Religion used for harm: A bill that would allow mental health counselors to turn away patients based on religious beliefs has passed in the House in Tennessee, the latest state to introduce measures that harm the community and legalize immorality and discrimination. The bill is part of a wave of proposals across the country–particularly in poor states that already have high rates of recidivism–that already deny services on a defacto basis for religious beliefs. Included are denial of counseling for mental health, rape, incest, child abuse, children who are victims of bullying, women’s health, and spousal abuse. Such legislation could also deny treatment to America’s war veterans, including those wounded, disfigured, amputees, and suffering from combat mental illness during recent wars. The denial of rights and services for religious beliefs endangers the entire general public allowing the mentally disturbed to prey upon the unsuspected. Enabling the mentally incapacitated to buy and use weapons is already creating an atmosphere of citizen massacres as seen in the recent rise of mass murders nationwide. Laws that discriminate based on religious beliefs have been with us since antiquity used to justify slavery, segregation, child labor, parental abuse, gun violence, housing discrimination, employment bias, and a wide variety of business practices including low wages, wage theft, lack of workplace safety, and use of force to prevent worker protest. Religious belief based legislation has come about as a result of the loss of America’s Evangelistic moral compass. Having become “Worldly” in the pursuit of economic and political influence, the Republican fringe religious right has lost sight of a Christ that taught all mankind as children of God. Using religion to justify harm to the public at large once again dramatizes just how evil works its will through deliberate ignorance.Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Election of Hillary Clinton Imperative: We are at war. Women have been denigrated, disparaged, and denied equal status to men since the dawn of humanity. Nothing short of electing Hillary Clinton the next President of the United States will do as much to win this epic battle. Every woman parading her “feel the burn” should know that she is only able to vote today by standing the on the shoulders of billions of dead sisters, mothers and daughters who fought the good fight before her. Sure, we have made tremendous progress under Obama. Of course, more reforms are necessary, but no reform, no progressive legislation, no repeal of bad laws is more important than electing Hillary President. The “Any woman” argument is specious. The fact that “some females politicians aren’t good for women” is a distraction. Hillary Clinton is not just any woman, she is the most distinguished and competent woman ever running for President. Electing a Democrat to the highest office is not as important. Regaining the Senate and House is not as important. Closing the economic gap, reigning in Wall Street, and halting wars is not as important as electing Hillary President. It is of paramount importance, that every young girl be able to look up at her mother and father and say, “I can be president just like Hillary.” Only a solid block of voters for Hillary can make that dream possible. Without electing Hillary to President we are losing the biggest opportunity of our lifetime. Women are every bit as important to humanity as men. Electing Hillary Clinton is not about feminism, it is about bringing half of the human population of Earth one step closer to a better world.
Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Using religion to justify violence: Colorado Republican lawmaker Rep. JoAnn Windholz” stated Planned Parenthood was solely to blame for the deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility, despite the fact that the shots were fired by a mentally disturbed gunman convicted of multiple murder by a jury of his peers. “Faith, family and freedom-lovin” Windholtz proudly proclaims her prejudice to justify the deaths of innocent victims by the redeeming act of a murdering gunman. Seeing violence in the act of helping women care for their health is the product of warped thinking carefully nurtured by obsolete religious and parochial beliefs. Blaming the victim shows just how evil works its will through deliberate ignorance. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Stop 90% gun violence with 3 laws: (1) Universal background checks for weapons, (2) ammunition, and (3) microchip-lock laws could stop 90% gun violence. How quickly and completely depends on the teeth in the law. Reasonable gun safety laws are getting passed, but they are sabotaged, under-funded, poorly applied, slovenly monitored, and constantly road-blocked and undermined by gun fanatics and the NRA. Toothless laws promote gun violence. Toothless laws can never be effective. Fanatical gun nuts do not care about ending gun violence. “Death is the “price of freedom,” gun nuts proudly proclaim. Stopping gun violence can only work when reasonable people demand bulldog gun safety laws. “Three laws stop 90% gun violence” is a peer-validated report by the prestigious medical journal “Lancet,” produced by Boston University, searching all records available on gun-violence-reduction after passage of existing laws. The take away message for you, the “reasonable” voter, is to start by voting yes wherever possible for “universal background checks,” if for no other reason than to impede terrorism and the mentally disturbed. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Evangelical Pact With The Devil: Evangelicals were once a cultural moral guide, a constant community voice that “said no” to promiscuity, course language, immodesty, and flaunting affluence. In 1970, however, evangelicals cast their lot with the far right fringe to defend segregation, thus beginning a period of theological compromise for secular gain. As evangelicals became “worldly” in the pursuit of economic and political influence they lost sight of a Jesus Christ who taught all mankind as children of God. It is no surprise now that evangelicals support a thrice-married, twice-divorced, vulgar, billionaire who belittles the disabled, and advocates policies utterly at odds with “biblical values” evangelicals purportedly uphold. Defending segregation was a “pact with the devil.” And if racism is a sin, evangelicals are sinners loath to seek redemption. To gain influence on earth, evangelicals gave away a “heaven made for the least of you.” Gone is the gospel of a rich man less likely reaching heaven than passing through the eye of a needle.” Instead, evangelicals have chosen a world that overwhelmingly favors the affluent. Reaganomics was the beginning. And Trump is a tragic end come into full life. Between these Faustian characters the new “worldly” evangelicals float along basking on a river of denial. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump is America’s Greatest Danger: The rise of Trump is the rise of national racism. Trump’s America is the great racist state. Millions of Americans are just like Trump. No detestable remark, no flagrant display of ignorance, no scummy business deal will dissuade Trump supporters. Trump’s most hateful eruptions bring a stadium of voters to salute their leader’s admit-no-fault, take-no-prisoners proclamations. Trump voters are self-deluded people: they believe Trump is incorruptible because he is rich. They believe he will remedy their “where’s my bailout?” even though his businesses exploit worker losses. If Hitler were around, Trump would say there goes a real leader I can do business with. Just as Trump admires Putin, Trump is demanding a loyalty pledge and setting the dogs on dissenters. Trump satiates his prurient audience by telling them “I’ll do worse than torture and water boarding.” Trump brings crowds stomping to their feet applauding, yelling and screaming when he tells them to “punch those protesters in the nose.” The rise of Trump is not so much a phenomenon as an ever-present undercurrent of white supremacy; angry, selfish, violent people who have finally found a leader who can buy their vote. Trump exists because a substantial number of Americans are violent and racist. To win Trump must show that the majority of American voters favor violence and racism. The proof that Trump is America’s greatest danger will come out if we find that many of our neighbors are just as racist as Trump. Don’t say nobody told you. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Speaking ill of the dead: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia devoted his career to making the United States less fair, less tolerant and less admirable. Thus we speak ill of the dead to learn from the mistakes of their lives. As the product of a sheltered childhood, Scalia’s upbringing was one of close-minded moral opprobrium. In support of tradition against change, Scalia demonized progress as nothing more than a fickle public. Instead of accepting the idea that humans learn, he championed a phony argument termed “originalism,” divinized the Constitution, and canonized its authors as incapable of error. Scalia claimed he got his news from the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times (owned by Rev. Moon’s Unified Church) and Conservative Talk Radio thus restricting his opinions to the bubble world of conservative babble. His worst decision was expanding the 2nd Amendment, “a well regulated militia” to include, “an individual’s right to bear arms” by attempting to interpret what went on in the minds of those who wrote it hundreds of years ago as if the writers were infallible. Describing himself as an advocate of judicial restraint, instead he usurped both the Executive and Legislative branches with positions that revoked long standing Congressional and Presidential decisions including; The Voting Rights Act, McCain Feingold (and other) campaign finance, climate change regulations, not to mention selecting Bush over Gore. Great Justices have always helped change the nation as a living document. John Marshall, Louis Brandies and Earl Warren saw segregation as poison, while Scalia wondered about intent and kept looking backward. Majority leader McConnell has told us that his number one priority is to make Obama fail and he has now added he will not allow Scalia’s replacement until after the election. Scalia was out of step with his “fickle” American public. The Constitution needs diversity and tolerance, more bridge builders and less walls, more justice for all and less focus on fear and restrictive law and order. Scalia may have done a lot of harm to America, but progress is inevitable. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA