Thursday, February 10, 2005

We prefer the term "Selective Discrimination"

Bush calls for end to racism (other forms of discrimation A - OK)

At a White House meeting with prominent black leaders on Tuesday, President Bush reiterated language from his inaugural speech stating "we cannot carry the message of freedom and the baggage of bigotry at the same time" and like everything else in this great country, the caveat remains "unless BushCo states otherwise."

Whaddya mean gays are discriminated against? They can get married, just not to anyone they'd want to marry:

"I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, and I think we ought to codify that one way or another," Bush told reporters at a White House news conference. "And we've got lawyers looking at the best way to do that."

"Yes, I am mindful that we're all sinners," the president said Wednesday when asked for his views on homosexuality. "And I caution those who may try to take the speck out of the neighbor's eye when they've got a log in their own." "I think it's very important for our society to respect each individual, to welcome those with good hearts, to be a welcoming country," Bush added. "On the other hand, that does not mean that somebody like me needs to compromise on an issue such as marriage."(George W. Bush, 22 October 2003)

"nothing wrong with discriminating against gays." (VA State Sen. Kenneth Cuccinelli February 2005)

Choosey preachers choose Christians

Under the president's rules,
all government contractors, except religious groups, are now forbidden to discriminate in hiring on religious grounds. Thus religious groups are not being treated "like all other groups." Rather, they are being given a special right to engage in religious bigotry in employment in taxpayer-funded programs. Nobody was trying to "discriminate against faith-based organizations" before 2002, as Gonzales suggests. Religious groups were just asked to play by the same rules as everyone else. Gonzales' take on all this is Orwellian.

It's not your lack of religion that makes you enemy of the state, it's your lack of patriotism
"I think people attack me because they are fearful that I will then say that you're not equally as patriotic if you're not a religious person," Mr. Bush said. "I've never said that. I've never acted like that. I think that's just the way it is. " (George W. Bush, 11 January 2005)

Keep your religion in your house of worship, abide by mine everywhere else

"I fully understand that the job of the president is and must always be protecting the great right of people to worship or not worship as they see fit," Mr. Bush said. "That's what distinguishes us from the Taliban. The greatest freedom we have or one of the greatest freedoms is the right to worship the way you see fit.
(George W. Bush, 11 January 2005)

In an interview in 1999, Bush cited Scalia and Clarence Thomas, the two most conservative members of the court, as justices he especially admires.

Clarence Thomas advanced the position that the constitutionally mandated separation applied to the federal government, but not to individual states -- a position that would allow Virginia, for example, to declare a state religion and advocates allowing states use tax money to proselytize for that state's religion. [Elk Grove v. Newdow, 2004]

Justices Scalia and Thomas do not believe in the right to privacy with regard to sexual activity between consenting adults specifically referencing that once cannot distinguish homosexuality from other traditional morals offenses [Lawrence v. Texas, 2003]

Heathens need not apply
"On the other hand, I don't see how you can be president at least from my perspective, how you can be president, without a relationship with the Lord," he said.


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