Daily Archives: May 10, 2016

Enough With Religious Exemption

As anti-gay laws sweep across the country after the marriage ruling, we see the main theme is simple-people can no longer “practice their faith” without the ability to discriminate.

Eventually, the high courts will rid us of these scourges and we can have a more just society.

I’m sick to death of all of it. I’m tired of the faithful trying to get their way at the expense of others. I’m tired of having to soothe them and succor them. Their special snowflake proclivities have got to go.

Now I know, I know the government can’t curtail freedom to practice one’s faith. This pernicious little clause has been the source of much controversy. I yield to the document. I don’t like it, but I yield. But you better be on terra firma when you exercise this right.

I want to approach this “religious freedom” thing in another way. In no way am I relating the push for freedom above with the push for freedom below. It’s just on my mind a lot lately.

I’m known to love an underdog. Which is why I usually defend American Muslims who want to be respected as they practice their religion. Maybe I shouldn’t give them special preference because as I said, what’s good for the goose ain’t good for the gander. So it is with regret that I find favor towards the Citadel in disallowing the traditional headdress of a Muslim woman to be worn while training. Islam and the military have something in common with each other when it comes to adornment. All men are shorn to the skin and are not allowed to have facial hair during training. Women, in training and in regular service, must keep their hair up so it does not pass their collar. What I’m trying to say is that there’s an enforced modesty and a rejection of finery in the military-one that I believe satisfies the requirements laid down in the Koran (it is, if I remember right, not terribly specific as to how a woman should dress necessarily, it seems that the coverings evolved as the religion did).

It looks like CAIR is going to address this; there is, in one sense something to abridging one’s religious freedom here, and that applies to the armed services. But I think we’re going a bit too far-you can’t just practice your faith whenever it pleases you, just as you cannot always speak or assemble wherever you wish.

Maybe I’m just an ex-soldier griping about change in the military, something I never thought I would do. Maybe I’m just a cranky atheist who’s tired of religious exemptions and special treatment for believers. You tell me. Personally, I think all this covering of women is bullshit and I can’t believe so many women choose to cloak themselves and perhaps that’s what my problem is. I can’t tell.

 

 

I Don’t Like Doing This

I have no love for the Bundy family. They’re cheats who invoke what we call “sovereign citizenry”. That happens when you believe the laws of your locale or country are null and void.

This tends to not go well for the claimants. The feds usually get their man. So it went with Cliven Bundy, who decided the government did not have a title to federal land. He grazed however he wanted to, and was fined a cool million for doing it.

Cliven Bundy is now in lockup. Good. But

Bundy’s lawyer will officially file the lawsuit on Tuesday in a court in Nevada, alleging that the president and other state officials violated the rancher’s constitution rights. The legal team will push for Bundy to be released from his current state of solitary confinement and ask for his indictment to be dismissed. Bundy’s lawyer will address the media following a hearing in Law Vegas on Tuesday.

I don’t like it. I don’t think anyone should go to solitary confinement, I don’t care what you’ve done-and especially not in this case where some cattle that belonged to you ate some grass that it wasn’t allowed to.

I hope Bundy’s suit to be released from solitary is granted. Lord knows I can’t stand right-wing, liberty-sucking assholes like him, but I am totally against a cell 23 hours a day for his crimes.

Shell Game

What’s so odious about this North Carolina law everyone is talking about? As I write this, NC is suing the federal government for overreach after the Justice Department threatened to have federal education funding ixnayed for the state if they did not rescind the bill.

The Justice Department has sued back.

This has never been a “who goes to the bathroom” issue. That’s the magical squirrel everyone has their eye on. Every goddamned idiot on the right is wigging over transgender rights to use the bathroom of their gender ID. It’s such a small part of what this bill does; what it really does is prohibit the localities of North Carolina from passing laws protecting the rights of LGBT citizens because you guessed it, state’s rights. In the bill, it says that no one can or will be compelled to respect the rights of that community.

Loretta Lynch is right: we’re looking at modern day Jim Crow style laws aimed to relegate certain individuals to secondary, even tertiary status.All of these goober states can’t handle teh gay. Fuck ’em. They will lose this fight.

I don’t want to toot my own horn, but Justice thinks these bills contravene protection offerered by the Civil Rights Act. Finally, someone gets it.

 

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