Saturday, June 27, 2015

Confederates and Rainbows

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
~Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches.

One flag is coming down and another is being raised.

One, although a part of history, is viewed as a sign of hatred and inhumanity.

The other, in all of it's vibrant colors, is a sign of love and acceptance.

And both are steeped in controversy.

I suppose I understand how Southerners look at the Confederate flag as a part of their history, but if you think about it, the Nazi flag is a part of German history and you don't see those hung proudly throughout the country. It was a time when the south was, well, wrong, and so lost the war. But unlike most Germans there are still people who believe they weren't wrong and dress up in cowardly white robes to spew their racist and ignorant ideas.

I heard a comedian recently state that if he sees a Confederate flag in a bar he knows two thing: he's going to hear the words "son of a bitch" repeatedly and there is probably a goat on the property. I'm sorry, but no one associates the Confederate flag with high intelligence. Think about it. If you went into your mechanic and they had one flying you MIGHT let him work on your car. If you went into your doctor for surgery and he proudly pointed it out in the operating room you might wait for a second opinion.

And then there is the rainbow flag. A sign that love wins. I apologize, but I see the controversy over that flag as stupid as the Confederate flag.

People are posting that it defies God and the Bible. People are claiming that they "don't believe in it" like it's in the same category as Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny.

What is unreal or wrong about two people in love, willing to make a commitment to each other? What is wrong with wanting the same rights as a couple and as a family no matter who you choose to be with?

The Catholic church's new Pope seems much more enlightened than many average Americans. Just because someone told you that a book written centuries ago should be interpreted a certain way and never rethought, reevaluated and, in many ideals, disregarded as antiquated has created a version of bigotry that seems okay in the name of religion.

I can give you four interpretations of any Dr. Suess book.

I know I'll be told I'm wrong, I don't understand. So please explain it to me if you can.

Because I just want everyone to be happy, feel safe, and live without fear for the color of their skin or who they love.

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."
~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

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