, you have to wonder who are these Republican candidates listening to and what do they think the general electorate thinks of their xenophobic rhetoric.