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August 15, 2006
Marriage Protection Amendment
Mood:  mischievious
Topic: Politics
 Once again, the Senate has rejected a Constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. Thank goodness for common sense and compassion. As Americans, we should always enforce equal rights for every citizen. I say should because as a nation we have not done a very good job of protecting equality. Issues like same-sex marriage divide our country ideologically, which is being used as a manipulative political tool during an election year.

                 “We’re not going to stop until marriage between a man and a woman is protected,” said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. My question is this, how does same-sex marriage jeopardize the traditional matrimony between man and woman? The answer is that it does not. In fact, the actions of heterosexuals have done more damage to the institute of marriage than any gay couple ever could. It is far too easy to get married and even easier to get divorced. There simply is no evidence to prove that same-sex marriage will adversely affect the institute of marriage.

            Yet, it is the lack of evidence that is the argument used against homosexuals by proponents of H.J.Res.106, the Marriage Protection Amendment. The consensus in the gay community is that homosexuality is inherent: One is either born gay or straight. I knew when I was six years old that I liked women. My heterosexual predilection was apparent then and has not changed, even though I have a number of gay friends. We are not talking about a contagious disease or a perversion. This is all about human nature. However, there is no scientific evidence that homosexuality is inherent or learned. For that reason, proponents of H.J.Res.106 will never accept that argument.

Ironically, those same people cling to theories that homosexuality is a sin or a perversion, and therefore a choice one makes. Far from scientific proof, these notions originated in the Bible and other religious texts. Because prejudice and religion are both emotion-based, reason is usually misconstrued to fit either rationale instead of the other way around. The actions and writings of the Puritans can evidence this.

            When one addresses the argument that homosexuality is inherent, opponents become downright angry. This is because the bigoted views expressed in Leviticus, and espoused by many pastors and priests, would contradict the truth. The social impact of such a revelation could be devastating. But that is hardly an excuse to perpetuate hatred and discrimination. The truth shall set you free.

            I contacted the office of Senator Brownback to ask some questions about discrimination and marriage. I wanted to know if the Senator feels that any group of American citizens should be regulated to second-class citizenry with a separate set of laws. The response I got from a nice lady who was an assistant publicist was no, the Senator does not support discrimination, even against homosexuals. But H.J.Res.106 is in fact bigotry. When I pointed out the hypocrisy between the Senator’s views on equality and the proposed amendment, the publicist had an explanation for that.

“The amendment is not discriminatory because homosexuals are free to marry anyone of the opposite sex.” That is nice, but homosexuals do not want to marry anyone of the opposite sex. The basic precept of homosexuality is attraction to people of the same-sex. Therefore, the missing component in H.J.Res.106 is the most important element of marriage; love. We as a nation are not free to love anyone whom we want. That assistant also stated that there are already laws that prohibit people from marrying their parents. Those laws exist because of the inevitable genetic disorders that any offspring from incestuous relations will bear. Homosexuality cannot be painted with the same brush as incest or pedophilia.

Apparently this argument goes beyond protecting traditional marriages from the bogeymen of equality. The assistant publicist stated that Massachusetts is forcing the Catholic Church to act against their beliefs. She is referring to the Catholic adoption agency’s refusal to place children in same-sex households. Apparently, the church should have the right to refuse placement because of a bigoted view of homosexuality. She stated that the safety of children was the real issue. Pedophilia and homosexuality are two separate issues, and the Catholic Church has no room to point fingers at any group and proclaim them as child molesters. Pedophilia is illegal and immoral because these people prey on and manipulate children for sexual gratification. This infliction has also been proven to be an uncontrollable compulsion, akin to serial killings. Legally, homosexuality is between consenting adults, much like heterosexuality. Fortunately, Massachusetts is a state of reason and the letter of the law mandates that discrimination will not be tolerated.

This was not meant to be a hate-fest against Catholicism, Christianity, or Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas. My purpose was to remind people that homosexuals are people like you and I. They love, hate, cry, and bleed as we all do. Not only that but they are Americans. We all have someone in our family, community, and workplace who is gay. Because of all those reasons we must protect the freedom and equality of all men, women, and children. Homosexuality is not a disease eroding America.

Hatred and Violence are the cancer. Compassion and intelligence are the cure.

 


Posted by taomon34 at 7:03 AM EDT
Updated: August 15, 2006 12:38 PM EDT
February 5, 2006
Hugo Chavez vs George W Bush
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Politics
I think the problem is that we are taught from an early age to hate communism and socialism. We are taught this because capitalism cannot be as powerful if the masses are active politically or are provided with education, food, shelter, medical care, and a means to earn that a decent salary.

Notice that I did not say that capitalism would not survive under a communist or socialist style government?


Personally, I think that capitalism and socialism can survive together. That would be democracy.


I don't think anyone should be given free food, shelter, clothing, medical care, or education unless they have no means inwhich to earn a livable wage and afford it on their own.


Corporations can earn profits and be socially responsible. It takes the shunning of excessive greed. Propaganda that teaches people to hate Hugo Chavez because he dares to do the unthinkable (reinvesting the profits from oil back into the people through social programs) is the true crime here.


Did you know that when Chavez was elected by the people of Venezuela, democratically, the CIA backed a military coup to overthrow the government? It's true. Chavez gained power back and has been speaking out against the Bush administration ever since. What would you have done?


Our government only wants greedy, brutal dictators like Turkey & Saudi Arabia (and even Iraq in the 1980's) to oppress the masses and allow trans-national banks & companies to exploit resources.


A) this is a truism and we need to consider what is the humane thing to do in all cases


B) terrorist networks are not reading message board posts on free websites to fish for dissenting voices in America and make themselves feel better. It's true, they just don't care what we think.


I am referring to terrorists now, and I make that distinction because in order to stop or alleviate terrorism we must resolve the issues that facilitate recruitment.


Do you wonder why Hamas was democratically voted into power in Palestine? (http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2006/...) Or why Iran became a theocracy? Islamic people throughout the Middle East are oppressed and subject to abject poverty and brutal colonialism at the hands of American military and corporate machinations.


Nothing we say here fuels an insurgency or terrorist plot. Our complicity to capitalistic hegemony does though.

Posted by taomon34 at 11:43 PM EST
Updated: August 15, 2006 12:38 PM EDT
December 17, 2005
Why the Patriot Act? Why now?
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Politics
We can protect ourselves, allow law enforcement to share information (thanks to one of the few tenets of the Patriot Act that I agree with), hunt and prosecute terrorists without violating our constitutional rights and while eliminating the causes of terrorism.


Why is it wrong to actually have a plausible case before asking for a warrant and serving a search warrant while the occupant is home? Why all the secrecy? We do not have to violate the rights of American citizens to make our country safe, that is only a myth that came about from fear-mongering.


Fear-mongering is an effective tool used by our government to convince, otherwise intelligent and wary, citizens that they must give up their rights to protect themselves.


Why are we fighting in Iraq to ensure Democracy and pissing it away here in the states?

Posted by taomon34 at 7:41 PM EST
November 26, 2005
Religion is a double-edged sword
Mood:  on fire
Topic: Religion
On the one hand, it is essential to our individual and collective development to enrich our spirituality. This is a huge factor in our humanity and the world around us. Without spirituality, which encompasses love, morality, and ethics, we are nothing more than intelligent locusts.

On the other hand, religions, almost universally, oppress – rather than free – our spirits. Most religions simply restrict parishioners with dogmas, sins (rules), and threats (eternal damnation), all of which hinder true spiritual growth.

It is, after all, man that creates and runs religions. It is also human nature to hunger for more power after getting a taste of it. Isn’t that the message in the Garden of Eden myth? And churches through the ages, right into the 21st century, have mixed politics with religion. This has brought money, power, and fame to many church leaders. I am not strictly speaking about the Christian churches, though many have perverted the teachings of Christ numerous times. This includes all religions, even Buddhist and Atheist.

It is viscous irony that the system developed to empower us and bring us closer to God is the very system used to keep us away from any enlightenment, and in fact oppresses us all.

Religion affects us deeper than politics and education because it manipulates our emotions. Again, religion encompasses love, morality, and ethics. These things are, to some extent, emotion based thought processes. This is why religion is such a powerful weapon.

Only a religious zealot would strap a bomb to himself or herself to kill others. Anyone thinking logically would not consider killing themselves, since suicide is technically an unforgivable sin, let alone killing indiscriminately. Only a religious zealot would bomb an abortion clinic to stop abortion. Anyone thinking logically would see that this will also kill unborn babies (such as the pregnant females who are at the clinic when it is bombed), or that effective social programs and education can eradicate the circumstances that lead to unwanted pregnancies.

I use the term religious zealot here to generalize a person that is thinking emotionally, without logic. In both examples you will always find a cleric guiding that follower to commit such acts, either directly or indirectly.

And so you have genocide, ethnic cleansing, Fatwas, and crusades, all of, which destroy “ others” who have been demonized within religious-political contexts.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Through better educational programs, enriching interpretations of scriptures (not just Christian), enforced tolerance laws, and compassionate endeavors we can learn to accept all religions as truth and live peaceably.


Posted by taomon34 at 10:59 PM EST
Updated: January 14, 2006 7:11 PM EST
November 19, 2005
Thanksgiving
Mood:  cool
Topic: Religion
Text of Bush's Thanksgiving Proclamation

What bothers me about Bush's proclamation is 1) he consistently says God Bless America, or ask for Go to watch out for America. This implies that we are a choosen people. This is indicative of the attitude most Christians take, and have taken for centuries.

The fact that Muslims are portrayed as having the same sense of entitlement, yet are demonized, makes one wonder if there is only room for one oppressing, dominating religion.

There should be more acceptance for all religions. However, that won't do for Christians.

Plus, the whole idea of Thanksgiving being a National Holiday, what does that say for the Native Americans?

"You are either with us or against us."

These words echo through time and exemplify Bush's actions. Thanksgiving was a three day celebration and marked the beginning of a brutal genocide carried out as America was being shaped.


Posted by taomon34 at 1:49 PM EST
Updated: January 14, 2006 7:11 PM EST
November 18, 2005

Mood:  energetic
Topic: Iraq & Afghanistan
John Murtha has got it right, and it's about time.

What is this notion that withdrawl is retreat? Are we a nation of intelligent people or are we immature fools stuck in a hell of cowboy machismo?

We are intelligent, and because of this we must question why we still have troops in Iraq, why we went in the first place, and why Bush is still in office?

Enough is enough. We need true leadership, not spoiled rich kids and hawkish boobs.

Posted by taomon34 at 11:41 PM EST
Updated: January 14, 2006 7:11 PM EST

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