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Preaching To The Choir. November 13, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death, Politics and Society.
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I’ll bet everyone who reads this post will agree with me:  The amending of California’s Constitution to ban same-sex marriage was a huge mistake.

Most of you have probably even written about it more eloquently than I ever could.  Thank you.

But for all of our passionate support of Human Rights here in the progressive ‘sphere, for all of our certitude that All Men [sic] Are Created Equal, for all of our collective memory of a time in our youth when people came together to march, to rise up, to demand Equality for those Americans who would be disadvantaged by the insular fears of others, we let it happen again:

The legal codification of discrimination, the Constitutional Conveyance of Second Class Citizenship, the hypocrisy of a Country of Cowards, afraid of Homos, writ large for all the world to see.

Did it shock you to see a California electorate which land-slid for Obama also vote to place one in ten people in a less valued caste?  To create yet another system of separate-but-almost-equal?

Perhaps “shock” is too abrupt a verb; we watched the slow-motion train wreck of the polls, watched Lady Liberty having the meat of common decency sand-blasted from her bones by a whirlwind of caustic and abrasive lies.

So much for sitting here and blogging about it.  I can preach, you can preach, and we can all sit around and listen, and they still win.

It’s time for Blan B.

And Plan B is an Action Plan.

This Saturday, people all over America are getting together to oppose bigotry, to show our solidarity as a community of Human Beings who demand the same Human Rights for our friends and neighbors as we do for ourselves.  We’re going to gather in public places in solidarity with our brothers and sisters and our children and revel in our numbers, and make some noise, and talk and network and contribute.

But most of all, we’re going to get off our asses and walk the walk, and we’re going to show the LGBT community that they have Allies, and that we are legion.

You didn’t have to be black to march with Martin; you only needed to recognize injustice when you saw it, and to refuse to accept it, and to demand that each person’s Humanity be respected.

The struggle for equal marriage rights demands that we refuse to let religions of divisiveness and exclusion usurp Constitutional guarantees which purport to apply to  all of us.

Stand with us this Saturday.  Find a gathering near you, there are many, and be there.

Because Change doesn’t come from wishing for it.

And because All Love is Love.

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1. Sylvia Kirkwood - November 13, 2008

I will.

2. littlebangtheory - November 13, 2008

Thank You.

3. The Pagan Sphinx - November 13, 2008

Your wrote:

“Did it shock you to see a California electorate which land-slid for Obama also vote to place one in ten people in a less valued caste? To create yet another system of separate-but-almost-equal?”

That was a real slap in the face. I’m still stinging from it. I also see it reflected in the silence of a lot of Obama supporters on the intertubes.

Nothing like silence on a civil rights issue to get me yellin’ just a little bit louder.

4. Mauigirl - November 13, 2008

You are right. It’s like the quote “All it takes for evil to triumph in the world is for men of good will to do nothing” or something to that effect.

5. Paul in ABQ - November 13, 2008

All Love is Love.

You nailed it, CR. I will be in flight Saturday, high over Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico. My spirit will be in two other locations: with all who march and witness for Love and at the memorial service of my friend Phyllis in Oakland. Thanks for standing up!

6. littlebangtheory - November 14, 2008

Paul, I’m saddened to hear about your friend. We’ll “represent” for both of you in NoHo.

Mauigirl, I cut that out of my post, thinking I’d use it in the exposé to follow. It’s an amazingly apt quote for these go-along times.

PS, glad you’re back up and running! I’m looking forward to bumping umbrellas with you on Saturday.

“Nothing like silence…to get me yellin’ just a little bit louder.”
Yeah, my wordless stoicism did have that effect on you, non? 😆

7. Bobbie - November 14, 2008

amen again.

8. Comrade Kevin - November 14, 2008

Rather than play the “Blame The Mormons” game as so many have, your suggestion is far superior.

9. Dianne - November 14, 2008

My torn up ankle won’t allow me to march much but I have donated what I can and I have forwarded e-mails and written letters and called those people I like to call the ‘Obama shruggers’ – and hopefully I made my case calmly and intelligently and peacefully.

Please know I am there with all of you tomorrow.

10. littlebangtheory - November 14, 2008

Bobbie, thanks for the Good Word.

CK, yes, those people were (are) wrong because they were lied to and they’re conditioned to believe it. We can’t counteract that by telling them something different; we’ve got to show them something different.

Those of us who came out “on top” of this power struggle which we call an “election” need to put down our swords and offer the Dove, but keep the swords within reach in case they try to cut our Doves off.

Does that make sense? I sure hope so, ’cause that’s my plan.

Dianne, these aren’t marches in the literal sense, but gatherings. Nonetheless, we do what we can do, and we can’t do more. Thank you for your contributions to the struggle, and we’ll think of you tomorrow.

11. The Pagan Sphinx - November 15, 2008

Comrade K: Playing Blame the Mormons is fair enough, I’d say, considering what they’ve managed to achieve at the expense of others. And if boycotting Mormon-owned businesses is a form of that game, count me in.

12. littlebangtheory - November 15, 2008

PS, the Mormon Church certainly has a great deal of culpability here, and some serious public rationalizing to come up with. Now that the People aren’t so tied up in the election, we need to galvanize them into an Equality Army.

We need to do what the Obama campaign did, rally people behind an idea and spread the word!


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