Monday, March 26, 2012

Evangelical Silence for Trevon Martin

Evangelicals are reluctant to see the larger picture, the sorrow of the African-American experience ever since Emancipation. The death of a Black Man has meant very little to American justice system. But if a white woman alleged a crime against her by a black man, "southern" justice would go in to high gear, and side-bar justice, too. 

To try to look at the Martin case as if it were a stand-alone case denies the obvious - that African Americans have lived with serial injustice all these decades. Whatever the details might be, the devil is in the details, the Devil of Corporate Silence, the Devil of Permissible Violence against African Americans, especially young men. 

Since the Evangelical World in America is largely driven by Southern sensibilities, it's not surprising that the evangelical speaks out on abortion, gay-rights and socialism, but chooses to be silent on the continuing injustice of racism. 

I hope and pray that the African American Evangelical Church will finally see that White Evangelicals are hardly friends at all when it comes to the real issues of life in America. That White Evangelicals are glad to have an African American pastor stand with them on some platform with Franklin Graham and Rick Warren, as long as as the African American pastor utters only pious platitudes about Jesus and how the African American Community would do better if only they tried harder ... and all the Whites nod their heads and knowingly smile.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Remember Shock and Awe

Nine years ago this month, the Shock and Awe Show presented by Cheney and Bush Imagination Studios. What one Neo-Con predicted would be a cake walk has cost a hundred thousand Iraqi lives, nearly 4,500 American military deaths and many more maimed for life, and a price tag that may, by the time the last bill is in, reach $3,000,000,000,000.

And we never did find the WMDs. Our preemptive invasion of Iraq will be a black mark on America's history, a turning point in attitude in behavior that flies in the face of the very values we claim to honor - democracy and freedom! The Neo-Cons continue to move down the dark path of Empire and Fascism.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Far Right Wants Fieldhands for the 1%

America has to wake up ... for 75 years, the far right has been attacking Public Education, for two reasons: 1) it's public, and 2) it's education. Public Eduction is anathema to the religious far right which fears its openness and its dedication to truth. The far right wants home-schooling and charter schools and private schools where they can indoctrinate the next generation of Hitler Youth with creationism, pro-birth sexuality, hatred of gays, a love of guns and, oh yes, to train them to work in the fields of the 1%.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ultrasound for Men on Viagra

Virginia's Ultrasound Law ... talk about the state sticking its nose into someone else's business.

This is not about health, but state-control, pushed forward by folks who constantly complain about "state-control."

By the way, I support an ultrasound for any man who wants Viagra! After all, a man's health is just as important, isn't it, as that of a woman? And maybe a prostate exam, as well; maybe even a colonoscopy.