Sadly, most news angers me. People, in general, seem to not understand the law or choose to have selective memory of our nation’s history.
Let us begin with the court clerks who are refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because it is against their religious beliefs. Ok, fine, I respect your beliefs, but you are an elected official with a job to do. You work for your constituents. One clerk has refused to issue any licenses to any couples just to keep it fair… what?
If you OWN a business or industry, or you are a minister, you have the right to refuse service to anyone you please for any reason. If you are an EMPLOYEE of a business or government, you have the right to work at will or walk off the job, but you have no right to choose whom you serve, only the boss or owner can do that.
So, for an elected official to refuse service to anyone based on their personal religious beliefs is wrong because
1) clerks are employees not bosses or owners, and
2) the separation of Church and State. (“The U.S. Supreme Court first cited the phrase, “wall of separation between church and state,” in 1947 (Everson v. Board of Educ. of Ewing, 330 U.S. 1, 15-16) from a well-known concept expressed by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association.” ~ from http://m.christianpost.com/news/separation-of-church-and-state-is-not-in-the-u-s-constitution–122657/)
If you have such strong religious conviction, maybe you are in the wrong line of work and should look into something where you can be your own boss and not part of our state or county governments.
As a minister, I believe that most of the world’s religions are based in love and the Golden Rule. That is my belief and for folks who follow Jesus, that is what He taught (Luke 6:31).
Please refer to the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States of America and the New Testament of the Holy Bible for further research and study.
The other bug in my bonnet is this uproar over states or anyone still flying the battle flag of the Confederacy. Do these folks understand history? The South seceded primarily over states rights and economics. Slavery was just thrown in to piss off and further annoy the South while giving the North the opportunity to take a moral high ground and distract from the original issues. See: http://thomaslegion.net/causes.html
The Confederate flag is NOT a banner honoring slavery nor white supremacy nor white privilege. It is our Nation’s history. It is a reminder to stick to what we believe is right even if it causes war within our country, state, or even family. And keep those carpet baggers out of my pocketbook….
Please learn your history. Do not be spoon-fed your truths. Research for yourself, find your own truth.
I also really dislike the term “white privilege”. My maternal ancestors went to great lengths to mix our blood with the Whites and pass us kids and grandkids, etc., off as “white”. Where is the privilege? We are still poor, undereducated, unemployed, disabled, and regularly in line at the food banks. I know my distant grandfather Horace Woolraven is spinning in his grave, but I no longer want his fake “white”, it has brought me no privilege nor joy. And I get panic attacks each time I answer a census or survey asking my race or ethnic group. I am not anything and yet everything. What is a girl to do?
I give up. And I will continue to try to not watch the news.