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Just A Common California Christian City?

Mayor Rl Rex Parris was giving a speech to several local Christian ministers so he saw no problem in telling the group his goal as mayor was “growing a Christian community” in a city, that for some strange reason, also allows them Jews and Muslims and atheists to reside within its limits. His comment referred to an April ballot measure that would endorse prayer at city meetings without restricting its content including reference to Jesus Christ as a way to “validate a Christian stance.” As far as Parris is concerned, if you live in his Christian city the least you can do is endorse the Christian view of life.

As a Jew, I take umbrage as referring to Jesus Christ as having anything to do with what people today term the, “Christian religion.” As far as this Jew knows, Jesus was born a Jew, lived the life of a Jew, and died a Jew. I guess if Jesus tried visiting Lancaster, California he would be told to halt at the city limits.

Gay Week For California Gays?

A century ago, progressives were concerned at the control exerted by wealthy businessmen over the government of California and pushed through the concept of a state referendum which allowed the majority of Californians to exert their voices on legislation. As the years progressed, state “propositions” proliferated and all it required were some energetic groups backed by money to place a proposition on the ballot. In many cases, few people even understood the meaning of propositions, but they exemplified the concept of “democracy.” Last fall, California voters by 52% to 48% declared gay marriages illegal. Today, the California Supreme Court will decide if the 52% voice of the people is stronger than the rights of gays to be married.

Over 18,000 gay couples have married since it became legal in California. If the Supreme Court backs the proposition, it is still unclear as to the status of those who already are married. Perhaps, the voice of the people is not always the best route to freedom. Just remember the 1950s when Senator Joseph McCarthy frightened millions with his claims there were “communists” under every bed and thousands of innocent people lost their jobs.

Gays Denied Rights In America

The American people spoke with eloquence and open hearts on Tuesday when they elected Barack Obama as their president, but, at the same time in various parts of the nation, including liberal California, they turned their backs on the rights of gays and lesbians. California’s support for Proposition 8 which states simply, “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California,” affirmed that those who refuse to accept the rights of gays and lesbians at this point in time constitute the majority in the state. Protestors are expressing their dismay in many parts of California and many blame churches for expending huge amounts of money to push through the ban. Ironically, it appears an extraordinary outpouring of conservative African American voters supported ending bigotry against someone of their own color as they made clear they did not wish equal rights for gays and lesbians.

There is sadness at the idea African Americans wanted to end discrimination against themselves but were willing to support discrimination against those whose sexual beliefs are different. The only good news is the apparent emergence of a younger generation of Americans who one day will end discrimination based on sex gender just as the Obama victory marks the beginning of the end of racial hatred.

California Gays Not Gay Over Referendum

Several months ago the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on gay marriage which opened the doors for gays and lesbians to marry. Since the May decision, thousands of gay marriages have occurred in California, but on November 4, in addition to voting for a president, the people of California will vote on Proposition 8 which would once again outlaw gay marriages. The referendum is heavily financed by right wing groups and the wealthy resources of the Mormon church. The Proposition’s fifteen words merely say: “Only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

The group fighting anti-gay marriages are shocked at the enormous resources poured into the campaign to pass Proposition 8. It is estimated over $30 million has been raised to end gay marriages. At the last moment, many Hollywood stars and other important people are beginning to put money into the effort to halt the pro-Proposition 8 forces.

California Supreme Court Backs Gay Rights

California’s Supreme Court struck a blow for the rights of gays and lesbians by ruling the state ban on same sex marriages was unconstitutonal. “Our state now reognizes that an individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person, and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation, and, more generally, that an individual’s sexual orientation– like a person’s race or gender– does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights.”

There undoubteldy will be an uproar from many sectors of the California population at the court’s decision and cries will be made that it takes away the right of people to decide what takes place in their state. As Rea Carney, of the National gay and Lesbian Task Force, put it: “Thank you California for standing up for safety, respect and dignity for our families. The high court’s decision comes down to this simple yet profound principle: all Californians should be treated equally under the law.”

The United States of America is a constitutional government because the founding fathers feared the momentary emotional feelings of a majority might transcend rights of the minority. That is why we have a supreme court.

Terminator Governor Wants Deployment Termination

Governor Arnold Schwarenegger wants the Federal government to reduce its seizure of National Guard equipment for use in Iraq because of its effect on California’s needs. “I think it is not fair to the state for the federal government to go into a war situaiton and then to take from us the equipment. Every time our National Guards leave, they take with them equipment but they don’t bring it back. So there’s only so long they can do that.” The governor said his complaints have only resulted in a “sorry about that” attitude, but no assurances have been provided to rectify the situation. There are about 3,000 Guardsmen from California in Iraq and about 600 stationed on the border with Mexico. Governor Schwarzenegger was particularly upset at the loss of Chinook helicopter but was told it would take at least a year to get them returned.

In talks with Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff, the governor discovered only 3,000 of the supposed 6,000 additional Border Patrol staff had actually been hired. The entire use of National Guard men and equipment is a national disgrace. Men and women are being compelled to abandon jobs and families due to the Bush fiasco in Iraq without any sense of a termination to the entire process. Is the drain on the National Guard to go on and on? When will there be an end to this process? Unfortunately, for Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the movies the good guy achieves his goal within two hours. Sorry, Arnold, you are living in Bush America and nothing ever gets done within two years, let alone two hours.