New Poem: This is a Picture

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I remember the first time I saw this photo. I thought “this is terrible, but maybe this is just what we need to finally get people to act.” I was naive, it is a flaw of mine. Despite my bitching, and my general cantankerousness I want to believe the best of people. Now we have in the highest administrative office of our government a man eager to make things worse, and backers, far too many backers, who are urging him on. Maybe we all need to really see this photo, with our eyes wide open, for the first time.
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The Paradox of American “Democracy”

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I don’t get it. I mean, I get it, but I don’t get why so many do not. I read about the Hobby Lobby case and how the decision came down the way it did and I do not get why people do not understand all the reasons this is bad. I do not get how they do not get what Justice Ginsberg so eloquently stated in her dissent that this is going to open up all sorts of ugliness allowing employers to deny coverage for anything they disagree with. As a trans woman it means employers will be able to deny me coverage for my transition, something insurance companies have only just started to do, and you can bet they will do just that. That, however is not what is the most difficult to wrap my head around. Continue reading

Greece NY, The Senate, and Christianist Lies

“If it is not safe for all religions to be expressed in this country why should I expect my religion to be protected?”

 Presbyterian Minister Aaron Doll

 

Pastor Doll makes a really good point here. It is a point made in response to this 2012 video which taken with the recent Town of Greece v. Galloway decision handed down by the Supreme Court paints a very ugly picture of the state of Separation of Church and State. Christianists want to get us to believe that their faith is under assault when in reality they want to continue their attack on all other beliefs (or lack there of.)

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A Final Armistice in the “War on Christmas?”

Christmas in the post-War United States

Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It has been quiet on the front lines so far this year. Barely a shot or two from the usual suspects. Oh they like to get their jibes in. They so desperately want to get folks riled up. They want the Christian community to feel under attack. I wish I could say it was for political gain, but it is more cynical than that. Fortunately, I think their target audience is wising up to them. Continue reading

Guilty Pleasure (and Privilege)

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Guilt Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Some may have read yesterday’s post and quite understandably thought it was the result of White Guilt. You may have seen it and maybe if you are a white person who is in denial about privilege you may think I hate my fellow white people and being white. Nothing, could be further from the truth. I am not proud to be white. Being proud of being white would be like being proud to afford a Jag when you inherited thirty million from your daddy. What exactly did you accomplish there? No, I am not proud, but nor am I ashamed. Continue reading

The Right To Be Privileged

English: A woman makes her support of her marr...

English: A woman makes her support of her marriage, and not civil unions, known outside the Mormon temple at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Photographer’s blog post about this photo and the protest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The right to exercise your faith does not include the right to have that faith enjoy a privileged position. I am tackling nothing new here. What I am writing about today has been repeated, often, by bloggers, journalists, pundits, and politicians. It has also been ignored multiple times by those the message has been directed toward. This is in part to blame because we all live in our little echo chambers, listening, and often speaking, only to those with whom we agree. There is also the stubborn persistence on the part of the privileged to claim any attempt to lessen that privilege is an attack on their person. Continue reading

A Tale of Two Memes

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I am not a big fan of having to write about a specific issue twice in one week. I hate abusing the proverbial equine once it has shuffled off its mortal coil and such. Every once in a while though someone, or something, sticks in my craw. Maybe the issue is so big, or maybe someone reminds me that they still need an education on it. Such is the case with the following meme. Continue reading