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Prop 8 of California

Friday, October 24th, 2008

I guess I’m not done with the subject yet after all. Here’s the lies that “Yes on Prop 8” people have been spreading to scare people into voting for their hate law:

THE LIE: Four activist judges ignored four million voters.
THE TRUTH: Voters were far from ignored. Proposition 22, which originally made same-sex marriage illegal, was at the center of the court case. The California Constitution has not been this carefully examined since interracial marriage was made legal in 1959. Three of those four judges were appointed by Republicans.

THE LIE: Churches can lose their tax-exempt status.
THE TRUTH: Churches have the right to preach whatever they believe, and deny marriage to anyone on any grounds. This does not affect their tax-exempt status at all. Prop 8 would do nothing to protect this right any further.

THE LIE: Schools will have to teach about gay marriage.
THE TRUTH: The State of California does not control curriculum about marriage. They mandate that children are taught about the financial responsibilities of marriage, but not about what marriage is; that is completely up to the school and the parents. Parents have the right to remove their children from class any time they would be taught something about health and families that the parents disagree with. Prop 8 would do nothing to protect this right any further.

THE LIE: Prop 8 ensures religious freedom.
THE TRUTH: Considering some churches allow same-sex marriage, Prop 8 would actually take away a religious freedom. The judges in the court ruling took extra steps to ensure that freedom of religion was preserved. Prop 8 would do nothing at all to ensure religious freedom.

THE LIE: Prop 8 ensures free speech.
THE TRUTH: The court ruling did nothing to free speech, and neither would Prop 8.

THE LIE: Prop 8 means less government.
THE TRUTH: Prop 8 is an amendment to the California Constitution that dictates what a marriage is. It actually means that the government is more involved in our lives.

Even worse, the proponents of Prop 8 are trying to extort money from companies that have contributed to Equality California.

I think Eric and I may have to contribute to No on Prop 8, just to fight the hate.

To My Sister

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

You say you don’t read my blogs. That’s cool. I don’t care who reads my blogs. They are my way to get my words out of my head before I explode. And the neat thing about them is that I can say whatever I want and no one has to read them. I’m not forcing them down your throat by arguing them at a family dinner. I’m not constantly emailing them to you. I’m not shouting them at you in the street. They just sit quietly in this corner of the ‘net, ignored unless you choose to read them.

And yet you made a point of claiming that I was forcing my beliefs on you. Funny that. I don’t recall even talking to you more than a couple of times in the last ten years, and that was mostly to say, “Hi, how are the kids?” And I have worked to keep my politics off the family blog, because I know you disapprove of my opinions. Pity you don’t have the same respect for me.

You claim I insulted your beliefs. You claim I insulted the military. Show me where. Please, by all means, e-mail me and quote me exactly what I said that’s so insulting to the military. I’m angry at the military’s mission, I think our armed forces have been misused and abused by the current administration, but I don’t recall ever insulting the military the way you imply I do. Frankly, I’m offended by your implication. Apparently any questioning of the current political policies is offensive to you. THAT is offensive to me.

You claim I have venomous hatred. Excuse me? What was that comment you made toward me if not “venomous hatred”? Pot. Kettle. Black.

As for Proposition 8, which started this whole argument… I think I know plenty more about it than you do. For instance, I know B and J, two gay men who have been denied the basic right to “the pursuit of happiness” because religious people have decided that B and J are perverse and that any attempt on their part to get the same rights as other married people is “inflicting their perversions” on the rest of society.

Frankly, sister, get a clue.

There are real people being affected by this. Proposition 8 is based in hatred and fear of the unknown. If God didn’t mean for people to be homosexual, he wouldn’t have made them that way. It’s not a choice. Do you really think anyone would CHOOSE to be gay, knowing he might be beaten and killed for it? Seriously? If you do, you need to get your head checked. Homosexuality is genetic. And if God made the Earth, he also made homosexuality. So, what, exactly, was His intentions with them? A loving God wouldn’t torture his children, but your beliefs say that that’s exactly what he’s doing. I don’t worship that God. I never will.

Proposition 8 is the Anti-Miscegenation Law of the current century. And it’s exactly as moral as those previous laws. Perhaps we’ll need another Loving v Virginia to clear this up, but I hope the people of California have enough love of the Constitution of the United States and the rights of people to live their lives that they soundly defeat Proposition 8 at the polls. It is an attempt to constitutionalize hate. That’s ALL it is. Any freedom-loving person will vote against it.

You claim that Proposition 8 will prevent some horrible scenarios of churches being forced out of tax exempt status and your children being indoctrinated in schools to accept the gay lifestyle. You are attempting to prove a negative. By banning gay marriage, you plan to prevent these future things which may not happen at all. I have an idea! Let’s ban having children! That will prevent war! Your logic is the same. You’ve set up a strawman… things that haven’t happened yet… and are telling everyone that those things will happen if Proposition 8 isn’t passed. BULL. Stop lying to yourself and everyone else.

Churches will go on as they always have, and court decisions will protect them as they always have. Parents will always have the right to teach their own children what to believe, and children will pay attention or ignore as they always have. Teachers will go both ways, and the arguments will always be there. Gay marriage isn’t the end of the world, anymore than interracial marriage was. Did the world end in 1967? Perhaps it did, for you.

Whatever. I’m done with this topic. If your state chooses to pass this hate law, then I’ll be severely disappointed in the state and forever disgusted by the church that poured so much money into supporting a hate law. You can celebrate that future children will be “protected” from the evil gays, but I’m guessing that it will all be there anyway, just hidden away and forbidden… more enticing to examine, more painful to endure if genetically inclined. I can only imagine the number of people who will be hurt by this abomination if it passes. I suspect you don’t care at all about them.

Lastly, I don’t expect you to read this. It’s here, on my blog. I’m not going to direct you to it, I’m not going to force you to read it. If you read it, it’s your own lookout. If you get angry, tough. I didn’t make you read it. Unlike you, who posted your hate in a family blog that I thought was supposed to be about family events, not politics. At least this blog has the distinction of being the place where I spew most of my “venomous hatred”, so you should know better. I didn’t expect to get slapped across the face in the family blog. Perhaps you should get your own blog to post your politics in, huh? Unlike you with my blogs, I would probably read it even though I suspect I’d mostly disagree with you. Because, unlike you, I actually DO respect other people’s opinions enough to listen to them.

Just leave it off the family blog, ok?

Rant Rant Rant

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Washington State Republicans want to repeal the 14th amendment.

It’s bad enough when the war on drugs causes police to act like Fascist Thugs, but when they intimidate witnesses outside of the chaos of the drug war raid, that’s getting really scary.

Health insurance in Massachusetts is required, and only 5 percent of the taxpayers aren’t covered now.

I wish Republicans would just get out of other people’s bedrooms. Can’t they allow other people to be happy? Must they control every bit of society?

Blah3 points out the moment I stopped supporting Hilary Clinton. And why a lot of people are completely disgusted with Clinton even now.

Rants

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Bush should be in prison. Preferably for the rest of his life. The only reason I don’t think he should be executed as a traitor is because I don’t believe in state murder.

Many vets can no longer vote due to Republican voter ID laws. Neither can Nuns and Students. Leave it to Republicans to make sure people can’t vote.

Speaking of voting rights: Forgetting the 24th Amendment.

Ben Stein is a moron. He’d better lose his glasses, since they are the product of science, and thus (according to him) little better than Nazi tech.

Why I support equal rights, particularly for marriage. Remember, bigots refused to recognize mixed ethnic marriages once. The world moves on, people grow up.

Linkages

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

Speeding Insurance. Huh.

W’s Grandfather Planned Fascist Coup of USA.

Cheney Criticizer Arrested for Verbal Assault. Apparently, free speech is illegal in Cheney’s United States.

Paying people to sign up voters leads to stupid stuff.

The drug war is insane and needs to stop.

Obama doesn’t get it either.

Michael Moore served subpoena.

Random Political Thoughts

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Let me pipe in with me too. I’ve always considered marriage to be a personal contract between people. Government shouldn’t be sticking its nose into private matters anyway. Let churches marry or not marry people as they please, and if government must have a hand in it, make them civil contracts that give the rights of “family” to people who ask for it… not marriage. Reserve marriage as a personal, or religious, or private matter. And get the government a little more out of our lives.

OUCH. Take a read on what firefighters think of Rudy Giuliani. I really don’t think he’s getting any firefighter support in his bid for president.

Link-a-dink

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Olbermann on Gore’s energy usage. Note that the conservative group that called attention to Gore’s energy bills compared his home to a normal home, even though Gore’s offices are there… in short, his house is also his workplace, but his critics couldn’t seem to be bothered to mention that little fact. Nor do they mention all the renovations he’s made and is continuing to make to become more carbon neutral. But then, conservative think tanks aren’t known for their brains, just their bile.

Miami police don’t like photographers. And, while I don’t blame them being annoyed that they are having their pictures taken, abusing their power to arrest the guy is out of line.

Unqualified Offerings has some opinions on the Walter Reed scandal. The neo-cons do NOT believe in taking care of our troops, even though they are perfectly happy taking our troops into an illegal and immoral war and ignoring the REAL war on terror.

Washblog updates us on the firing of U.S. Attorneys by the neo-con leadership that’s trying to put sympathetic scumbags into the courts instead of actual judges and people interested in justice. Now the neo-cons are lying about why they fired the judges, and slandering them in the process.

And Will has a good opinion on the whole subject of gay marriage. If it doesn’t affect you, WHY DO YOU CARE?

John Edwards attacked in Second Life. Thats the danger of joining a chaotic virtual world.

And finally, a great little tale from a soldier.

According to These Folks, I’m Not Married

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Washblog has the text of a completely insane initiative proposed in my state:

Ballot Title
Statement of Subject: Initiative Measure No. 957 concerns eligibility for marriage.

Concise Description: This measure would limit marriage to those couples who are biologically capable of having children together, and would invalidate the marriages of couples who fail to procreate children within three years after marrying.

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would restrict marriage to a male and a female who are capable of having children together. Couples would be required to declare their ability to procreate children together in order to obtain marriage licenses. If a couple failed to procreate children within three years of marriage, their marriage would be subject to annulment. All other marriages would be defined as “unrecognized.” Persons in unrecognized marriages would be ineligible to receive any marriage benefits.

In short, no kids, no marriage. Absurd? Yup. Go read the reasoning behind this. I’m not sure whether to be outraged or laugh my butt off. But discussion of the subject is what they want, so go… read and discuss.

A relative of mine told me that he always votes “NO” on citizen initiatives. I’m definitely coming around to seeing his point on the subject. Political theater like this just helps push me to the same conclusion he came to long ago.