Paul Ryan standing in public, on national tv, claiming that our rights aren't from the government but from God? WTF? God isn't mentioned once in any of our documents, a creator is, but s/he isn't named as God. Our country was founded on the very idea that we were free to worship as we like, all creeds are all deemed equal under the eyes of law.
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. Aristotle
Who does that sound like? Yup, you got it in one, the republicans. They have been killing the rights of women left and right the last few years. Constricting access to abortion to the pin point of our brave women soldiers must now use their own funds to obtain an abortion due to the law that no federal funds may be spent on "supplying" abortions. Claiming that individuals personal views were more important than the law, allowing pharmacists the right not to dispense birth control of any form. Now in Arizona a woman is going to be pregnant 2 entire weeks before conception...yeah, i don't know how that works either.
Brian Brown spewing that crap about the two halves of society coming together to form a greater good in marriage is utter and complete shit. Anyone who stayed awake in history class in high school knows just how much of a lie that is. For most of recorded history marriage for women was about being an owned heir making machine, not love. Women had no civil rights, could own nothing, could claim nothing, their children weren't even considered theirs, but their husbands. As late as the 1970's a woman had to bring a male relative with her to open a bank account in France. Women in America couldn't open a trading account on their own until the 1970's.
Woman's rights has been colored just as negatively by the Bible as for LGBT folk are. The haters of women take to heart this verse,
First Corinthians 7: "It is good, he says, for a man not to touch a woman. If it is good not to touch a woman, it is bad to touch one: for there is no opposite to goodness but badness. But if it be bad and the evil is pardoned, the reason for the concession is to prevent worse evil."
Throughout the ages women have been locked away from society to ensure the offspring were indeed their husbands. Ancient Greek and Chinese women left their homes twice, once to travel from their childhood homes to their husbands homes, and the second time to be buried. And while these women were entombed in their homes, men were out and about sticking their dick into any orifice they wished, this behavior was condoned by society, the penalty for a woman's infidelity was death. Women are still paying with their lives in Muslim countries for infidelity, even a hint of impropriety can lead to death by stoning, death by fire, disfigured by acid. etc.
Within the last few years, the tea party republicans have attempted to restrict, reduce or eliminate programs that help the poor, Medicaid, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Pell Grants, and of course the beleaguered Planned Parenthood. To my way of thinking, reducing the amount of aid to our poorest, our neediest, our most deserving of help is nothing but thinly coated racism. I know you all remember NOM's attempt to cause a rift between LBGT and Blacks and Latinos last summer. While NOM tries so very hard to claim not to be a hate group, they dont hate LGBT at all! they only want to keep us from marriage, seeing as how marriage is only a religious institution, oh and adoption, and equal treatment in the workplace, and in the military, basically we should all go crawl into a hole and disappear.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost. Aristotle
By depriving some Americans their civil right to marry, to work, to worship freely, to have children, they are depriving all of us, by taking us down to the lowest common denominator. Every civil right sliced from certain segments of our society, sets a legal precedence for the allowance of civil rights removal. As fast as the LGBT legal groups file law suits in courts across our land, the right is busy dismantling laws protecting all of us from multiple forms of discrimination. These dismantled laws could have dire consequences for those outside the target zone, oh wait, no they know they are allowing wide scale discrimination.
The GOP has codified their racism and misogyny into the state planks, and now are adopting it for the national party. At this junction the only way I can see this party swinging into a semblance of rationality is for them to lose in overwhelming large numbers at the voting booth. And at this time, I'm not really sure that will occur. I hope it will, I want it to, but hold out little hope that it will.