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REM 1 year, 5 months ago on Marriage equality in Georgia matters to me

CONTINUED If you've seen the movie Lincoln, you might remember the floor debate on the 13th Amendment when Lee Pace's character, Fernando Wood, proclaims, "Congress must never declare equal those whom God created unequal!" Watching that today, it's hard to believe that good Christian folks legitimately believed that God created black people unequal from white people; it’s certainly nowhere in the Bible, but for centuries (even well into more than half of the century in which all of us were born—assuming no one under 13 is reading this) white people used religion, Christian religion, to justify such foolishness (you should also watch The Help if you haven't seen it…or again if you have. ha). Even if you are still a racist (and I know a few), no one could possibly hope to generate a convincing legal argument against civil rights or women's rights, or a whole host of other discriminatory laws that have existed over the history of our country. It seems ridiculous that it took measures as drastic as amending the Constitution to specifically provide for rights that, in retrospect, were clearly already provided for in the original language of the Constitution (you know that whole bit about holding truths and inalienable rights to be self-evident, and so forth).

The issue of gay rights is the same thing. Even if you don't like it, the framework of our government, based on guaranteed and protected rights, does not allow this government to deny its citizens their rights. There are lots of things that are legal in this country that the Bible prohibits, but even those are debated within the various groups of Christianity (drinking alcohol, use of birth control, whether or not women should wear pants and cut their hair or hold leadership positions in a church; the list goes on). The Bible also says that no one sin is greater than another, so why then is this one particular issue something that so many people take such an adamant stance against. I just don't get it.

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REM 1 year, 5 months ago on Marriage equality in Georgia matters to me

REPOSTED FROM A FRIEND (I hate I can't take the credit). In a country that was founded largely for the purpose of escaping a system of governments in Europe that derived their legitimacy from overarching authority of the Catholic Church, the religious Right has done an excellent job of creating a similar atmosphere in the U.S.—using religion to justify legislation. It is perfectly permissible (and advisable in my opinion) for religion to be the inspiration for legislation (as that's generally where good morals come from), but, per the Constitution, religion cannot be used as the sole basis for a law (…like in many Islamic countries; not working so well for them, is it). The First Amendment says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…" Thus, to use only the Bible's definition of marriage is fundamentally against the Constitution. The only way in which it might be okay to use this definition would require it to be the only definition, further requiring Christianity to have a monopoly on marriage (which existed long before Jesus came and in every other non-Christian part of the world). Now it is an argument over how to define marriage, so let's break it down into it's basic parts. The execution of a marriage usually exists of the religious ceremony and the licensing paperwork, but a marriage CAN be performed with only one of these: the license. Religious marriage ceremonies existed long before licenses, so you don't need a license to be married in the eyes of God, but that's a personal matter. On the flip side, you don't need a god to be married in the eyes of the law, which is a legal matter—specifically prohibited from being influenced by any "establishment of religion."

So now that we've gotten over the hurdle of religion, let's put the shoe on the other foot in regard to Constitutional rights. We don't like the raging liberals trying to take away our guns. Why? Because the Constitution says we can have them. For them to seek such impositions on your life is for them to legitimize the attack on gay rights, making it okay to infringe on Constitutional rights. Likewise, for Right-Wingers to seek to limit someone else's Constitutional rights is for them to legitimize the Left staking claims to our guns (what's good for the goose is good for the gander, you know).

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REM 1 year, 11 months ago on ADICA approves funds for downtown projects

This is great! Happy to see progress in improving the appearance of downtown!

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REM 2 years ago on Citizens fight recovery residence (updated)

1901 Dawson (faces Forest Glen on Green Acres side), 1201 Forest Glen, 1215 Forest Glen, 1810 Valley, 1224 N. Hilltop, 1211 N. Hilltop, 1800 N. Hilltop AND 1813 Valley could all use significant exterior and interior updates to make them presentable. All are within a block of the proposed center). The home slated to be used as the alcohol and drug recovery center (1813 Valley) looks awful and has for some time. Ms. Fraizer says she plans to fix it up. Sounds good to me, and I live next door; I have since I was five.

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REM 2 years ago on Heard files suit against Board

This idiot needs to quit wasting the time of the Election Board and of Lane Price. Lorenzo said he didn't want to run, but he wants to give the citizens a "choice" in the election. What About July 31st? We had two candidates, the citizens spoke/voted, and that should be enough. Lane Price actually wants to run and has shown citizens her plan to change our mismanaged school system. "It's nothing to do with the other candidate," though.

Gimmie a BrEak!!!

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REM 2 years, 1 month ago on Albany City Commission OKs 1.33-mill tax increase

I'm sure the time will come when the 1.33mill increase can be rolled back. Until then, I also challenge officials to closely examine costs within their control and see what they can do to cut back (which is what they have been doing in all these budget meetings anyway). However, I do hope that citizens will take a step back and realize that with reduced spending by government entities, services may be scaled back or even cut out. So, If you want expenses cut, don't complain the moment you can't get just what you wanted from the city or county government in a time frame that you see fit. Everybody's working hard for a buck and a dime. Times are tough and have been tough for awhile. Everyone is hurting, and therefore, we're all on pens and needles while counting every few cents. We all just need to suck it up and deal, be positive, and support the very few public officials who are not corrupt so that Albany can move forward.

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REM 2 years, 2 months ago on ELECTION 2012: Dougherty County Coroner - Michael Fowler

@laughinatyou Where in this article might I find any sexist or demeaning comments? I just read and re-read and have found nothing.

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