Tuesday, May 03, 2016

I Don’t Care What You Say About Me

But the Republicans are spiteful homophobic/transphobic bigots and if you vote for them you are condoning their actions. They say they want to get government off our backs but in reality they want government in our bedrooms, they want government in our bathrooms and they want government in our doctor’s offices. They want the most invasive type of government, they want government to enforce their definition of morality.
GOP Suddenly Takes Its Antigay Crusade to Congress
A House committee is using the defense bill to pass "religious exemptions" for federal contractors.
The Advocate
By Yezmin Villarreal
April 29, 2016

Republicans in Congress are using defense funding to help pass a "religious freedom" law through Congress.

The House Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved a "religious freedom" amendment to the defense authorization bill. It would undo an executive order from President Obama that prohibits government contractors from engaging in anti-LGBT discrimination against their employees.

The amendment, introduced by Rep. Steve Russell, could be compared to the "religious freedom" laws that caused outrage in Indiana, Arizona, Georgia and elsewhere. In this case, it would limit the federal government to protecting only those groups now named in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the American with Disabilities act, reports the Washington Blade. Neither of those laws protect LGBT people from discrimination, therefore Russell's amendment would allow religious organizations doing business with the U.S. government to fire or punish any employee based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
If it is a religious based homeless shelter and they are receiving public funding, under the law (and it is not something that President Obama just did with an executive order, but it was mandated by the courts) the shelter has accept all people into their shelters including trans people, gays and lesbians, they also have to take in same-sex families.

Under the proposed a religious based homeless shelter would be able to not only turn away LGBT people but also Muslims, Jews, blacks and anyone else they don’t like just by saying it is against their religious beliefs.

The article goes on to say,
The next opportunity to remove the amendment from the defense bill comes when the full House examines it. But if the amendment passes through the full House, it would become part of discussion by the conference comittee [sic] that reconciles the House and Senate versions.
If you think you are voting for smaller government and lower taxes you bought the Republican bait. Every anti LGBT bill, every “religious freedom” bill has been introduced by Republicans. They have tried to place a bounty on our heads, they has passed a law the sentences us to six months in jail for using the bathroom. They have stripped cities of their non-discrimination laws.

If you think Connecticut is immune you are wrong! Last year they tried to strip our health insurance from us and look at the amendment that I called the Scarlet Letter amendment that they tried to tack on to Connecticut’s non-discrimination law.
"Sec. 501. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2011) Any person holding a motor vehicle operator's license whose gender-related identity is different from that traditionally associated with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth shall notify the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of such identity and the commissioner shall indicate such identity in the electronic record maintained by the commissioner pertaining to such person's operator's license. "
They wanted us to register with the DMV so that they could identify trans people if they used the bathroom.

The Republicans want to demonize us, they want to criminalize us. They want to use fear of us for votes and campaign contributions.

There are more things important than money, and it is treating everyone with respect and recognizing basic human rights.



3 comments:

Pat Scales said...

Read your post and decide if you treat Republicans with respect and whether you would recognize that Republicans have basic human rights. It seems that in your view it is always a one way street with all Republicans cast as evil and invasive and that the only issues that matter or should matter are those that matter to you. Sounds like you support Marxist totalitarianism.

Diana_CT said...

First I do not believe in Marxism and I do not believe in unfettered capitalism. I believe that government should provide a safety net for those who are less fortunate and provide a balance between business and labor. I believe in a single payer healthcare system just like the rest of the democratic world. I believe in a progress income tax, just like we had until President Reagan’s failed “trickledown economics.”
As for “Republicans have basic human rights,” subjugating a population is not a human right.
You statement, “It seems that in your view it is always a one way street with all Republicans cast as evil and invasive and that the only issues that matter or should matter are those that matter to you. Yes I do. The Republican is an immoral and anyone who supports them is immoral. Any party that issues a resolution to oppress people is immoral, the RNC issued this,
RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee encourages State Legislatures to recognize that these
Obama gender identity policies are a federal governmental overreach, a misinterpretation of Title IX
policies, and an infringement upon the majority of students’ Constitutional rights;
In North Carolina calls to the trans suicide hotline have increased, there are reports of increased bullying against LGBT students, when you create a climate of hate this is the result.

Saturday I sat with a trans woman while she was going through an emotional breakdown, she wanted to know why everyone hated her, why can't they let me live in peace.

A party that criminalize you, a party that tries to put a bounty on your head, a party that makes it legal to discriminate against you is by definition depraved.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Diana for the excellent response.