Saturday, January 25, 2014

Phyllis Schlafly quotes

I really had forgotten all about Phyllis Schlafly.  Truly, she hasn't entered my consciousness for years and years.  Until today.

Schlafly said, "many Americans" are protesting the wave toward marriage equality by dissenting with their feet.  She said they are "moving away from same-sex marriage states and into the many states that continue to recognize the value of marriage as being between one man and one woman."  Of course, Schlafly provides no evidence to support her claim.  Are you surprised?

In any case, I remembered a few of the wondrous things espoused by Schlafly.  If you're my age, you will nod your head ... if you are younger, this is your opportunity to get a glimpse into this woman's thinking.  Here are a few Schlafly quotes:

"Sex-education classes are like in-home sales parties for abortions."

[Evidently she hasn't viewed the statistics that demonstrate comprehensive sex-ed classes reduce the incidence of unwanted pregnancies.]

"Sexual harassment on the job is not a problem for virtuous women."

[Most every woman has experienced some form of sexual harassment on the job whether Schlafly admits it or not.]
"Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature."

[Feminism is based on equality.  Perhaps we need to give her a dictionary.]
"Birth on U.S. territory has never been an absolute claim to citizenship."

[Perhaps we should also give Schlafly a copy of the U.S. Constitution where Amendment 14, Section 1 declares that "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."]

"ERA means abortion funding, means homosexual privileges, means whatever else."

[Here's what the Equal Rights Amendment says:   Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.]

"People think that child-support enforcement benefits children, but it doesn't."

[Schlafly doesn't explain this piece of wisdom, but in my view child-support, thus child-support enforcement most certainly helps children.]
"After Big Media, U.S. colleges and universities are the biggest enemies of the values of red-state Americans."

[I assume that means that red-state/conservative state values don't include an education or the critical thinking skills and economic skills needed to support families and continue our nation's prosperity.  Perhaps that's why the stats show that the poorest states are the red states?]

"Men should stop treating feminists like ladies, and instead treat them like the men they say they want to be."

[I have yet to meet a feminist female who wanted to be a man or said she wanted to be a man.  We are very happy with our gender, Schlafly, but ... now open your ears ... we want equality with men.  Gender equality benefits women and men.]

There are more delightful words from this woman, but I've done enough remembering for one day.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

The fast for discrimination and bigotry

My "mouth" has been relatively quiet these past few months, but I feel the need to let it all hang out.

A 35-year-old Utah man has been fasting since Dec. 21, 2013.  No food, no drinks except water.  He is taking vitamin supplements and has, to date, lost about 25 pounds.  

What courage!  What dedication! What commitment!  He's a man of principle and he's willing to stand his ground for those principles!

Is he fighting for the downtrodden? Hungry children? Women's equality? Veterans' benefits? Is he fighting for educational opportunities or a more responsive Congress?  Is he risking his health - maybe even his life - to bring about fairness in our justice system?

No.  Trestin Meacham is willing to starve to death so the state of Utah can deny equal rights to a certain group of people.  Let me repeat that:  This man will - if he's really that committed - starve himself to death so a certain group of people will not have the rights and legal protections that he enjoys. He has determined they are not worthy of legal equality.

Yeppers, that's right.  Meacham is extremely upset with recent court rulings that allow same-sex couples to marry in Utah.  Uh, huh.

"I cannot stand by and do nothing while this evil takes root in my home," Meacham said.  Well, that explains it!  I sure didn't know those couples were getting married in his home!  No wonder he's upset ... I imagine his home became rather crowded when the marriages started taking place! He probably ran out of Doritos and ice!

Okay, I admit that's a bit sarcastic.  And I really want to be fair.  Meacham actually says on his blog that this has nothing to do with hatred.  In fact, I was interested to read that, "I have friends and relatives who practice a homosexual lifestyle and I treat them with the same respect and kindness that I would anyone."

I beg to differ, Meacham.  You don't respect them at all and you are certainly not kind.  You want to deny them equal protection under the law.  You want to prevent this group of people from enjoying the rights you have and the ability to lead their lives the same way you can.  That is NOT respect and it is NOT kindness.  

Oops ... here I am being unfair again.  Meacham explains: "This is about religious freedom, and an out of control federal government."

Sorry, buddy, you already have your religious freedom and allowing same-sex couples to marry isn't taking it from you.  Nobody is forcing you to marry another man.  You don't have to attend those weddings or give gifts.  It's evident, however, that you want to force YOUR religion on everyone else in Utah.  So, religious freedom is great - as long as it's yours?

Out of control federal government?  Try reading Article VI of the U.S. Constitution or the Fourteenth Amendment.  The last time I looked, Utah was in the United States and is bound by the same constitution as the other 49 states. 

I don't believe Meacham will starve himself to death.  God will suddenly appear to him and tell him to eat so he can live to fight another day.  Or, perhaps a court will step in and order a feeding tube.  Now, THAT would be an invasion of his privacy and a violation of his rights.  But allowing same-sex couples to marry doesn't violate Meacham's rights at all.  Not one whit.  Unfortunately, he and his supporters will never understand that.