Taxpayers forced to pay for churches and Marco Rubo lies
On February 13 our House of Representatives, a secular institution supposedly upholding our secular Constitution, passed HR 592, a bill to to impose taxpayer money to go towards the rebuilding of churches (or other houses of worships). It wasn't even close, it was by a vote of 354-72. Now, this does not mean it has become law yet, but it is very troubling.
I know it is awful for someone whose church has been destroyed in a tornado but the prohibitions against state support for religion exist for a reason, a person should not be taxed to support a religious institution or building they don't agree with in fact. How many Christian conservatives who are happy with this legislation, would be fine with mosques be rebuilt? Well, since there aren't many mosques in torando alley, that might never have to come up.
Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio stated in his response to President Obama's State of the Union address, that Democrats accuse Republicans "of wanting dirty water and dirty air." No Sen. Rubio, they don't. Republicans don't want dirty air or water for the sake of dirty air or water. Nobody says that. That is a complete fabrication, one that I have heard before by conservative/Republicans.
Republicans just don't care about it as much. Republicans rather limit pollution controls in order to keep higher profits for their campaign contributors, but don't support dirty air for the sake of dirty air. They aren't some cartoon villians after all.
Listening to conservative talk radio, a guest told the host of a program that President Obama's reduction in nuclear weapons is going to bring about the "next war." Um, how many times should we be able to nuke Russia and China? China, though a horrible nation, is too busy selling us junk at Wal Mart to attempt a nuclear strike at us, when we could always kills hundreds of millions of them.
The rightwing obsession with danger from every corner, that is why they always believe we have a weak military when we the U.S. spends almost 1/2 of the total military budgets of the world combined, knows no end. They are really a paranoid bunch.
Finally, David Cecil, a gay rights supporter, who wrote a play about the horrible treatment of gays in that nation, has been kicked out. See, it is illegal in Uganda to say or write anything about gays and lesbians that isn't negative. If Cecil had written a play that gays deserve to burn in an afterlife, hey, that would have been fine with the government of Uganda.
Uganda is a nation where gay men have been threatened with death by their government, a government with strong ties to the religious right-wing here in the U.S. It is illegal to be gay and have consensual sex in Uganda, but of course it was illegal in the most religious parts of the U.S. just a decade ago. In fact, it would even be illegal under this proposed bill for someone who knows someone is gay, not to report it.