President Obama came out strongly for gay rights and gay marriage in his second Inauguration speech. He stated, "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."
He also listed the achievements of previous movements for civil rights by other groups in American histories, including African Americans and women. After all, at one time all these movements were ignored and then strongly opposed, but eventually embraced. President Obama, among other things, also mentioned the need to fight climate change, which he is correct on. Now, to other minor stories in the news.
New York state is considering putting chaplains in schools. Speaker of the Kansas House Mike O'Neal sent an e-mail telling fellow legislators to pray for Obama verse Psalm 109:8, which states, ""Let his days be few; and let another take his office." The real controversy arises in the next verse of Psalm 109, however, which continues, "May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow."
Actually, this is a common verse by the religious right-wing against Obama, so I am not that shocked. As an atheist, I don't believe prayer works at all, but O'Neal does and it is disgusting for him to take an action that he would believe would lead to the death of President Obama.
In Texas, schools in bible classes which are supposed to teach about the bible, religion and Christianity objectively are teaching children that the bible is literally true. They have been teaching the earth is 6000 years old and that slavery came from the mythical Ham, the son of the mythical Noah, seeing his dad naked.
That supposedly this endorsed blacks to being slaves for hundreds of years. Actually, this is exactly what the South taught their kids in the pre-Civil War era, and how knows how many years after. I worried about these classes when they were proposed.
What do all these, and other cases, have in common? Well of course, the religious right-wing working to impose their will on the rest of us through the government. They never have agreed with the concept of church/state separation, as the father of the Constitution, James Madison, wrote about. Church/state separation, the principle behind the Establishment clause of the First Amendment, guarantees that religion and the government won't be intertwined.
That government won't promote religion. Well, the Christian right-wing believes sincerely that the government is an arm of their religion. When we put a god on our money and Pledge of Allegiance there is no end to it. It just justifies to those on the far Christian right-wing to go even farther. So those who do believe in our Enlightenment based Constitution/republic, have to work to ensure that its' principles remain.