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About the #LGBT state laws like #RFRA in Indiana

Guess what? The gays and lesbians have a lot of power in this country. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple (one of the richest companies in the world), is a fine example. He agrees with me in that these so-called “Religious Freedom” laws are destructive and harmful (for that matter so does the ACLU).  There are quite a few of us out there which nobody even realizes are CEOs of large profitable corporations (an example is the head of Burberry is out yet most do not know nor care about it). Together we will be able to get these dreadful state “religious freedom” laws removed from the books. Religion has no place in our government.  Our forefathers plainly said Church and State are to be SEPARATE! Sadly there are those decisions like the #HobbyLobby case in which precedent was set for states to keep and pass many of these laws in 19 other states.  Arkansas is poised now to be the 21st state and will suffer the same consequences of boycotting like Indiana in their state and businesses located there (Wal-Mart for example is a prime target if this were to happen in Arkansas).  This is all about timing.  A GOP moron named Mike Pence passed the Indiana law in 2015.  Instead of being intelligent enough to know to veto said law like the similar one in Arizona, which thankfully Jan Brewer did veto (even though she still is very right wing), Mr. Pence signed the paper making the law “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”. That kind of law should not be signed today.  For that matter it should not even be getting into these state legislatures. These laws are mere attempts to discriminate against us and if you are told otherwise, that is a flat out lie.  An example, I am a Satanist and my religion says I cannot serve you green eggs and ham (Satan wrote it in his recipe book).  See how absurd that previous sentence sounds!  As I have told family and right wing friends, it is not just about #GayMarriage it is about #Equality in how we are viewed and treated in society. The only difference between Selma fifty years ago and this fight today is that you cannot identify us by our skin color (only by our impeccable fashion sense). Too many conservatives view all of us as second-class citizens when in fact some of us have more money, taste, class, and education than these bigots that barely run our congress! I hope and pray that by 2016 the GOP destroys itself with all of its destructive hate speech and out-dated so-called morality that is exposed in the news via the Internet.  Most of those that profess to have such high morals are usually secretly practicing the morals of a common feral cat! The extreme right agenda that is mostly funded by the Koch Brothers must somehow be stopped before the next election.  If not, our country is doomed!  I am hopeful that when the Supreme Court hands down its decision in June, it will make our cause understood in ways that most republicans have no clue about today.  #NotSecondClass We had this discussion long ago.  You do not get to decide who sits at the lunch counter.  You do not get to decide that because Satan told you to believe LGBT persons are second-class they may not marry one another out of love.  You do not get to decide that because you object to two men expressing their love that your belief system prevents you from selling us flowers or cakes.  Because guess what, for each asshat that does not wish to sell one, there is someone else waiting to take our money.  That is all 🙂

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Tribute to James Erik Rhodes

I met him a few times at events but never got to know him personally.? From reading his blogs, he was very troubled and confused about life. He knew that he was regarded as a piece of meat and sadly nothing could be done to change that perception. He was powerless to prevent fate. I still am sad that he had to die but perhaps we can learn something from it

With Roman Heart

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Another Bully Teen Suicide – This must STOP

From Huffingtonpost.com:

Unneeded Gay Suicide Victim
Unneeded Gay Suicide Victim

Friends and family are mourning the death of Jack Reese, a gay Utah teen who took his own life last week after allegedly being subjected to anti-gay bullying at school.

Though details of the 17-year-old Reese’s suicide are scarce, his boyfriend Alex Smith spoke frankly about the repeated bullying the teen had experienced at school. Smith, 18,?reportedly recalled the incidents at a community event earlier this week at which a bullying film was being screened.

As one official is quoted as telling Ogden OUTreach off the record: ?It happens here about once a week, but officially, you know, it doesn?t happen here.?

An obituary?describes the teen as having been?”very good with computers and loved to play his X-Box games.”

“Jack loved animals and will miss his cat, Cat,” the obit continues. “He was also very good with kids and loved taking care of them. Jack was learning to speak Japanese and loved anything to do with Japan. He was also very good at drawing and photography.”

A?Facebook group in memory of the teen?has been established. “His suicide has impacted so many people,” one user wrote. “I HONESTLY hope things will change because of this, but I also wish that it didn’t have to come down to this for awareness to actually be seen in others who decide to bully others for their sexuality.”

The local chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)expressed its sympathy to Reese’s family in a statement:

“Today, along with the leaders of PFLAG Ogden and the entire community, PFLAG National mourns the loss of Jack Reese as well as the other young people in the Ogden community who have died in similar circumstances. The local chapter of PFLAG along with a broader caring group of adults have been working together tirelessly to address issues of the importance of family acceptance to the youth in this community and similar communities all over the state; sadly, the death of Jack Reese is a reminder that there is still much work to be done.”


As?Pink News?is reporting
, OUTreach announced that an urgent meeting will be held on May 1 to address LGBT bullying and suicide in northern Utah. A candlelit vigil will be held May 1 at the conclusion of the event in memory of Jack.

Obama Message for Today

OFACA MESSAGE OF THE DAY – A Clear Choice in November

 

President Obama won enough delegates yesterday to secure the Democratic nomination. In the past year, the campaign has built the largest and strongest grassroots campaign in American history. Our staff and volunteers are organizing across the country, talking to their family, friends, neighbors and co-workers about what?s at stake in this election.?Now that the Republicans have finally settled on Mitt Romney, voters will face a very clear choice this November.

 

President Obama is fighting for an economy built to last and restoring economic security for the middle class. He?s rebuilding the economy on a foundation of the fundamental values that made America great ? values like fairness and opportunity. He believes in the simple idea that America prospers when we’re all in it together ? when hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded, and everybody has a fair shot, does their fair share and plays by the same rules.

 

Mitt Romney has a different vision. Instead of asking everyone to do their fair share and making investments we need for an economy built to last, Romney would slash taxes for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, let Wall Street once again write its own rules, and balance the budget on the backs of the middle class.

 

Romney?s policies are no better than his record. Romney supports the Ryan budget plan, which would end Medicare as we know it to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. Romney?s own budget plan would increase the deficit by $5 billion over the next decade and pass on that debt to the next generation.