As many of you know, I moved back to Mississippi in January. Essentially, I’m a transplant (during childhood) who moved away but had to move back for reasons I won’t go into in this post. I live on the beautiful Gulf Coast, which is finally getting back on its economic feet after being devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Oh, that reminded me of what the conservative, religious presidential candidate said about why his Christian god, Yahweh, sent Hurricane Katrina.
➡ Because of gays.
For those of you who didn’t know, Hurricane Katrina killed close to 2,000 people. and caused approximately $108 billion dollars in property damage. And we wonder why gays experience the highest hate crimes of any minority group? There are more than 5,000 gay hate crimes each year in the U.S. Many of the reported crimes result in death.
Then there’s our pious governor, Phil Bryant, appalled by the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, stating he will do all that he can “to protect and defend the religious freedoms of Mississippi”. Andy Gipson, Republican State House Judiciary Chairman, said “one option is for Mississippi to get out of the marriage business altogether.” In other words, no longer issue marriage licenses to anyone in this state. You see, this isn’t about “family values” or what the Bible teaches, because the New Testament forbids divorce and remarriage, except in cases of adultery. Do you see sanctimonious mass hysteria among the religious right because divorce and remarriage are legal? Of course not. Conservatives Protestants have the highest divorce rate in the nation.
What’s this really all about? Forensic psychologist, Karen Franklin, who did extensive research on the roots of anti-gay hate crimes states:
“Heterosexism is not just a personal value system, it is a tool in the maintenance of gender dichotomy. In other words, through heterosexism, any male who refuses to accept the dominant culture’s assignment of appropriate masculine behavior is labeled early on as a “sissy” or “fag” and then subjected to bullying. Similarly, any woman who opposes male dominance and control can be labeled a lesbian and attacked.
The potential of being ostracized as homosexual, regardless of actual sexual attractions and behaviors, puts pressure on all people to conform to a narrow standard of appropriate gender behavior, thereby maintaining and reinforcing our society’s hierarchical gender structure.”
To add insult to injury, Bryant gets up in arms regarding the SCOTUS ruling, this past week, on the Affordable Care Act:
“Obamacare is not about helping those in need or improving health care delivery. It is about destabilizing our health care system, ceding more control to centralized government and replacing individual liberty with government dependence.”
Bryant (who has comprehensive healthcare coverage paid by tax payers), believing the Affordable Care Act is a “socialist takeover” said no deal. He along with 22 other states, most of them Republican-controlled, blocked expansion. He states:
“Mississippi was right, as were numerous other states, not to willingly entrench Obamacare by establishing a state-based exchange, and I will continue to resist any efforts that attempt to shove Obamacare deeper into this state. Republicans know there is a better way, and I call on Mississippi’s congressional delegation to immediately renew its efforts to repeal and replace this train wreck of a law.”
“In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.”
― Mark Twain
I just came upon a short political video and website (link highlighted under excerpt) from a person who is from and lives in Mississippi. You’ve got to watch the video, then read his post. The video is mind-boggling, and these politicians were serious! The guy posting the video breaks it down in case you miss some of the “subtle” points being made. I was stunned and effing embarrassed. Excerpt:
“Brain drain hits home for me, from time to time. Mississippi can be a hard place to stomach, even if you’re like me, a straight white dude with a nice right jab, thick skin, and the ability to throw out a few jokes at even the worst of times.
The kind of people I like leave Mississippi. Maybe I’m a bad friend.
People who could make this place better pack up and head for more opportune climes, noble folk chased off by our worst impulses while we doff our hats, bowing to the scabrous old evils that have failed to provide any opportunity, save a chance to hate.”
For anyone who’s not aware, Mississippi ranks last, that’s right, dead last when it comes to the well being of its citizens. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development did a comprehensive, multivariate analysis taking into account a plethora of indicators of societal well-being. The results? Those states in America with the worst quality of life just so happen to be the most religious states. Mississippi is ranked the most religious (Christian).
Hey, we want all of America to be just like Mississippians. Miserable. In a nutshell, the Mississippi message is:
“We are godly, white, bigoted, bible-thumping, power-hungry, fear mongering, homophobic, dopamine addicted politicians, preachers and patriarchs who, with the guidance of our
financial adviserslord and savior, seek to turn all of America into a 3rd World nation and theocracy.”