I tolerate (or ignore) many of my friends & family’s posts on social media about religion and politics… I disagree with most of them..…sometimes I comment , sometimes I play devil’s advocate (is there a devil??)…. Sometimes I even fire back with sarcasm or a SMH or eye-roll or an outright call out on the carpet depending on the topic……… so those that disagree with this please feel free to do any of the same……
This here’s my blog …Like it- great, disagree – no problem, comment, share it, unsubscribe, hate me forever, love me more…… whatever you like… It’s me saying what I’m thinking/feeling/want known …. and anyone who really , truly knows me, I’m not afraid to fight…. I do all that I can to avoid conflict until it is absolutely necessary, I encourage lively discussion, debate and controversial topics ( My wife says I like to debate for the sake of debating….and it’s true… I do) but those are much different than conflict to me. Once I choose to be in an actual conflict or even at times a conflagration ..I don’t stop until victory is obtained!!!
Let’s start with some definitions so the last statement I made makes sense and is in context….
As a verb: to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash
As a noun: a fight, battle, or struggle, especially a prolonged struggle; strife.
a prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; disputation concerning a matter of opinion.
In my life I’ve experienced a LOT of both… we all do…on nearly daily basis… we live in controversial time ( has there ever been a time since the spoken word where times weren’t controversial??) with a lot of conflict internally and externally to ourselves, our communities, our religions, our counties, states, countries and more!!!! Social media and the media in general fan the flames of both – Controversy and Conflict….…. We can’t go back to the three channels and quality reporting… we’ve already gone all the way down the “slippery slope”. There’s good that comes from it too, don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of social media….. but I also have a very open mind… those with closed minds can’t handle social media, media in general in the modern world…. which brings us back to the topic o’ the day……. Controversial topics……today the Supreme Court of the United States of America made 2 very wise and RIGHT decisions… and thank GAWD they have the final say….. (yeah right if you believe that, give me a call I have a bridge I wanna sell ya) ..I’m sure the religious fanatics and yes if you oppose same sex marriage I consider you, most likely, a religious fanatic. That doesn’t mean that I don’t still like you, love you or respect your right to your opinion, but I call a spade a spade…you imposing your religious beliefs on someone else is, to me a form of fanaticism, not too different to me than blowing yourself up in the name of your religion, or protesting a military funeral because you are against people being gay ‘cause yeah THAT makes sense..NOT ) just for the record:
a person whose enthusiasm or zeal for something is extreme or beyond normal limits
I’m a nature and bird Fanatic… I’m a Nascar and racing in general Fanatic do those things cause me some internal conflict? You betcha….. that’s life…we’re all fanatics about some things and sometimes they conflict….
Ok this post isn’t about religion – that’s way toooooo HUMONGOUS of a topic for the entire Internet or even for the WORLD ……… this post also is not about politics….. (many of you probably don’t realize that DOMA was signed into law by Clinton…. Though it was strongly supported by Republicans and many Democrats) oh now I’ve done it….. I said it …DOMA….DOMA DOMA…….. and guess what CA PROP 8…. CA PROP 8….. CA PROP 8…. CA PROP 8….. screw both legislative embarassments to our country!
In case you don’t know DOMA is “The Defense of Marriage Act” which defines Marriage as only between a man and a woman…. Though that man or woman can cheat and have affairs and still be President etc…. it doesn’t say anything about the sanctity of the institution ….. it’s a stupid act period in my opinion but it’s there…… But part of that changed today!!!
SCOTUS in a 5-4 (controversial!) vote – struck down the section of DOMA that called for equal protection under the constitution – The case looked at whether the federal government can deny tax, health and pension benefits to same-sex couples in states where they can legally marry. Specifically they said section 3 was unconstitutional HOORAY!!! Here’s the part: Section 3. Definition of marriage
“In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word ‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.”
They didn’t actually do anything other than hold up what the lower courts already said and wasted a lot of taxpayer money on what I consider to be a dumb-ass debate…. But it’s GONE…..Adios, Au Revoir, see ya later alligator…. GTFO……
And California’s Prop 8 – Dismissed for being (excuse my language) fucktarded….. (sorry that’s the word I have for Prop 8)…. It was misleading and spiteful and promoted hate….. voting yes for prop 8 meant you were saying NO to gay marriage…. Let’s play semantics and fine print and bullshit….. but whatever it’s the people’s right to vote…. And to understand what they are voting for ( even though they’d already passed a law making same sex marriage legal) ….I find it very, very hard to believe that in California 52% of people are against gay marriage… but that no longer matters 🙂 …. The SCOTUS dismissed the case…. The lower (Federal) court’s ruling that the whole proposition was unconstitutional stands woo hoo!!!!!
So for any of my friends who live in Cali or have been discriminated against for being in a same sex marriage – today is a great day for you and a great step for America. This is just the beginning though …. There are only 14 states that recognize same sex marriage….. the other 36 states need to get on the rainbow striped reality bus…..
A bill known as the Respect for Marriage Act is working its way through Congress and would repeal DOMA – Get behind it…..get real…. Live and let live… if people love, let them love…. Who doesn’t love, love?? Do you drive 55? Do you follow every single letter of the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the book of Mormon, the Necronomicon? ( I have a copy of each except the Torah and Koran, and I’d like to get copies of those too)….if you say yes then not only are you a fanatic you’re also a liar…… you use whatever you “need” to make your point at the time…. Each of those books has great things in them…there are also a lot of other great books out there… sorry I’m slipping in and out of politics and religion…. When my point is really very , very, very simple and can be summed up in two words my Aunt shared with me…..One Love…. and something my Momma taught me well ( that I still have a hard time with) MYOB …. Live and let live… to each their own, whatever floats your boat, trips your trigger, blows your skirt up – no matter if it’s a man or a woman in the skirt!!!
Congrats to all my LBGT Friends and family !!! I Love you and wish you all the very best the same as I wish for everyone and everything….even the Rat my wife wants me to kill that I refuse to do…though I do occasionally kill fish and game but I eat them…… Oh snap there’s more internal conflict….grrrreat……
As always – Stay Safe, Be Kind, Keep the Park Clean, Pay it forward, Make a Difference and One Love