Some States Bucking Gay Marriage SCOTUS Decision

Posted in Politics, Religion on June 30, 2015 by RJ Evans

Gay marriageAs expected, quite a few States are bucking the SCOTUS gay marriage decision.  And, as I wrote in “The New Union vs The Old Confederacy – The Resurrection” the use of nullification is at work.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called the ruling “fabricated” and “newly invented”, ignoring the 14th Amendment used in the majority decision.  Most States said they would comply with the ruling, but the pouting and whining could be seen and heard across the country as Religious Reich Theocrats stomped their feet in protest.  Some city and county clerks are either refusing to issue licenses, and in at least one case, quitting their jobs so they don’t have to disobey their god’s law.

As a footnote to this story…

If you are a gay couple, live in Oklahoma, and would like to be married, I’m registered with Cleveland County to perform weddings.  I’d be more than happy to conduct a non-religious ceremony for you at no cost.  Simply send me an email.  rjevans@shocknetradio.com

A New Union vs The Old Confederacy – The Resurrection

Posted in Politics, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2015 by RJ Evans

indexAs the last visible vestige of the old South withers and dies with the retirement of the Confederate flag from southern statehouses, the New Union rejoices. It’s a victory nobody expected, but it came at the expense of nine lives, lost in a pool of blood on the floor of a southern church, and at the hands of a man possessed by the ghosts of the Old Confederacy. While the victory is bittersweet, the ramifications have yet to be thoroughly examined. While the banner of bigotry may have been captured and retired to history, the thread used to stitch it together is still strong and enduring. It’s nearly invisible most of the time, shrouded by the proletariat with plastic smarmy smiles of southern charm and hospitality. But, occasionally it’s visible, brought out into the open by New Generals of the Old Confederacy and given just enough fresh air and moisture to keep its fibers strong and supple. It’s a lifeline for The Resurrection, a hoist that will help the South rise again.

 

Modern Problems from Old Ideals

The week of June 21st through June 27th will go down in history as a victory for a black president and civil rights. The Supreme Court of the United States gave the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), and gay Americans, blanket endorsements through judicial mandate. Health and well-being, dignity and legitimacy. Modern problems solved by discarding old ideals. But, in the aftermath of these groundbreaking decisions by the court, the dissenters – those whose old ideals created the modern problems in the first place – are hoisting a new flag, sewn together by the thread of bigotry they so carefully tended, and the New Generals of the Old Confederacy are preparing to lead the charge. Their weapon of choice? The same weapon the old South wielded that led to the Civil War. Nullification.

 

The New Generals of the Old Confederacy

Who can forget Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, or Nathan Bedford Forrest? These Confederate Generals are permanently etched into the minds of southerners practically from birth. They are heroes to some, and villains to others, simultaneously, having been at the forefront of the bloodiest domestic dispute in American history.

Today’s New Generals of the Old Confederacy bear little resemblance to their ideological brethren. They are clean-shaven, tidy, wear expensive suits, and prefer to work their craft from the confines of offices, or from bully pulpits provided to them by their corporate and political constituents. They would likely crumble on a bloody battlefield filled with the corpses of their madness. They are masters of manipulation and admonishment, leading the charge on a battlefield of ideas. But, their ideas are less than noble, filled with rhetoric, bordering on incitement and treason, and littered with the telltale signs that the South holds a permanent grudge.

 

The Theory of Nullification – The Linchpin for a Civil War

The idea is simple, but very potent and extremely divisive. (Remember the last word of that sentence). In the 1790’s a man from Caroline by the name of John Taylor gave birth to the idea of nullification as a result of his fear of national governmental power. Then, in the 1820’s John C. Calhoun turned to Taylor’s idea and molded it into a constitutional theory that would eventually lead to Southern State secession, and the Civil War.  Nullification is the ideology that the States are the final word in interpreting the U.S. Constitution, and that the States have a duty to disobey the Federal Government anytime they feel the Federal Government has violated constitutional limitations. In essence, any time the States don’t like anything the Federal Government does, the States can reinterpret the U.S. Constitution anyway they see fit, therefore nullifying any Federal Government interpretation they disagree with. In the case of the Old Confederacy, the Southern States utilized this ideological doctrine as the linchpin for slavery and their secession from the Union.

 

The New Generals of the Old Confederacy – Nullification Revisited

The New Generals of the Old Confederacy have taken the nullification page from John C. Calhoun’s book of treason and are using it to further their divisive agendas. It seems that everywhere one looks, the telltale signs of nullification are present. Today’s issues are rehashes of issues that have plagued the United States for decades. The 2nd Amendment, a woman’s right to an abortion, LGBT rights, science, religion, economics… The list is long, undistinguished, and globally embarrassing for a country that supposedly prides itself on being a “free” and “welcoming” nation, and the “best in the world”. But, at the core of these unresolved problems is the scourge of nullification. The New Generals of Old Confederacy use it to seize control and hold solutions at bay. Just short of secession – which many Southern States have threatened to do many times since the Civil War – the nullification ideology is being implemented with great effectiveness, and few outside of academia have bothered to take notice.

 

Nullification and the 14th Amendment

After the Old Confederacy lost the Civil War, the 14th Amendment was ratified in disapproval of the nullification doctrine, creating a Constitutional bunker from which any future attacks of nullification could be defended against.

14th Amendment – Section 1

   “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

While the 14th Amendment to the Constitution is solid and precise, it is also a prime target for retribution from the New Generals of the Old Confederacy. Their tactic? Attack the 14th Amendment with the 10th Amendment, reinterpreting both to the satisfaction of whatever a particular State requires to forward that State’s agendas. Discriminate against anyone? Sure. Just let the States decide who they can deprive of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, or who they can deny equal protection of the laws.

Nullification, the GOP, the Tea Party, SCOTUS, and Religious Fundamentalism

It’s easy to spot nullification in the GOP, the Tea Party, SCOTUS, and Religious Fundamentalism. Below are some recent examples of dissent on SCOTUS’s decision on Gay Marriage from New Confederate Generals (supposedly Constitutional scholars), and long-time members of the Old Confederacy. Some are blatant in their nullification and others more cryptic.

The New Generals of the Old Confederacy

Mike Huckabee

   “The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.

    This ruling is not about marriage equality, it’s about marriage redefinition. This irrational, unconstitutional rejection of the expressed will of the people in over 30 states will prove to be one of the court’s most disastrous decisions, and they have had many. The only outcome worse than this flawed, failed decision would be for the President and Congress, two co-equal branches of government, to surrender in the face of this out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny.”

    The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature’s God on marriage than it can the law of gravity. Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court. If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment.”

 

Bobby Jindal

   “The Supreme Court decision today conveniently and not surprisingly follows public opinion polls, and tramples on states’ rights that were once protected by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that.

   This decision will pave the way for an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision. This ruling must not be used as pretext by Washington to erode our right to religious liberty.

   The government should not force those who have sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage to participate in these ceremonies. That would be a clear violation of America’s long held commitment to religious liberty as protected in the First Amendment.

   I will never stop fighting for religious liberty and I hope our leaders in D.C. join me.”

 

Rick Santorum

   “Today, five unelected justices decided to redefine the foundational unit that binds together our society without public debate or input. Now is the people’s opportunity respond because the future of the institution of marriage is too important to not have a public debate. The Court is one of three co-equal branches of government and, just as they have in cases from Dred Scott to Plessy, the Court has an imperfect track record. The stakes are too high and the issue too important to simply cede the will of the people to five unaccountable justices.

     But leaders don’t accept bad decisions that they believe harm the country, they have the courage of their convictions and lead the country down the better path. Marriage, the family and our children are too central to a healthy society to not fight for what is best. I realized that fact early on and that is why I lead the charge against some in my own party in 2004 to ensure the Federal Marriage Amendment received a vote and I continue to stand for marriage, for families, for freedom.

     As President, I will be committed to using the bully pulpit of the White House to lead a national discussion on the importance to our economy and our culture of mothers and fathers entering into healthy marriages so that every child is given their birthright- to be raised by their mother and father in a stable, loving home. I will stand for the preservation of religious liberty and conscience, to believe what you are called to believe free from persecution. And I will ensure that the people will have a voice in decisions that impact the rock upon which our civilization is built.”

 

Scott Walker

   “I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake. Five unelected judges have taken it upon themselves to redefine the institution of marriage, an institution that the author of this decision acknowledges “has been with us for millennia.

   In 2006 I, like millions of Americans, voted to amend our state constitution to protect the institution of marriage from exactly this type of judicial activism. The states are the proper place for these decisions to be made, and as we have seen repeatedly over the last few days, we will need a conservative president who will appoint men and women to the Court who will faithfully interpret the Constitution and laws of our land without injecting their own political agendas.

   As a result of this decision, the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.”

 

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

   “I join THE CHIEF JUSTICE’s opinion in full. I write separately to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy.

   The substance of today’s decree is not of immense personal importance to me. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best.

   But the Court ends this debate, in an opinion lacking even a thin veneer of law. Buried beneath the mummeries and straining-to-be-memorable passages of the opinion is a candid and startling assertion: No matter what it was the People ratified, the Fourteenth Amendment protects those rights that the Judiciary, in its ‘reasoned judgment,’ thinks the Fourteenth Amendment ought to protect.

   The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality’ Really? Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.”

 

New Fundamentalists of the Old Confederacy

Bryan Fischer – Tweet

“June 26, 2015: I saw Satan dancing with delight, the day the music died in the United States of America.”

Peter LaBarbera – Tweet

How many millions of voters were disenfranchised by #SCOTUS declaring, in its folly, a fundamental right to “marriage” based on perversion?”

Todd Starnes – Tweet

“If you thought the cultural purge over the Confederate flag was breathtaking — wait until you see what LGBT activists do with Christians.”

 

Nullification – The Scourge to a Free Nation

Nullification is the single most effective assault on our republic. It is the scourge to a free nation. It gives latitude to bigotry under the guise of States rights, and it casts the U.S. Constitution to the dogs of Civil War. If given enough latitude by the electorate, our politicians, and our judicial system, we can truly expect to see the Old Confederacy rise from the ashes of their treason and crush our national union. United we stand, divided we will indeed fall. Nullification does not further the ideals set forth in our Constitution. It seeks to confuse and then homogenize discrimination and bigotry under the banner of an inhumane and bitter past… One nation under the auspices of a tyrannical god, separate from the humanity of man, in service to the indulgences of white christian privilege, and the whims of an electorate that can easily be manipulated to condemn anyone or any group they choose.

A Reasonable Expectation of Stupid

Posted in Politics, Religion, Science with tags , , , , , , , on April 26, 2015 by RJ Evans

large-3-db1887d432215310b866e7f587effe6bMy wife and I recently started an aerial video production company. We fly small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAV’s), more commonly referred to as “drones”, and we specialize in covering a myriad of events that take place on the water. The word “drone” has been center-stage for some time when it comes to the news. From airstrikes in faraway lands, to drunken landings on the White House lawn… From reports of alleged peeping toms, to landing on a rooftop in protest of Fukishima… Media machinations shroud the facts, in many cases, feeding the fears of the stupid and the ignorant. There are times when I wonder if people are just ignorant, or really as stupid as they appear. Yesterday was one such occasion. I came to the conclusion that having a reasonable expectation of stupid isn’t a stretch anymore.

It was a beautiful day to fly. I decided to head over to the lake, a couple of miles from my house, to put in some stick time and shoot some b-roll for an upcoming gig. After burning through 6 batteries I took a break and slummed around waiting for the sun to start setting. As I waited, a killdeer decided I was too close to its nest nestled in the rocks somewhere below the elevated point I was standing on. The bird tried in vain to get me to follow it, chirping loudly and executing a perfect “My wing is broken!” pose. I talked to he/she for a few minutes in a soothing voice hoping to calm its nerves. Of course, that didn’t work. So, I decided to let the bird do most of the talking.

A Beautiful Sunset and a Douchenozzle

Around 8pm I took to the air to capture the sunset. My goal was to make a few runs over the water toward the sun with the camera tilted down at the beginning of the run, and then slowly tilt the camera up to capture the beautiful horizon. By this time there were very few boats on the lake. Most folks had called it a day. The craft that had stayed on the water were of the pontoon variety. Nonetheless, I took advantage of their placement and executed some flyovers, silhouetting them against the fiery disc. After a couple of passes over several different craft, I did another turnaround in hopes of getting one more shot out of my last battery. As I watched my bird return, I noticed that one of the pontoons I’d flown over was pulling in close to my shore location. When the operator stopped his craft just off shore from me, he asked “Does that thing have a camera?” I replied in the affirmative. In a very serious tone he then said, “I’m going to get my gun.” My response… “Why? I’m shooting watersports activities.” He retorted with “I don’t want my picture taken”. I laughed. “I don’t even know who you are. I can barely make out what you look like from here!” The douchenozzle didn’t respond. Instead, he decided to hit the throttle to leave and discovered that he’d beached himself in the shallows. After a minute or so of gunning his motor, he was off to the other side of the lake. I finished up the last couple of minutes on my battery and then landed.

Reasonable Expectation of…

Sunset and StupidYou can see the star of this drama in the photo attached to this article. Well… You can see a pontoon. Keep in mind that I’m flying in a State Park, from the marina property where I keep my Regal 30 Express Cruiser, with the permission of the marina owners, and my truck is marked with my aerial company logo.

I’ve written about “drones” and privacy issues in a previous article. But since then, Rethuglicans and Tea Boogers have decided to take their paranoia to new extremes by making public threats to shoot any “drone” they see out of the sky. And guess who’s to blame for fanning the flames? You guessed it. Rethuglican and Tea Booger politicians. Of course the media has had a lot to do with “drone” dumbassery and paranoia. But, when truly professional dumbasses get ahold of the meme, their constituents yell “PRAISE JESUS!” and “LOCK AND LOAD!” But I digress…

Never try to explain “reasonable expectation of privacy” to a Rethuglican or Tea Booger. They will not listen. As far as they are concerned, anything that flies and has a camera attached warrants a bullet or buckshot. But isn’t it strangely hypocritical? In an age where every cell phone has a camera… Where people photobomb each other as a matter of public policy… Where everyone seems to want their 15 minutes of fame every 10 seconds… Where Rethuglicans and Tea Boogers yell and scream at the top of their lungs in every corner of the public and private sphere… A reasonable expectation of privacy NOW SUDDENLY EXTENDS into PUBLIC spaces? Of course! But… What about god and jesus? You will never hear a Rethuglican or Tea Booger threaten to shoot those “drones” out of the sky. Nope. God, and his fellow peeping-tom jesus, are immune from prosecution. I’m not sure why. Maybe it has something to do with the difficulty in targeting them? And what about Rethuglicans and Tea Boogers unbridled and enthusiastic support of “drones” killing “them muslims”? Anyway… I have to wonder…

  • If a Rethuglican or Tea Booger is afraid of having their picture taken in a public space, and they decide to shoot a photographic “drone” out of the air in public airspace, and/or the person operating the aircraft… How will they deal with having their picture taken for their mug shot?

Go Ahead! Make My Day!

I have news for all Rethuglicans and Tea Boogers. If you think you can intimidate me with guns, veiled or direct threats of violence and destruction… Kiss my ass. Go ahead. Shoot my aircraft out of the sky in a public space. You’ll get your picture taken and it will make front page headlines. Plus you’ll get the opportunity to reimburse me $5000 for the aircraft.  Go ahead. Shoot me for legally operating my aircraft in  public airspace. You’ll still get your picture taken and it will still make front page headlines. Either way, you will validate my reasonable expectation of your stupidity, and then you’ll get to smile and say “Cheese!”

Look Out Easter!

Posted in Politics, Religion on April 4, 2015 by David 2

Hey guys, David 2 here…

The folks that brought you “Iron Sky” and the coming sequel have this little movie, depicting Jesus as the conservatives and neo-conservatives see him.

No, seriously.  This is how the thumpers in America have characterized their faith, especially in recent years.  No peace.  No forgiveness.  No more of this “hate the sin but love the sinner” garbage.  Nope.  It’s all anger and rage and retribution and “Christ Warrior” extremism.

I should point out that the people behind this little bit also came up with the idea of Nazis from the moon…

(It really was a good cheesy movie, by the way.  Watch it if you can.)

And now Hitler riding a Nazi T-Rex in the center of the Earth!

So I guess they’re not really concerned about pissing people off too much, especially this weekend.

“Religious Freedom” = Religious Bigotry

Posted in Politics, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2015 by RJ Evans

Stoning-Religion-Iran-Stoned-for-being-EmoThe following post was originally published Feb. 27, 2014.  I’m re-posting it in the wake of the Indiana “Religious Freedom” law signed by Gov. Mike Pence (R)

For once I’d really like to hear one honest statement from fundamentalists.  Just one.  What I’d like to hear is very simple, very succinct, and very clear.  “Religious Freedom” is the god given right to be a full on, unadulterated, shameless hateful BIGOT.  So, just say it jackasses.  Just say the words.  “I hate fags.  They are sub-human and must die.”  C’mon.  Just say the words and stop trying to dress it up to make it sound like you are a victim of religious discrimination.  Take out your bible right now and open it to Leviticus 20:13 and read the passage proudly.

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

Now, doesn’t that make you feel better?  C’mon!  Admit it!  You feel so much better!  But, you won’t.  You’ll dress your disdain, hate, and bigotry up as “religious freedom”. You’ll whine, cry, throw fits, and claim  you have a god-given right to be as mean, nasty, hateful, and discriminatory as you wish, to anyone or anything that ruffles your giant black vulture feathers. You have no guts.  You have no fortitude.  You have no courage to stand on principle and simply start exterminating those who disagree with you.  Instead, you manipulate, lie, cheat and steal to get your way.  You game the system to keep things as tidy as possible because the law forbids bloodletting.   And the Constitution is about freedom and liberty for all.  You know the only way to get by the Constitution is to end run it.  And the only way to make an end run is to create confusion through disinformation, half-truths, and total lies.  “Religious Freedom” isn’t a phrase of protection for everyone’s religion.  It’s YOUR phrase to ASSERT YOUR particular brand of religious bigotry.

guy smiling at firing squadGo ahead and call it “Religious Freedom”.  But the phrase is transparent.  Just be honest.  For once in your miserable, astoundingly deluded life, admit that you hate anyone who doesn’t believe as you do, goose step to your every command, and who challenges your dogma at every turn of your socio-political, theocratic fascist screw.  Just admit for once that you want everyone who disagrees with you lined up against a wall and shot.  Go ahead and manufacture any excuse for the disposal of your god’s enemies.  Pick and choose your way through your holy book. Justify your hate!   Then create the ultimate reality television show, “God’s Wheel of Death”. Let the ghostly white christian audience pick a race, sexual orientation, wrong religion, atheists, humanists, liberals… anyone… then give an audience member an opportunity to spin the wheel to see what manner of demise should be delivered to the enemies of your god!  Firing squad?  Stoning to death in the public square?  How about beheading?  Maybe disembowelment? Being drawn and quartered?  The options are endless!  Much like your excuses for why you think you are entitled to special “Religious Freedom”.

Just be honest for once!  “Religious Freedom” has nothing to do with religious freedom.  Your “Religious Freedom” is nothing more than a path to christian dominion. And the only way to get there is by stripping the Constitution of the protections for anyone but YOU.  Then all you have to do is say “Ready. Aim. Fire!”

Language Larceny

Posted in Politics, Religion, Science on March 22, 2015 by RJ Evans

ZinkFrom contributor Ronald Bruce Meyer

What is wrong with education in America? How can a high school student be so wrong about the core principles of his country that he would utter such nonsense as this: “What makes you American is not the language you speak, but the ideas you believe in”?

Those were the words of student leader Andrew Zink. Mr. Zink was in charge of the morning announcements for Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, N.Y., on Wednesday 18 March 2015. On that morning, as part of the school’s celebration of National Foreign Language Week, an Arabic-speaking student read the Pledge of Allegiance … in Arabic. Later readings would have been in other languages, European languages to be sure, but it was the reading in Arabic that got the news media leading the uproar. Especially among cultural conservatives.

Right-wing news pundits were everywhere objecting to the phrase “one nation… under Allah”—which unaccountably leaves one Arabic word, the one that actually means “God,” untranslated. Oh, my. It’s as if conservatives really don’t like “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance! Who would have imagined? (Note to conservatives: it’s best to know what you’re talking about before criticizing it. It makes you look less foolish: kind of like criticizing a movie you haven’t watched.)

A local paper, The Times Herald-Record, reported that Pine Bush School District Superintendent Joan Carbone had “received complaints from district residents who had lost family members in Afghanistan and from Jewish parents who were equally outraged by the reading.” They do know that the official languages of Afghanistan are Pashto and Dari, not Arabic, right? And would the Jewish parents have objected to a reading in German? And how about the planned reading in Japanese: didn’t “they” attack us once?

One less hyperventilating pundit, Michael Dorstewitz of Biz Pac Review, wrote “Pine Bush administrators had it all wrong. The whole concept of the United States being a “melting pot” is that people from different countries come together, assimilate and celebrate that which binds us all—being an American. Highlighting our differences—whether by race, religion or language—only divides us as a nation.”

PledgeMultilingualTo which I say, au contraire. You cannot claim to be a melting pot if you are ignorant of its constituent parts! Do we wish to learn nothing of other peoples and languages—which so enrich our own people and language?

American Legion Post Commander Andrew Brew, perhaps forgetting that the U.S. has no official language, told reporters, “This is America, and we speak English in America.” Now, read that sentence back and consider how senseless it sounds: English is the language from England!

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of the Islamic Forum for Democracy, suggested to Fox News that saying the pledge in Arabic might encourage “Muslim youth” to join the radical militant group ISIS. Really? Pledging allegiance to the U.S. can do that?

One wag wrote, “If English was good enough for Jesus to use to write the bible, it’s good enough for the pledge.” When one not-so-deep thinker replied, “You may have missed it but the Bible is translated to English,” the original writer remarked, “That makes it foreign. We can’t trust that foreign stuff.”

In a rush to appease, news reports say, later in the afternoon Principal Aaron Hopmayer made a school-wide announcement to explain why the pledge was read in Arabic and to apologize to those who took offense. The principal then said the pledge would only be read in English in the future—in spite of the fact that state regulations do not mandate that the pledge be recited in a specific language, only prescribing the specific words.

But it was for Andrew Zink, a mere student, to remind everyone that although he knew the reading would attract controversy, it was the right thing to do: “This is an example of how [The Pine Bush Central School District] would rather sweep an issue under the rug instead of having an open dialogue about it,” he said to MTV News. Indeed. Wouldn’t you think the purpose of school is to, you know, educate?

The Pine Bush school had also planned to let students hear the pledge in French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, but instead canceled its Foreign Language Week and banned Zinc from reading announcements for the rest of the year. So much for free speech. And so much for education.

As for the school apology, Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which calls itself a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group, said, “I would ask what he would be apologizing for exactly. Was his apology directed at those who have spread anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry with hostile comments about this Pledge of Allegiance? … I mean, what could be more quintessentially American than offering the Pledge of Allegiance, no matter what language it’s in?”

And in an official statement, CAIR said, “When a simple student activity designed to promote mutual understanding receives such a negative reaction, and the school in which it takes place is forced to issue a public apology, all Americans who value our nation’s history of religious and ethnic diversity should be concerned. One has to wonder if such an intolerant response would have resulted from reading the pledge in a language other than Arabic.”

Just so. And somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the Pledge say “…with liberty and justice for all?” Does that mean everyone has liberty, but not the liberty to speak another language? Does that mean Arabic speakers can never be American?

And if you really object to Arabic, there’s a lot you’re going to have to give up—unless you don’t mind being hypocritical. For one thing, you’d better stop using the word zero, because that was an Arab invention. As are the “Arabic” numerals. And, come to think of it, you would have to give up saying admiral, albatross, alcove, algorithm, apricot, arsenal, artichoke, assassin, average, azimuth, azure, almanac, antimony, benzene, boron, candy, carrot, caravan, caraway, check/checkmate, cipher, coffee, crimson, damask, elixir, carafe, caliber/calipers, cork, demitasse and drub.

Also Arabic? Garble, gauze, gazelle, gerbil, ghoul, giraffe, harem, hashish, henna, hookah, hummus, jar, jasmine, (mint) julep, jumper (clothing), garbage, guitar, hazard, lacquer, lemon, lime, lute, macramé, magazine, mattress, mohair, monsoon, mummy, muslin, lilac, macabre, mask, masquerade, massage, mizzen-mast, mortise and nadir.

And, of course: orange, ream (paper), rook (chess), safari, safflower, saffron, sash (ribbon), scarlet, sequin, serendipity, sheikh, sherbet, sofa, sorbet, spinach, sugar, sultan, sumac, Swahili, syrup, racket (tennis), soda, sodium, tahini, talc, talisman, tamarind, tangerine, tare (weight), tariff, tarragon, tuna, typhoon, vizier and zenith.

Had enough? Here’s a thought: why not give up the Pledge? It’s either a loyalty oath or a secular prayer: But either way, patriots don’t need it and traitors won’t heed it.

If that’s not possible, then you’d better give up alcohol. That’s an Arabic word, too.

The Confederacy Lives – Shame on You Oklahoma!

Posted in Politics, Religion with tags , , , , , , on March 9, 2015 by RJ Evans

For those Oklahoma legislators who’ve been living in the dream world of American Exceptionalism…

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“Oklahoma! Where the bigotry comes sweeping down the plain!” – RJ Evans –

 

 

Members of the University of Oklahoma fraternity chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon were captured on video chanting a blatantly racist tome while on a bus traveling to a formal event celebrating the fraternities’ Founding Day. The chant’s lyrics?

“There will never be a nigger SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me.”

SAE was founded at the University of Alabama 5 years prior to the Civil War. “The fraternity had fewer than 400 members when the Civil War began. Of those, 369 went to war for the Confederate States and seven for the Union Army…” according to the fraternity website.

Oklahoma is already known nationally for outrageous acts of racism and bigotry. Just take a trip back to the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. And there’s plenty of contemporary ignorance and stupidity rearing its ugly head when it comes to Oklahoma’s legislative body. Actors like Senator James Inhofe (Senator Snowball), Representative Sally Kern, Governor Mary Fallin, and a whole host of others, regularly find their way into the national news over some idiotic thing they did or said. But, I think their lunacy truly underscores and explains the mentality of these SAE fraternity bigots. Sure, Oklahoma legislators aren’t directly to blame for this particular piece of dung, but they are the representatives elected by a lot of people that teach their Oklahoma children to be racist bigots. Bigots beget bigots, and then elect bigots. But is it really surprising that this happened in Oklahoma? Is it really that much of a surprise?

Sure. Not everyone in Oklahoma is a bigot. I live here. I migrated to Oklahoma 18 years ago. The folks I call friends are far from being bigoted. I’m also pretty certain there are thousands of other Oklahomans that don’t have a bigoted bone in their body. But, this is still Oklahoma after all. It’s the belt buckle of the bible belt, the western edge of the Old South. In the 21st century the Confederacy still lives and breathes in Oklahoma. It never left. It hides behind the smiling faces of southern charm and hospitality. It festers, seethes and winces, under the authority of a black U.S. President. It slowly grows under the direction of a redder than red political and religious banner.

I’ve seen the bigotry and racism firsthand. It shows up when my outward appearance puts life-time locals at ease. My tattoo sleeved arms, my whiteness, being a biker… It’s then that Oklahoma born racist bigotry can be seen at its whitest and brightest… and stupidest. I’ve heard the words of deep-seated racism and bigotry, the total ignorance, the hatred. It wreaks from their pores. I’ve also seen the reactions to my displeasure with their bigotry. I can read it like a cheap novel. They’re the same reactions I saw when I was in 6th grade in Las Vegas, Nevada during the early 70’s when desegregation became the law of the land. I saw it on my parent’s faces, and their friend’s faces, when I was bussed to the north side of town to attend school with black children. I can recite a bigoted racist’s hidden inner dialogue word for word because the words were screamed at me at Central High School in St. Paul, Minnesota my junior and senior years. “Nigger lover!” I know the bigotry and racism. I know it well from the standpoint of a high school senior who had a black girlfriend and was told by my mother, “I don’t want that nigger in my house!”

I will repeat… Not everyone in Oklahoma is a racist bigot, and the University of Oklahoma doesn’t teach bigotry and racism. I can’t make that any clearer. But, the racist, bigoted families of Oklahoma do teach it! And, it is they who bear the responsibility for turning their children into racist bigots. And they’re responsible for breeding a legislature that pushes radical bigoted agendas in hopes that the Confederacy will somehow rise from the ashes of defeat, allowing their white Jesus to reign supreme. Don’t believe me? Ask any Oklahoma Republican legislator what diversity means to them. You’re bound to get an earful.

Shame on you Oklahoma! Shame on Oklahomans who breed bigotry and racism into their children!

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