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Disappointing

Amendment One is one of worst pieces of legislation that I’ve read in a long time. It will take years to undo the damage that has been done today. In my opinion, I don’t think that we need to add discrimination to our state constitution. Unfortunately a majority of North Carolinians disagreed with me. They believed that it’s okay to discriminate. They believed that women don’t deserve the same rights as men. They believe if your loved one is in the hospital you shouldn’t have an opportunity to talk to the doctor about your loved one or even visit your loved one in the hospital unless you’re in a heterosexual relationship. Or they were simply misinformed. Continue reading Disappointing

Central Questions—Can A Majority Be Oppressed?

This is part of an occasional series I am running called “Central Questions.”

A question I recently heard asked was, “How can a majority reasonably claimed to be oppressed?”

The question had to do with complaints by some American Christians that they are allegedly being persecuted.

While I do not think that American Christians are abused, there are in fact many ways a majority can be oppressed.

Here are some—

1. A majority in can be oppressed if they live in a colony of another nation.

2. A large segment of a national majority group, such as Hindus designated as lower caste in India, may be oppressed by more privileged groups.

3. The majority of people who are not wealthy may be oppressed by the minority that is wealthy.

4. In cases where women comprise a majority of the population, they may not have the same rights as do men.

5. In Apartheid South Africa, the majority was clearly oppressed.

6. A certain ethnic, religious or racial group may comprise the majority of people in specific city, state, province or region but be oppressed by a national majority.

7. A group of people, such as Christians in China, may be part of the world’s largest religious grouping, even if Christians do not comprise a majority of all the world’s people, and be oppressed within the borders of a specific nation.

Majority of Americans unhappy with war

so who surprised by these results?  The biggest surprise is that 40% of Americans seem to continually be in the dark about this war in Iraq.  It may be possible that most of those 40% don’t follow current events.  I guess that is possible.  More likely, these are diehard Republicans who were part of the “stay the course” crowd.  I never really understood that type of logic.  It seems like if the ship is sinking a need a new plan.  Stay the course is not working.  The death of Zarqawi, last week, was nice but he was only one man.  The insurgency is hundreds of men.  This crackdown in Baghdad seems to be going nowhere.  The violence seems to be increasing, if it is possible.