GabbyGraywhiskers : SPLC

 A white supremacist, who wore pins celebrating Adolf Hitler and the neo-Nazi Traditionalist Worker Party during last summer’s violence in Charlottesville, was found guilty late Tuesday of assaulting a black man.

Jacob Scott Goodwin, 23, of Ward, Arkansas, was convicted by a jury in Charlottesville of “malicious wounding,” a felony related to the August 12 attack that severely injured DeAndre Harris.  Read the article at HATEWATCH

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Howdy, howdy, folks.  Gabby Graywhiskers here.  Talking to y’all about hatred and racism breaks Gabby’s heart.  I ain’t been brought up to be racist and for that I thank my folks back in a little community in Pennsylvania.  They was pacifists that raised me, God-loving farm people who read the Bible seriously.  I guess they got the story right because my folks never found anything in them readings that said one color of skin was better than another or that one race was holier than another.  NosireeBob.  Tweren’t a bone in them that allowed hatred.  So, to see anyone justify intolerance with Scriptures or a supremacist viewpoint just cranks me the wrong way.

The SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) tracks them folks who thinks they is better than other folks.  Whether it’s the KKK, the white nationalists, the anti-Muslim groups, White Identity or anti-LGBT that catches their attention, SPLC lists them on its website and maintains a nationwide map of their locations.  My friends, get your heads out of the sand or any body part where y’all might be storing it, engage a few brain cells, and take a look at what our country has become.  Check the HATEWATCH map on the link above for a hate group meeting near you.

On a personal note, good ole Doc Simpson is advising me to calm down and get this dang blood pressure under control.  OM, OM, OM.  Living in today’s turmoil ain’t good for blood pressure.  I asked a few buddies what’s the secret.  One says a glass of wine, or two, every night.  Well, Gabby ain’t gonna do that.  Another says a good woman to tuck me in every night.  Yeah right. Ole Buster says to let go of things I can’t control.  Well, he might be right.

“Dang it, Buster,” I says, “Then what would I fuss about?”

“Bingo,” says my buddy, “less fussing, less stress, blood pressure drops to safe levels.”

But what would Gabby write about if he weren’t fussing about social justice, politics or religion?  Friggin flower show at the mall?  Ole fart jokes?  Maybe the latest news from the Homosassa Ladies’ Sewing Circle?  Lordy,  I ain’t realized how much the bull crap coming across my media screens is controlling my thinking and screwing up my health.

“Truly Gabby,” I says to myself, “how much is your fussing gonna change what’s going on in Washington or North Korea or Russia?  No matter how corrupt your government has become, the only thing that means a hill of beans is your vote at election time.  And even that  is under attack.”

NosireeBob, Gabby don’t control much of nothing.  I’m supposing maybe Larry’s been right all along.

He says, “tuck your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye.”

Whaaaaat?  Y’all were expecting words of wisdom or a scriptures verse?  Good Lord!

Stop by the house sometime.  We could set on the porch and meditate.   Frieda Friggenhoffer gave me a few bags of chamomile tea.  OM, OM, OM

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to facebook or not to facebook

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…..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.

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THE “LIBERTY COUNCIL” : hatred in America

“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.”

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“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.

                                                                                                                                  

 

 

hate in the good ole USA

(reference links for this article)

*FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL

 *AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION

*LIBERTY COUNCIL

THE PRAY IN JESUS NAME PROJECT

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE

CATHOLIC LEAGUE

The groups listed above would appear to be benign, American-values organizations dedicated to advancement of spiritual principles and family affairs.  In truth, they are poster children for bigoted, intolerant religionists.  These groups are on the watch list of the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center).  All are considered to be anti-LGBT+.  The three with asterisks are listed as LGBT+ hate groups.

All came forward with statements praising Trump’s transgender ban.  Their agenda is obvious and their methods and scare tactics are in line with the man who won the White House with their endorsement.  They have put a justice on the SCOTUS giving the evangelical Christian movement the necessary clout to repeal a woman’s right to choose and the marriage equality Amendment.  You’ve heard them on radio, television, and internet whining about the persecution Christians are suffering at the hand of a liberal, hell-bent population.

Link to the SPLC website to learn more about hatred in the good ole USA.

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