WTF Wednesday – #ReligiousFreedom – The Beginning of the End? I call BS.

First of all, I don’t believe you should be allowed to marry whoever you want. Why? Because the forty-three year old man marrying the nine year old girl isn’t acceptable. I don’t care what “religious” beliefs or non-beliefs you have — it’s not ok. Right? Can we agree on that?

Neither do I think any employer should be forced to provide health benefits to their employee’s “partner” which is a German Shepherd. Is that speciest? You bet, and I still sleep ok at night.

I don’t think a Quaker should have to cater the NRA luncheon.

I don’t think I should have to edit a brochure for the KKK.

I don’t think Hobby Lobby should have to provide birth control pills to employees. If that’s really the only reason you’re employed by Hobby Lobby you’re an idiot. Get a job at JoAnn’s or Michael’s.

Read the religious freedom restoration act — it states you don’t have to fear getting your butt sued and losing your business if you agree with me and those examples. 

So, why the hell is everyone so freaked out about the legislation protecting the rights of small business owners who choose to follow their religious beliefs. Because somewhere there is a belief out there that “most” people don’t believe in God.

I call BS.

Yeah, I write erotica and still, I pray. I’m not perfect, and I sure as hell can’t make a logical argument about why I’m so angry that the knee jerk reaction of “well-meaning” people is to be anti-religious. Like the word religious means ignorant racist. Right? Because “Treat others as you would have them treat you” really means, “Treat others as you’ve been told by me to treat them.”

Get over yourself. If you are atheist, have at it. If you’re homosexual, I don’t care. I DO care when a small business owner is hobbled by the ACLU because the owner was uncomfortable providing a service that went against their moral beliefs.

The religious freedom restoration act says that an OB/Gyn can’t be sued because they refuse to perform an abortion. That’s what it means, read it if you don’t believe me.

Facebook is blowing up with how horrible Indiana is, ok — so don’t shop there. But did you read the legislation? Click here to read it. Traditional media only tells you what Californians, Chicagoans, and New Yorkers think. Don’t believe me — check out the map of the states that also have religious freedom legislation. Yellow states have passed laws, grey have not. More states than not have chosen to protect religious freedoms. 

religious-720pxIs there prejudice in the world? Well, duh — hell yes. So why is it allowed that people whose personal life choices differ than yours don’t get to have the same rights as you?  (And I mean a Christian but honestly put any word in there you choose – black, Asian, Gay, Transgender – my point is that every business owner should have the same rights without fear of litigious action.) Why can’t we stand up for the rights of small businesses? I would love it if Christian, Muslim, and Jewish homosexuals would come forward and say “I support local business owner’s rights.” 

Our country has become obsessed with being fair. Life isn’t fair. You want equality? I sure as hell don’t. Why, because it never ends well and WE AREN’T EQUAL. Most of us are average, because that IS the definition of “average” but no — our socially liberal constituents strongly feel that each of us deserves the “same” opportunities as everyone else. Really? Did you not learn ANYTHING when you read Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut? Equality sucks. We want respect. We want to treat others as we’d like to be treated. We want kindness and understanding. Because trust me, equality isn’t what you might believe. It means that no one gets exactly what they need, but they get exactly the same as everyone else. No thank you.

On a lighter note, if you really want to follow an amazing spiritual belief – check out Hudson and Landry’s Fredrickism.  You never have to worry about the hereafter if you follow all of their commandments.


map from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/01/us/religious-freedom-restoration-act-arkansas-indiana.html?_r=0

Bill from https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/senate/568#document-f6915f8f

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WTF Wednesday Is Joe Biden attempting to #BeBetty?

With my goal to “Be Betty White” I thought about the many characters she’s played – Sue Ann Nivens is my favorite from Mary Tyler Moore.  Part vamp, part Heloise (pre Martha Stuart for those of you too young to remember) and missing a verbal filter.  The character made me laugh and a little jealous.  Her blatant honesty would shock and amuse, and yet her wealth of knowledge on how to get stains out or prepare food was astounding.  Great character and beautifully played. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum was Rose Nylund from the Golden Girls.  A very honest character and quite sweet but her filter was also faulty.  She would say absurd things, making one believe that it was impressive she remembered to put her underwear on before her pants.  Her intelligence was questionable, but not her loyalty to her friends.

So – I was watching the news and ridiculous things real people do and get caught and it occurred to me that Joe Biden might also be trying to #BeBetty.  I mean other than messing up some names, the man really says what he’s thinking — to the chagrin of others. Seriously, let’s consider this.  At times he gives his honest opinion, without filters.  One priceless statement was his too loud whispered comment to President Obama about the Affordable Health Care Act being passed.  He said, “This is a big f***ing deal,” and patted the President on the back.  Or – during a speech at Harvard on Oct. 2, 2014 he joked with a student.  The student identified himself as the vice president of the student body and Biden joked, “Isn’t it a b*tch?  Excuse me… the vice president thing.”  Now that’s funny.  When a politician speaks honestly, regardless of his politics, I tend to trust them more.

However, his forays into Rose Nylund’s character give me pause.  Two quotes specifically make me giggle and cringe.  “Folks, I can tell you I’ve known eight presidents, three of them intimately,” –Joe Biden, Aug. 22, 2012  or this beauty “I promise you, the president has a big stick. I promise you,” –Joe Biden, April 26, 2012 he was referring to Theodore Roosevelt’s quote, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

What do you think, is Joe Biden the political Betty White?  Nah, but he’s definitely got some Sue Ann Nivens and Rose Nylund in him.