A tale of two hardware chains

Or are they “home-improvement” chains.


On the one hand, Home Depot, whose customer service has become atrocious lately, has stood up for its beliefs.

The hate group “American Family Association” *  has been pressuring Home Depot not to speak out in favor of human rights.  Apparently, it’s okay to favor human rights; you just can’t say so and stay on AFA’s good side.

On the other hand, Lowe’s chose to pull its advertising from the TLC Show “All-American Muslim”.  All-American Muslim follows families in Dearborn, Michigan.  Yet the primary hate group opposing it is the Florida Family Association (*).  Lowe’s comment:  “We believe it is best to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance.”   Apparently they’ll defer to communities far removed from the one portrayed.

I haven’t watched All-American Muslim.  It’s not in a time slot I pay a lot of attention to; I know a number of American Muslim families; and I’m not a big fan of TLC.   I  cannot comprehend, though, a company pulling advertising based on opposition from a hate group.  When verifying the information on the Florida group’s web page, I note they’re pissed that neither Hershey’s and Campbell’s Soup has bent.

Excuse me.  I’m off  to buy Hershey’s cocoa, Hershey’s chocolate, and a few dozen cans of Campbell’s soup.   Then I’ll stop at Home Depot for my DIY needs.


You can’t rail against rationing health care, then pass laws that outlaw medical procedures because you don’t like them.  That’s rationing the health care people can get.  Or if you decide your medical plan can’t cover certain procedures, that’s rationing health care.

You can’t argue that the “other party” will stand between a doctor and patient, then define which medical procedures that doctor and that patient have as options.

You can’t insist your tax dollars won’t pay for one thing without allowing there are lot of things that are an anathema to many, even most, taxpayers.  Therefore, you can’t single out abortions without singling out plastic surgery, war, congresscritter staffs, bailouts, government takeovers of private industry, and myriad other things.   When you’re ready to present a menu from which ALL Americans can pick and choose, you’re free to not fund health care.

Obama did something right for individual liberty!

Pardon me for being surprised.  It’s no secret I dislike almost every decision Obama has made, and I think his policies are taking us in the wrong direction.  I don’t trust him or his administration.

But yesterday he did something right.  Maybe not for the right reasons – after all, I’m not (thankfully) inside his head and I don’t know his reasons.  But he signed the proclamation for National Prayer Day, as has every president since 1952, and then he didn’t  make a big issue of the day.  This shows respects for all religions by not singling out any one.

I cannot believe how vituperative are the comments and attitudes of some.  Now, I haven’t seen all the comments, but the ones I have are from one who calls him/herself  “conservative republican”, another who claims to be a “concerned woman for America”, and a bunch of fundamentalist Christians.  Notice no one else is all that worried?

One writer claims Obama “took a turd” on Prayer Day because he didn’t make it a media celebration.  Another individual commented on boston.com “what god is he praying to that he has to do it behind closed doors?” — like it matters.

But this comment just left me speechless: “For those of us who have our doubts about Obama’s faith, no, we did not expect him to have the service,” said Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America. “But as president, he should put his own lack of faith aside and live up to the office.”  So what, exactly, is she saying?  She wants him to pretend faith because he’s president?  That the office of President requires sham (Christian, presumably) faith?  Let me translate — “I believe fundamentalist Christianity is the only thing there is, and I insist everyone else believe it as well, and if you want to be President, it’s better to stand up and proclaim yourself because our all-knowing God can’t hear you if you don’t.”  Never mind that an all-knowing god would understand the term “sham”.  Never mind that the Christian’s bible tells them to pray in private.  Never mind that the other gods are probably rightly pissed right about now that all these monotheistic religions are popular.  Never mind that a god who could create all these people, with their own beliefs, is pretty content to allow them their own beliefs, and to let them choose.

I deeply admire people of faith.  To make a statement of faith, and to follow it, says a lot about honor, integrity, discipline, and steadfastness.  And frankly, I don’t care what your faith — even if it’s one others would not call “religion”.  What I consider morally abhorrent is the notion, and statements and actions that accompany that notion, that others must abide by one’s faith.

Live by your faith.  Die by your faith.  Allow others to do the same — without your “guidance”.

Published in: on May 8, 2009 at 12:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today is national day of (Christian/Jewish) prayer

Ever seen anyone but Christians (and the occasional token Jew) celebrated at a National Day of Prayer?  I haven’t.

I’ve attended a number of prayer breakfasts and gatherings – most run or sponsored by the military – and have never seen a Muslim, even one who faithfully prays five times a day, acknowledged.  I’ve never seen a Buddhist encouraged to acknowledge his faith, or a Wiccan invited to participate.  I’ve not seek Sikhs involved – but then ironically their required carry of a ritual dagger proscribes their attendance on many federal installations.

If we’re to call Americans to prayer, how about acknowledging all prayer, to all gods?

Published in: on May 7, 2009 at 10:45 am  Leave a Comment  

The “conscience clause”

Seems the “conscience clause” is becoming news again.  Some health-care workers (IIRC, it began with pharmacists) don’t want to participate in health-care options they see as against their moral code.  Interestingly, though, no one is against plastic surgery, or lasik, or other elective options.

A person who chooses to enter the health-care field should not be able to pick and choose whether to deliver options normally within the scope of his duties.  If he can’t perform the functions of the job, he shouldn’t be in that job.

Don’t want to perform abortions or sterilizations? Fine. Become a chiropractor, or dentist, or ophthalmologist, not a gynecological surgeon.

Don’t want to participate, nurse? Work hospice. Work ICU. Or don’t work medicine.

If you want to be a pharmacist, be one — not a preacher.

Enough said.

Why Republicans can’t win Fairfax County?

Just a thought — not fully fleshed out.

Republicans began losing in Fairfax County some years ago.  About the same time the Republican party became neo-conservative, meaning less and less welcoming to those who are not fundamentalist Christians.

Fairfax County has significant populations of Jews, Sikhs, Muslims, Buddhists, Baha’i, and Hindus.  There are probably even a fair amount of atheists and pagans.  Many of these people fully support a Christian’s right to believe as he will – at least I would hope they will – but are turned off from being ruled by the Christian’s bible.

May have to do further research to investigate timelines and populations.

Published in: on March 30, 2009 at 10:08 pm  Comments (1)  

AP Headline incendiary: “Obama picks pro-abortion Kansas governor to head HHS”

Obama picks pro-abortion Kansas governor to head HHS (OneNewsNow.com).

Surely you jest.  Like most who think abortion is more complex an issue than the “every egg a child” or “murder” crowds, Ms. Sebelius is pro-choice, not pro-abortion.

Yes, she vetoed an anti-abortion bill.  One that she — and nearly every legal scholar who examined it — believed was unconstitutional.

What is he thinking?

“We are hoping and praying that they will not be able to deny what the Lord has ordained,” Burris said. “I am not hesitating. I am now the junior Senator from the state of Illinois. Some people may want to question that and that is their prerogative.”

via Showdown Looms as Burris Declares ‘I Am Now the Junior Senator’ – FOXNews.com Transition Tracker.

Oh.   My.   Word.        Shades of Jeremiah Wright.

What is he thinking?

Sure, unless the voters of Illinois scream, it appears this appointment is within the law.  Blagojevich is still the governor, and it is his job to appoint the senator.  But this attitude, combined with some theocratic idea that the lord has ordained his ascension, puts him right up there with other Chicago politicians.  Including the president-elect.

Ron Paul’s hotties

What is it these people don’t understand about “the good doctor”?

He opposes free choice for women. Because as a doctor he’s “never had a patient need an abortion because the mother’s life was in danger” they must be unnecessary. Never mind he hasn’t treated every woman. Never mind he wants to determine your morality.

He reminds me of that saying: “There are two kinds of people in the world – the righteous and the unrighteous. Problem is, the righteous think they get to choose”

Bad for the kids????

The Golden Compass, a movie due out soon, is taking a lot of flack from “religious” sources – churches and pastors, primarily – notably Catholic, but also other Christians.

The Catholic League has called for a boycott of the film. They believe that it will encourage children to read the series, which League president William A. Donohue says “denigrates Christianity” and promotes “atheism for kids”.

Please explain.

What is the difference between promoting Christianity for kids and promoting atheism for kids? Both are belief systems. Both are more often passed on by parents, who brainwash their kids into believing one thing or another. Children younger than tweens aren’t likely to question the book anyway – and my cynical self says few children older than that understand reading a good book. Everything they know comes from YouTube and movies. (Yes, I know…overgeneralization.)

Why is it okay to promote Christianity for kids, or even Islam, or Buddhism, or Judaism, but not Wicca, or atheism? What’s the difference?

Published in: on November 1, 2007 at 10:10 pm  Leave a Comment