In Memory of The Many

“Memorial Day was born out of necessity. After the American Civil War, a battered United States was faced with the task of burying and honoring the 600,000 to 800,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who had died in the single bloodiest military conflict in American history.” Family loyalties were torn- Family against Family and Neighbor against Neighbor.

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Present Day
One Nation – One Flag

Lest we forget those who
fought for liberty-justice

In Memory of The Many

Today, we Recognize the Brave.
Respect the Forgotten.
Remember the Lost.
Honor the Unknown

Some came home – whole in body, mind_ Spirit
Some came home brokenhearted-Injured.
Some came home missing limbs.
Some came home missing friends.

In Honor of All
For those died in the field:
The unknown, the lost_
forgotten.

Though you now abide in the
Grand Silence – your sacrifice
is remembered.

We are Free … Because of the Brave
This is a day for memories. Where
we were – what that horrific
battle represented.

Today is not for presidential speeches.
parades – beer fests, BBQ’s, or
celebrating the beginning
of summer vacation _
National sports
games.

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This is a time for reflection… 

After the horror of the days of a war long past
This is a day to express our common grief
of that particular war – Perhaps a
day to reflect on the healing
for our nation. There is a
sickness hovering … there
is a lust for greed – for
power.

Am I alone in hearing the
the beat of the drums
of war?

Am I alone-in my fear that we will
be forced to revisit the very cause
of the great rift in our nation
that left the many hundred
thousands – to their destiny
– Grand Silence

I fear we are called again to
fight for justice liberty, civil –
human rights… Can this
fight be avoided?

Thank You
 

The words are inadequate expression of
our sorrow. Your brave legacy lives on –
If only briefly in our tears.

The Sound of Freedom
The thrumming of our heart,
our memories_ tears.

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If one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.—1 Corinthians 12:26

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Sweet Land of Liberty

Sweet Land of Liberty

America under siege_ two years and more…
We’ve been through many tense moments,
dark days and long nights of anger,
disappointments, fears, tears.

We, The People, have been betrayed,
denounced, erased, reviled. Exposed
to lies, taunts, rants.

Now_ We are ready to march for our lives…
For equality, justice, liberty. Our future_
the children deserve our action,
protection. Now.

The guardians of democracy are determined,
proud, strong. We will rout the unjust
priestly rulers and those fascist tyrants

From Independence Hall the bell of
freedom will ring once again.

Our strength and power drew from the eagle,
the king of the skies. We will set him free_
watch him soar for democracy and
the Re-birthing of America.

Democracy revived: We will remove the confusion,
doubts_ the clouds of suspicion, skepticism,
so that we may once again see the
sky and the stars.

We will rescue Lady Liberty, that mighty
Woman with her torch held high _ Her
light- a worldwide message of welcome
to our shores: to the abandoned, forsaken_
Isolated.

There will be equality before the law
The right to liberty and freedom.
The right to the pursuit of happiness.
The right to live our lives
free of discrimination.

America faces a national crisis: A new era is
about to dawn: We have a new opportunity
to move forward, onward_upward. Our cause
is noble_honorable. We remain a sovereign
nation committed to honoring, retaining
our civil liberties, civil rights_
human rights.

With a greater vision_ From the multitudes
we will revitalize our nation

We Are Unbreakable: With a greater vision
from the multitudes, we will achieve a just,
honorable and durable legacy; united
in brotherhood, equality, equity,
liberty and justice.

Our country_ Our nation united in
brotherhood_ America-  
Sweet land of liberty.

Sweet Land of Liberty- 2019
Rachel Wolff 


The Threat of the Religious Right: The raping of society by the Religious Right

1661549_10153834765920615_249547964_n There is nothing Christian about discrimination. By demonizing GLBT they have created public hysteria which prompts and promotes persecution. Demeaning, demonizing or denying equal rights is never honorable nor is the persecution and torment of others ever justified. No God has ever whispered into a mortal ear telling anyone to snatch away liberties, freedoms and rights.
Currently the Religious Right is attempting to defy established constitutional law, further they have created cases to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn previous decisions that contradict their personal beliefs. Basically they intend to discriminate in every aspect of someone’s life.

God has not gifted the Religious Right the right to snatch away constitutional liberties, freedoms and rights away from our daughters, sons, brother and friend; our workmates. My gay family members and friends are not machines; they are average typical human beings with dreams, thoughts; feelings and tender hearts. They are who they are: they are people who give and care, and give of themselves: There is no excuse good enough to deny them equal rights; why is it so wrong for my family and friends to enjoy the quality of life as you and I? My family and friends work; pay taxes and they do the daily mundane things just as you and I.

Clearly there is a failure to see the whole person. My gay family members and dear friends have as much soul and spirit as you and I, but a vast majority of Christian society is biased and cruel and use a few phrases of the bible as a weapon to gay bash; overlooking the fact that each of us is a heartbeat in humanity. There is nothing in the teachings of Jesus Christ that requires hateful discrimination against any gay and lesbian citizen. Fact: My gay family and friends are sons, daughters, and fathers – mothers, aunts, uncles, cousins: sisters and brothers. GLBT are athletes, astronauts, bankers, doctors, engineers, firemen, journalists, lawyers, nurses, police officers, pilots, scientists and more; and they live in our communities – work on our streets – and Wall Street. In the U.S. being gay is not a crime, sadly in other countries it is a punishable crime: death is a harsh penalty for same gender love.

Hidden beneath the mask are sadness, sorrow, grief, pain and anger: My family and friends are who they are – beautiful people, but hidden beneath the mask there is years of sadness, sorrow, grief, pain and anger. For years I’ve seen the signs of bigotry and hate and heard the anger and pain of my family and friends; I’ve heard the Religious Rights lies, myths and rumors, and I’ve had enough of this cruelty.

My family and friends are whole and complete as they were born: For years my family and friends have asked for acceptance, for equality, they’ve begged and bled and died for it and all the Rightly Religious ever do is offer a few lines of biblical scripture that speak of sin: Ancient text is their sole source of knowledge. This is senseless, witless ignorance which is not honorable or just, not at all. Fact: One doesn’t wake up one day and decide to adopt the ‘gay lifestyle.’ Fact: One is born gay; this is a personal internal identity of Self. Fact: My gay family members and my friends are not broken; they do not need curing or healing. What is sinful is the religious rights demeaning and demonizing others. Genuine religious liberty does not enshrine hateful discrimination – this is counter to the teachings of Jesus Christ and all spiritual teachings and using the bible as an excuse for personal bigotry is aberrant … today the rightly religious have mutilated all spiritual teachings and danger ripples across the universe thanks to their warped Christian fanaticism and fascism.

We must stop this treacherous call for discrimination now: The Rightly Religious – The Army of God have no concern for human rights. Their goal – establish a “Christian nation.” This ultimately means tyrannical rule. Historically tyranny is always associated with oppression and suppression. Envision this: Across the universe a whole segment of society will have no legitimacy. Current statistics report 9 million LGBT Americans, but this is statistic is low due to under reporting.

Without regard for human rights this fellowship of Christian fanatics promote the ideas of crisis, economic meltdowns and promote terrible visions of catastrophic terrorist strikes and environmental disasters hoping for gullibility and instability which will aid their horrifying and irrational agenda. If we don’t see it and call it out for what it is we will lose the battle. Everyone should be aware of the insidiousness of Christian Fascism. Fascism is not godly: If churches really wanted to they shed light and be a source of education; they could counter myths and lies, they could be accepting and inclusive, they could preach and teach tolerance. We need people to open their eyes and look at the entire person and don’t be so obsessed with the way someone makes love.

A recent study indicates that society has become more accepting of GLBT in the ten years and the report also indicated this support is expected to grow even more accepting in the future: The shift in social acceptance is due to a variety of factors: people knowing and interacting with someone who is GLBT, to allies and others who advocate on their behalf.

Giving someone the license to discriminate is not just sinful – it is dangerous. If this practice gets a firm foothold all society faces a grim future. Fascism isn’t a Christian value: bias and bigotry wrapped in prayer is aberrant. It is important to not ignore social and economic inequities, remember the Army of God is neither benevolent nor tolerant: Caring societies will acknowledge this and stand up to stop this dangerous trend – now. It is a sin to deny or take away rights; deny rights to one ultimately mean taking away the rights of everyone. I speak loudly if alone: enough is enough. I stand side beside, with and for my friends: There is no excuse for bigotry or demonizing my family and friends: It is a sin to demean, demoralize and to preach to them of hell and damnation. My family and friends should no longer be denied their right to be seen and heard or be denied the right to marry the person who fits best in their arms and hearts: They have every right to personal happiness and to enjoy a welcoming presence in our communities and workplaces.

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Rachel Wolff.

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.

The Rocky Road to Human Rights

The Rocky Road to Human Rights

Equal Rights: … Who speaks for humankind? Who is qualified to dole out rights to others? Who, among Man shall declare – You on this hand shall have this but You on this hand will not? After much debate it was declared that Man exists, that Man exists with rights. 

Then of course man came with his interest in politics and the intrigues began; men began to dicker and deal and then distribute and some with acrimony and parsimony as well: Here, You get this and You get that and that’s the way politics remains. Politicians always have a political agenda and Allies and Human Rights should activists should be aware of this; none are impartial people. However we should all agree that all people should have the right to due process and equal protection enshrined in the 14th Amendment.

Fact: Gay and lesbian people are human beings with hopes, dreams and have the same need for love as I do. We should all celebrate the fact they are people like you and I … made in the image of God. They should all have access to the same fulfillment enjoyed by heterosexual people.

Facts from the Human Rights Campaign:

  • 33 states still flat out reject marriage equality – and the hundreds of other protections and civil rights it grants couples and families.
  • In 29 states, there are no state laws protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people from employment discrimination. The number of states increases to 33 for transgender people.
  • 35 states still don’t protect transgender citizens with hate crimes laws that explicitly include gender identity.

Do you agree with the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution… where it forbids states from denying any person their life, liberty or property without a due process of law? This was intended to protect the civil rights of ALL Americans regardless of their race or gender.

Let’s move forward together: The country is going in the wrong direction if it continues to live in the past; if we continue to live without understanding. If we continue to live without compassion then all we will ever know is heartache and frustration. We are one people. Let’s be one country.

We can and we absolutely must work together to make our country into the place where ALL PEOPLE are treated with respect and dignity. Like you and me, LGBT people are made in the image of God.  

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