Politican targeted for being gay and police violence at Occupy
Thoughts on a few different stories:
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, is running for the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race against former governor Tommy Thompson. Thompson's campaign, though campaign senior adviser and spokesman Brian Nemoir, stated in an e-mail (referring to a video of Baldwin dancing at a gay pride parade event) "clearly, there’s no one better positioned to talk ‘heartland values’ than Tammy." He was being sarcastic. Tommy Thompson himself has denouced the e-mail and removed Nemoir from his position.
I applaud Thompson for that but I have to say it isn't shocking to see these anti-gay attacks are targeted at supporters of Tommy Thompson, in order to fire up his base. Thompson isn't really anti-gay but many of his supporters are in fact. They are the type of people who believe that the Flinstones is a documentary and that gays are a threat greater than terrorists.
Glen Doherty, a Navy SEAL, was killed in the attack on our Libyian consulate that also killed our ambassador to Libya. He was also a member of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an organization that works to ensure that Christian fundamentalist theocracy is not dominant in the military. Most service members that it helps by the way, aren't atheists or agnostics, but more moderate Christians who don't want to have religion forced on them by chaplains and commanders in the military.
So, I don't know if Mr. Doherty was an atheist, he might have been. But if he was then that is just one more example that the term, "no atheists in foxholes" is a lie told by theocrats who are often too fearful to get near combat themselves. Mr. Doherty spent part of his life fighting religious zealotry and he literally died in fighting against it in Libya.
Lastly, police are out of control, especially in New York City. Watch this cop strongly shove a young man to the sidewalk because he was not backing up fast enough for him, during an Occupy Wall Street protest. Ask yourself, if the young man had did that to the cop, how many felonies and years in prison would he be facing? Heck, even if he had touched the cop with his finger, how many years would he be facing? Of course, the police refused to give the badge number of their comrade. So much for our nation being a nation of the free.