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Posts tagged ‘sexual identity’

Nothing But Censorship in Florida, With a One-party State of Republicans

Dear Spectrum News:

DeSatan of Florida signed into a law legislation about NOT teaching sexual identity in grades K-3. His accompanying comments were that we need to do more in teaching reading and writing. Also, that it is up to parents to teach kids that young about sexual identity. Wrong.

The Democrat stupidity which was announced with this news report was that, “there will be plenty of lawsuits.”  In other words, the only answer is to send in the clowns… I mean… send in the lawyers. The Democrats, with their tails between their legs, say nothing pertinent in response. No wonder that legislation got passed in Florida. 

Coexistence means we don’t pit one American against the others. So, thus, the Democrats did exactly what Joe Biden has been attempting to stop. Stop having one against the other and bring people together. There is a way to do this without merely “sending in the lawyers” and pitting one against another. 

I worked as a librarian, educator, musician, in Florida for almost 40 years. A librarian colleague, who was a director of a library in Florida, was once confronted by a local religious group and asked to censor all books about sex from the library by removing the books.  The librarian was sitting in her office where she had numerous Bibles on shelves. She went over to the shelves, picked up all the Bibles (Bible = library), and threw them all in a trash can. The group was appalled and asked her how she could do such a thing. The library director replied with, “you asked me to get rid of any books which contain sex, so I thought I would begin with the Bible, considering all the discussions of sex in their which we teach our young ones and have been doing so over many years. The stories of violence, too, which are in the Bible. King David was not only described as a violent person, but also as a many using violence to rid himself of a man with whom he had sex with the wife!  Therefore, I think the Bible is an appropriate place to begin.”  The group was appalled. Absolutely appalled. Had nothing more to say and simply departed.

Imagine a young Timothy McVeigh, in a third grade class with other white bullies and learning to dislike black folks and gay folks and so forth.  Perhaps the parents were teaching about these aspects, too, and there was no counter measures in education to provide a different side to it all? Now we begin to have that counter side to what parents teach with derogatory remarks about gay folks and a one-party state of Republicans decide to squash it. Don’t expose the kids to the fact that there is more than just bullying, conversion therapy, and so forth. Teaching love (agape word in the Greek language) will be curtailed. Democrats and the media should be pointing these aspects out to the people of Florida and to this nation, rather than pushing for a method which causes divisiveness by endorsing the lawsuits from lawyers. I don’t say there should be NO lawsuits. I am saying that what is needed here is to teach so people can learn rather than the only result being more polarization.  If people don’t want to learn and remain digging in their heels, advocating the traditionalist values and not listening and considering, then shame on them for they ruin this nation in their ignorance and stupidity, like a bunch of foolish dolts and idiots.

Professor Douglas Willet Cornwell (Retired)

Newark Valley, NY

bibsinger@gmail.com

———————————“Love your neighbor as yourself.” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “The problems of the world are not that some people love in a different way. The problems are that so many people don’t know how to love at all (CGA, 1970).” A Puritan is someone in fear that someone, somewhere, is having a good time. “Liberty and justice for all [not priorities on individual and selfish rights].” “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union [and overall wealth of American society]…” 
Benjamin Franklin: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are affected.” Stacey Abrams: “Compromise about actions, but not about values.”  Oscar Wilde: “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”  Oscar Wilde: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Benjamin Franklin: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”  Whoopi Goldberg: “To handle this COVID-19 pandemic effectively, we all need to get on the same page.”  Note: To be clear, I do not like being patronized. I do not express my disdain over what happens to my fellow humans just for my own sake and to pursue favors and handouts. I do it in order to gain R – E – S – P – E – C – T for me and for millions of other Americans of any race, ethnicity, religious belief, or sex and sexual identity who try to walk in integrity as they attempt to achieve, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  PERIOD.  One nation under God [our Creator] with liberty and justice for all.

Adam Smith, Moral Sentiments, Gay Issue

Theories of moral sentiment. Adam Smith addresses ideas about self-control with regard to passions. While this assessment would tend to agree with the ideas expressed in this essay from 2010, for the privacy of relationships, and the government not be involved (due to privacy issues), I have questions. In other words, self-control and passion really involves an assessment of an individual’s ideas for promiscuity or no promiscuity. It brings forth an assessment of privacy regarding monogamous sexual relationships and three or more individuals involved in sexual relationships. The issue here is not about heterosexual or homosexual, as evangelical puritans, afraid that someone somewhere is having a good time. Such people feel as if they have a divine right to judge and use people like Trump, DeSantis, Rick Scott, and others to invoke their autocracy forcing people to live in their way.

Therefore, am I correct to say that Smith made a statement of “morality” which was in a broader context than addressing homosexual and heterosexual ideas?

After all, traditionalist puritanical autocrats put forth the ideas of Sodom and Gomorrah. S&G (Genesis 19), if one reads it carefully, is really about the broader context which is addressed by Smith. Passions described in the events of S&G are about hatred of immigrants (xenophobia?) and using rape to demonstrate the hatred of immigrants, whether male or female. Ironically, a parallel account of this activity is found at Judges 19 when a woman gets killed due to rape.

In reading Smith’s Theories of Moral Sentiment, one can come to the conclusions I address. Your 2010 article seems to want to address the idea of privacy. Is this meant as a means of “being nice” to the plutocratic autocratic puritans in America today?

In a sense, Trump, Putin, DeSantis, Rick Scott, and others are doing nothing to abide by what this article says, as they try to push to put government BACK into the privacy of homosexuals, push homosexuals back into segregated closets, and help to re-introduce strong blackmailing of gay folks.

These people use religion to push an old idea which is the basis for the letters of the “f” word: “fornication under consent of King (or queen).” In this case, we can say, “fornication under consent of aristocratic business leaders” and then we can easily say the lack of privacy is NOT in the hands of a libertarian anarchist type of government, as Citizens United pushes those with money to vote and control the government and predominate over the will of the people and democracy. They use the ways of anti-homosexual companies like Chick-Fil-A (and now I have heard of Walgreens, Disney, and others) which is putting money forth to political candidates. It is ending up being those with a love of money who are working to control society and push for “fornication under consent of aristocratic business leaders” like Chick-Fil-A and others.

In other words. Trump and Putin and others can do whatever they wish to do regarding fornication, groping of women, etc., but they wish to dispose of, through old bullying tactics, those who are gay.

In a sense, this says let us just skip past the fact that Trump does not live up to Adam Smith’s ideas on moral sentiment, whether sexual or in terms of economics. Thus, to handle this, simply be “kind and nice” in trying to speak about “no government intervention in private matters?” After more than a decade since this essay was written, what has been accomplished? What is the intent here and how do you intend to move forward for the sake of moral sentiment towards ALL human beings.

Silly me for concluding that theologian, Adam Smith, with his “moral sentiments,” did NOT endorse the love of money. Even Joe Scarborough and others have written about this, with regard to economics and commerce.

Thus, when I view a documentary about a wealthy man who pulled himself up by the bootstraps from nothing, George F. Johnson, identifies a need to have a “sense of morality,” I don’t take his words as an endorsement of morality with regard to sexual identity or racist ideas. It just happens that society at that time was immersed in Jim Crow and the idea of bullying gay folks. If I take Mr. Johnson’s remarks as being related to ideas to endorse human equality due to “morality,” am I correct with regard to Mr. Johnson? Is there someone who just wishes to embrace the puritanical ways who finds it more interesting to shoot holes in what I say because “it’s just an interpretation,” rather than doing what another Binghamton, NY, person said, “THINK.” That means to consider and “THINK.” When puritanical autocratic people, living in judgment like a god, shoot holes in what I say, they never work to consider what I say in the context of humanity, but these idiots uphold their traditionalism with examples of past hatred. It is good to seek traditions at time, especially when considering humanity, human justice, human equality, and human rights. It is despicable to seek traditionalism.

The examples of both Johnson and Watson were to attempt to endorse ideas of humanity among their employees and do so by making money on this basis, not on the basis of a predominance of love of money, which is evil and endorsed by Russian immigrant, Ayn Rand, and others who taught the generation under the age of those of the World War II generation.

What does the Adam Smith Institute think about what I say?

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