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Felaine, your story, and the one you shared with us through the film reveals a dark and ugly USA past, which sadly goes on. You are quite correct in the national hatred of atheist, non-believers of any stripe, and religions that don't stand upon the pedestal of Abraham. Hatred, bigotry, dogmatism, narrow-mindedness, all play their part in holding us back from the next leap forward in the human evolutionary journey.
We are, without a doubt, at a cutting edge in history. A lot rides on the outcome, even life as we know it on Earth. If we remain shy, or afraid of being called names or having dirty tricks played on us, then we lose, automatically. The only way humanity can progress is for individuals who share a vision of justice and peace stand together in coalition. One person alone can submit to fear; a whole community caught in the talons of dominators means maintaining and perpetuating the status quo.
Standing up before family, friends, the community and stating, "I am a nonbeliever; I do not see evidence of a god!" isn't really all that difficult ... long term. What is difficult is living under the shroud of any theism.
Payson is where my husband's cousin lives.
I have friends and relatives in central and northern Arizona. I sent the link to that story to a couple (been together 40+ years) in Payson (geographical center of the state...) This was their reply:
My VERY long reply:
It's going to cost the taxpayers an arm and a leg, and maybe a few hips, to fight it in the courts. Definitely unconstitutional. D'you think the Gov. is hateful enough to sign it? Or let it lapse into law?This kind of nastiness makes me sick, even though it doesn't affect me personally; sort of like the first time I travelled with Holiday in the South in 1957, and saw separate waiting rooms, separate water fountains, signs by the seats in buses, and black people buying fast food burgers from kitchen doors instead of at the counters out front like everyone else. I'd read about that kind of thing, but actually seeing it, and living with it was something else altogether.I also still fume about what Mabel Fairbanks had to go through to become a professional skater in the 1940s and '50s....she had to put together her own shows and play places like Cuba and South America. she also had to resort to subterfuge to get her students admitted to the USFSA in the late 1960s (!) so they could compete....something she was never allowed to do. She trained champions, but was not inducted into the USFSA Hall of Fame till 1997. A bit of an afterthought IMO.This video made me cry a bit...I love Atoy, I'm glad he put this together.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-kW4bSdx2oI often wonder which group is going to be next. I belong to THE most hated minority in the USA...atheists. We are now close to 20% of the population, but no politician (since Pete Stark) can get elected dog-catcher if she or he admits to being non-religious.Oh, this pi$$es me off so much I can hardly think! I hope Gov. Brewer develops a brain instead of her usual cerebral tentacle, and vetoes the bill. Even if she agrees with it, she must be aware of how much the fight is going to cost the state.Felaine <snarling>
Yeah, not much appealing there, & the weather doesn't interest me either as I hate heat.
I don't think we have anything in the stores here manufactured there, but I'll make sure I check, as well as checking where my items come from when I shop online.
Dear ol' dad was a huge bigot, matching ''Archie Bunker'' without the humor, but I never liked it & knew something wasn't right even before I heard of the word.
Considering the level of Bigotry pervading Arizona, I would boycot them. The problem is, I have never gone there, I don't plan to, and I'm not aware of buying anything from there. Not much left to boycot. Kind of like Alabama, same thing.
I also have never heard of people being ''pulled over'' who aren't white, so it either hasn't been enough to make the news, or I just haven't heard it, & my husband has Vancouver's news on every evening. But......as I said, we're in a small city, & the biggest thing here other than crime is getting the drunks out of the city park.
I can't claim to know much about it, but I do know a lot of the Canadians go there for the winter, including a neighbor down the street from us. My husband has a US cousin who lives in Arizona, but we're not in touch.
News about Arizona is on our news frequently, but I can't say I'm impressed. I am in a very small city, & we don't seem to have the issues with all these things as the bigger centers do.
We have all kinds of different people here & no problem other than crime from some of the same ones over & over again.
I prefer not to watch a lot of the news as it makes me so sad.
Arizona has long endeavored to be "The Alabama of the Southwest". I don't know why. Well, yes I do. Arizona is one of the major "White flight" states, as reactionary white people left California and other states in reaction to the presence of more people of color.
I know a fair number of "snowbirds" - retirees who migrate to Arizona in the winter, and back to the Northwest in the summer. Some of them, you can't even chit chat with, without their bigotry coming to the front. "How was the winter there this year?" "The sunshine was great. But too many Mexicans."
I didn't to research on statistic there. I don't feel like becoming worked up and upset. My impression is, recent anti-immigrant (more accurately, "Anti-Mexican", since they won't pull people over for looking Canadian) laws have resulted in people of Mexican heritage leaving the state. Alabama, too. When I am in a better mood I might check on that. Might not.
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