Spare Me the Sanctity of Marriage Shit

This is what I love about the ReThugs – they are, truly, so predictable.

Defending the Federal Marriage Amendment Act, John Ensign (R-NV) spoke on the floor of the SenateDarlene Ensign and Senator John Ensign in 2004.

Washington, D.C. – Senator John Ensign took to the floor of the United States Senate today to defend the sanctity of marriage and urge passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment Act.

“Marriage recognizes the ideal of a father and mother living together to raise their children,” Ensign said. “Marriage is the cornerstone on which our society was founded.  For those who say that the Constitution is so sacred that we cannot or should not adopt the Federal Marriage Amendment, I would simply point out that marriage, and the sanctity of that institution, predates the American Constitution and the founding of our nation. Marriage, as a social institution, predates every other institution on which ordered society in America has relied.”

Which is exactly why John Ensign fucked a married woman not his wife, but an election campaign worker and her husband, why he – was … “a member of Mr. Ensign’s official Senate staff.”  Because he baaleeves in this stuff!  Now interestingly on his issues page, I don’t see Marriage.   I would think being a great defender of marriage, it would be all important issue. Guess not.  But ya know what – ‘Animal Advocacy’ is there.

But the best part:

Mr. Ensign, 51, is married and has three children. He and his wife, Darlene, were active for a time in Promise Keepers, a Christian evangelical ministry that promotes strong families and marriages.

Hypocrisy heaven…..

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Acropolis Museum Set to Open

Finally – the Acropolis Museum is set to open – Saturday, June 20th.  Athens is one of my favorite of cities.

However this is something I have never understood.  How is it a British citizen can steal parts of an ancient Greek monument and it’s not considered theft?  Hegemony?

A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said the museum would make no difference to the UK’s commitment to keeping the sculptures…

But the DCMS spokesman said: “Neither the trustees nor the British government believe they should be returned. The main arguments are that they are available free of charge in a museum that has more visitors than any other in the world; they are looked after in perfect environmental conditions; and above all they are presented in a world context.”  So will they ever be returned? “Never say never,” said the spokesman, “but I can’t imagine the circumstances will ever change.”  The British Museum said reports over the weekend that it had offered to lend its marbles to the new museum were based on a misunderstanding.

I’m not sure I understand.  Was this a game of finders-keepers back in 1816? Continue reading

The Iranian Klan – Culture Cops?

Found this interesting film on the Basij – the militia-culture cops in Iran….seems to be similar to the Taliban troops and the religious right wingnuts here.   Originally – militia, then …..

Originally consisting of those males “either too young or old for regular military service,”[2] the Basij are perhaps most famous for providing the volunteers that made up the human wave attacks against the Iraqis during the Iran–Iraq War, particularly around Basra.[1] Currently Basij serve as an auxiliary force engaged in activities such as law enforcement, emergency management, the providing of social service, organizing of public religious ceremonies, and more controversially morals policing and the suppresson of dissident gatherings.[3] They have a local organization in almost every city in Iran.[4]

Here’s how Global Security. org describes them with, as mentioned above, this paragraph.

The Basij, or Baseej paramilitary volunteer forces, come under the control of the Revolutionary Guards.  They have been active in monitoring the activities of citizens, enforcing the hijab and arresting women for violating the dress code, and seizing ‘indecent’ material and satellite dish antennae. In May 1999 the Minister of Islamic Culture and Guidance stated in public remarks that the Government might support an easing of the satellite ban.  However, Supreme Leader Khamenei, who makes the ultimate determination on issues that involve radio and television broadcasting, quickly criticised any potential change as amounting to “surrender” to Western culture, effectively ending any further debate of the idea.  The “Special Basijis” are not permitted to participate in political parties or groups, although other members of the Basij can belong to political associations if they are not on a Basij mission and do not use the name or resources of the Basij for the association. Basijis can participate in specialist or trade associations.

Religious zealots, religious wingnuts ….. it’s all the same.  Or as this blogger termed them – the Ku Klux Klan of Iran.  How’s that for a frame of reference?