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.

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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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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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Love is a shelter

 

Typically Pro-life means support for bringing the human fetus to full term.  I’m expanding this meaning – to  support LIFE in all stages of the human experience.

 

In America we still live in a democratic society, an open society though this is changing and everyone  appears to be calling for censorship and restrictions much like those of the Puritanical Era and some people are still locked in history, they will not or perhaps they cannot look forward. These are the ones who want to deny gay rights and these are the designers and planners who would like to recreate a GLBT variation of that obscene practice of apartheid that existed in South Africa from 1948 to the early 1990’s.

 

Equal rights are equal rights and no democratic government should ever parcel out privileges to a few of its citizens while denying them to others. Why not celebrate equal rights?  Fear is one answer. People fear what they do not understand and then we have those who fan the flames of hell fire and brimstone who cause chaos and mayhem when it would be so easy to be a maker of peace, not a peace maker that’s not the same thing, nor a peace keeper.  

 

How do you make peace? It starts with the understanding of our own heart. Love is a shelter for everyone. Love means listening to our own heart. Love means practicing kindness, love means we are to unconditionally support all members of the global community – all people from all backgrounds. This is pro-life in totality because LOVE itself supports LIFE in all stages of our human experience.  

 

Rachel

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This is the Age of Aquarius…right?

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ENVISION PEACE, HARMONY, AND LOVE FOR ALL PEOPLE.

We need comfort, forgiveness, healing, love, patience, joy, guidance, friendship.
We need kindness. We need all these in our lives more than we need to be told we are damned and sinners. We need healers and makers of peace not critics and censors. We need humanitarians. We need kindness otherwise we are going to continue to move from this darkness into a darker darkness.  This is the Age of Aquarius, right? This is the age of increased spirituality and harmony, right?  If this is so, then this is to be an age of ‘holiness and agreement.’ We need more bread and fewer guns. We need a lot more holy men far more than we need little tin gods.  We need light bearers making peace not just envisioning peace. We need makers of peace to ensure harmony throughout the world. We need ‘lovers’ who call to say “I can help bake bread.”

We don’t need media personalities ‘Saving Children’ by creating myths and telling lies that destroy lives. These are little tin gods using some insane argument to save us from our humanness.   We need helpful people in our lives to be there to lift us up when we are down. We don’t need tin gods trying to tear us away from our basic security, our family, our livelihood and our villages.

Yesterday morning I received a disturbing message on Facebook from one of my sons by
another mother. This son lives in Africa, he wrote; “Mama, I’ve been given an eviction letter, I’m to leave my village and never come back.” Sadly this is the second son who has been evicted from his village … I worry that my other sons and the other young men who call me grandma will message me tell me the same horrid news. Decent work is scarce, where are they going to find work the work they are trained for? Once their employer knows they are gay they will be fired and harassed and forced to move again. They are disowned and shunned by their families. This is common for GLBT in Africa.

ENVISION PEACE, HARMONY, AND LOVE FOR ALL PEOPLE.

As peacemakers we should affirm peace and harmony for ALL people.

Children are the future and we must work together to make a clear pathway for them, all of them, this includes GLBT.  Human rights-are-human rights, however unpopular a group is and we must stand up for them. My Ugandan GLBT family members are wonderful men, educated and full dreams and hope and promise, what they need now is help through laws and legislation that will not violate their constitution. They need allies and friends and leaders and policymakers who will protect, listen and represent their needs issues and not promote stigmatization and prejudice.  

Lawmakers, policymakers’ movers and shakers; one and all need to act with both reason and evidence and recognize equality and human rights and work to outlaw discrimination, period. Everyone should want laws that will protect every citizen, not harm them. Everyone should work together to make a secure place in the future for the children: Children are the future and we must work together to make a clear pathway for them, all of them and this must, absolutely must include GLBT.

ENVISION PEACE, HARMONY, AND LOVE FOR ALL PEOPLE.

As peacemakers we should affirm peace and harmony for ALL people.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu said “Let us come together and be one; let us be people of peace; let us be people of harmony.” His words should be a reminder to all of us that our personal world is ours to shape, that as individuals we should gather together to work for peace; even as a private individual we are ambassadors to the global community and we have a responsibility to be a person of peace. 

As a person of peace we have the responsibility to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to share our knowledge with openness, honesty and kindness. Being an ambassador of peace is a great responsibility but it must be done; we need more bakers of bread than arms sellers. We live together on this planet. Let us be one community; let’s assist and support each other in peace and love every day and let our kindness ripple out to bless others.

 Rachel 

Take One Breath ….

“Take one breath let it go… take another to be here and then take another to ask now what?”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Speed cancels out guidance. When we move in speed we are out of touch with ourselves and when we are out of touch with ourselves we burnout. We need to slow down and listen for guidance as my young friend did.

Image Speed cancels out guidance. When we move in speed we are out of touch with ourselves and when we are out of touch with ourselves we burnout. We need to slow down and listen for guidance as my young friend did. 

 A Pursuit of Happiness                      

By: Kyle Cecil – July 10, 2013

First off, I just want to say that this is a journey and everyone’s journey is and will be different and let me say that this isn’t easy by any means, it’s more about improving your way of thinking about your daily life and even maybe finding love, so here we go.

I began my journey to fully understanding myself and the reason why I’m here, my purpose for living if you will about two and a half months ago but one of the things I’ve learned during my journey is that you have to cut the negative things and people that bring you down out of your life or give them a lesser role to play in your life; I fight for LGBT/human rights and after so long of fighting for equality and constantly seeing a lot of negative stuff on my Facebook newsfeed it started to affect me in a way I didn’t think it would, I started to get a very negative outlook on everything. The other had to do with some of the people I interacted with, some were negative which didn’t help me in the least but yet I kept them around and let them continue to affect me in ways I didn’t realize they were affecting me. The other problem that was affecting me in a negative way is I was letting work take over my life which was stressing me out daily which didn’t help with the negative thoughts. Than there was family, when you feel like you have to always be here and there and you feel like you get no alone time to focus on yourself it starts to affect you in negative ways as well, even though its family it can still affect you in a negative way.

The things I’ve done along my journey of finding happiness is this; I don’t have many news sources on my fb newsfeed anymore and the people who are negative I’ve cut out of my life and I have like several uplifting and inspirational pages which has helped me, for the job part I’ve let it not affect me in like it has in the past and I’ve even been looking for a job that I actually can enjoy doing and that I can look forward to going to work, and for the family part I’ve learned that I need alone time and when I need it I take it because MY needs are just as important as anyone else’s but I have worked out a time to spend alone and a time to spend with family. But just doing these things I feel so much better than I have in years but though I’ve not found love yet I’m not focusing all my time and energy on that because if I just focus on me and making myself happy I believe love will come to me when the time is right.

I have always been told that you got to love yourself before anyone else can love you, the more I’m on my journey the more I believe this to be true, though loving yourself can sometimes be hard to learn to do it’s not impossible to do if you’re willing to look hard enough and deep enough inside yourself to find out what’s keeping you from loving yourself. We are and can be our own worst enemy but only dealing with our inner demons and insecurities will we truly find the problems and the issues that keep us from truly developing our spiritual side into what it can and is truly meant to be. Once the problems are found, which most of the time those problems dwell within ourselves, but by working to overcome those problems be it anger problems, trust issues, hard time forgiving others as well as ourselves, or just an overall bad outlook on life can you truly begin to understand and love yourself and get the most of what life has to offer.

One of the things I’ve learned on this journey is when it comes to finding love is don’t focus so much on finding love focus on yourself and self-improvements and do the things you love and enjoy doing, for example I love everything art and I’m very talented and creative in the arts so I’ve learned and have tried to learn as much as I can about my talents and all the different types of art and art related things that I can such as drawing, painting, flower arrangements, room decorating, writing but nothing really specific like stories but just writing like this piece here but now I want to learn about graphic art and photography to see how much further I can take my talents. And my other passion would be music, I’ve always wanted to learn to play the electric guitar so I started to practice with Motley Crue and Kiss music and my guitar skills daily get better and faster and I love it because I’m seeing one of my goals in life come to life right before my eyes. These are just two of my favorite interest but just spending time to do what I enjoy has made me enjoy my life more and just focusing on me more and others less has made a lot of worrying and stress I had before go away, sometimes you have to focus on you and your needs more and less on others or will and can lose yourself in the process.

Another way to improve yourself or your way of thinking is to face your fears, like for me one of my fears is I’m afraid of heights and I’m looking to overcome that fear because if I can face my fears maybe just maybe I can find a more inner peace than I have already, but my point is this; spend time enjoying your life and doing the things you’ve always wanted to do because we only get one chance to live so make it count and when you least expect it love will find you! But just find that happiness within yourself now that way that relationship will only add to that happiness and not be the main reason for your happiness. Look to yourself before someone else for your happiness.

I wanted to share my experience so far in my own pursuit for happiness and what I’ve done and what I am doing to find my own happiness in hopes that someone else might be able to take from my experience and use this to find their own happiness.