Friday, June 28, 2013

Texas-Sized Church Bells

In the Bible Cain slew Abel
and East of Eden he was cast
You're born into this life paying
for the sins of somebody else's past....
 
-Bruce Springsteen
 
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States did something that was lauded in some circles as extraordinary, condemned in other circles as dastardly and viewed by Yours Truly as nothing more or less than wholly appropriate.  By a 5-4 vote, the Supremes declared unconstitutional a portion of one of the most disingenuously named statutes in the United States Code - the Defense of Marriage Act.  DOMA - an especially shameful little piece of legislation - was enacted in that Conservative heyday known as the Clinton Administration.  Anyone with skin in the game knows that what the Court did Wednesday morning was not the final round in the battle.  It was however a very important one.  Well done. 
 
Predictably the God Squad responded to the Court's decision by condemning it.  Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York called the decision a "profound injustice".  For good measure he added, The Court got it wrong.  The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so.    I never know whether to laugh or cry when the facial hypocrites who front for an organization that has played "Hide the Pedophile" for decades - moving priests caught molesting young members of a particular flock off to graze in another pasture - explain to us sinners the difference between right and wrong. 
 
And on the subject of a person who actually grasps the difference between right and wrong,  kudos to Texas State Senator Wendy Davis - who is a Democrat from Fort Worth.  Senator Davis spent most of Tuesday engaging in a filibuster to prevent the Texas Senate from voting to enact a law that would outlaw abortions beyond the twentieth week of pregnancy AND require that the physician performing the abortion have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the facility where the procedure is going to be performed.  While her filibuster fell about fifteen minutes shy of preventing a vote altogether, she held sway long enough to keep a lawful vote from taking place.  No fear!  Proponents of the legislation promise to try, try again.  Governor Rick Perry may even call a special session of the State Senate in an effort to accomplish the goal. 
 
Until then, Governor Perry and his fellow life-lovers in the Texas Senate shall have to appease their need to preserve life by executing inmates on Death Row.   One of the Lone Star State's truly special creatures - Kimberly McCarthy (sentenced to death for murdering her next-door neighbor after first robbing her and then beating her) - became the 500th person executed in Texas in the thirty-one years since Texas resumed capital punishment in 1982. 
 
Nice to know I suppose that she paid for the sins of her own past.  Eventually I suppose we all shall.
 
-AK

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