It appears the Christo-Fascists have managed to deprive their fellow citizens of their Constitutional right to equality once again.
The equal rights of citizens of a scapegoated minority group should never, ever be put to the vote the way they were last year in California or this year in Maine.
About 15 or 20 years ago I saw a German film titled “Nasty Girl”. It was about a young woman who set out to write a high school paper that would show how the people of her town were different from the rest of the Jew murdering Nazi scum. Because they were nice people, kind, friendly and god fearing.
They had once again clothed themselves in denial and righteousness. They had hidden their history, forgotten their recent past.
She was a nice girl when she started, everybody loved her and wanted to help her in her wonderful project that show how they were innocent of genocide.
Her high school paper was praised and won her a scholarship.
But then the cracks started to appear and she obsessively dug deeper and found her wonderful neighbors one and all had participated, had been Nazis who actively or tacitly participated in the shipping of their fellow citizens of the Jewish faith to death camps where they were murdered in a horrific act of genocide against which all other genocides are measured.
She was called a, Nasty Girl and became an object of hatred for telling the truth and exposing the core Nazism of her neighbors.
The genocide of the Jewish people of Europe started years before the active murder commenced. It started in laws that officially made the bigotry against Jews the law. It made them second class citizens in the eyes of the law.
Christians, particularly Catholics called the Jews “Christ Killers”. When in point of fact, if historical fact and not mythology is at play in the Christ story, it was the Italians then called Romans who arrested Jesus, put him before the mob, then murdered him. Then like all good people blamed someone else.
Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine as well as Ethan Allen and others who founded this nation were Free Thinkers, basically atheists and agnostics who saw religion as being used as a tool of oppression by popes and kings alike. This is why Jefferson wrote of the need for a wall of separation between religion and state.
The world has seen way too much faith based genocide and horror.
In the 20th century Upton Sinclair, author and muckraking journalist wrote a book called The Profits of Religion, exposing the greed and hypocrisy that are the foundations of religion.
It has been said that if fascism comes to America (it already has) it would be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross. I might add it would start calling our nation the “Homeland”, institute a department of “Homeland Security”, engage in secret arrests and torture etc.
LBJ said when he signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “I fear we have just lost the south to the Republican Party for a generation.”
Nina Simone sang, “Mississippi Goddamn” and the good people decried the racism of Mississippi and the south with its Jim Crow Laws yet America was then and is now an Apartheid nation with ghettos and barrios set aside for black and brown people, especially of the poverty class.
Yet as bad as things are the Civil Rights Act of 1964 put on record the equality of African Americans and abolished the Jim Crow Laws.
The right wing shift of America has not been the triumph of conservative free market thinking. It has been the triumph of racism and bigotry. Fascism wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross they have become smart enough to not publicly burn.
So now we live in a nation where corporations and big religion (as though religion is not just another money making enterprise) and Nazi values rule the nation.
A nation where the working class is reduced to the status of wage slave working to pay the loan shark credit card companies that made life possible and comfortable in a nation of stagnate wages and a falling standard of living.
A nation of people afraid of everything that would make their lives better from National Health insurance to unions and reindustrialization along with requiring the ultra rich elites to pay for the damages they have done to this nation’s economy and people.
I have watched the dumbing down of the people of this country with action movies guaranteed to generate fear and the demands for cops who step outside the law to protect us. The creation of a world view so frightening that it sometime seems as though ever forth person has a concealed carry permit and is packing a gun.
Yet the creation of fear is not new. The same Christo-Fascists who are now scapegoating LGBT/T people in places like Maine came here as the Puritans bring with them the same harsh superstitious religion that made them anathema in their home land. The drove Roger Williams from Massachusetts and killed a number of people in Salem because they thought they were witches.
In more modern times we had the first talk radio demagogue, Father Charles Edward Coughlin, an ultra right wing racist and Nazi sympathizer, who ranted about FDR being a communist. In the process he became the role model for every right wing bigoted talk show host since then. He spawned Limbaugh, Beck, Savage, Dobbs and their ugly harpy female counter parts Ingraham, Coulter and Malkin and the rest of the fear mongering peddlers of hatred and Nazism that has come to plague this nation.
I am a nasty girl. I ask who the fuck is Godwin, some sort of Nazi symp or something? Why should I not call these bigots and Nazis for the hate peddling whores that they are?
These pieces of right wing human garbage have called me a commie queer for most of my life. I am an atheist, not a Christian. I do not turn the other cheek I fight back and I call upon others to stop mincing words. Stop playing nice to the bigots. Call them on being the un-American bigots they are. Tell the world that they represent the Confederacy not America.
Speak up and denounce them as not representing American values but rather ugly fascist values and of being the same sort of peddlers of superstitious religious garbage as those Imans who have made the Middle East a hell hole.