“Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure his views on marriage could get any gayer.” - Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaking at an event sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition about President Obama’s personal declaration of support for marriage equality.
(Source: Los Angeles Times)
End discrimination, for Shaima Alawadi
‘Shaima Alawadi was beaten to death due to the fact she was a Muslim’
Her attacker left two notes saying “Go back to your own country”’
‘Why would someone kill an innocent housewife?’
‘When will news stations show a Muslim woman being attacked by an American instead of a Muslim attacking an American?’
‘This barely made it to local news’
‘I’m sitting here scared’
‘How many Troy Davises and Trayvon Martins and Shaima Alawadis will it take for you to understand the racism and hate crimes and violence exists in this country where people think there’s so much justice here’
‘There’s more crimes being committed by people in suits than people in hoodies and hijabs’
‘And to muslims: when will we put our differences aside and come together for this family? Because we lost a sister today’
‘Where is her movement’
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is under fire for suggesting white southerners should have been allowed to vote civil rights gains for blacks during the 1960s.
His remark came as the State Senate Judiciary Committee was about to approve a bill this week that would move New Jersey a step closer to legalizing gay marriage.
Christie instead suggested that New Jersey voters be allowed to decide the gay marriage issue in a referendum next fall.
And then he said: “People would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South.”
This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: A Muslim woman has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Southwest Airlines for allegedly removing her from a San Jose-bound flight after she told a Verizon representative on the phone “I’ve got to go.”
Huh? Read on:
Irum Abbassi, who was “readily identifiable as Muslim by what she wore,” wrote in her complaint that a flight attendant thought she heard her say “it’s a go,” and called security to escort Abbassi off the plane.
Once deplaned, a TSA agent quickly determined that Abbassi did not pose a risk and allowed her to re-board. Except that she couldn’t: The captain reportedly barred her re-entry, claiming crew members were “uncomfortable” with her presence.
Abbassi is suing for punitive damages.
Clearly this is not about the sanctity of marriage, but it is about discrimination and it is about limitation. Family policy belongs in our shared cultural discussion, not in the Constitution, and if we’re to offer this then let’s just be clear we are limiting.
“You can’t make me free if you remove my rights”