You don’t know me, and I won’t pretend to know you, but we are at a critical juncture in our country and in our respective faiths and it’s important that we act and act quickly.
On Friday, the Republican president signed an ethically, legally, and morally questionable executive order that restricted immigration from seven nations — none of which have given birth to terrorists who have killed Americans, and you can read that in no less a source than The Daily Caller, which may be the only time I ever link to that woe-begotten publication.
The worldwide reaction has been predictably to the negative, and we, as believers, can do no less than to work our hardest against this man. If you voted for this man, you can no longer shrug that you voted for a racist. If you continue to support him, you are a racist, yourself, and racism has precisely no place in your Book. No amount of tweaking will change this — particularly when Pres. Bannon just last night fired the acting attorney general who refused to enforce his benighted ban.
WWJD? Stand up. Fight back. Swords up.
As I write this, protests have gone on and are being planned all over the country (including one scheduled by CAIR at Bradley International Airport here in Connecticut) over an executive order signed by the Republican president on Friday night. (This is an old hat trick used by despots everywhere — do your dirty work when newsrooms already decimated by corporate ownership are even more sparsely inhabited.)
The order banned immigrants from seven countries, none of which have any business ties with the Republican president. Here are some of the countries with whom the Republican president does have business ties — and studies show, says the New York Daily News:
…that nearly 3,000 Americans were killed by citizens from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt in the same time period — with the bulk of those killed being victims of the 9/11 attacks. Yet, people from those three countries are still welcome to apply for U.S. visas and travel permits.
Even more interestingly, people from the seven countries — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — according to the Cato Institute — yes, the conservative Cato Institute:
…have killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between 1975 and the end of 2015.
Late on Saturday, federal Judge Ann M. Donnelly issued a temporary stay. And so the fight begins. ‘Murica!
Oh, and because this is a snarky blog masquerading as a religion blog, here’s your scriptural reference:
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…as it were.
So a porn sight (see above) decided to block the entire state of North Carolina after that state passed one of those obnoxiously illegal laws that — well, just read this. It’s too depressing to synopsize.
From the porn site:
We are appalled by the recent events that have transpired in North Carolina. We have spent the last 50 years fighting for equality for everyone and these laws are discriminatory which XHamster.com does not tolerate. As of today, access to XHamster.com is blacked out in the state of North Carolina until further notice. Judging by the stats of what you North Carolinians watch, we feel this punishment is a severe one. We will not standby and pump revenue into a system that promotes this type of garbage. We respect all sexualities and embrace them.
After signing the nasty bill into law in March, N.C. Gov. Patrick McCrory just signed an executive order saying — well, I’m not sure what he’s saying. From the guvner’s own lips:
“After listening to people’s feedback for the past several weeks on this issue, I have come to the conclusion that there is a great deal of misinformation, misinterpretation, confusion, a lot of passion and frankly, selective outrage and hypocrisy, especially against the great state of North Carolina,” McCrory said in a video statement. “Based upon this feedback, I am taking action to affirm and improve the state’s commitment to privacy and equality.”
From all indications, the law still stands. Well, at least we know how the porn site stands. The governor? Not so much.
This blog post should not be seen as an endorsement of the website, the website’s hiring/firing policies, the website’s politics, or the website’s content.
And here is his latest work, an executive order sure to allow more discrimination in the Sunflower State. It includes this:
General protection of the free exercise of religious beliefs and moral convictions
The State Government is prohibited from taking any action inconsistent with the restrictions placed upon the State Government by the United States Constitution, or the Kansas Constitution, or the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, against any individual clergy, religious leader, or religious organization on the basis that such person or organization believes or sincerely acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.
Oh, Sam. You make us sad. And thanks, Cynical, for the link.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to reporters of the political common ground that he and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant share, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, during a media availability prior to a closed fund raising dinner for the state Republican Party in Jackson, Miss. Jindal is the main speaker at the dinner. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Earlier this month, Gov. Jindal’s Executive Order BJ 15-8 essentially cleared the path to discriminate against the LGBTQ crowd, just ‘cos. This order seeks to accomplish what an earlier Louisiana state bill addressing so-called “religious freedom” tried to do, but it was rejected by the state legislators.
Read what the National Organization for Women says about it here. Jindal, who really really really would like to be your president, earlier had some harsh words over the current President’s use of executive orders. I guess if you’re a governor, it’s OK.