Monday, January 27, 2014

Did Louisiana Just Give The Boot To Buddhists?

Scott Lane has a problem. He wrote about it and he enlisted the ACLU to help him fight the good fight. His step-son, raised Buddhist, is having Christianity forced on him in a country that supposedly honors and respects, but especially claims to uphold a person's right to Freedom of Religion, any religion he chooses to practice. But Sabine Parish doesn't seem to think they did anything wrong. Christianity Rules, don'tcha know?!?!

It is despicable to me that a child would be harassed for any reason, but for it to be teachers and staff that would participate and encourage behavior that not only violates a constitutional law, and feel proud about forcing their religion onto children tells me we still have a long way to go when it comes to educating our society. Obviously Sabine Parish needs immediate attention in that arena.

I applaud Scott Lane and the ACLU for addressing the problems at Sabine Parish. It is a typical fight, sadly, but a necessary one. Indoctrination of students and promoting one religion over another does not belong in the school system, any school system. The active proselytizing and shaming we are seeing around the country, not only this school, has to stop.

If we want to educate then teaching the history of religion, all religions, wouldn't be a bad thing, but Christianity cannot be promoted as if it were the only religion practiced in this country by the citizens and their dependents. Teaching classes as if this religion were the only right religion is just not appropriate.

And it has to stop. Whenever we see injustices occur and our constitution is twisted to fit a selfish agenda, we must speak out and we must act. Scott Lane, I applaud you for standing up and the ACLU for aiding you in this fight. I'm with you 100%!

Give the boot to unconstitutional and unethical practices in Sabine Parish!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

AZ S.B. 1062 - This State's Version of Sharia
Biblical Law
Web definitions

Biblical: the code of law derived from the Bible and from the teachings and example of God; "Biblical laws are only applicable to Christians"; "under Christian law there is no separation of church and state"

I removed all references to Sharia, Muslim and Islam from the above Google definition of Sharia law. The change of just a few words gives you what Arizona S.B. 1062 is trying to accomplish - becoming a theocracy or theocrazy, as I would call it. This "expanding the definition of a person to include any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly, estate, trust, foundation or other legal entity", person-hood redefined to enable the other problematic part of this bill - legalized discrimination across all sectors of their state.

This bill would allow any person claiming to act in the best interests of his/her religion to do whatever they wanted based on their belief system, including breaking any already established law(s). Their religious beliefs would trump Arizona state laws. WTF?

What time period am I living in? I know it's 2014, not 1814 or the time of Jesus, but it's sure being hi-jacked by right wing religionists who would want to take us back to those days when god ruled with an iron fist! What other explanation can you give to their desire to retreat to the archaic with this action of introducing (again) this current version of legislated hate?

What part of blatant discrimination are he and his co-sponsors not seeing? They aren't seeing the discrimination they would want to foist onto their state (and planting the seed for other states to follow suit) because they aren't doing any different than the lord, their god, has already shown us to be; he's the biggest discriminator of them all! Pleasing the father is their goal; heaven, the reward for their obedience. Never mind we live in a country that has as its highest piece of law, The Constitution, which forbids discrimination. That doesn't seem to matter.

When will these people finally understand that this country is NOT a Christian nation? They won't EVER understand that this is not nor ever has been a Christian nation because plain and simple, they don't want to see it. They don't want to see the letters, thoughts, writings of our forefathers who would dispute their thinking, or the Constitution itself that is a secular document, protecting the rights of ALL its citizenry and their ideology. It's just not in them to let go of their incorrect thought process. Indoctrination will do that to a person; it's quite strong with this one obviously.

While writing this piece, a story came to my attention about a mother who killed her two small children whilst performing an exorcism on them. If AZ S.B. 1062 were in force and she lived in Arizona not Maryland, wouldn't the courts be good with her since she was only exercising her rights? You know where it says "exercise of religion means practice or observance of religion...", that bit? It would seem to me that we give license to crazy when we allow a religion to dictate and excuse some one's behavior, be it discriminatory or criminal. The religious fundies and tea party members who would decry "We can't have Sharia Law!", but yet would create legislation in our country which basically has the same objective or goal. It numbs the mind when you think about the inability of people like Yarbrough to see this is exactly what they are trying to establish here.

If we are to be considered humane, evolved and on the side of reason then this law needs to considered nothing more than insane like most of the religiously driven legislature that has been put forth in AZ and in most conservatives states in this country in the last twenty years. We are better than that. Our country stands on the precipice of making so many good decisions with respect to some issues right now - marriage equality, decriminalization/legalization of recreational marijuana, striking down unconstitutional voter ID laws. Let's keep our eye on the ball and continue moving forward, not going backward. 2014 promises to be an interesting election year considering how many segments of the population the backwards-thinking politicians have pissed off with their 'social agenda' these last few years. Religion has been deserving of the push-back by those who support separation of church and state. I'm expecting the will of the people to be evident in the upcoming elections. They will be sending a message, loud and clear...

Keep religion out of politics. That is the only sane thing to do.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

I Did... I Tried... Just Can't

The meme is trying to tell us the bible is bullshit and I would agree. The immediate take-away for me was "le sigh... yeah, I did. Silly me."

Looking back I'm still amazed that I ever tried to believe in that book. So glad I grew up and realized the manipulation of religion, learned to do proper research and how to think critically. Even though religion was not a big thing growing up, fear about the unknown was something my mother instilled in me at a very young age. She set me up for so many situations I could have easily done different had she not been so afraid herself. This anxious state of role modeling of hers took many years to overcome.

I can't tell you how many situations led me right back to opening the book rather than working through crisis moments appropriately because of the hardships being experienced. Now I understand that I can have discomfort and calm while rationally working through those life events that would like to throw a bone into my happiness mode; all without the good book. And I might also add, be much further ahead of the situation once it's under control.

Choosing rationality over superstition has been huge in my life. Here's to fear only making an entrance when it's appropriate and reasonable to be experiencing it... say like when a tiger is about gnaw down on your ass. And yes, that can happen. Because it's for realz.