Illegal police search of cellphones and more anti-gay zealotry
Various issues in the news:
I. San Francisco police arrested one Bob Offer-Westort in January 2012 for his protests against city public policy regarding the homeless. He refused to unpitch his tent from a public park. Hardly Al Capone stuff. Well after his arrest his phone was searched by the police.
I think it is safe to assume he wasn't sneaking drugs into the jail through his phone or even had any drug contacts. But even if was arrested as a drug dealer dealing to 12 year olds at a playground, this search would have been unconstitutional.
Police had no probable cause regarding the phone, and if they wanted to do a search, they should have gotten a warrant. Of course no judge in the nation would approve such a search. It's clear the police were engaging in a search for political reasons, they didn't like the beliefs and politics of Mr. Offer-Westort.
Now, the American Civil Liberties Union has done great work in filing suits against these illegal violations of our rights. Please support and join the ACLU, I would be proud for you to be a fellow member of the ACLU with me.
II. If you follow the Christian right-wing you know how much they hate gays, I mean homosexuality, because when called on it they usually deny they hate gays themselves. Except for the real haters, who will happily admit to that.
In a Christian radio show one of the pastor co-hosts stated that the Colorado state government approving civil unions (which are of course inferior to marriage) makes that government "probably worse" than the North Korean government. You might know the North Korean government as the government that actively persecutes those who offer the least bit of dissent, with reported millions in its' Stalinist political prisoner camps.
Yeah, they're just the same, pastor. Also, the other co-host implied with a terrible pun that gays should be executed. John Hagee, another pastor with a radio show ( and who has big connections with the Republican party) stated that if we as a society allow same sex marriages, we are in for another Sodom and Gomorrah. Actually, that myth doesn't deal with homosexuality but when it comes down to it, it doesn't matter because it is a myth.
Make no mistake, these anti-gay fanatics would, if they could, imprison each and every gay man who engages in consensual sex with their fellow adults. They still haven't gotten over the Lawrence V. Texas Court decision (less than a decade old) that struck down all state bans on such activity.
Sponsors of an anti-gay march next week in D.C. (which I will be writing about afterwards) includes people who lobby foreign governments to keep such criminal codes on their books. These nations are always of course, much more religious than the U.S. Lastly, these last stories were compiled by RightWingWatch, so please consider supporting them and their work.