I’m sure we all remember the outcry from the liberty hounds when the National Defense Authorization Act last year authorized indefinite detention over U.S. citizens as long as they are accused of ‘terrorism’ and can be held without trial until the end of the War on Terror (this is currently being challenged in court).
Well this year members of Congress are injecting a hateful bigoted religious agenda into the NDAA. The current bill up for vote holds two provisions within it that authorize any and all military service members (including the clergy) to verbally abuse and assault (not physically) gay and lesbian service members. Any offender of this abuse will be protected by law under these mandates as long as they claim “religious beliefs” as the reasoning for doing so.
“Conscience protections” is the phrase utilized in these egregious amendments. No one is forcing any member of any faith in the military to abandon their belief system, unless of course they are a minority belief system. Somehow the religutards claim they are being oppressed because others aren’t being forced to live by their religious standards. Here let me show you a graph to express their outrage:
Damn! I’m starting to feel sorry for them already…
Now I’m not trying to make a political endorsement, per se. When the religious extremists push their agenda into policy, law, and candidacy then the blurring of the line between the separation of church and state directly affects me.
Some time ago…
I can’t recall any time throughout history when mainstream Christianity in America has actually been under assault and oppressed by any other religious group . It’s a wonderful conspiracy theory that the fundamentalists have constructed in order to play the “victim role” in the press and media. I can recall quite a few cases where the Christian majority have oppressed those who don’t fall in line with their archaic beliefs.
- The Ku Klux Klan operated as a white male protestant movement that was dedicated to suppressing blacks, Jews, and Catholics through humiliation, intimidation (cross burnings), assault, and murder. Two-thirds of the national Klan lecturers were Protestant ministers.
- The institution of slavery was justified by Biblical passages and spouted by prominent citizens of the South to fortify their antiquated belief structure.
- The fundamentalist Christians also fought interracial marriage through the use of the Bible. What scriptures did they use to justify this? I don’t know. I couldn’t find any. I did find this quote by a fundamentalist Christian from 1961:
“…moral or social equality between the different races…does not in fact exist, and never can. The God of nature made it otherwise, and no human law can produce it, and no human tribunal can enforce it. There are gradations and classes throughout the universe. From the tallest archangel in Heaven, down to the meanest reptile on earth, moral and social inequalities exist, and must continue to exist throughout all eternity.”
Eternity must have ended in 1967 when interracial marriage was made legal.
- The fundamentalists have always attempted to usurp the rights of gays as well. Back in the 1930′s undercover cops used to try to get homosexual propositions in order to imprison them. It was illegal to be a homosexual thanks to religious legislature.——>which leads us to one of the many fights of today.
Back to the Present…
As I stated above the newest FISCAL budget (NDAA) has been brought up for the fiscal year 2013. The two provisions placed in there by fundamentalists extremists authorize any and all members of the US Military to harass, harangue, and discriminate against gay servicemembers without fear of reprisal.
Although this is very detrimental towards the cause of equality the most alarming part is that it what was written specifically for the chaplains. Now most people know they offer religious services but they are also trained and required to act as counselors towards all servicemembers within their command. What most people don’t realize is that Chaplains are NOT required to ‘give Jewish services’ etc. They simply have to pass along a phone number to a local rabbi to anybody who ‘dares’ ask for any practice outside of the chaplain’s own narrow spiritual/religious denomination.
I’m sure that my gay and lesbian friends and peers will feel absolutely ecstatic speaking to their ‘counselor’ who is legally authorized to discriminate against them at his own behest.
What a benevolent god…