NYTimes Op-Ed – We Still Don’t Hear Dr. King

Op-Ed Columnist – We Still Don’t Hear Dr. King – NYTimes.com.

Read this short op-ed piece by Bob Herbert. It’s honest, and it deals with the fact that we are in wars that STILL are not questioned or mentioned or protested by the vast majority of our country. On this day when we remember the death of a young man who was publicly executed by the state two thousand years ago, will we remember the young people we are sending NOW to fight wars we have no reason to continue?

Our leaders are utter and total cowards, with no moral compass that we can measure. Our people are totally confused, thinking it’s the government that has caused all of the problems when the bankers are even more to blame. Our Christians have no idea what it means to call peacemakers “blessed”.

The crucifixions never end.

Miss. school cancels prom over same-sex couple | The Clarion-Ledger

Brad = Pissed Off. Warning: Capitalized letters below.

Newsflash: It’s socially marginalizing to be gay in high school. Adding fuel to the fire, the Itawamba County Agricultural High School canceled the senior prom to avoid having two young women bring each other as dates. I don’t know what the hell they’re so scared of.

Oh wait, she was going to wear a tuxedo. And we all know that women look better in tuxedos that men do. Sorry to discriminate, but it’s true. (I have a small crush on Ellen DeGeneres. Sorry Kathleen.) Those school board officials just couldn’t handle that. You gotta’ stick to your assigned gender roles, people! If you don’t do that, how are us white dudes going to stay in charge!?! We need ORDER!

A picture of what is detroying all that is right and decent.

Here’s a quote by the young women in Itawamba, from the Clarion-Ledger article. Don’t let the high-school talk distract you:

“Oh, my God. That’s really messed up because the message they are sending is that if they have to let gay people go to prom that they are not going to have one,” she said. “A bunch of kids at school are really going to hate me for this, so in a way it’s really retaliation.”

Miss. school cancels prom over gay controversy | clarionledger.com | The Clarion-Ledger.

Back to me: Notice her observation. “It’s really RETALIATION.” She’s making a wise and prophetic observation here, a SYSTEMIC analysis. The school board is PUNISHING her for being gay by canceling the prom, therefore making all the kids at school hate her and treat her poorly.

Here’s the kicker: This proves that BEING A QUEER IS A THREAT TO THE STATUS QUO, and that’s AWESOME. Powerful people find queer sexuality a threat to the worldview that keeps them in power. Otherwise, they wouldn’t give a damn. The task at hand is banding radicals together to support each other in the work of liberation. I wonder if there’s a radical person that we could rally around… someone of high moral character who confronted socially powerful people while also bringing good news to the marginalized… someone willing to lay down their life for the cause… let me know if you think of anyone.

The social abuse and orphanage of gay teenager is a giant systemic evil in our society. This is why we need a theology of young liberation. Someone should write their master’s thesis on that.

Supreme Corp | The Daily Show

Here’s an excellent piece the Daily Show did, featuring John Oliver, on the ability of corporations to spend freely in self-made advertising for or against candidates. Because corporations have been given the same rights as people in this country, to deny them the ability to spend millions on advertising is thought to impinge upon their free speech. Ah, the United States… a country that once considered people property is now giving property (in the guise of corporations) the privileges of personhood. Our national heritage is a legacy of idiocy and greed: “Oligarchy today, oligarchy tomorrow, oligarchy forever!”

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A Nail In The Coffin of Democracy

From www.bendib.com

I meant to blog about this sooner, but school has started back and I’m busy busy busy.

Basically, corporations can now spend as much money as they want in media advertisement supporting or opposing candidates for public office. Read this New York Times article for more. In the interests of democracy, we have created laws to keep such unlimited power out of the hands of the super-rich. In face, this is what democracy is for. But the Supreme Court, by striking down this law, is now letting the interests of profit-making moguls control the public discourse. As if we didn’t already bow down to the god of the Market enough. I almost have no hope that “we the people” will ever be able to have a truly democratic voice in our society. The power of our unions has radically decreased, and now our ability to fairly elect representatives will be even more curtailed by opening the floodgates of this sort of unlimited corporate lobbying.

One day, because God is Just, disaster will strike those who exploit the people.

I will repeat this as long as I can: James 5:1-6

Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you.