This just in:
On Tuesday, the Kansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure designed to bring anti-gay segregation—under the guise of “religious liberty”—to the already deep-red state. The bill, written out of fear that the state may soon face an Oklahoma-style gay marriage ruling, will now easily pass the Republican Senate and be signed into law by the Republican governor. The result will mark Kansas as the first state, though certainly not the last, to legalize segregation of gay and straight people in virtually every arena of life . . .
In addition to barring all anti-discrimination lawsuits against private employers, the new law permits government employees to deny service to gays in the name of “religious liberty.” . . .
So. One defined ‘category’ of American citizens is now, by legislative mandate, about to be “legally” denied the rights ALL American citizens are presumably guaranteed. Why? Fear. Fear of . . . something, something based in the dark and psychotic depths which tend to define human insecurity, human fear. Reminds me of a couple of other quotes I’ve run across over the years:
“There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice that dares not stand up against blatant violations of justice. A state that supresses all freedom . . . and which by imposing the most terrible punishments, treats each and every attempt at criticism . . . and every suggestion for improvement as plotting to high treason, is a state that breaks an unwritten law.”
And this one too, speaking of ‘fear’ and the apparently time-honored means of politically encouraging it, of employing it as a tool to suppress:
“The best political weapon is the weapon of terror. Cruelty commands respect. Men may hate us. But, we don’t ask for their love; only for their fear.”
I could go on, but won’t. Attributions of the above quotes should satisfy any urges for further comment. The top quote appeared, as per the link, on Slate.com on February 13 2014.
The second quote was courtesy of Kurt Huber, head of the White Rose Society (a German non-violent, intellectual resistance group) who was killed by the Nazis in 1943.
The third: Ted Cruz? Rand Paul? A random Tea Partier? Maybe someone from Kansas? Nope.
Those were the words of Heinrich Himmler.
Kansas can now, this very day, feel free to celebrate the fact that, in their own special Tea Party and God-fearing fashion, they did indeed manage to beat, by one day (but not by much else), the sixty-ninth anniversary of yet another cultural atrocity: the Allied firebombing of Dresden. In that vein I do hereby . . . sort of and with back turned eastward . . . (being polite here) “bow” . . . in their general direction. Etc.
Across the entire of human existence, only abomination seems to forever endure and forever repeat.
Why is that??