First, I want to acknowledge and thank all of the men and women who have given their time and energy and lives serving this great nation of ours and their families so that I have the Freedom to express these opinions. Certainly our understanding of American Freedom has evolved recently. As our nation is being shaped by a shifting Liberal Progressive Socialist agenda proposed by radicalist and Anarchist, our Constitutional Freedoms… and particularly our Freedom of Expression… seem to be eroding…. Moving towards tighter restrictions…. More government oversight…. Possibly towards repression…. Political and religious oppression…. The Tyranny of the Majority that the Constitutional Bill of Rights was enacted to prevent… to protect American Citizens from….
I would like to present a view of those restrictions in relation to International Law….
First… a caveat…. I write Science Fiction. Dystopian Science Fiction. I am working on a series of stories about a government that distorts the truth. Lies to its people. And the Aftermath….
Here is some supporting evidence for my Dark Vision of Tomorrow….
My point is that when individuals loose self determination… the ability to choose their own path… because of government intervention… a form of Slavery is created. Loss of Freedom… restriction of self-deterimination… should be considered Slavery and is in conflict with the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights….
Now…. For a little exercise…. Please compare Article 5 to this video disparaging and denigrating people with alternate political views….
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Did Ms. Pelosi really interview the first people she encountered after landing at the airport? Having spent a fair amount of time in the State of Mississippi, I would have to say, “NO WAY”. She clearly cherry picked hicks and rednecks who lived in shacks. Someone did the requisite preliminary ground work to identify likely candidates to demonstrate the prejudices the Liberal Progressives were seeking…. An intentional act that was simply a more subtle… but more profound form of BIGOTRY…. Liberal bigotry…. Well educated and specifically formulated bigotry seeking to mislead their selected audience of like minded individuals. And to put down those from different backgrounds with different political and religious beliefs… and devalue their opinions…. Which is one of the quintessential hallmarks of verbally abusive behavior….
Ms. Pelosi and her crew drove past many better educated and more erudite individuals… and even a bunch of Liberals… to reach the profound ignorant group that she deemed ignorant enough to ridicule, mock and denigrate in the name of political expediency….
Using… and abusing… the power of the media… the Fourth Estate… that is supposed to observe and oversee the mechanics of government and present their unbiased criticism… of ALL sides…. Rather than using their position and access to mass media… that they routinely deny those of other political opinions… for unabashedly political purposes….
Where is equal time…? Where is equality…? Where is Social Justice…?
Why do I ask…? Why do I call the video that Mr. Maher and Ms. Pelosi posted Liberal Bigotry…?
Well… let’s start with a review of Articles 18 & 19 from the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights….
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
And… let’s move on to the definition of bigotry….
big·ot·ry [big-uh-tree] Show IPA noun, plural big·ot·ries.
1. stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.
2. the actions, beliefs, prejudices, etc., of a bigot.
Ridiculing people because they are different… whether that difference is education level… economic opportunity… religious principles… political persuasion… or food preferences…. Different cultural norms….
I don’t mean to imply that Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Maher exceed the norm of Liberal Bigotry entrenched in our American Intelligentsia. Nor do I mean to imply Liberal Bigotry is restricted to California or New York… or to the Blue States… or even to America…. Here is an even more egregious example… under the guise of presenting truth… and not simply faith….
I love Professor Lawrence Krauss’ religious and political rant in this presentation. Unfortunately… he never gets around to proving the espoused point of lecture…. Because he spends too much time mocking people who have different political opinions and religious beliefs…. Too much hatred for those whom he views as different from himself…. From his ideal…. But… apparently that was actually secondary to the bigoted attack on people with different religious and political beliefs… who apparently weren’t present to defend their positions…. Or… were too cowed to speak up…. Anyway… the audience in attendence sure seems to be entertained… by his disdain….
But… with all due respect… I am sure he feels injured by the disdain of Christian Fundamentalist… who he feels are so far beneath him intellectually… so stupid that such creatins cannot have a legitimate opinion… and should be summarily dismissed…. Disrespected…. Dissed…. So… he does just that….
Because he feels so far superior…. And so does the distinguished Professor Dawkins….
The video presents an incredibly glib and smug presentation of religious belief as fact… while ridiculing other people’s religious beliefs as ignorance… while making specific and significant political comments… which is a clear violation of United States Tax Codes…. This video should be enough for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science to lose Tax Exempt status in the United States. I don’t know about the applicable tax laws in the United Kingdom.
Another glaring image presented… is Liberal Progressive hypocrisy….
Applying rules to Christians and Conservatives because of their differing beliefs and opinions… that are not applied in the same way to Liberal Progressives and Secular Humanists….
Bigotry is one such glaring hypocrisy….
And preaching that Secular Humanism is superior to all other religions… to all other beliefs… to all other faiths… and therefore should be taught exclusively in American Schools… to the exclusion of ALL other ideas…. That’s hypocrisy…. Refusing to admit that Secular Humanism requires faith just because that’s what one believes to be true is also fallacious….
Maybe I should delay that discussion for some nebulous time in the future….
So that we can briefly discuss Education… and the Dark Vision that Professor Krauss and Professor Dawkins and Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Maher espouse…. And compare their dark vision to the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights….
1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and
fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
My goodness! There appears to be a significant discrepancy between what the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights states is appropriate… and the Dark Vision of the Liberal Progressive and Secular Humanistic religious and political view of what should be taught. In fact… I will be so bold as to suggest that the Dark Vision may in fact be viewed as indoctrination into a State Political Religion… rather than an education into how to think independently… and evaluate concepts for one’s self…. How to think and act FREELY….
One more point about Liberal Progressive Political Agenda and violation of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights….
1. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
2. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
3. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
4. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Everyone has the right to work…. To free choice of employment….
People have the right to form Trade Unions…. But Trade Unions do not have the right for coerce people into joining…. Nor do they have the right to punish people who do not join…. Trade Unions do not have the right to enslave workers….
Certainly everyone has the right to enjoy the traditions of their people’s without government interference….
Certainly people, regardless of their situation, should be about to eat what they choose….
What does the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights say…?
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food,
clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
One last thought….
Here is His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie’s speech before the United Nations General Assembly….
“Until the color of a man’s skin… means no more… than the color of man’s eyes… there will be war….”
This is Bob Marley’s interpretation, which is more understandable….
In my opinion, the same ideas should apply to religious and political beliefs and opinions….
“Until there’s no longer first class and second class citizen’s of any nation….”
The rule of International Morality will remain an illusion…”
Now… go back and look at Ms. Pelosi and Professor Krauss’ videos….
And view them for the Liberal Bigotry that they clearly represent….
They have the right to their opinions. They have the right to express their opinions. They do not have the right to repress the expression of other people’s opinions, nor do they have the right to publicly humiliate and denigrate other people because of their race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religious beliefs, political opinions… or even their ignorance….
They do provide excellent examples of intolerance under the guise of intelligence….
So does forcing poor people to give up their traditional Thanksgiving Day food choices….
NONE of that represents the American Freedoms our Veterans fought to preserve….
For ALL Americans….