The intransigence of hate

24 thoughts on “The intransigence of hate”

  1. I was not aware, until now, of Mandy Patinkin’s performance of Carefully Taught.

    Representative Steve King’s remarks are the embodiment of fear, ignorance and hate – fear of change, ignorance of the unknown and hate resulting from fear and ignorance.

    1. I didn’t even know he could sing until I came across this video in 2009 while looking for a video of somebody singing this particular song.

      It’s a shame people like King have a national forum for their hateful opinions. There’s way too much of that in DC these days.

  2. Fundamentalist Christian religion is behind a lot of this. They preach hatred and intolerance and the notion that all other religions are evil and wrong and that all those millions are going to hell. No way to have a peaceful world with that kind of mindset.

    1. I guess all their talk about Christian love and charity is just for other people. Personally I like John Lennon’s approach — no religion. “No hell below us, above us only sky … Nothing to kill or die for …”

      1. There are too many supposedly christian sects there, seems anybody can go along and say they’ve seen god and start their own so called christian church and get all the benefits that the state allows, rubbing their greasy hands all the way to the bank

      2. I’ve long thought the tax exemption for churches should be eliminated. It strikes me as a form of government support of religion, and many churches violate the tax law by engaging in political activities.

      3. Churches are some of the wealthiest businesses on the planet and no taxes paid! It’s absurd, but it shows you the power and control they have

      4. and the wealthiest is? Probably that one in Rome; I understand that they are the largest investors in Fiat & the armaments business in Italy amongst other things.

      5. The Catholic Church was the first hypocrisy I noticed when I was a kid. All the vows of poverty, the preaching to help the poor, etc. Then look at life in the Vatican.

  3. Apparently the Girl Guides of Canada agree with you: teaching hate starts at home, but so does acceptance, and tolerance. So they’re staying home. It’s a weird world when the Girl Guides feel it’s necessary to issue a travel advisory against travelling to the USofA.

    From the article:

    Girl Guides of Canada has announced it will not be taking any trips to the United States in the near future, citing concerns about inclusivity.
    “While the United States is a frequent destination for Guiding trips, the ability of all our members to equally enter this country is currently uncertain,” international commissioner Sharron Callahan and director of provincial operations Holly Thompson wrote in a joint advisory issued Monday afternoon.
    “This includes both trips that are over or under 72 hours and any travel that includes a connecting flight through an American airport,” the advisory says.
    The statement does not directly mention — but appears to be a reaction to — the executive orders U. S. President Donald Trump has signed restricting travel to the United States.

    1. I am saddened to hear this and deeply embarrassed. But it’s prudent of them not to come as long as we have an erratic, impulsive man-child in the White House.

      Yes, acceptance and tolerance are also learned at home. It’s up to the adults to decide what the lessons will be.

      As a side note, my brother went to Ecuador for a couple of weeks last month and it actually occurred to me, briefly, to worry about whether he could get back into the country. (He did.) There are no guarantees these days.

  4. I was proud to hear of the decision made by the Girl Scouts of Canada. Not that Canada is lily white either. But I do think religious bigots are lower profile here. Those values are taught by parents and the ‘parent’ church. I never understood how they can claim goodness and charity in one breath, and bigotry in the next!

  5. Reminds me of these lyrics to this song.

    Oh my name it ain’t nothin’
    My age it means less
    The country I come from
    Is called the Midwest
    I was taught and brought up there
    The laws to abide
    And that land that I live in
    Has God on its side
    Oh, the history books tell it
    They tell it so well
    The cavalries charged
    The Indians fell
    The cavalries charged
    The Indians died
    Oh, the country was young
    With God on its side
    The Spanish-American
    War had its day
    And the Civil War, too
    Was soon laid away
    And the names of the heroes
    I was made to memorize
    With guns in their hands
    And God on their side
    The First World War, boys
    It came and it went
    The reason for fighting
    I never did get
    But I learned to accept it
    Accept it with pride
    For you don’t count the dead
    When God’s on your side
    The Second World War
    Came to an end
    We forgave the Germans
    And then we were friends
    Though they murdered six million
    In the ovens they fried
    The Germans now, too
    Have God on their side
    I’ve learned to hate the Russians
    All through my whole life
    If another war comes
    It’s them we must fight
    To hate them and fear them
    To run and to hide
    And accept it all bravely
    With God on my side
    But now we got weapons
    Of chemical dust
    If fire them, we’re forced to
    Then fire, them we must
    One push of the button
    And a shot the world wide
    And you never ask questions
    When God’s on your side
    Through many a dark hour
    I’ve been thinkin’ about this
    That Jesus Christ was
    Betrayed by a kiss
    But I can’t think for you
    You’ll have to decide
    Whether Judas Iscariot
    Had God on his side
    So now as I’m leavin’
    I’m weary as Hell
    The confusion I’m feelin’
    Ain’t no tongue can tell
    The words fill my head
    And fall to the floor
    That if God’s on our side
    He’ll stop the next war
    Songwriters: Bob Dylan

    1. I was quite a fan of folk music in the ’60s, but somehow missed this one. So much truth here, as in much of Dylan’s music. I miss the truthtelling of that era.

... and that's my two cents