Should any states constitution promote discrimination based on religion?
I am sure your answer is no. Then why are there 30 states that have recently added amendments based on religious beliefs alone?
Tomorrow in North Carolina voters will go to the polls and decide if they want to include in their state constitution a ban on same-sex marriage. This ban also includes civil unions and domestic partnerships. The only argument for the ban is based 100% on peoples religious beliefs.
This is not the history of our country. Our country was founded on Freedom of Religion. Many American’s moved to this great country so as to NOT be persecuted based on their religious beliefs. The idea is that people should be able to believe whatever they want, but that those religious beliefs should not be used to condemn their fellow Americans.
Two clauses in the First Amendment guarantee freedom of religion. The establishment clause prohibits the government from passing legislation to establish an official religion or preferring one religion over another. It enforces the “separation of church and state.”
When you write a law into the constitution that is based 100% on people’s religious beliefs you violate the very law that this country was founded upon. In essence you are promoting one religion over all others.
Even more clear is the 14th amendment which clearly states “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
This isn’t the first time laws have been enacted based on religious bias. Other laws include, but are not limited to…
- Women’s right to vote
- The right to own slaves
- Abortion rights
- Workplace discrimination based on general, or race
- In Georgia and South Carolina you had to be Protestant to hold office
- In Massachusetts you had to be Christian to be Governor
The very people who want limited government will be the ones who vote for Government interference based on religious beliefs. Voting yes for Amendment 1 is voting against the U.S. Constitution and voting for discrimination.
of course this headline on MSNBC.com caught my eye. Is spending $500,000 of tax payer money to defend a hateful law really the direction this country should take? How does this “create jobs”. The lawyers already have a job.
I heard a quote on Best Of The Left last week that really caught my attention. It was from the Tombstone of Leonard Matlovich. It reads:
“When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”
This quote puts Don’t Ask Don’t Tell into its true context.
was the first to volunteer to fight the military’s ban on gays,
a universal soldier in the fight against AIDS & for full LGBT equality in every arena. He was also a loving son, brother, uncle, friend, & “father” of untold numbers of
lives lived out & proud.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not just a man who stood up for injustice and equality. He is a symbol for what we should all inspire to be.
Dr. King was a leader who believed in peaceful protest. His leadership and visibility ultimately led to his early departure from this world. It was his leadership, and willingness to stand up for what was right that resulted in his accomplishing more greatness than most people will ever even strive for.
Dr. King was killed 43 years ago this April. He was in Memphis, TN leading peaceful protests in support of the sanitation workers. When the mayor at the time would not recognize or meet with the union on their requests, seeing the injustice, Dr. King took it upon himself to step in. It wasn’t until after Dr. King was murdered that the city would finally meet with union officials. 12 days after his death the union and the city finally came to a compromise.
Have we not learned anything from Dr. King’s life or his death? Why must we always wait until something horrible happens before we open our eyes and find compassion?
Why can’t we live with peace in our hearts and in our lives everyday? I believe most all of us want what is best for our country and our world. We can have peace, and we can have equality. In order to reach this place, we all have to not only stand up for it, but also we have to live it. Not only on MLK day, but everyday.
so other people would be also free. “ – Rosa Parks
55 years ago she took a stand. What will you take a stand for? What will you do to ensure other people will be free?
The pentagon says it’s time to go, the military says it’s time to go, the public says it’s time to go; is it finally going to end?
The opposition says we need time, that we can’t just rush into this. That didn’t seem to be a problem when DADT was put into place.
Enough already, we need to end this blatant discrimination now!!
Want to read more about the Pentagon’s decision? Here are a few articles for your reading pleasure.
Pentagon Says it’s Safe to Overturn Gay Ban…Foxnews.com
It’s about time.
I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but we all (as in US citizens) are children of immigrants from some point in time. We are just lucky enough to have ancestors who got on the boat early enough that they were “let in”. And we are lucky enough to have been born here as well.
Not everyone who is currently here it US was so lucky. Cheers to President Obama for supporting the DREAM Act. What is the DREAM Act? Well to quote BarackObama.com, “The DREAM Act would provide young people who came to the United States with their parents a path to U.S. citizenship after attaining a college degree or serving in the military.”
I mean after all if you are trying to make something of yourself, or if you are willing to die for this country, shouldn’t you have the right to become a citizen too?
Take the student body President of Fresno State. According to MSNBC.com he was just outed as being an illegal immigrant. He didn’t arrive in the US until he was 3 years old. Having been so young his parents didn’t tell him he was illegal until he was a senior in high school. By that time he was already an upstanding person. He has the same dreams that you and I have. He wants to be a productive member of our society. Why wouldn’t we want him to be a U.S. citizen?
What if that were you? Would you want a path to citizenship?
Good Job Mr. Obama. Keep pushing for what is right, and I will have your back every time.