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How Conservatism Makes You Stupid

Christian victimhood is a favorite meme of the evangelical Christian right. To combat such, legislators have embarked on a pogrom to install Christian monuments on the grounds of, or in the courtrooms of the nation. The problem being, the Founding Fathers of the country, many of who themselves escaped, or were the descendants of those who escaped state sponsored religious persecution to come to America…

Weren’t about to let the same thing happen here.

As a child I can remember the family dinner conversation about Robert F, Kennedy’s candidacy. My father, being an educator and historian, who had been persecuted by McCarthy in the early 50’s demanded of his sons the ability to lucidly discuss current events and history at the table. Like a lot of educators I have known through the years, it was my Dad’s personal belief to maintain and improve family eugenics through education. Conversation de jour was the fact that Kennedy was a Catholic, and his opponents assault on his patriotism questioning whether he answer to the Pope…Or America.

Well…With the placement of the 10 Commandments on the Courthouse grounds or walls by evangelical right wingers – do they report to their very own denominational interpretation of God…Or the Republic?

And that Constitution thing…If you put the 10 Commandments up – then you have to put up something for every other religion…Like this:

Baphomet an Occult Demon Statue in Detroit

Atheists Join Hindus, Vegans, Satanists In Asking For State Capitol Monument

Arkansas recently approved a measure to build a statue of the Ten Commandments on the state capitol grounds.

When Arkansas lawmakers passed a bill this year calling for the creation of a privately funded Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol building in Little Rock, they clarified in the legislation that the move shouldn’t be “construed to mean that the State of Arkansas favors any particular religion or denomination over others.”

Construction hasn’t yet begun on the tribute to Old Testament scripture — but already, a number of religious and secular groups have come forward to put the lawmakers’ claim to the test, demanding that they also be allowed to erect their own statues on the capitol grounds.

The latest request, submitted last month by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national group that advocates for the separation of church and state, calls upon Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) and Arkansas Secretary of State, Mark Martin (R), to build a “no gods” monument that represents the “views of citizens who reject the biblical or religious perspective.”

In a letter, FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor tell Hutchison and Martin that “most freethinkers find the Ten Commandments to epitomize the childishness, the vindictiveness, the sexism, the inflexibility and the inadequacies of the bible as a book of morals.” They then request that they be allowed to fund their own statue at the capitol, which would display the following text:

MAY REASON PREVAIL

There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.

Freedom depends on freethinkers

KEEP STATE AND CHURCH SEPARATE

Presented (add date) to the State of Arkansas on behalf of the membership of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, in honor of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The FFRF’s proposal joins a list of similar requests from other groups, none of which have been approved. In August, the Nevada-based Universal Society of Hinduism received a rejection notice after asking for permission to build a tribute to the Hindu god Hanuman, a monkey-faced deity revered for his strength and skill as a linguist and grammarian.

Hanuman A Hindu God

The society’s president, Rajan Zed, told The Associated Press that he had apparently submitted his request to the wrong board, and must instead apply through the Arkansas General Assembly or submit an application to the Arkansas State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission.

The FFRF appears to have copied the commission in its letter, which can be read in full below.

The Satanic Temple, a group known for taking a more in-your-face approach to the issue of separation of church and state, is also reportedly considering staking out some real estate on the Arkansas capitol grounds. The group nearly succeeded in placing a massive bronze statue of Baphomet, a satyr-like horned idol, outside the Oklahoma state capitol earlier this year — near a massive stone tablet of the Ten Commandments.

But the group was forced to move the monument to Detroit after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that such religious displays, including the monument to the Ten Commandments, were unconstitutional.

What is good for the Goose…Is indeed good for the Gander.

 

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Freedom of Speech – Or More Conservative Bigotry?

Yet more of that conservatism creeping out from under that rock. Conservatism is racism. The fact that I may repect you Freedom of Speech Right to makebigoted comments…

In no way infringes on my Freedom of Speech right to correctly call you or your comments racist.

The point being, while every time someone calls a conservative racist they might not be correct…But in the preponderance of instances they are absolutely correct.

A fact reinforced by some many conservatives loudly and frequently expressing such categorically bigoted beliefs.

Folks like Republican State Chair Don Yelton of North Carolina 2 weeks ago

“…the voter identification law is not unfair, in that “if [the law] hurts the whites, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.

Heritage Foundation “scholar” John Richwine

No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.

In an interview with public radio station KRBD, Representative Don Young of Alaska launched his appeal to bring more Latinos into the “Big Tent” of the Republican Party.

“I used to own — my father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” he said. “You know, it takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now.”

Then there was this post by the Chicago Republican Psrty

Arkansas Town Responds To Controversial ‘Anti-Racist Is A Code Word For Anti-White’ Sign

An Arkansas town with a reportedly dark past rooted in racial discrimination is pushing back after an “anti-racist” billboard went up on a major roadway there last month.

Someone in Harrison, Ark., is paying $200 a month for an entire year to display this 12-by-24–foot sign with the message “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White”.

The billboard has been up since Oct. 15 in the north Arkansas town. The Huffington Post first learned of its existence when a reader who spotted the sign on a recent road trip sent in a photo.

“Although we were all horrified by the billboard and really could not understand how this could happen in 2013, I did photograph it as I needed more time to meditate on the people that did this,” the tipster wrote.

Harrison has just 34 black residents out of a population of 12,943, according to 2010 census figures cited by KATV. Ten years ago, the town established a race-relations task force in an attempt to adjust it’s reputation for racial discrimination and violence.

report from the Associated Press calls attention to race riots in the early 20th century that were responsible for chasing “all but one black person from Harrison.”The KKK uses a P.O. Box located in the town, and its headquarters are 15 miles away in Zinc, Ark.

Many Harrison residents, including the mayor, are not happy about the billboard. To them, it’s an unwelcome reminder of the town’s past and an inaccurate marker of how far Harrison has come.

“It goes against everything that the Diversity Council, Harrison High School have taught the young that are growing up here in Harrison,” resident Dena McGlynn told Arkansas Matters, “and I wish they’d just take it down.”

After the sign went up last month, about 30 protestors gathered to speak out against its message. (According to the AP, two men also showed up in support of the sign; one was equipped with a hand-written poster reading, “White People 4 Free Speech.”)

“The important thing is that we show the outside world that sign is not Harrison,” Mayor Jeff Crockett told the group, according to the Harrison Daily Times.

To further reinforce the town’s stance against the sign, the mayor’s office also released a recorded message:

“While the clients that are responsible for the sign are exercising their freedom of speech, the mayor’s office considers the content inflammatory, distasteful and not in line with the truth on how Harrison is a city of welcoming and tolerant citizens. The owners of the signage, who I am unaware of, and the owners of the structure, which I understand is the Harrison Sign Co., should be ashamed to display such antiquated ideology and hatred that adversely affects Harrison as a whole.”The resident responsible for the billboard, who has chosen to remain anonymous, says it’s meant to be a political statement about free speech.

“There is a double-standard in this country regarding differences of opinion,” he said in a statement. “Those differences of opinion do not make a person racist. The first amendment right to freedom of speech is for everyone. That is the point of the message.”

He further explained his reasoning in an interview with the Harrison Daily Times:

“The word, ‘racist’ is a loaded term — loaded against white people,” the man said. “It’s a public secret. Everyone knows it’s the truth, and yet, no one will talk about it.”Claude West, the owner of the Harrison Sign Company, released a statement to the media explaining his decision to keep the sign up. “Regardless of the opinion a person holds, or what I think about that opinion, I believe he or she has a right to express it,”he said.

The Huffington Post reached West by phone on Wednesday afternoon. He said the sign is still up and that he has no intention of removing it.

“I have a business and I didn’t see it as racial. The person wanted to put it [up]. Simply because he’s white, he doesn’t need to be called racist. It’s the first amendment,” West said. “People see the word ‘racist’ and that’s all they see, they don’t read the rest of it. My duty is to allow the first amendment no matter what people think.”

In response, Harrison’s race-relations task force plans to exercise its own first amendment rights and put up a billboard with a “Love Your Neighbor” message and a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.:

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in The New Jim Crow

 

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ANOTHER Tea Bigot!

The Tea Party seems to have collapsed on its own success. After geting elected in a number of places, they both proved that they are as loonie tunes as Demo0crats had accused them of being…

And there is no level they won’t stoop to – even destroying the country – to destroy President Obama.

One of the reasons they hate AG Eric Holder so much – is, so far, the FBI has been very good at catching Tea Party compatriots BEFORE they commit murder and mayhem. Like these folks in Michigan, these Republicans in Florida, these faithful in Alaska, these congregants in Georgia, and this group of faithful citizens trying to make poison gas in Florida

I guess the “bomb throwing” Anarchists, who would normally be relegated to the left don’t count because, after all –  they are closet Libertarians.

Inge Marler, Arkansas Tea Party Leader, Makes Racist Joke At Event

Tea Party leaders in Arkansas are on the defensive after a board member of a Tea Party group in the Ozarks made a racist joke at a rally over the weekend drawing laughs from the audience.

The Baxter Bulletin in north-central Arkansas reported that Inge Marler made the comments at the annual rally of the Ozark Tea Party. The remarks, which suggested that African-Americans are on welfare, were condemned by Tea Party leaders in the state. The Bulletin reported that the condemnation came after they contacted the Tea Party for comment.

The Bulletin reports that Marler, who told the newspaper she would stop using the joke, said the following as an ice-breaker in her speech:

“A black kid asks his mom, ‘Mama, what’s a democracy?’

‘Well, son, that be when white folks work every day so us po’ folks can get all our benefits.’

‘But mama, don’t the white folk get mad about that?’

‘They sho do, son. They sho do. And that’s called racism.”

Audio of the speech can be heard here.

 The remarks come as national Tea Party leaders have denied accusations that their followers are racist.

Earlier this week, former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R) wrote a column for theBaltimore Sun arguing that the racism charge is being used by progressives seeking to discredit the Tea Party. The NAACP has voted to criticize what it believes are racist elements within the Tea Party.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Stupid Tea Bagger Tricks

 

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I Hope Your Dog Dies…

There are some sick freaks out there in the world – and this one is one of the sickest…

Dem Politico’s Cat Killed, ‘Liberal’ Scrawled on It

Jacob Burris, the campaign manager for Ken Aden (D), found his family cat with its head bashed in and the word

An Arkansas political campaign manager was shocked to discover his family pet with one side of its head bashed in — and the word “liberal” scribbled across the corpse in paint.

Jacob Burris has served as Ken Aden’s campaign manager since October 2011. Aden, a Democrat, is currently running for Arkansas’ 3rd Congressional District.

“To kill a child’s pet is just unconscionable,” Aden said in an official statement. “As a former combat soldier, I’ve seen the best of humanity and the worst of humanity. Whoever did this is definitely part of the worst of humanity.”

Burris told the Blue Arkansas Blog that one of his younger children found the pet, an adult, mixed-breed Siamese cat, on their front porch. He said the children are doing fine, but he is not taking the threat lightly.

“I’ve got a gun and I know how to use it,” Burris told Blue Arkansas. “If I have to protect my kids, I’ll do it without hesitation.”

The Associate Press confirmed with the Russellville Police Department that the campaign manager had filed a report, but they did not have any suspects at this time.

Although the campaign between Aden and incumbent Steve Womack has been tense, Aden’s group stated they do not think anyone in the opposing campaign to be responsible.

“We suspect this is the action of a rogue individual or group of individuals who are the type of folks that stoop to the lowest common denominator instead of engaging in civil political discourse,” Aden said in a statement. “It is unfortunate this has occurred, and we will await the results of the police and federal investigations.”

 
 

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