|—||Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen (via whoistorule)|
Big round of applause to the hippie subculture and white fitness groups which have stolen everything from clothing to religious practices to cultural dances all under the guise of “health and embracing the alternative”.
While the POC these practices originate from continue to be subject to racism and xenophobia, as yet another white person walks around carefree with their bindis, baja sweaters, and dreads, heading to their yoga twerk tribal fusion class in hopes of opening their chakras………
what the fuck texas, what the fuck.
1. Pronounces separation of church and state as a myth.
2. Demands that Congress withdraw federal court jurisdiction over pending cases involving religious freedom and the Bill of Rights
3. Demands that creation be taught as a part of Texas public school science curriculum.
4. Opposes the sale and use of emergency contraception and backs the Legislature’s war on women’s health programs
5. Rejects “any sex education other than abstinence until marriage” in public schools
6. Advocates banning abortion, even in cases of rape, incest or to save a woman’s life
7. Advocates the repeal of the Voting Rights Act
8. Advocates repeal of minimum wage laws
9. Advocates abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Education
10. Advocates abolishing the Social Security Tax and replacing with Individual Retirement Accounts
11. Abolish Pre-K and Kindergarten programs
12. Demand tax-payer funded educational vouchers
13. Demands there be no regulation, accreditation, licensing, or testing for private or home schooling
14. Demands an end to state licensing regulations for certain professions
15. Demands repeal of Hate Crimes Law
16. Declares LGBT Texans are a threat to society. Calls for doing away with any laws that protect them against job discrimination and hate crimes.
17. Calls for more funding cuts for Texas public schools, even more than the draconian cuts of 2011.
18. Demands change to the 14th Amendment
19. Threatens federal judges with impeachment for not following Conservative philosophies in controversial court cases
20. Calls for repealing Sarbanes-Oxley and the Dodd-Frank Act
21. Calls for increasing the authority of the highly politicized and dysfunctional State Board of Education to establish the curriculum of Texas public education. (i.e. the SBOE would appoint the Texas Commissioner of Education)
I’ll just leave this here.
I think I make it pretty clear in my video today that I don’t understand why we’re even talking about this. I don’t understand the arguments of people who oppose gay marriage, and I’m usually pretty good at understanding people’s viewpoints.
The arguments are so silly and uninteresting that it’s hard to argue that there isn’t a deeper place where all of this is coming from. I think, in my quest, I’ve found some understanding that allows me a little bit of peace.
The world is complicated, and we like to think that we have tools with which to understand it. But it’s difficult to imagine understanding a world with no foundations. To a lot of people, I think, gender and sexual orientation are a big pillar of support for their understanding of the world.
I have mine, science, belief in the fundamental goodness of people, love of family, etc.
Other people have God and tradition and loyalty.
And so when I say something like “All people who love each other should be allowed to get married.” People who use God and tradition and gender roles as fundamental supports for their understanding of the world feel as if those supports are being attacked.
When people attack my fundamental supports, I also get angry. Like when people stop teaching science in schools because they see it as an attack on Christianity…that pisses me off. A lot.
So I can understand that. But being American isn’t about protecting your pilars of belief, it’s about supporting equality and freedom.
We are not asking straight people to get married to gay people. We’re not even asking them to hang out with gay people, or agree that homosexuality is OK. They’re perfectly welcome to believe whatever they want, as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of other Americans.
Legalizing gay marriage does not infringe upon anyone’s rights, making it illegal does. It’s that simple.