Thursday, November 20, 2008

Lying for Jesus - part 2

There's been plenty of "lying for Jesus" in the US for different causes. Prop Hate (8) in California is one instance that makes a liberal's stomach turn. This sign, from a church in Wichita, KS (I have relations there, unfortunately) that is a blatant lie for the Christian cause, whatever the fuck that is.

What makes people do this? I think it's arrogance. This people think the message is more important than the facts. Facts that would lead the sheeple away from Jesus and into the darkness of sin. I see this arrogance and ignorance in my red-neck family members when they say they aren't interested in learning anymore. They are happy and content with what their pastor tells them and they are too busy to look up facts on their own. The trust they have in a pastor with an agenda is astonishing and sad.

Within my own family I've given up. It was frustrating and disheartening trying to get them to understand what Prop 8 in California was really about. It's sad that they can't and won't understand that pro-choice is about the lives of women and not about murdering children. It's maddening that some of my relatives believe that the world is less than 10,000 years old and think I'm being arrogant for not believing in ghosts and demons.

This election cycle and my trip to Kansas has brought many things to light about my place within my family. I've decided not to pursue any relationships with anyone who doesn't respect me. OTOH, I cannot be in a relationship with anyone who I can't respect. That's only fair, IMO.

Note: For another view on this picture see A Gentleman's Domain.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Other thoughts

As I wrote last night I am very happy Senator Obama won the election. Unfortunately there were other elections that didn't turn out so great. One was Proposition 8 in California taking an already established right of marriage away from gay people. It is never good to take rights away especially since there was no harm being done with that right in the first place. I predict that thru a series of lawsuits to challenge this discriminatory law it will be struck down at the expense of tax payers within a few months. I am proud to say that I donated to the "Vote No on Prop 8" campaign to help my gay brothers and sisters.

I was glad to see that the Democrats did not get the 60 seats in the Senate as was hoped by some people. I think our government needs to have the ability to argue laws that the majority thinks are right.

I was glad to see Liddy Dole lose her seat to a Democrat because of her inflammatory ads suggesting her opponent is an atheist. As an atheist myself it alarmed me that atheists as a group are still being targeted for bigotry. We still have a long uphill battle ahead of us but we are making progress.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Obama wins!

Although he didn't get the electoral votes of Texas he did overwhelmingly win the 270+ votes from other states. I cried tears of joy when MSNBC announced his win.

Now we'll see if he can deliver.