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Spluttering with fury

I'd already heard about the Texas anti-gay measure from several sources, including Terrance (the story link is courtesy of his blog), but, well, apparently the first part made me angry enough that I didn't read the whole thing.

Tonight on CNN, I heard that not only will they be preventing gay and bisexuals from serving as foster parents, they are planning to remove children that have already been placed. They won't be grandfathered in. They'll be torn from environments to which they've already become acclimated.

I am simply too outraged to write about this coherently. Talk about innocent victims. These kids aren't even old enough to vote against what's happening to them.

These people really just don't care who they hurt, do they? I'd be very surprised indeed if any of the politicians who voted for the measure had actually worked with foster children. Nope, it's all about the political capital they'll have to spend come election time, regardless of the emotional trauma and damage they inflict upon the powerless. And they have the sheer arrogance to call themselves "pro-family!"

How does it make any sense whatsoever to reduce the pool of quality foster care providers? How can they rationalize that straight couples are the only ones who can provide adequate caregiving when the recent case from Florida is a clarion call to the contrary? Oh, wait, the right wing of Texas gives anything coming out of Florida a free pass 'cause it's Brother Jeb's turf, dontcha know.

More and more, I think the ACLU may be some of the best donation money one can spend, given the war they're trying to fight on multiple fronts these days.

Maybe we could get Texas to secede. Granted, there's some decent wine country there, but I'd be willing to let that go as long as the irrational segment of their population went with it.

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goodjoan
Apr. 22nd, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
I read that too and was just too stunned to even comment. I wonder when people are going to wake up and vote HUMANS back into office! Heck, I wonder when I am going to wake up and realize this was a bad dream that I had after reading Orwell's 1984 and eating chili after 11pm!
pointedview
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
You know, I had someone on the phone from Texas today. He had to put me on hold for a sec, and his hold music was tuned to a very Christian music station. I try to not make assumptions about people, I really do, but before I could stop it, the thought rolled into my head that he was probably one of the people that put these politicians in office. I know that's wrong and unfair, and that I shouldn't stereotype, but like I say, I had the thought before I could put it aside. (He was also kind of a jerk on the phone outside of the hold music, but that's beside the point. Jerks come in all shapes, sizes, and political affiliations.)
freakyferret
Apr. 22nd, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
Let's see. 1998, so nearly 8 years now I've been telling people about the coming theocracy which will replace our government. Sadly, this isn't even the first step, and it's far from the last.
pointedview
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
Right there with you. I wrote a piece on 9/11 for WG that, when I look back at it, was eerily accurate, and dang, how I wish it wasn't. Unfortunately, warning people early on doesn't get us much more than the ability to say "we told you so." :/
freakyferret
Apr. 27th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
ooo. you got a link?
pointedview
Apr. 28th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
Linkie.

The bits I consider on-target are the parts where I talk about the loss of personal freedoms, and the fact that the invasion of privacy has done nothing to improve our "security," especially if we are to believe the recent reports that the administration has tried to cover up evidence that terrorist activity has actually increased instead of decreased.
jasondemotte
Apr. 22nd, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, and I thought the marriage law we passed here in Kansas was stupid (which not only defined marriage as between a man and woman only, but stated that marriage is only union honored by KS, which means common-law marriage no longer exists here).

You know just a couple of years ago I thought this country was becoming more tolerant of homosexuality. I had no clue how wrong I was.
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