Monday, 3/25/13, Public Square



by | March 25, 2013 · 6:00 am

34 responses to “Monday, 3/25/13, Public Square

  1. Prop 8 and DOMA cases are up before S.C.O.T.U.S. this week.

    The county where no one’s gay

    • I listened to an NPR story yesterday where a young male Conservative Republican was being interviewed.

      He was at CPAC last week and the issue being discussed was how the majority of Americans’ view on same sex marriage is changing -but yet in the GOP, there are a small group of younger Republicans who are against same-sex marriage.

      This guy said that he was a Christian first and that he feels it is his job to let the people know the truth about same-sex marriage.

      There it is folks – that’s the problem! These Christians believe that they – and only they – know the ‘Truth’.

      Nothing else enters their realm of thinking – because they know the truth and anyone who disagrees with them do NOT know the truth.

      Yeah – right – big eyeroll.

      This is exactly what that Fundy Baptist College taught back in the mid-70’s when I graduated .

      God has revealed the truth to US and we had the God-given mission to spread that truth.

      That works – if everyone believes the same Bible in exactly the same way.

      But – God forbid – if someone dares to go outside that Fundy Box and ask any questions..

      I’ll believe a Fundy Christian on anything they say the day God hands me a personal memo stating that it is okay to believe the Fundy.

      What are the odds of that happening????

      • I’ve heard them use the parts of the Bible they choose to believe to support their bigotry. I know they say they’re following the teachings of God. I just don’t know how they ignore all the other teachings — judge not, lest you be judged, love one’s neighbor as one’s self. I also don’t know how they decided which sin is worse. If you look to the Bible to determine the sinfulness of homosexual acts why do you not also look to the Bible to determine the sinfulness of your behavior toward gay persons?

      • Indy to those fundies Jesus was never born, they so live in the old Testaments. That they could never get the concept of Christ’s teachings or the principals’ he espoused. .

  2. The Feds don’t care about pot smokers; they just keep HEMP illegal in order to maintain the power, medicine, and fuel monopolies

    (from the link): If you don’t know about it already, no plant on earth, not even soy, has ever spawned as many different products (and as much controversy) as hemp. You can buy hemp clothing, hemp paper, hemp milk, hemp oil, the list goes on. One Canadian company actually built an electric car out of hemp.

    Hemp can be used for natural medicine, food, textiles, medicine, paper, clothing and affordable shelter. Hemp can serve as natural fuel for homes, cars, and businesses. The power companies that charge you hundreds of dollars every month would be crippled. Thousands of retail “conglomerates” would go under. Gas companies would go bankrupt. People could get healthy, instead of eating processed foods and GMO pesticide-laden, cancer causing food. That’s right, cancer could be prevented and cured. Forget about marching for the cure, cannabis and hemp would be the new “dynamic duo” of food and medicine in the United States, and all over the earth.

  3. Chief justice’s lesbian cousin will attend Prop. 8 hearing

    (from the link): Jean Podrasky, 48, a lesbian who wants to marry her partner, will be at Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8 in seating reserved for family members and guests of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.,0,834185.story

    • Breaking my practice of not predicting court decisions, here I am fearlessly predicting SCOTUS on the issue(s) in the “gay marriage” cases: DOMA will be found unconstitutional; Prop 8 will be given the blessing of SCOTUS. The common theme: marriage is a question to be left to the states.

    • When that day comes – then I’ll stop being so cynical about these Fundy Christians.

      But – take a good look at who is in the picture above…..that is all I need to know before I start running in the opposite direction.

    • When I see pictures like the one above – I always wonder what these men are really thinking while pretending to be so deep in prayer?

      My first guess is this:

      How much tax-free money is this scene going to generate?

  4. While we have this ongoing fight about same-sex marriage between consenting adults – we have people who still think convicted pedophiles should be interviewed…..and this one guy is obviously out to clear Joe Paterno’s reputation?

    Why do all these pedophile cases (such as Penn State’s Sandusky and the Catholic Church) get swept under the rug but yet the same folks defending these pedophiles and those folks who covered up their crimes are out protesting same-sex marriage between CONSENTING adults.

    I don’t understand this logic… all…

    • (from the link): Even a sin as heinous as murder we do not judge without first taking into account the context in which it occurred. Self-defense, protection of the innocent, during a war — we recognize that there are times when even taking the life of another is not only not a sin, but a morally justified, and even heroic act.

      Christians evaluate the degree of sin, or even whether or not a real sin has occurred, by looking at both the harm caused by the sin, and the intent of the sin’s perpetrator.

      They do, that is, for all sins except homosexuality.

      Virtually any degree of homosexual “transgression” gets treated by Christians as an absolute sin deserving absolute punishment. Christians draw no moral distinction between the homosexual gang rape in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, the orgies to which Paul refers in his letter to the Romans, the wild sexual abandon Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians, and consensual homosexual sex between loving and committed homosexual partners.

      • I find it very telling that the only thing in the Bible that is said to be written directly from God’s hands are the Ten Commandments.

        I notice there is a commandment against adultery.

        But where is the commandment against homosexuality.

        Did I miss something????

  5. Which would I rather have as a neighbor —-

    1) A gay couple in a committed marriage

    2) Fundy Christian preacher man who is out trying to seduce my wife and my teenage daughter.

    3) Catholic Priest who has been transferred around by his Bishop or Cardinal because of child molestation accusations?

    Hmmmm………I’ll take the gay couple in a New York minute.

  6. The header cartoon is a sad commentary – and reminder – that the lessons of the Vietnam War have obviously NOT been learned….

    If these NeoCons and their Fundy Christians want their much-desired Holy War with Iran – then let them go do the actual fighting and they get NO money from WE the PEOPLE.

    Just once I would love to see these folks put their own butts and their loudmouths into these wars they start……

    One further demand – the Holy War has to be fought over inside Iran. Pick any desert – anywhere. Let your billionaires and millionaires foot the bill for the plane trip over there.

    NO MORE MONEY from the American People for stupid wars.

  7. I found another link to the review of this Jim Carrey video….the video played for me just now…

  8. I couldn’t get either video. Both links told me access was denied. I found this, but it’s not the same video.

    • I went back to your second link, tried again, and it played just fine. Weird. Just like the video was weird.

      • The video was typical Jim Carrey (he tends to go overboard for my taste) – but the comments from the gun lovers on the Funny or Die website is what was very revealing…

        It took watching several times to get everything that was put into that video. It wasn’t until the second time that I realized it was John Lennon and Abraham Lincoln in the band…..

        It’s probably due to my generational age gap – but the message of this video was got me to laughing…..and watching Jim Carrey play Charlton Heston…….

        I was never a big fan of that man – much like Ronald Reagan’s Hollywood career – I just never saw the attraction to either man.

        But – if Ted Nugent and Hank Williams Junior can go on their rants about their guns – then why can’t Jim Carrey do the same – but in a funny song?

        That is what I think Conservative Republicans fail to realize – when they scream about their rights being stepped on – well, we all have those exact same rights – especially when it comes to religious freedom.

      • The ironic thing is – Jim Carrey is Canadian…..and those folks do not seem to have the same depth of gun violence that America has had for a long, long time…

    • Now this short video is weird…..but it does make a valid point. Jim Carrey has been in movies that have shown gun violence…

      • One good thing from this video – it is getting people to pay attention to the gun debate and to think about it??

        I am on the fence about these gun laws.

        I do not want to see all guns banned – because I grew up around guns. My father, brother, uncles and cousins are hunted.

        But we were taught to respect the guns and that guns were not some ‘thing’ to make us feel more superior than that guy ‘over there’.

        We did not have this fear of anything and everything in our society.

        For all these mega churches being built on every corner of prime real estate in the past 40 years – our society has gotten more violent.

        Do you think it has something to do with these mega churches being nothing more than corporations disguised as tax-free country clubs?

  9. One last comment about Charleton Heston….

    I suspect he got to the point in his real life where he really believed he was Moses simply because that was the movie role he is known for the most?

    I often ask my Religious Conservative friends who think there should be no gun restrictions – where was the assault weapon when Jesus was born?

    Was it under that Christmas tree?

    They fail to see the humor….

    • I think of Planet of the ape when I think of Hesston.

      • Funny you should think of the Planet of the Apes movie – because that one never crossed my mind.

        Like I said earlier – I never did see the attraction to Charlton Heston. Much like Ronald Reagan’s Hollywood career – much ado about nothing – IMHO.

        I can still remember my paternal grandmother scrunching up her nose and saying – I never liked Reagan when he was a player – and I really don’t like him as my president.

        It was just funny to see her scrunch up her nose like she was smelling a stench….

  10. Conservatives are such an amusing bunch……aren’t they?

    These are the same folks that God himself could not please….