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Allow And Then Take Away – The Fears Of The Majority

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Any who know me also know that I am very vocal when it comes to the issue of marriage equality; for me it is not just about equal rights it is the acceptance of everyone’s differences.  There are already the arguments out there that the modern fight for same-sex marriage should not be compared to the Black civil rights fight or woman’s suffrage, however, on a certain level it is all the same fight; that is the fight against the majority imposing their will on the minority of people.  “Majority rule” is a fine concept when it comes to elections, however when it comes to people’s rights there should never be a vote in the first place.  Despite what Chris Christie believes, if the issue of Black civil rights had been put up to a common vote we would still be living with segregation.

 

With the current events in California (Prop. 8) and with some New Hampshire people trying to overturn the law allowing gays to marry, I felt it was time to get some thought circulating around.  There are many stances on this issue, religion being the most popular (which I am not even going to touch this time), however the one I want to discuss is perceived notion of “saving marriage”.  What a bogus argument this is, really is this the best that the anti-equality people can come up with?  With the rise in heterosexual divorce rates, the rise of premarital sex as well as children born out of wed lock, don’t you think they really have more to be concerned with in saving marriage than two people who absolutely love one another tying the knot?

 

If these hypocrites really wanted to “save marriage” they would start promoting laws that prohibit divorce and premarital sex.  Oh wait, I hear the Tea Baggers screaming now; “I have the right to sex!”  Who says you do?  The Catholic Church says it is a sin to have sex outside of wed lock as well to have sex if you do not intend to produce a child from the act…  sorry Tea Baggers, but no matter how hard you try you cannot butter both sides of the bread without making a mess.

 

I honestly want to know, how is it going to affect you or your family if same-sex marriage is made legal?  It’s not is it…  well except for the fact that some of your family members may finally feel brave enough to come out of the closet.  Worried about same-sex marriage being discussed in school?  HA! Sorry folks it already is and has been for decades; personally I would prefer it to be included in the curriculum than have my children hear about it in derogatory terms or poor jokes.  And no, I do not mean a class dedicated to it, but have mixed race families, same sex spouses and what not in the text books is not going to drastically change education.  Our children are already being educated on same-sex marriage and I can guarantee you the information they are getting is not factual or proper by any means.  It is time to come out of the dark ages already.  Genetic or choice, nature or nurture…  it really doesn’t matter anymore, there are LGBTQ people in this world and that population is only going to grow not go away.

 

The majority should never be allowed to vote on the rights of the minority, it makes no sense.  By allowing this voting to continue we are acknowledging the fear and hatred that is inherent in our society.  It is time for everyone to be equal regardless of any qualifiers.  We are all human beings, separate in genetic identity by a very small percentage.  Do you really want to be on the side of history that is viewed 500 years from now as being the scared close-minded witch hunters?

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in discrimination, Equality, LGBT, Marriage Equality

 

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The Dream of Alternative-Higher Education

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Given the current hooplah going around between President Obama and Rick Santorum regarding higher education, I figured it was a good chance to vocalize what my thoughts are on this issue.  I am not going to flat-out say that either Obama or Santorum were right in what they said, however I think there is a middle ground that is not being adequately addressed here.  Part of my degree program towards becoming a teacher is taking classes in basic educational thought and theory; from this I will develop my own teaching philosophy.  Education should not be a “party” issue (it’s not an indoctrination process), or a budget consideration it should just be; if we want our children to succeed (and I do not mean on the global scale, I mean succeed in general) we need to do our best to provide a quality education for them.

 

We need to be reasonable with our thoughts and expectations for higher education.  Not everyone that graduates high school will want to, or have the skill set, to become a professional that requires one form of a college degree or another.  That is a basic truth we need to accept, not every child will go to college.  However, that is not to say that there should not be alternative options for these students; vocational schools, the Job Corps program and beyond high school versions of wood shop and auto shop.  And that is where I want to focus this post – alternative higher education.

 

However before I do that there is one issue I do need to address, those that stop their education after high school and the jobs they occupy.  While not the most glamorous or highly sought after jobs out there, these people do have jobs that the rest of the world is highly dependent on:  grocery baggers, cashiers, waitstaff, burger flippers…  the list goes on and on.  While these are jobs that almost anyo0ne can do it is imperative that we recognize and, yes, appreciate the people that do these jobs to make our lives easier.

 

Now, onto alternative higher education, there are programs and schools currently in place for this, however not enough focus is put onto them, especially during high school to make them known to students.  Creating a situation where our students think they have to go to college or they are failures is a great wrongness.  Not everyone had the drive or desire to go into a career that is based around a college education.  There are people more interested in welding, auto repair, construction, building maintenance and so much more that are viable careers out there.  Just as much as we promote traditional colleges and universities we need to promote the vocational and technical schools, hell, the Job Corps program has been around for a long time but the certification you get from that is treated as a joke, that needs to change.  Job Corps needs to be revamped, a redesign of the training program and acceptance of the certifications needs to be more promoted by the government.

 

We are a very diverse nation and we need to realize that with the planning of our education system(s).  There are many different jobs/careers out there that people do and that we are all dependent on them doing and we need to provide the educational resources that these people need in order to be able to succeed in the profession of their choice.  We should not under any circumstances idealize one type of judge and at the same time create a negative connotation for others.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Education, Equality, Family, Political

 

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My Response to the Zombification of Religious Leaders

A lot of people have commented on this article and while they have all had thought provoking and interesting arguments about it, it is time for me to post my own feelings on it.  Quite honestly, the judge was completely wrong in his ruling.  We have specific laws governing freedom of speech (which does include expression) and these are not to be tossed away just because something offends you; we defend hate speech all the time i.e. the Westboro Baptist Church.  It does not matter what the Muslim that assaulted Ernie Pierce thought, or the judge’s own beliefs (which in my mindset is grounds for the decision being overturned), attempting to stifle someone’s freedom of speech is a vile act, no matter what pretense you do it under.

Let’s put this into perspective shall we?  This was a Halloween parade with a zombie Jesus and a zombie Pope walking along with Mr. Pierce, neither of them were attacked by Christians, so apparently the costume ideas were not all that horrible.  So we are faced with a situation where a Muslim was offended and once it came before a judge, it was dismissed because of the judge’s biased towards the Muslim community…  this is such a clear violation of the law it is not even close to funny.  We are so stuck on this current trend of “Don’t offend the Muslims no matter what” that people that are perfectly within their rights are being the persecuted ones.  I’ve had Muslim neighbors and we got along very well, I am not judging them all, however I am judging this man in this specific instance.  He was wrong in his actions, very wrong, and if he has become a citizen of this country he needs to be sent back to citizenship classes and be forced to retake them to learn the laws of this land.

The idiot judge for this case, Mark Martin, should lose his robe, be disbarred and quite frankly face some jail time of his own.  One quote from the trial is as follows:

In many other Muslim-speaking countries, err, excuse me, many Arabic-speaking countries, predominantly Muslim, something like this is definitely against the law there, in their society. In fact, it could be punished by death, and frequently is, in their society.

Here in our society, we have a Constitution that gives us many rights, specifically First Amendment rights. It’s unfortunate that some people use the First Amendment to deliberately provoke others. I don’t think that’s what our forefathers intended. I think our forefathers intended to use the First Amendment so we can speak with our mind, not to piss off other people and cultures – which is what you did.

Well Mr. Martin, this is not a Muslim country, hell it is not even a Christian country.  As I have said before and will say forever the Founding Fathers intended this to be a secular nation and no one will ever convince me otherwise.  Mr. Martin what happens in other countries and with their legal systems has absolutely no barring on judicial proceedings in this country, none at all, just like our laws and customs are not taken into account when it comes to courts in other countries. (Anyone else remember the youth that got himself caned in Singapore?)  As for your “interpretation” of the First Amendment Mr. Martin…  well this is why you will never advance any further in your career, the Founding Fathers did in fact intend for it to be used in this manner as they themselves used the same practice to send a big Fuck You to the most powerful nation in the world at that time completely denouncing England’s laws and customs.

As much as something someone does may offend you, such as burning the flag, you do not at any point have the right to assault them for it, it is that simple Mr. Martin.  You Mr. Martin are trying to re-open Pandora’s box, you are trying to create a world in which chaos can rain supreme and whenever we encounter beliefs we do not accept or support we can beat them out…  or perhaps in your twisted mind set it is only YOUR beliefs that matter, that could be interesting to study.

Either way, I am grateful to live in this nation and have the freedoms I do and I sincerely hope that Mr. Pierce pursues this case and does not let the simple-mindedness of Mark Martin rule.  Perhaps I will get lucky and be brought before Mr. Martin on some drummed up contempt charge, I would love the chance for that as I am sure the ACLU would as well.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in atheism, Deism, discrimination, opinion, Religion

 

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