Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Forgiveness

I am Jewish. I recently perhaps in anger lay most of the noxious behavior against gays at the feet of its etiology and that is The Hebrew Bible Levitical law. It began with that five thousand years ago fueling divine rationale to take the lives of those innocents who were either born gay, as I believe most were, or have chosen to love whom they wish to love. The Levitical "laws" (Leviticus 20) have been responsible for more sadness, more psychological damage and more suicides perhaps than any other Biblical passage. As a Jew I know that there are at least 4 sects within Judaism and maybe more. In Reform Judaism the status of being gay is not an issue. This, however, begs what, I believe, has been the beginning of the millennial assault, scourge and damage that passage and other Biblical passages about sexuality have done to human beings especially if one feels an attraction to one's own sex.

Jews and some sects of Judaism may have progressed beyond the cruelty of these passages BUT monotheistic faiths after Judaism surely picked up the baton of the Levitcal code and made it their own. It spread like a cancer throughout the body of mankind.  As a matter of fact, some Christians eschew other Levitical laws equally as punishable but take the one against homosexuality at face value to their heart and bring its condemnation to contemporary time. It appears NOT in the thoughts of Jesus himself but as part of his follower Paul's writing. Christian response in many corners of the nation is inhuman, sickening and poisonous. I need only memorialize the brutal, disgusting killing of Mathew Shepard in Wyoming or the "God hates fags" Westboro Baptist Church who sweetly picket military funerals calling it God's retribution on earth because he does not like America respecting gay rights -- never mind the soldier who died was heterosexual and had three children. This is American mind numbing know nothing stupidity at its best. Other Christian churches and right wingnut extremists have been staggeringly rancid in their wish for death upon gays. Rachel Maddow showed two pastors whose diatribe about what happened in Orlando at The Pulse nightclub is truly unbelievable. Their sentiment was in essence that it was a good that 49 "homosexual perverts and sodomites" lost their lives. The only quarrel one had was that more were not taken down. This is chilling, indeed, that someone who claims to worship the prince of peace wishes death upon those who want to be left alone to love.

Proceeding, we surely know now as Orlando is seared into our consciousness that Islam considers anti-homosexual tenets as a rationale to commit mayhem upon those whom they find out are homosexual. It is a part of the faith. I do not know if there is any sect within Islam that makes room for the psychological truth and modern day realistic understanding of homosexuality even though we KNOW it appears in every corner of the globe and even among other animal species as well.

When Ahmadinejad of Iran spoke at Colombia University he was asked about the Iranian hostile treatment of gays. He said that there were no gays in Iran. The audience quite rightfully erupted in laughter. Oh sure, no gays in Iran like there is no tea in China.

It is because of the Judaic Levitical code that I have entirely rejected my faith since it meant something so difficult and so impossible for me to understand when love for one's partner culminating in a 31 year relationship should have been lauded and celebrated. When one cannot even find safety within the protective cocoon of one's home something is terribly awry.

I harbor NO forgiveness in my heart and believe the rancid, toxic, cruel and inhuman Levitical law to have permanent besmirched my religious faith making forgiveness of it by my mortal being impossible. If there is a god, I will leave forgiveness to him.

Trump is NO friend to the LGBT Commnity

In Trump's speech over the weekend he declared essentially war on Muslims in this nation and those who are fleeing certain death and anarchy war brings. The innocent are seeking shelter in a nation whose Republican candidate for the highest office in the land, the presidency, knows to spew only fear and hate in his poorly thought out incendiary rhetoric. I am sending again what I wrote about Trump's opinion on LGBT rights. Suddenly after the Saturday night horror murder or 49 souls at a gay club he says he wants to protect gays and cries horror at their murder. This is lie number -- well who knows there has been so many. In the final analysis Trump is NO friend to the gay community and I reiterate an opinion I posed last week to explain why.


Trump, you are using the monstrous killings at the gay club in Orlando, Florida for your campaign as IF you are a friend to the gay community. NO, you are NO friend to the gay community, in fact, you are trying to ratchet up hate and discrimination not only toward gays but to Muslims as well as if that would solve anything.

Trump does NOT deserve to be a part of the mourning for the gay community because in reality he and many of the people who support him are the greatest haters of gays, want to deny rights to them that are taken for granted by most in the nation. So why should he even get an opinion on this national sadness when the hate that emanates from him and his supporters creates it?

All those 50 who were slaughtered and the 53 who were injured, some gravely, at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando owe a special debt of gratitude to Trump and his supporters for providing the mentally deranged with military style guns and the rationale they need to use those ugly weapons of war to hurt and kill gays or really anyone.

Thanks but no thanks, Donald. You are not part of the nation's solution you are part of the problem.

YET ANOTHER REASON THE PSYCHOLOGICALLY UNBALANCED TRUMP SHOULD NEVER GET, AS ELIZABETH WARREN THE GREAT SAID, WITHIN SHOUTING DISTANCE OF THE WHITE HOUSE. VOTE DEMOCRAT IN NOVEMBER UP AND DOWN THE TICKET!

UNITE!

Trump is so dangerous in so many ways, so divisive and so hateful relegating gay Americans to second class citizenship and other innocent minorities to fascistic rejection here with perpetual exile and almost certain death abroad.

It must be made crystal clear why Democrats everywhere MUST unite. To remain the least bit divided is unacceptable. Democrats, we must, even if Bernie Sanders will not help in uncompromising fashion or gives lukewarm support, STRONGLY UNITE on our own--ALL of us.

I love Bernie Sanders but when all is said and done after the election he goes back to a comfortable life and a lifetime job in the senate if he wants it.The rest of us, the 98%, go back to uncertainty and if god forbid Trump wins, healthcare will be removed by Republicans and other necessary policies made during the last eight years of the Obama presidency will be eradicated, and, in fact, many of us will die.

A Trump Republican win would mean our economy, Sanders most passionate issue, will remain social class lopsided with the middle class, finally, completely disappearing. Republicans remedy of trickle down economics, incredulously, will return to a trickle up system that brought us the Great Recession except this time it will be on steroids. It is that serious if Democrats do not unite behind the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, who actually has a sound economic plan while reducing the Republican's favorite issue, the deficit and debt, at the same time. Moreover, she will keep our nation safe through experience she has gleaned first in the senate and most especially as secretary of state. She will NOT alienate Muslims who are on our side and who are helping us as I write this opinion.

Sanders, not wholeheartedly supporting the Democratic choice puts for me into question what the TRUE motivation of Bernie Sanders is because if those who supported Bernie do not now vote for HRC than the election could, in fact, make Trump the victor. We and Bernie Sanders must see this.

BRING BERNIE SANDERS AND HIS SUPPORTERS ALONG WITH INDEPENDENTS INTO THE DEMOCRATIC FOLD TO HAVE A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENCY WITH ALL THE HUMANE BENEFITS PRESIDENT OBAMA WORKED SO HARD TO CREATE ASSURED! GET OUT THE DEMOCRATIC/INDEPENDENT VOTE AND THE DEMOCRATIC DOWN TICKET VOTE AS WELL -- PLEASE!