Facing Facts

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Inspiring the World –

“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

~ John Wesley

Mr Wesley also said that ‘we should be rigorous in judging

ourselves and gracious in judging others.’

 Fact: The LGBT population in US according to one study is 9 million people.

Fact: As a group, Evangelicals remain by far those most opposed to gay marriage in the US.

Fact: Government laws still that have roots in 19th century; prejudices are fueling 21st century hate, and writing discrimination into law moves society backwards. This is an open invitation to hate and intolerance.

Fact: There are still countries that enforce the death penalty for homosexuality as well as hanging, decapitation, stoning, imprisonment, flogging, improper burial; there is no political freedom or human rights.

I just now saw the recently released video that’s slamming what critics are calling the “homofascist monolith.” They are calling for a new “San Francisco earthquake” to shatter it. Well that certainly isn’t Christian. [The San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fire, in 1906, destroyed over 80% of the city and killed over 3,000 people]  We have seen images of ISIS throwing gay men off of roofs, and cliffs; and a California man recently proposed a law to kill gays with ‘bullets to the head.’

These put all anti-gay laws to shame but let’s look at other great shames as well:  In Alabama the KKK is publically siding with the State Attorney General in his vehement opposition to same gender marriage.

As we see there are senseless acts of violence around the world:  LGBT  people are targeted, assaulted and far too often murdered: LGBT Children and teens are taunted by their peers, beaten and bullied, pushed out of school, disowned by their own families, forced into marriage … and, in the worst cases, driven to suicide because of pressures caused by bullies.

Two years ago a friend of mine; a gay man of the cloth was kidnapped by a gang of men and held for three days in an apartment – these men sodomized him repeatedly with a broom handle and a beer bottle to teach him a lesson.

A Lesbian in Africa was gang raped by several young men [to cure her of her being a lesbian] then before they left one of them shoved a toilet bowl brush in her vagina.

This is evil.

“Creating safe and inclusive congregations for people who are LGBT embodies Jesus’ message that we are all one in Christ (Galatians 3:28). Such communities create transformational and, in many cases, life-saving experiences. As we work to better understand the needs of people who are LGBT, the best course of action is often to simply listen with an open mind and heart.

An authentic desire to support the needs of people who are LGBT will help all of us to discern the path ahead; we can build a ministry rooted in unconditional love — if we want to.

“It will take strong leadership from many people to make our communities safer and more inclusive place for ALL people including LGBT – It would be more productive not to dwell on theological arguments that are based in scriptural condemnation of things like same-sex practices; instead our dialogue should focus on the core Christian values; values such as love, compassion, grace, mercy, justice, unity and/or forgiveness.

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The truth… we were called to love

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As a Christian, as a person of any spiritual faith it is our responsibility to promote mutual trust, respect and friendship… as a person of faith we should provide the tender warmth of familial love that has been denied to so many — familial love that so many have never known.
My blog today addresses the thread of prejudice and partiality that was recently promoted by the Duggar families and their association with anti-gay Family Research Council.
Spiritual faith should be liberating; everyone should be free to express themselves truthfully and openly with out fear of judgment; and marriage is not a privilege to be parceled out by segment of people, ban- legislation or any religious institution.
For a period of time I faithfully watched the Duggar Family reality program on TLC.  I watched it each week for a long time and admired their ingenuity, their commonsense practicality and thought ‘how cool’ the family was. I saw no violence, saw no indication of racism, sexism, bigotry, bias or prejudice.
I joined other families around the world in grieving with them for their tragic loss.
Now to my sorrow I’ve discovered that their care and compassion is limited. For all their openness they are willing to repeat and report rumors, myths and lies to exclude the liberties, freedoms as well as justice for a segment of society – 211.38 million LGBT People – worldwide.
Words matter … lets leave out words that are detrimental, and ultimately destructive towards others, they weaken the foundation of civilization, not gay marriage.
Today the Duggar family  shows a dark side to their religious faith; we’ve heard the hurtful petty words uttered by Mrs. Duggar who opposed a housing ordinance bill … by using carefully arranged words she helped create an unnecessary and hurtful climate towards Transgender People.
Her statement started false withnesswith the words “shocking news that affect the safety of Northwest Arkansas women and children.” Later in the call she linked the words ‘child’ ‘predator,’ ‘convictions;’ as well as … ‘endanger,’ ‘traumatized’  this supposedly by a man joining them in their private space. It was the arrangement and selection of her words that are offensive since they were specifically arranged to prompt a negative reaction. With this setup she promoted fear; set up a climate ripe for misunderstanding.
How demoralizing: Her words were degrading … they also demonized Transgender People. They also helped to create a lack respect for Lesbians, Gays and Bisexual People as well.
Reality: The ordinance Mrs. Duggar so cruelly opposed addressed the issue of transgender individuals’ right to use the proper restroom. ‘The ordinance allowing transgender people to use the bathroom in which they feel most comfortable and physically safe.’ The author of the bill said; ‘Transgender people — who are far more likely to be the victims of harassment and violence if forced to use a bathroom that is inconsistent with their gender identity or expression — deserve to have the ability to use the bathroom in peace and safety.’
A survey about discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Arkansas by the Human Rights campaign: Facts
  1. Twenty-five percent of respondents experienced employment discrimination;
  2. 37 percent experienced harassment at work;
  3. 39 percent experienced harassment from family;
  4. and 45 percent experienced harassment at school.

Cruel words add to societal stigma, resulting in creating and promoting prejudice and discrimination that LGBTI People face daily from society at large, and from family members, peers, co-workers and classmates.

Population in Arkansas:

  1. Total Adult Population: 2,238,250 –
  2. LGBT Population: 78,339
  3. LGBT -% of State Population:3.5%
  4. -% of Same-Sex Couples Raising Children:21%
We were called to love but by listening to the words by the Duggar family and their anti-gay associates it appears their care, concern and compassion is totally selective – to be included in their circle of compassion one needs to conform to a strict code of morals and values as per their deeply held religious beliefs. One family member stated I know many gay people. If I’m  his gay friend and see that my gay family and/or friends are being dehumanized, demonized and marginalized by the Duggar family anti-gay associates I would begin to question, begin to wonder; friends support each other; if the family feels compelled to repeat myths and rumors about my family and friends, just  how  well do they know me; how do they really feel about me?
Their anti-gay associates steadfastly believes in inequality
and continuously promotes a frightful anti-gay campaign.
Mr. and Mrs. Duggar and their family members obviously have the right to fight for freedom, liberty and justice;but trying to silence the voices of any segment of society will eventually limit what they should be stoutly defending.
The Duggar family and their homophobic associates will never silence the voices of 211.38 million LGBT People. You can try but it will never happen.
The Duggar family and associates  have a certain amount of wisdom but both lack a certain amount of understanding. As a spiritual leader Mr. Duggars’ voice should be a leader in standing up for justice, his voice should be at the forefront fighting hate and teaching tolerance. Instead hurtful words spoken by members of the Duggar family and their anti-gay associates puts children and families at risk through their hateful/hurtful rhetoric. Their anti-gay associates are relentless in their efforts keep LGBTI People from enjoying the inalienable freedoms, liberties and rights – we are all born free and equal. We are human beings first… we all have a sexuality and a gender attraction.
No one’s faith should ever destroy another’s self worth, esteem by creating a homophobic climate; each of us is wondrously made of spittle and clay; everyone of us created in a moment in a blinding light; love is essential to everyone.
Their words barely skirt the laws of free speech. They are hurtful and offensive but not legally classifiable as hate speech but non-the-less their words are offensiveness and hurtful. It is also a shameful practice now common to many communities of spiritual faiths.
Hateful words spoken by one or a group will break the heart of a child or adult.  
The quickest way to destroy someone as to isolate them: Bullying and forcing others to conform to exacting standards is neither Christian nor kind: We all need to feel welcome, that we are a part of the whole: We should be welcoming the advent of a world in which everyone enjoys freedom of from fear: of harassment, persecution, prosecution, punishment and torment. Yet many people like you don’t want this for all citizens in their neighborhood, communities, cities, and nations.
Everyone should enjoy all economic, social and cultural rights – these are indispensable for our dignity and the free development of our personality. Yet homophobic climates deny these basic rights to millions.

Everyone has the right to live and to live together in peace and harmony; therefore we should never accept any vicious act or actions by a body of people that would outrage the conscience of mankind. Yet we do.

We should never accept bias or bigotry, yet we do:

Everyone has the right to know and be known – to see and be seen – to understand and be understood: Everyone has the right to feel safe; to enjoy peace; to experience serenity and tranquility in their home, their neighborhood and community, yet this is not so.

Everyone is different – yet we are all he same: We should recognize the inherent dignity and promote these equal and inalienable rights to all members of the human family as this is the foundation for freedom, justice and peace in the world. Yet we don’t.

As a Christian it is our duty and responsibility to promote friendship

The standard should promote inclusion and acceptance of LGBTI People.

The standard should promote equality of rights; we should promote respect.

We should provide the tender warmth of familial love that has been denied to so many

— familial love that so many have never known.

Churches play an integral and important role in dispelling the pervasive myth that all people of faith are anti-gay. Churches should be excited to share the message of welcome and exclusivity.

We need to work together to move forward toward the peace we want to see in our lifetime: We need to work together to bring respect and harmony – love to all people; we should never deny, exclude or exploit others.

Love is  essential … it is a family value; LGBTI People have been part of all societies throughout history.

Love isn’t something that anyone needs to be afraid of. If God isn’t afraid of new things… why should we  be?

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We have forgotten that we are all connected with each other, that our love for each other is the key to world peace we pray for.  We are not the judge: We are connected to each other through the thread of love, first through our families, then our neighborhoods, then our cities and nation and reaching out to the world as a community of nations called the world.  All the great philosophers, the saints and sages have said those words in some form or another,and spiritually minded people; people of quality and worth do not go out of their way to create myths, spread lies and rumors that destroy lives.

People of quality sow seeds of understanding and teach tolerance as well as encourage, support, provide comfort and strength for everyone – their plans for community are inclusive.

Worldwide LGBTI People lack family support – are involved in family feuds- and face family shunning and there is continual stress; homelessness and violence increases because of hurtful words and extreme rhetoric.
Our legacy should be a legacy of good for others to follow; there is no excuse good enough to justify discrimination, not now, or ever.  Everyone should be gaining better understanding of our human rights and responsibilities and I urge everyone to reject your uncharitable – unchristian words since they exacerbate the issues relating to the homelessness as well as help breakdown a persons mental health. They add to the violence heard around the world, and I think everyone has seen enough of that. I know I have.
May God bless us, one and all,  today, tomorrow _ forever. 
One love one heart one vision one people peace on earth
 

” God is Not Afraid of New Things…”

We will not be prayed or legislated away – we will not be robbed of our potentials, our humanness or the right to love and be loved or the right to marry whom we love or our right to raise a family.

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Personal growth means self-improvement and clinging to old ways or what used to be will and will never create anything good. My comments references the hostile attitudes of Rep. James Clyburn’s (D-S.C.) Republican challenger references to same-sex couples as “gremlins” and “bullies” and Justin and Melanie Sease of Idaho also publically declared their anti-gay sentiments.

Pope Francis recently expressed that ‘God is not afraid of new things.’ His speech mentioned that we’re to have an inquiring nature – we’re to let God open hearts and guide us to new things and he emphasized humanity’s need for kindness which echoes Archbishop Desmond Tutu who repeatedly called for healers, restorers and makers of peace.

We are people, not a disease or monsters – we are people first – sentient beings with certain unalienable rights which include the right to love and be loved, be seen, heard and known. Mr. Culler and Mr. and Mrs. Sease recently declared publicly they don’t want Gay Marriage in their communities – this supports discrimination. Mr. Culler mentions that gremlins are out to destroy life – his statement implies, at least to me that he wouldn’t be heartbroken to know of our deaths and this reminds me of Pastor Charles Worley of NC  in May of 2012 in a Sunday morning sermon suggested a lethal solution: a concentration camp for gays.  How can this type of lethal ideology not appear to be anything but intolerant? Mr. Culler mentions something on his Facebook page something about ‘evil – as evil does.’

Showing evilness and hostile rigidity towards others certainly fails to come close to the Gospel.

Supporting the destruction of others isn’t Christ-like – in fact the lethal attitude threatens our humanness by weakening our capacity and ability to care for others. An uncharitable biblical interpretation of gays and lesbians undermines the faith of everyone. It stands against the need for kindness, and the world will pay a dear price for promoting ghoulish principles.

While Mr. Culler acts in a threatening manner he isn’t major league player. He doesn’t yet have the high rank with those who promote or prompt hatred of others, as for Justin and Melanie Sease they play walk on bit parts in the drama… the destruction of our humanness.

We are human and millions of good people around the world will pay the price for their lack of charity.

Not everyone will understand the journey of GLBTI people – but it’s not their journey or place to make sense of it. We’re told to follow our hearts but people with biblically destructive mindsets calls us evil and vile, and many have made public pledges to eradicate us with the expectation that we will lie down like good sheep and accept our demise without a response… of we won’t. A gauntlet was thrown with the expectation of a certain response and which was seen and mocked, but ‘God is not afraid of new things’ and God will not be mocked. No good thing will come about as a result of statements that imply the eradication of a certain group of people is welcome.

God fearing conservative Christians means different things to the masses and I can only reiterate again that silence kills, fear kills and arrogant and mocking words uttered by anyone have the potential be lethal… Certain words have the capacity to kill as effectively as a disease or a bullet – it just takes longer to destroy the spirit, the mind; the soul and this is a crime against humanity, against God.

We will not be sacrificial lambs to people with mindsets like Worley, Culler or the Sease,’ who will not be the last to try to destroy us … they are among the latest who have taken a stand, drawn the line in the sand so to speak and we’ve heard their heart and know where the line in the sand is as well but we will continue moving forward with our work for justice and equality for ourselves and all others.

We will not be prayed or legislated away – we will not be robbed of our potentials, our humanness or the right to love and be loved or the right to marry whom we love or our right to raise a family.

We are one family

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Everyone should feel like they are welcomed as part of the whole, yet not everyone is. Today my blog supports both the effort and the mission of the Give ‘EM Hope Campaign: Their mission is to give HOPE to those who need it most. Their worldwide network of volunteers inspires and uplifts all those who need assurance … Give EM Hope volunteers reminds everyone that their uniqueness is something to be celebrated.

We thrive on the delicacy of love: We are of one family – the family of humanity: We are of one heart – we are one heartbeat in the family of humanity and this means that we were not meant to live our lives in in isolation; in quiet desperation.

Our homes, our neighborhoods our workplaces and our communities should be havens of safety; yet they are not.

Everyone has the right to live and to live together in peace and harmony; therefore we should never accept any barbarous act or actions by a body of people that would outrage the conscience of mankind. Yet we do. We should never accept bias or bigotry, yet we do.

Everyone should enjoy all economic, social and cultural rights – these are indispensable for our dignity and the free development of our personality. Yet homophobic climates deny these basic rights to millions.

All people have the inalienable and inherent right to love and we cannot in good conscience disregard or withhold the basic needs to others and we should never hold anyone in contempt for ‘loving differently.’

Everyone has the right to know and be known – to see and be seen – to understand and be understood.

Everyone has the right to feel safe; to enjoy peace; to experience serenity and tranquility in their home, their neighborhood and community, yet this is not so.

Everyone is different – yet we are all he same: We should recognize the inherent dignity and promote these equal and inalienable rights to all members of the human family as this is the foundation for freedom, justice and peace in the world. Yet we don’t.

We need places of safety and security for our GLBT youth — There is no justification for abusing them, abandoning them, discarding them, ignoring them or calling them evil and sinners. All youth, GLBT or straight … need to feel a sense of hope. Everyone: Adult and youth … all need to feel welcome, that we are a part of the whole.

We should be welcoming the advent of a world in which everyone enjoys freedom of from fear: of harassment, persecution, prosecution, punishment and torment. Yet many people don’t want this for their citizens.

The Give ‘Em Hope Campaign promotes more than acceptance to GLBT – we promote life; we promote equality of rights, we promote more than friendship and respect.  

To give GLBT hope means we promote the spirit of brotherhood, we value the wide range of differences that exists among all people and volunteers are welcomed: We need your voices: we need your voices to continue our work of promoting inclusion … we need your voices to help us continue to provide a safe place for LGBT people to share their dreams and fears, their hopes and their grief.

The Give ‘Em Hope volunteers understand the need for inclusion – so many of our GLBT family members and friends have been abandoned, abused; disowned and discarded; our friends – our family members have begged and pleaded – they’ve bled and died.

We understand the needs as well as recognize the great responsibility … it is our responsibility to promote friendship and we are here to provide the tender warmth of familial love that has been denied to so many — familial love that so many of our visitors have never known.

Everyone should feel like they are welcomed as part of the whole, yet not everyone is. — We are of one family – the family of humanity: We are of one heart – we are one heartbeat in the family of humanity and this means that we were not meant to live our lives in in isolation; in quiet desperation.

I am proud to be a part of the Give ‘EM Hope volunteer family… If you believe in inclusiveness and equality please join the campaign … be a voice in the darkness, without a voice in the darkness hope dwindles and dies… be a voice in the darkness, speak words of inclusiveness – of hope of love.

Its Human Rights: Not Heterosexual Rights

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I support my Oklahoma family members

Attorney General Scott Pruitt
313 NE 21st Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Dear Mr. Pruitt,

My letter addresses GLBT right to marriage in Oklahoma

Sir, the public statement you issued regarding Judge Terence Kerns ruling troubles me. In your statement you declared: “It is a troubling decision. As the Supreme Court recently noted in the Windsor case, it is up to the states to decide how to define marriage, not the federal government. There is a case involving the State of Utah currently pending before the 10th Circuit that is identical to the case in Tulsa. The issue most likely will end up at the U.S. Supreme Court and the outcome will dictate whether Oklahoma’s constitutional provision will be upheld.”

Sir, how can the decision be troubling? Judge Kern’s ruling is essentially the same of many other Judges and their rulings have all noted that the fundamental equality of lesbian and gay couples is already guaranteed by the United States Constitution, Sir; Equality is not just for a privileged few. Equality is for everyone.

Reviewing facts:

1. Fact: Worldwide LGBT are branded, slurred, defamed; in other words stigmatized, made to appear as second class citizens.
2. Fact: All state bans on marriage by gay and lesbian couples are arbitrary.
3. Fact: Exclusion is irrational.
4. Fact: The Oklahoma state amendment just as many other state bans have a base that is purely and solely on moral disapproval and such disapproval has never advanced any state’s interests.

 The Constitution protects the fundamental rights which include the right to marry and the right to have that marriage recognized by their governments.
 These rights would be meaningless if the Constitution did not also prevent the government from interfering with the intensely personal choices an individual makes that person decides to make a solemn commitment to another human being.
 The Constitution therefore protects the choice of one’s partner for all citizens, regardless of their sexual identity.

Judge Kern ruled on these important facts
1. Equal protection is at the very heart of our legal system
2. Central to our consent to be governed
3. It is not a scare commodity to be meted out begrudgingly or in short portions.

I am truly troubled by the fact that your office seems to care little for the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If this troubles me and millions of others why isn’t this troubling to you and your office? This is the Common Era- not the year 1014 AD. It’s time that not only Oklahoma’s laws give way to individual constitutional rights, ALL state laws should give way to individual constitutional rights.

The work for Equal Rights around the world will continue: The work must, can and will continue because prohibitive legislative bans in other countries is leaving millions terrorized because of unjust laws: because in the USA elitists irrationally and purposely focus solely on redefining marriage: Because elitists in other countries criminalize same gender relationships. The fact that elitists irrationally and purposely focus on redefining marriage is criminal as well as punitive is mean-spirited and clearly uncharitable.

Sir, we are all one heartbeat in humanity; everyone around the world must loudly and unequivocally protest all punitive and mean spirited GLBT legislation and laws. No one should ever be jailed or put to death because they love someone of their own gender. Every voice must be heard. Everyone has a right to be seen, to know, to understand, to love and be loved in return. Court battles are costly, unjust and unnecessary. We must continue to clear the pathway for full and equal rights because ignorance is real, hate is real, bigotry is real and they are lethal.

My question: How long will Oklahoma continue to demean the dignity of same-sex couples when there is no rational reason to do so?

Thank you for your time,
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We The People: Not You People

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This is my letter I sent to the Governor of Oklahoma. Please stand with my family members who live in Oklahoma, show them your support.

The Honorable Mary Fallin
Office of the Governor
Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd
Room 212 Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Dear Governor Fallin,

The purpose of my letter: Same Gender Marriage.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the U.S. including the state of Oklahoma face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. While same-sex sexual activity is legal in Oklahoma same-sex couples and families headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for all the protections available to opposite-sex married couples.

This is a profound wrong and unfathomable to me as a straight ally.

Governor Fallin, Oklahoma could be a leader in promoting the rule of law, could be a leader in protecting All individual rights and liberties and could be a leader in promoting public trust and confidence in All of Your citizens, however Oklahoma chooses to be disapproving, condemnatory and judgmental and this is a great pity for everyone.

Oklahoma isn’t the only state out of step with the reason and principle as well as the intent of the United States Constitution, but the tide is turning and more and more states are forward thinking. 18 States are forward thinking having found that there is simply no rational reason to deny marriage to same gender people. And 12 States are on the verge of leaping forward for civil rights by taking that giant step towards legalizing gay marriage. Governor Fallin, if you care to remember The United States Constitution guarantees equal protection and due process under the law.

December 19, 2013; The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of same-sex marriage statewide, stating that “All rights, protections, and responsibilities that result from the marital relationship shall apply equally to both same-gender and opposite-gender married couples.”

December 20th – 2013 Judge Shelby of the 10th circuit court [which covers Oklahoma] noted five very interesting facts in his ruling:

Fact: There is no evidence that opposite-sex marriage will be affected in any way by same sex marriage.
Fact: Fear is unsupported and speculation is insufficient to justify the refusal to dignify the family relationship of its gay and lesbian citizens.
Fact: the Constitution protects the fundamental rights which include the right to marry and the right to have that marriage recognized by their governments.
Fact: These rights would be meaningless if the Constitution did not also prevent the government from interfering with the intensely personal choices an individual makes that person decides to make a solemn commitment to another human being.
Fact: the Constitution therefore protects the choice of one’s partner for all citizens, regardless of their sexual identity.

Supporting Argument : Thursday February 23, 2012 – A Federal Judge Found DOMA Unconstitutional: “Judge White addressed each of the four factors in turn. On the issue of discrimination, he writes, 1. “There is no dispute in the record that lesbians and gay men have experienced a long history of discrimination.” (18) In terms of contributions to society, White cited the ruling in the Prop 8 trial, noting that 2. “There is no dispute in the record or the law that sexual orientation has no relevance to a person’s ability to contribute to society” (19). 3. As for the immutability of sexual orientation, Judge White acknowledged that BLAG presented evidence in the case that there is “some fluidity” in sexuality for a “very small minority” of gays and lesbians, but affirmed that “the consensus in the scientific community is that sexual orientation is an immutable characteristic” (19). 4. Furthermore, he points out that Ninth Circuit precedent holds that “sexual orientation is recognized as a defining and immutable characteristic because it is so fundamental to one’s identity” (20).”

Facts are facts and myths are myths and legends are legends and there will always be those who will eagerly fan the flames of hell fire and brimstone to create chaos and mayhem. My question today: how long will you and Oklahoma continue to demean the dignity of same-sex couples when there is no rational reason to do so?

To me equal protection means treating every individual in the same manner as others in similar conditions and circumstances. Creating laws simply to deny equal rights or protection to GLBT makes no sense besides being mean spirited and punishing and this should always be subject to both public and court scrutiny regarding discrimination.

Not every family fits into societal norms: The traditional family has been defined as a group of two people or more one of whom is the householder. But why should it make any difference how a family is defined?

Aren’t we bound together by familial love, our love for our friends, our lover- partner and our family members? All that is asked is that you remember that LGBT are a part of the family of humanity.

Simply put Happiness has been described as being imprescriptible therefore in the end no State which follows the US Constitution should arbitrarily create a law specifically designed to deny a person’s right to happiness.

Thank you for your time
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Ruffled Feathers

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Ignorance is real: Hate is real. I’m not mentioning Quacker by name to give him more air time, he’s had enough – nor will I show his picture, it’s been seen enough as well. By now we should know who Quacker is – if you don’t – you’re fortunate. I barely do and what I do know is enough. I don’t watch TV. I haven’t turned mine on in over a year and frankly I don’t miss it.

Just for the sake of argument, maybe Quacker doesn’t understand the hurtful nature of his words. Maybe he was blind to the reality of life for African Americans. – Maybe- Maybe he is unconscious of the suffering of GLBT – who knows. But being oblivious to the suffering of others is the very root of bigotry and bias. When you hear news articles of Quacker do you see a role model for a child, a hero that you want follow? Does he represent freedom, liberty, equality, justice, hope, faith? Unfortunately he’s on the verge of becoming a rightwing idol.

Do you believe he’s being unfairly, unethically, dishonestly, deceitfully, fraudulently, illegally, unlawfully, falsely, underhandedly, crookedly, discriminatorily, unreasonably, incorrectly being victimized by being suspended from his reality show?

In an article I read Quacker mentions he is a ‘lover not a hater.’ Perhaps this is true but I found a picture of him standing side by side Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church with their infamous “God Hates Fags” – who appears to hate everything so I question that he loves LGBT. I listened carefully but Quacker never quavered when he spoke of ‘sexual sin, homosexuality and adultery: We’re all sinners.’ Have you noticed like I have that people who say they are lovers not haters seldom speak of love instead the conversation tends to flow in the direction of sin and sinning?

Quacker fact: Quacker is not a pauper; good on him, there’s nothing wrong with a man having a happy dollar or two in his pocket since I recall something he said about his childhood and being ‘poor white trash -’ so he’s made a happy dollar in his life; nothing wrong with that. A search on the internet revealed his current net worth of $15 million.

America the bigoted beautiful: So, where are the national strong leadership voices? The one we have is ignored, yet more and more unknown individuals like the individuals noted later will rise out of the muck – coming out to become other little tin gods; dictators and tyrants who terrorize the faithful with their myths and lies. Hate is different than abhorring, which means to disapprove of or not like but in America hatred towards GLBT is intensifying and this is dangerous
Today, apparently making homophobic and racist on national TV is all that is required to become a Religious Right hero and this is a sad commentary on the state of our country. Why is there so much hostility towards GLBT, we’re losing mores and values to the likes of the tin gods who seem to be calling the shots. They know they are losing in America. No, now they spread their often bewildering and ridiculous, mostly offensive, stupid -innuendos, myths and lies in other countries via their own radio stations. They produce and package slick DVD’s, and maintain an up to date internet website and abuse the privilege of YouTube.

From Right-Wing-Watch: Submitted by Brian Tashman on Friday, 12/20/2013 noted the following:
1. The National Organization for Marriage’s petition claims Robertson was suspended merely for stating “his belief in the truth of the Bible,” insisting that “nothing that Phil Robertson said is hateful” and that A&E “succumbed to the demands of bullies like the HRC and GLAAD, which is disgraceful for an entity whose very existence depends on the free exchange of ideas.”
2. The American Family Association has its own petition thanking Robertson for “ declaring the truth of God’s word” and charging that the network undermined the reality star’s “rights to religious freedom and freedom of speech”…because apparently the First Amendment says that no one can ever be disciplined in their job over things they say.
3. The group Faith Driven Consumers accuses A&E of holding “discriminatory,” “intolerant” and “un-American” views, claiming in its petition that the network “effectively censors a legitimate viewpoint held by the majority of Americans.”
4. Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition is urging men to grow beards in “support for Phil and Christian Values,” while asking women to “lovingly tolerate the facial scruff” of men who grow their Phil-beards.
5. Even the ex-gay organization Voice of the Voiceless has its own petition, warning that America will soon “turn into a fascist society” if gay rights groups aren’t stopped.
6. Americans for Truth about Homosexuality head Peter LaBarbera complains that Robertson is a victim of “homo-fascism” while “Christians and moral-minded Americans must rally behind Phil Robertson.”
7. Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel salutes Robertson as “a breath of fresh air in this Miley Cyrus culture” who is bravely restoring America’s Christian heritage.
8. The Family Research Council also launched a petition and blasted “the totalitarian tactics of the Left.”

Ignorance is real: Hate is real and being gay is still a crime in 76 countries—a crime that’s punishable by death in several, Needed are more LGBT workers, friends and allies – again we must gather ourselves around the flagpole … we must. But who – who is ready to fight against hate AND willing to work by reaching out to others? We simply must reach out to teach acceptance and tolerance – this is an imperative. We must help others – we must counter every myth and lie with facts. Why? Because ignorant people who make homophobic and racist remarks on national television is all that is required to become a Religious Right hero.

America The Beautiful: is it acceptable for any state government to embrace bigotry? Is it acceptable for any state government to finance racism? Is it acceptable for our national leaders to ignore gay bashing or take part in it? Once we were a one nation-indivisible America the beautiful. America the Beautiful; a song everyone proudly sang – as well as singing of liberty and justice for all. – But this is no longer the case, there is no single strong leadership voice in America who is standing up and speaking out: saying not just No, but Hell No! What state leader has called out the crisis created by the Uganda Parliament when it passed the ‘Kill the Gay Bill Legislation? I haven’t heard a single voice and this means we must continue to move forward on our own grassroots movement as we cannot depend on any politician much less any legislation and judicial rulings are discounted and fought over and judges are threatened to be impeached and unseated in the next elections because the ruling went the ‘wrong’ way.

America the Beautiful: I read an article about a friend of Quacker who is suing A & E – for his right to hate. Good on him! This is America – let him stand up for his warped right to hate. That’s democracy – but it’s our downfall too, but democracy must remain! Eons ago we came out of the darkness of the caves; we saw the sun, the moon, and the stars. We came out of the darkness to learn and grow and understand. We cannot go back into that darkness and hide and let these bullies win.

America the bigoted beautiful: You can’t camouflage bigotry. Equal protection means treating every individual in the same manner as others in similar conditions and circumstances. Creating laws simply to deny equal rights or protection to GLBT makes no sense besides being mean spirited and punishing. When did it become acceptable to unite America in hate? When did it become unfashionable to welcome all to our heart – hearth and fire? Why does MAN insist on placing so much value on hating others? Hate which is a corrosive – hate pollutes the mind and spirit.

It seems that so few in America are willing to protect or serve all others. Many are willing to protect and serve their own who sit in fellowship with them and others have creeds and dogmas that guide who they will fellowship with. So many are exclusive, and then we find the many tin gods doing their own thing – flouting rules, regulations, discarding the one thing America has always stood for. Hope.

Notable GLBT haters are visiting other countries telling myths and lies; and one particular GLBT hater is arrogantly flaunting it – admitting that gays are his enemies. This hater also calls himself a Christian. This must be the cycle – in the wheel of time when Man dictates – divides – dominates and it seems this one in particular is ‘hell bent’ to destroy all GLBT rights, freedoms and liberties.

We all start out in life on the same foot, but somewhere along the line when it comes to LGBT then GLBT are more than likely to be with Rosa Parks – standing in the back of the line, standing at a different water cooler, being seated at another part in a restaurant. And LGBT are still denied opportunities, subjected to arbitrary discrimination and job elimination in the workplace, having a less than an equal chance within the framework and structure of the established rules.

America The Beautiful: We cannot allow anyone to demean the dignity of GLBT for no rational reason. Sadly compassion love and kindness and even truth about LGBT cannot be legislated: We cannot go back- or backward into the darkness but we might at a point in time if continue to sit on Facebook with our friends and say fuck this and that and do nothing. We need willing workers! Everyone can do something, everyone, this includes the reader of this article. Equal protection means treating every individual in the same manner as others in similar conditions and circumstances. Creating laws simply to deny equal rights or protection to GLBT makes no sense besides being mean spirited and punishing.

Yes: Ignorance is real: Hate is real.