Supreme Court Protest

Tolerance

LA MESA -- A couple of weeks ago La Mesa Today carried an article about a new business in La Mesa - Hobby Lobby. The first comment about the article called Hobby Lobby "woman hating bigots" and advocated boycotting the store.

         I presume this comment was made because Hobby Lobby claims their religious beliefs argue against four of the 20 types of birth control proscribed by Obamacare - and thus the company "only" includes 16 types in the company health plan. I also oppose making it mandatory that birth control be included in all medical plans. My opposition is not religious. I simply object to requiring taxpayers to pay for someone else's birth control.

         I suppose that makes me a "woman hating bigot" too  - maybe worse since I oppose making any of the 20 forms of birth control a mandatory part of all health plans. I wonder what words the person who called Hobby Lobby (and me) "woman hating bigots", over this relatively minor difference of opinion, would use to describe someone who believes in female genital mutilation, or arranged marriages or that women should not be educated, or that they should be stoned to death for adultery.

         I wonder why the blogger needed to use such angry, over the top, hateful rhetoric to challenge someone who disagrees with them about a relatively minor issue. What happened to tolerance and thoughtful discussion? I had a Mother, and still have a wife, two sisters, two daughters, three daughters-in-law and five granddaughters. I love them all and they love me. I don't know how each of them feels about this issue, but I guarantee you that even if we are of differing opinions, none would consider me a woman hating bigot. I don't know anyone who owns or works for Hobby Lobby, but I'll bet they love their families - men and women - as much as I love mine.

         I want to leave a better country to the women I mentioned above (and to the men in my family as well). Knee jerk, over-the-top, hateful name calling won't get us there. Tolerance of differing opinions and civilized dialogue about those differences might. 

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Comment by David Stanley on April 3, 2015 at 3:47pm

The nation was founded on Christian belief and guidance. This was solidified in our Constitution. This same Constitution, representing not a Democracy but a Republic, provides  and protects. Some constraints are necessary - the "Fire" in a theatre example - but the Bill of Rights followed by the entire Constitution exists or one purpose; TO PROTECT US FROM GOVERNMENT.

When corruption threatens to or does bring on collapse of that Republic, as it is doing at this very moment, in Government and more seriously our courts, small groups of radical fanatics, as exemplified by only a few homosexuals, blacks, Mexicans, Communists and DEMOCRATS, will always seize the opportunity provided by this corruption to usurp the power of the majority and bend it to its most often perverted will. We are witnessing this daily with the insane but minority of these and other groups. With the momentous growth of the Democrat party, coupled with what they love to call "Progressivism", we are seeing more and more the toppling of the majority in favour of the rank minority. Millions of homosexuals, blacks yes and Democrats coexist with the majority in this country and willingly work within the system to correct perceived wrongs and they are all applauded and joined by that majority. But, with the existence of ambulance chasers, community organizers, closet and blatant socialists, black radicals, fanatical homosexual groups, all supported and guided by our now totally corrupt government and courts sense perceived weakness they attack relentlessly whilst Christians and weak kneed Republicans dither and mouth, "There, there". There's no coming back now though, no reversals, no do-overs, no correcting what they have done to us.  Their messiah and their Eric Holders and their Harry Reids have firmly set us on their preferred path to third world status even whilst making each of them incredibly rich. Aint you glad you're a card carrying Democrat Progressive? What do ya think, Gene?

Comment by Kevin G George on April 3, 2015 at 10:03am

Hey, where did Genes caustic and accusatory comment about the big bad right wingers go?

Removed by the editor because of its personal attacks?

I thought that was the province of we East County conservative hicks. 

Comment by Kevin G George on April 3, 2015 at 8:43am

Nope Batman, the beauty of being Portuguese is one can pass for any of the " swarthy" ethnic groups.

Sort of a human chameleon.

Classic stuff Gene, post some inane, knee jerk, reactionary comments with a cute picture, then declare victory and run for the hills when you are confronted with anything except praise from the like minded. 

Now that is boring.

Comment by David Stanley on April 3, 2015 at 6:39am

"...all to yourselves"??? Jeepers! Do you suppose ole Gene got his feelings hurt? Why, I didnt think liberals COULD get their feelings hurt. They only attack and destroy everyone else dont they? You know,the first things is begin calling names, then a quocl foolow on with character assassination then mockery and defamation.  Jeepers!

Comment by Batman on April 2, 2015 at 10:04pm

Maybe Aimee will reappear also. She actually makes more sense than you Mr. Carpenter.

Comment by Gene Carpenter on April 2, 2015 at 9:55pm
Enjoy having it all to yourselves! Trolls are boring.
Comment by Batman on April 2, 2015 at 9:49pm

Look at that Kev! I made Gene disappear! 

Comment by Batman on April 2, 2015 at 9:23pm

Latino? Gee whizz Kev, I thought you were Italian!

Comment by Kevin G George on April 2, 2015 at 8:40pm

Gene, please review my comments. 

I have covered no bases.

My only comments are in regard to Amy's intolerant comment re Russell Buckley's exercise of free discourse and also her ability to ignore it.

It seems that you have fulfilled the definition of prejudice.

Thanks, always good to hear from you.

PS: I qualify as Latino under US Census guidelines.

Comment by David Stanley on April 2, 2015 at 7:32pm

Yep, there's our pal Gene popping up to giggle and lock arms with the insane liberals. Missed you Gene

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