On June 11, the Pulse community will rally to demand action from political leaders to end the epidemic of gun violence, reject NRA influence, and address the forgotten needs of the community two years after a horrific mass shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Orlando left 49 people dead. Parkland survivors will stand alongside them. Join us: https://bit.ly/2xO1849 #HonorThemWithAction
…..that, my friends, is the question of importance this morning. On the one hand, Facebook is informational and I’m able to follow the groups and organizations such as SPLC, AU, Media Matters, and my Congressmen which keep me informed about issues of significance in my life. On the other hand Facebook is filled with a litany of stupidity and ignorance that somehow also creeps into my daily routine.
Friends on Facebook? Yeah, right. I am “public”, anybody can read me. Of those who follow me are 7 people whom I do not know, and one girlfriend from the foggy days of the 1970s. She scares me more than any of the others. Assuredly, I can access the privacy settings and make myself virtually inaccessible, but, what’s the point in that.
No, as a blogger friend has noted, it should be called “Fakebook”. I like that. It just rolls off the tongue and it is a much more accurate description of what a man can expect when he signs up. Although, during the 2016 campaign, my cadre of Facebook “friends” showed their true colors and most of them deleted me. Hmmmmmm. maybe there is a redeeming value in Fakebook.
I am virtually friendless on social media but, I now know who the loyal people are in my life.
DO NOT HARM house bill HR3222
This bill, introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and
Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA), would ensure that the
federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) couldn’t be used to exempt people or businesses from
adhering to laws designed to ensure basic
civil rights and legal protections. AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
Research the bill. If you agree that the rights of LGBT realized after decades of blood, sweat and tears must be protected from religious institutions’ attempts via the RFRA to regulate and negate those rights, contact your U.S. Representative and tell him you expect his/her support of the Scott/Kennedy bill now pending in the House. Create an account with congress.gov to receive email updates on bills pending and voting schedule.
“The Liberty Counsel was founded by conservative activists Mathew (“Mat”) Staver – an attorney and former dean at Liberty University School of Law – and his wife Anita. The Counsel bills itself as a non-profit litigation, education and policy organization that provides legal counsel and pro bono assistance in cases dealing with religious liberty, “the sanctity of human life” and the family. Mat Staver chairs the Counsel; his wife Anita is the president. The Liberty Counsel shares a close affiliation with Liberty University (founded by the late Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Va.) , especially the university’s school of law. The partnership includes the Washington, D.C.-based Liberty Center for Law and Policy, which conducts legal research and writes about current legislation and policies.”
“Now [the group will] allow homosexual young boys in the Scouts and allow homosexual leaders in the Scouts, and what are you going to have? You are going to have all kinds of sexual molestation. This is a playground for pedophiles to go and have all these boys as objects of their lust.” – Mat Staver, “Faith and Freedom Radio,” August 2015.
I am convinced that it is futile to argue the propaganda set forth in the above statement relating to the Boy Scouts of America. An enlightened, discerning America knows this is absolute hogwash. Those who wholeheartedly support this claim by Staver will always choose to live in their darkness and homophobia. But, let’s talk about hypocrisy. Those of us who are familiar with the writings of the Bible and the words which have been attributed to Jesus of Nazareth, know that Jesus strongly and frequently condemned the Jewish religious hierarchy of his day. He referred often to the hypocrisy which had taken an ancient faith based on one’s personal trek with God to a ritualistic cult of animal sacrifice and human oppression. The commoners of Jesus’ contemporary society were in bondage not only to the Roman overlords but also to the Jewish elite. Only a few references are made to the oppression of government while most of the writings focus on the oppression inflicted by religion.
John 8:7 He said, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Mark 12:30-31 “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 7:3 “Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye but fail to see the log in your own eye?”
Matthew 23:28 “So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
Do your own research of the LIBERTY COUNCIL through the links provided above and their own website which proclaims on the opening page:
“Liberty Counsel is Restoring the Culture by Advancing Religious Freedom, the Sanctity of Human Life and the Family” liberty council
Yes, they are promoting freedom if it is their very narrow and intolerant interpretation. Fundamentalist religious persuasions tend to take this route. However, what is most disturbing about its agenda is their need to legislate their brand of morality and to attack a minority of American society which has historically been marginalized by a homophobic society intent on promoting hatred and distrust rather than acceptance and inclusion.
The opening quote from Mat Staver is just a sampling of the outrageously uninformed and unsubstantiated misinformation coming from this non-profit organization posing as a legal refuge for the victims of religious persecution.
Anyone -believer, agnostic or atheist- who has read the Gospels of the Bible with an open mind can only interpret the message of the great mystic, Jesus the Christ, as a message of love, tolerance, compassion and inclusion. Anything other than this is religious heresy and hypocrisy.