Everyday People

Hate crimes on the rise! Homegrown terrorists…on the rise. Hate speech from our elected officials…on the rise. Children who are more accustomed to having their heads in the wi-fi sand than in a physical book, on the rise. The list goes on and on and on.

We should not be at a point in this nation where witnessing acts of pure, unadulterated, disdain, with our morning coffee…is commonplace.

Cartoons of particular notions not being televised because it may disturb the family balance.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/21/arthur-gay-wedding-banned-alabama-public-tv-same-sex-union

Children being torn away from their parents and placed in nothing more than 2019’s version of concentration camps.

And, so it goes?

Possibly!

Now our elected officials have up’d their game! And have come up with a new and improved manner in which to show off the vulgarity of hate!

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced plans to roll back Obama-era protections for transgender people who are experiencing homelessness. The change would allow shelters to turn people away by claiming a “religious” exemption.

So-called “religious freedom” exemptions have become popular with the religious right as evangelicals attempt to use it as a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people and women. The federal law was not intended to be used as a get-out-of-jail-free card for civil rights violations.

Christianity is based off the belief that Jesus Christ was a benevolent savior. He repeatedly taught that his followers should help the homeless and destitute without judgement. That would be the opposite of what modern evangelical Christians seek to do under the law.

Trump administration will give homeless shelters the right to turn away transgender people

read more at :LGBTQnation.com

The change would allow shelters to turn people away by claiming a “religious” exemption.By Bil Browning Wednesday, May 22, 2019 

I tell what should be on the rise…Everyday People saying something! Everyday People who do not like what they are seeing.

What is that saying,

If you see something that’s not right! Say something!

I am no better and neither are you
We are the same whatever we do

Pageantry for Hate

You asked, ‘I do not understand…this pageantry for hate…’

And, more so, I heard the question…’really?’
As if, in disgust over how peace could be what I may have been feeling.

In an instant, the night raged on…doubt deep.

My fitful sleep…to keep.

Thus, I had lingered on your words today.
Watching as the roots, the limbs, the earth…felt the anger of our decay.
Avenging angels dressed up in their poetic make believe.
Babes with pacifiers, made of leather and recycled politically correct discussions.
Nibbling little infants feeding on store bought garden variety weeds.
Oh, the young, filling the void not the need.

Drifting back from the path in which I came.
The grove of 3 leaf clover, recoiled and fluttered
Nature blew about your sake, your self sanctimonious title…your fiery heart’s name.

My footing wavered over stone and ledge.
Focus, on good, focus, focus…
I began my pledge.

Death is spoiled on the old…or, so I am told.
Perhaps, I am just beyond bold.
Yet, I could not shake what might be easier if displayed.

Storms set deep inside the soul.
Rumbles of angst upon the horizon.
Wolves parading in opaque fur.
Screams in the night awaiting to be heard.

All of this and more, my dear.
As humiliating as stumbling down a wooden path.
Old and used…forgetting where you began at.
Wasted energy
Letting bad karma take the lead…
down a road of… nature’s way of showing off our misdeeds.

No One is Born to Hate

Tell me, Nelson, what is the biggest issue today? 

If and when I get to heaven…that is question I would ask.

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

Nelson Mandela

 

A Night at the Garden

Trump and the Ryan White Program

Enough is enough #45!  There is little decency in this world.  Due to avoidance of facts and promotion of fiction.  This presidency has sparked a match in the hearts of haters.  We are now a country known for: stealing little children from their parents,  the mixing of church and state (with the mythical bible in the lead), womanizing,  misogyny, promotion of white supremacy…the list goes on and on.

Trump is stealing money from HIV programs to pay for migrant kids snatched from parents

immigration protest

JUNE 14, 2018: A sign reads, “Caging children is not humane” at the protest to Keep Families Together in Detroit.Shutterstock

A hallmark of the Trump administration is that after manufacturing a self-inflicted crisis, it will do everything in its power to make it worse. Now the administration is stealing money from HIV programs so that it can pay for its loathsome policy of separating immigrants parents from their children.

Slate has obtained documents showing that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is already diverting funds from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to cover a budget shortfall caused by the separation policy.

ORR is projecting that it will need as many as 25,400 beds for minor children by the end of the current year. That would result in a $585 million deficit by the end of September, when the government’s fiscal year ends, and a nearly $2 billion shortfall by the end of next year.

The reason why ORR can grab money from the Ryan White Program is that the agency is part of Health and Human Services. ORR is also looking to take money from refugee settlement programs, including medical assistance and help for torture victims. ORR is headed by Scott Lloyd, an anti-abortion activist who also has a track record of homophobia. 

The ORR projections apparently mean one of two things, neither of them good, or a combination of the two. It could signal that the Trump administration is going to rev up its zero tolerance policy and start separating chidren again after a 20-day waiting period has passed.

Trump’s executive order halting the separations is unclear on this point, although the outcry that forced Trump to change course would return with a vengeance if zero tolerance returned.

The other possibility is that ORR is expecting to be holding on to children for a lot longer than people think. Although a judge has ordered the administration to reunite children and parents as quickly as possible, the administration has been pleading for more time. An estimated 1,700 children are currently in government custody after being separated from their families at the border.

ORR’s move is entirely in character with the Trump administration’s disrespect for HIV issues. Last December, the administration fired its entire HIV/AIDS Presidential Council. Trump’s attack on Obamacare have also paved the way for insurers once again to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions, like HIV.

Still, it takes a certain kind of evil genius to combine cuts to HIV programs and tearing children away from their parents. Unfortunately for us, the Trump administration has a special talent for it.

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/author/john-gallagher/