June 2015

“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it” ― Mark Twain.

Evangelicals have come out hard against gay marriage. The obvious, and stated, reasons are that it is unbiblical. And an insult to tradition, mothers, and the American way. But don’t they have it backward?

Since the 1960s, the Summer of Love, and the hedonism of the 1970s ‘me generation’, marriage’s popularity has declined in America. I won’t speculate as to the reasons, but the effect is clear. There are far more single parent homes and children with unmarried parents. Divorce, while still traumatic, has lost its stigma.

Social conservatives bemoaned that American relationships were going to hell in a handbasket.

Gay marriage seemed just more of the same.

But it isn’t. It is, in fact, a cri de coeur from the 1950s. Homophobes had tarred gays as loose libertines. God was punishing them with AIDS for their salacious excess. Promiscuous, gays demanded anonymity in their sexual couplings, partners to order, with a hearty dose of Sodom and Gomorrah.

But in reality many gays were asking for Leave it to Beaver. Gays pled for the right to make ‘honest’ men and women of each other. They fought for the respectability and tradition that straight America was dumping wholesale.

Fundamentalists think that homosexual means guy nuns on roller skates. Unshaven dykes in lumberjack shirts. Ponce doing León. And newly minted Caitlyns running out to try their new accessories. But marriage equality warriors just wanted to reduce sexual frequency to Friday night – or some other night if they’re orthodox.

They want gay to be boring.

So much so, that some gay activists wonder if they actually ‘won’ in the Obergefell case. Now they have the same right as all the breeders. Romeo wins his Juliet. The Capulets and Montagues share tunafish casserole on pinochle night. And life looks a little dull.

Gay marriage is about as traditional as it gets.

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English Pronunciation Is an Echo of the Bible’s Tower of Babel Story.

June 29, 2015

“Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination” ― Mark Twain. George Bernard Shaw suggested, perhaps apocryphally, that the word ‘ghoti’ should be pronounced ‘fish’. How so? How can “ghoti” and “fish” sound the same? GBS explained it like this: the gh = f as in rouGH the o […]

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Although It Harms No One, Marriage Equality Is Hard for Some to Accept.

June 28, 2015

“Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile” ― Kurt Vonnegut. No GOP candidate for President has come out in support of the Supreme Court’s decision extending the civil right of marriage equality to all adults. Reactions have been from the resigned […]

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Conservative Phobias. (It’s Still the Politics of Paranoia)

June 26, 2015

“Paranoia is just another word for ignorance.” – Hunter S. Thompson Terrorists Terrorists are like sharks. Attacked by either, and the damage can be ugly and fatal. But your chances of being the victim of either are next to none. ISIS may be a horrible bunch. But where is their airforce? Where is their navy? Yes, […]

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Mike Huckabee Claims God Solves Racism. History Be Damned.

June 23, 2015

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach” ― Aldous Huxley In reaction to the Charleston massacre, Mike Huckabee advised that there be fewer conversations and more conversions. Go to God he says because, in Huckabee’s philosophy, God solves racism. […]

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Really? – Election 2016 – Some GOPers Dump a Flag; Rafael Cruz’s Religious Hypocrisy; Racist Money Oils Republican Politics.

June 22, 2015

“I’d have wasted a lot of time and trouble before I learned that the best way to take all people, black or white, is to take them for what they think they are, then leave them alone” ― William Faulkner In the aftermath of the Charleston massacre, the Confederate battle flag hoist outside the South […]

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Donald Trump: The Dark Side of Bombast.

June 20, 2015

“Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate” – Bertrand Russell There was a time in the 1980s when Donald Trump epitomized the big talking, swagger of the New York […]

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The Charleston Massacre Sends Conservative into a Religious Fervor – Paranoia to Follow.

June 19, 2015

“I say there is no darkness but ignorance” ― William Shakespeare The Charleston Massacre was another time Conservatives could have said the right thing. And in doing so, advance both their cause and the cause of justice in America. They chose instead to stick to their rhetoric of Christian oppression. And another opportunity was cast aside. […]

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Election 2016: Donald Trump Enters the GOP Contest.

June 17, 2015

“I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words” – Donald Trump. To the surprise of many the Donald […]

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