When Fascism comes it be will wrapped
in the the Flag and carrying a Cross
BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2008
Fascism stirred well short of gaining State control in the American nation despite passage of California Proposition 8, a voter Constitutional mandate downsizing marriage to a union between a man and a woman.
Nonetheless, awesome power of the majority scalded to the bone those Americans earlier conferred marriage rights by a State supreme court.
An extant American right rendered ash by the majority has no precedent in the American experiment.
There are world precedents, but none in the American Way, brought to most minds by two-dimensional black and white photos of rights eradication gone by, survived by some of the still living.
America’s young universally felt safe in their persons until passage of Prop 8.
At press time, in your time, universality is lost.
White Gay Americans, for the first time, shuddered they are not at least postured by American law to be secure in their being.
Indeed, the stuff of Fascism stirred seductive metastasis in California toward society’s most vital organ: universal bedrock love of family.
Just as European Fascism gained State control through fearsome power of the majority in quietutde of voting booths, Prop 8 proponents quietly voted in moral certitude conferred by the off-shoot religions of the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, predominance of Black Baptist Churches, Latino Protestant Churches, appropriating love of children and family unto themselves.
Bearing Stole of Preaching Authority and wrapped in overstated love of Liberty.
Young Pope Benedict XVI
Worldwide head of splinter religion
Angel Moroni, trumpet right, unique to off-shoot Mormon cult
FEW IN THE MAJORITY DARED SHOW COURAGE
Reverend Dr. Amos Brown
“I say to you that though I am a Baptist I refuse to be a bigot!” bellowed Amos Brown, pastor of Third Baptist Church in San Francisco, above the heads but not the roars of thousands gathered Saturday before San Francisco City Hall.
NO RELIGION TELLS THE STATE WHAT TO DO IN AMERICA
“I stand with you to say, ‘I stand alone because we live in a nation in which we are in the Bill of Rights accorded freeom from religion and freedom of religion, and no religion tells the State what to do in America!” Pastor Brown continued.
“Beloved, I stand alone because in 1955, at the age of 14, one hot summer in Misssissippi, I opened a Jet magazine and there I saw in that magazine the mutilated body of a black boy named Emmett Till.
“He had been beatened into almost a pulp by some white racist.
“And when I saw that picture, I said if God lets me live I will never be mean to anybody because they are different like white folks were mean to us because our skin was different!
“I stand alone because I know that African Americans experience a better day and greater opportunity because of a Constitutional clause known as equal protection under the law.
“And that means that gay and lesbian and transgender folks deserve equal protection under the law!
CAN’T KEEP THEIR OWN STUFF TOGETHER
“Finally, I stand alone to try and reason with the Mormon Church and every Evangelical Fundamentalist.
“And raise the question: What makes you think that you can protect marriage when you look at the record in these United States of America.
“The divorce rate is the highest not in California, not in Massachusetts, but the divorce rate is the highest in the Bible Belt.
“Where they sing the most. Where they shout the most. Where they pray the most. Where they preach the most.
“You can’t blame gays and lesbians for not being able to keep your own stuff together!”
Dr. Brown received the longest and loudest applause of the day.
Approximately 70% of California African Americans voted Yes on Prop 8.
GOOD PEOPLE VOTED YES ON PROP 8
Good people, decent people, voted Yes on Prop 8.
Good people, merely mortal, merely struggling human, voted their love of family, their love of God.
Good people, rooted in forgiveness, sat silent when folks of otherwise good character made faggot or steer jokes, sneered winks and elbows along the Prop 8 campaign.
Good people, gays as well, sat silent before such comments from people they knew to have better facets.
It was easier.
Easier to let it pass, to forgive, to go along to get along.
PROP 8 CUT LEGS OUT FROM UNDER RESPECT PROTOCOL
The spoken word in one-on-one conversation has power, the power to become hardwired.
It is no longer okay to remain silent when otherwise good people diminish other people second-class.
A quietly spoken, ‘It isn’t okay to talk to me that way about anyone,’ becomes a hardwired memory to the ill-spoken.
RESPECT FOR RELIGIOUS DOCTRINE ITSELF NO LONGER DUE
IF YOU THROW A PUNCH – DON’T HIDE BEHIND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
It is no longer okay to remain hushed before religious abusrdity (Today, Catholic Priest Sebastian Meyer sought forgiveness from his Fairfield, CA flock for last Sunday demanding a car with several Obama for President stickers to be removed from the church parking lot).
By religion’s own making, by having finally gone too far, it is no longer socially required to remain silent before religious doctrine itself.
Not silent before the evaporating Gold Tablets of the Mormon Church. ‘It isn’t okay to talk to me about your religious convictions.’
Not the Bodily Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into yon heaven of the Roman Catholic Church. ‘It isn’t okay to talk to me about your religious convictions.’
Not the ludicrous second-classing of women by the Nation of Islam. ‘It isn’t okay to talk to me about your religious convictions.’
Not the Holy War rained down on unbelievers of Muslims. ‘It isn’t okay to talk to me about your religious convictions.’
Not the firebrand Mideast apartheid of the Torah. ‘It isn’t okay to talk to me about your religious convictions.’
Not the Crystal Gaze of the New Agers. ‘It isn’t okay to talk to me about your getaway.’
GOOD PEOPLE NO LONGER GET A PASS
It is no longer okay for otherwise good people who voted Yes on 8 to expect continued security of a pass.
No pass deserved for their deep love of family, for their universally understood purusit and love of God.
Through self-abosrbed arrogance they took it upon themselves to dismiss equal right of being finally to too many other Americans.
No pass because they unleased a counter popular movement just as fearsome as all the others.
INNOCENT PEOPLE WILL GET HURT
Today, an organization sending international boycott alerts which name financial contributors to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign had to retract its allegation against the Dell corporation.
Containing hurt to the innocent will be implausible because a huge class of people, their families, their friends, are on the move on their own, broadly, hurting and angry.
The religions, the self-absorbed, went too far this time.
Email Dr. Amos Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITSELF NO LONGER
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past eleven years. Pat scribes an offbeat opinion column of the human family. Email Pat Murphy at SanFranciscoSentinel@yahoo.com.
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