Liberals do a fine job of standing up to people who will never shoot them.
Conservatives do a fine job of taking from people who can't fight back.
A fine job, a damn fine job.
The Supreme Court of the U.S. denied my petition today, according to their automated docket announcements. I was feeling pretty good the last few days, and this put my mood right down. It's the little death of hope that one might prevail over bigots, and the fear that what they did once, they can do again any time they please. That's why telling me that I'm "living in the past" doesn't help - the threat has some proven reality. This should be no surprise to anyone. Even without Jim Crow, Black mothers still have to give their sons the talk.
It would grieve me not to finish what I wanted to do, like start a guitar company and maybe challenge Fender, but I don't think I can let the bigots take me again. Even without (as it was for me) any sexual abuse, being someone's bitch provides no justification for living. From now on, this will always hang over me because the law says it can.
I'll keep on doing what I'm doing, but with the knowledge that it could all end at any time, just out of political or social malice. Cancer may be much more likely for me, but seems a lot less threatening. This is part of what make me sick to my stomach when liberals blather on about gun control. They not only don't count the cost in innocent lives they would destroy, but like crusaders off to smite the heathen, they seem to be proud of it. Not unlike the Tea Party shutting down the government.
Last Sunday at All Souls Church, the senior minister read a letter of hate mail that came in response to hosting the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, with Mr. Mikey Weinstein speaking at the 2013 Russell Bennett Award Presentation. Written by someone who claimed to be a saved and loving Christian, it contained the n-word in reference to one of Mr. Weinstein's security detail who was African American, and snarling references to Mr. Weinstein's alleged evil, manipulative and dominating appearance as a Satan-loving Jew, apparently attributing those characteristics to Jews in general. According to the minister, upon hearing the letter, one of the congregation at the previous hour's Atheist/Humanitarian service cried, "Jesus!", the first time that name had been called upon in the history of that service. Probably not so much an instant conversion, as an exclamation of shock from previous upbringing.
Do we really want to say that only in Tulsa or only in Oklahoma could someone write that kind of hate mail? I now begin to understand Mr. Weinstein's use of the word "putrid", to which I objected in a previous posting. It has been my experience that allowing evil to trash itself effectively confronts and combats it. So, my advice to the All Souls ministry is to scan the offending letter and post it on their web site, along with the signature(s) and return address of the sender(s), so that the light of Christian day may shine upon it.