For John, BLUF: History is complicated. Nothing to see here; just move along.
In a way I think we need to be careful about looking at history and assigning blame on today's individuals for those past actions. Yes, the Holocaust happened because of Germans, but that is not today's Germans. The lesson to learn is how a group, probably any group, can fall into some pseudo-science and enact horrid public policy. Gunter and Hildi, college students in Munich, are not responsible for the Nuremberg Race Laws.
So Ms Donna Brazile, a pretty bright and effective leader of the National Democrat Party, Tweeted out yesterday about Arizona Bill SB 1062, (a "religious freedom" bill♠) which was picked up by Twitchy. Here is the original Tweet from Ms Brazile:
AZ GOPers must have amnesia with "No Gays Allowed" bill. Call for a vetoWith the Tweet there is a photo of a lunch counter and this caption:
Just so you know. You've already lost this argument—50 years ago. You don't get to decide who sits at the lunch counter.Between sets at the gym, Professor and Blogger Glenn Reynolds Tweeted:
@dccc @donnabrazile So this is basically the political lie of the year, given that Democrats were the authors and supporters of segregation.Exactly.
By the way, how serious are we about this kind of thing? For instance, a couple of years ago I needed a jeweler to repair my Rosary. I went to a local jeweler. The jeweler said he couldn't (wouldn't) do it, because there was a Crucifix on the Rosary and that would violate his religious strictures. Can I sue? On City Life on Tuesday, Host George Anthes suggested I could. I wonder if Ms Brazile would Tweet out some support for me?
UPDATE: Back to my neighbor, the jeweler. Nice guy. Not belligerent. He nicely declined to work on my Rosary. I didn't want to make a "federal case", or even a "commonwealth case" out of it. The jeweler is of a minority religion and a minority ethnic group, although not a minority race. Why give him a hard time? This is America and we have a certain live and let live approach to things. It is a big nation and there are lots of jewelers. I still go to him for watch batteries. My real concern is all those Christians in Muslim lands who find themselves discriminated against (this used to include Communist lands as well). We don't hear much about that. Perhaps, for me, in these United States, why does anyone care that Holy Spirit Cupcakes doesn't wish to make a cake for a same sex wedding? Is it really just about forcing someone to submit after years of being forced to submit? Where is the progress in that?
Regards — Cliff
♠ This is fairly complicated, but the focus is on small business owners being allowed to not bake cakes or photograph same sex marriages, because their religious views are offended. At the end of the day, Arizona Jan Brewer vetoed the bill.