Shooting in Connecticut and gays to be killed in Uganda?
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas is part of the religious right-wing. He is a supporter of theocracy in America, to some degree. He spoke at and promoted a Day of Restoration rally. A rally to get America to support the beliefs of the bible. The same bible that endorses slavery, the denial of women to participate in their own religion, and states that gays are to be executed for consensual sex.
Gov. Brownback says we have "forgotten God." I wish. Unfortunately the religious rightwing dominate the discourse in America controlling talk radio. There are unfortunaty in the next Congress, no avowed atheists.
By the way, President Obama has come out in support of marriage equality for gays and lesbian Americans. Good. But his Adminstration and the Justice Department still hasn't filed a legal brief in support of striking down Prop. 8 in California, which banned marriage for gays and lesbians in that state. Please urge him to do just that.
While gays are making rapid progress in getting more and more Americans to support their basic rights, things are still horrible for gays in Uganda and other nations dominated by Christian or Islamic fundamentalism. There is a proposed bill in the Uganda National Legislature which would not only imnpose the death penalty for gay men for consensual sex with other adults but criminal punishment for those who don't tell the government about the sex lives of gay men. It will not only be illegal to be gay in Uganda, but illegal to know someone who is gay in Uganda. You can take action with Amnesty International at this link on this issue.
Lastly as I write this there there are reports of a massacre in a Connecticut grade school that left 27 dead, including 18 children. The shooter has been killed. I don't know if this guy has a criminal background at this writing, but it is all too easy for violent felons to get guns because there are no mandatory background checks on private gun sales nationwide. In fact, I have gotten in arguments with idiot right-wing talk show hosts who compared checks to background checks on sewing machines.
One of the supposed points they bring up is that people can be murdered by knives. It's pretty hard to believe that 27 people could have been killed in a knife attack today. Let's face it, guns are much more lethal then knives and require greater regulations, for a reason. I don't oppose concealed carry, if properly regulated but it is absurd to compare guns to knives and to equate them as equal in killing people en masse.