S.C. Justice marriages gay couple, atheist bashing and Syria
Stories and thoughts in the news:
I. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg performed a same sex marriage ceremony in Washington, D.C. recently. This is of course the first same sex marriage ceremony ever performed by a member of the Supreme Court, but it won't be the last. Marriage equality, like the right of women to vote a century ago, is inevitable.
By the way, if you are a supporter of marriage equality you can tell your story on why marriage equality for all matters for you, and the story of your own personal marriage.
II. On a different topic, I hear conservative commentators slam President Obama for a proposed strike against the dictator Assad of Syria who used chemical weapons on his own people.
If those on the right-wing want to disagree with President Obama, that is perfectly fine. I would not call them traitors, un-American or tell them to "love it or leave it." But he is being accused of being on an ego trip. No, he wants to help end the murderous reign of a thug, the same thing that President Clinton did with Milosevic in the Balkans.
By the way, why are so many on the right-wing in love with President Putin of Russia? Putin wants to oppress gays, well, may on the right-wing want to oppress gays. But Putin disagrees with President Obama and that would be enough to get many of them to vote for Putin instead of Obama if there was ever a direct election between the two. They would rather have a thuggish ex-KGB agent of the Soviet Union then Obama.
III. In a case in Massachusetts, that state's supreme court is debating the question of god in the Pledge of Allegiance. It shouldn't be in there, by the way.
But the argument used against it in this case is that it makes students appear to their fellow classmates that they are less then patriotic, so that the god in the Pledge is a violation of Equal Protection under the law.
This is a perspective I've never quite thought about. Of course, atheist bashing is going on in response. Networks like Fox News (who has never met an atheist it didn't like to bash under then apologist S.E. Cupp) is basically telling atheists to like god in the Pledge or to leave the U.S.
Incredibly atheists like me are told we should thank a god we don't believe in, for us being atheists. This must pass for intellectualism on the rightwing. How Alan Colmes manages to survive with that company, I have no idea.
Of course, if you want to help the fight in ensuring that religion and government are separate and that the government isn't endorsing and furthering religion, please support Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Thanks.