god told me to hate you

cross-posted at skippy as well as a literal cornucopia of other community blogs.

one of the more virulent and despicable manifestations of hardly-ever-right wing bigotry comes out in the fundamentalist insistence that it's not only all right to despise homosexuals, but it's downright holy to do so.

the latest case in point: a young woman is suing for her right to be intolerant. the latimes:

ruth malhotra went to court last month for the right to be intolerant.

malhotra says her christian faith compels her to speak out against homosexuality. but the georgia institute of technology, where she's a senior, bans speech that puts down others because of their sexual orientation.

malhotra sees that as an unacceptable infringement on her right to religious expression. so she's demanding that georgia tech revoke its tolerance policy.

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Bush, the End Times and you

There are myriad reasons why maintaining the separation of church and state is of the utmost importance. From the ridiculous to the sublime, keeping these two institutions apart just makes sense.

I, for one, don't want the religious ideology of my elected officials to influence what I'm allowed to read, watch or listen to. Nor do I want reverent politicians to legislate morality or attempt to impose their beliefs on my private life. The idea of a state religion is abhorrent.

Since President Bush took office, however, one reason to keep church and state separate has taken on heightened importance. To wit: People who believe the End Times are upon us should never be given the means to bring them about.

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Article VI, Clause 3, U.S. Constitution

"The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all the executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States"

Not many people are aware of this clause in the constitution.  I suggest we share it with those who believe that the United States Constitution is founded on christianity.  The book where I found this quote is online at http://demischools.org/philadelphia.pdf it's called Conspiracy in Philadelphia-Origins of the United States Constitution.

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    They were going to cut off the head of a man in Afghanistan for becoming a Christian.  The clerics who speak for their religion agreed unanimously that he should die!

   In St. Augustine, Florida several centuries ago a group of Spaniards did the same thing to a large group of their captives because they wouldn't convert to Catholicism.  They named a river because of all the blood that flowed that day.

   As that famous philosopher, Jerry Seinfeld said: AND YADA YADA YADA!


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Republicans need to get out more

My girlfriend, some friends and I traveled this weekend to The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, where we saw an amazing exhibit by outsider artist Henry Darger. There, a thought returned to my mind that I have harbored for quite some time. A thought that, though basic on its face, remains unheeded by our friends on the right.

Here it is, in all of its simplicity: Republicans need to get out more.

There's nothing to fear about new experiences. There's nothing wrong with stepping outside of your comfort zone. There's nothing to lose by broadening your horizons. But there's so much to gain. And the sooner more people - especially Republicans - realize this, the better for all of us.

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