What the fuck happened in Oklahoma when the president showed up?
OKLAHOMA CITY — Confederate battle flags greeted President Barack Obama as he arrived here for an overnight stay on Wednesday.
Across the street from his hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, as many as 10 people waved the flags as his motorcade arrived. The group stood among a larger group of demonstrators, many of them there to support the president, who is in town ahead of a visit to a federal prison on Thursday as part of his weeklong push on criminal justice issues.
Wow, Oklahoma. That’s some fine citizenry you have there. I’m utterly gobsmacked.
OK. A couple of things:
#1: Oklahoma was Indian territory at the time of the Civil War.
#2: Barack Obama didn’t have a blessed thing to do with the fervor surrounding the confederate flag. Those were local decisions made at the behest of angry citizens.
It should be clear that this is some serious racist bullshit. But this story has a twist:
According to local news organizations, a man named Andrew Duncomb, who calls himself the “black rebel,” organized the Confederate flag demonstration. He also put together a similar protest on Saturday at the Oklahoma State Capitol — just a day after South Carolina removed its contested flag from the State Capitol grounds.
So one ignorant-ass oreo cookie organizes this shit and suddenly it isn’t racist. Yeah. Pull the other one. There is no reason to wave the southern rebel flag in Oklahoma other than to make a show of hate against a black figure in power, if you consider the bullet points above.
Or, perhaps you aren’t a fucking idiot and can figure out what this is for yourself.
I have good news mixed with bad.
The good news is, if you’re a free-thinking Oklahoman, you will no longer have to wonder what the ten commandments are doing at your capitol.
The bad news is that you will not get to see the Satanic Temple’s Baphomet sculpture next to it. The state supreme court realized that the enshrinement of one religion on public grounds is unconstitutional. I imagine it also realized that every religion could festoon the capitol grounds with religious symbolism, and that is something they would rather avoid because it makes Oklahoma look like the land of the kooks, and they get enough bad press as it is.
I don’t blame them. I think the Baphomet is a completely unacceptable display of “religion”. But so is the Ten. We don’t operate by Mosaic law. Give up on the idea that is is of historic value. So what? So is the code of Hammurabi, and I don’t see people eager to follow its precepts or put up a monument to it.
All props to the Satanic Temple for making this debate possible. Keeping religion out of our government is of paramount concern to all upright men and women. Donate here. They’re causing havoc in a lot of important areas of public debate, because they are in the envious position of being a religion themselves. I have donated, and will happily wear a tee from them, but I can’t say I am a Satanist any more than I can demand to be photographed by the state with a colander on my head. I’m just not a “movement” kind of guy, you know?
I’m now a second class citizen in Oklahoma if this shit passes:
A bill that would restrict the right to marry to people of faith and would mandate all marriage licenses be approved by a member of the clergy was approved by the Oklahoma state House on Tuesday.
House Bill 1125, sponsored by Republican State Representative Todd Russ, is a radical measure that would end secular marriage licenses in the state. In addition, the bill would bar all judges and other secular officials from performing marriages in Oklahoma.
Under the legislation, atheists and others not wanting to be married by a religious official could file an affidavit through the court clerk’s office claiming a common-law marriage.
You read right. Not only did they outlaw same-sex marriage (unless they are people of faith?), they’ve abridged the right of atheists to enjoy the same status as believers in marriage. I’m so pissed off I could spit wooden nickels. I have had it up to here with crazy Christians dictating how we should live. If implemented, I have my doubts that this could survive a court challenge-but is that how far we have to go to secure a normal marriage?
When do we draw the line and say enough? I have always felt I had common cause with the gay community as a minority, but this will make me redouble my efforts to battle these bitches and bastards at all fronts.