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Re: “Griffen files federal civil rights lawsuit over Good Friday vigil punishment

Judges and jurors aren't disqualified because they hold personal convictions unless it is clear they are unable or unwilling to apply the law evenly despite those convictions. Has Griffen refused to follow the law in death penalty cases? If not, it is wrong to use his religious convictions about the death penalty as reason to disqualify him. That is religious prejudice and bigotry against him.

If the First Amendment doesn't protect people from this, only people whose religious and other personal convictions are popular could be judges and jurors.

This is an interesting case. Griffen may not be popular, but he's no lightweight when it comes to the law, and his legal team appears locked and loaded for a hard fight. I wouldn't bet against them.

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Posted by Thinking on 10/07/2017 at 4:30 AM

Re: “Griffen files federal civil rights lawsuit over Good Friday vigil punishment

Hey folks, the First Amendment covers judges. Read it sometime. Disagree with Griffen if you will. Vote against him even. But he has the freedom to stand up or lay down because we're a free society.

Why can't a judge pray? Why does the Supreme Court get to decide how he prays or if he can pray? If he follows the law, leave him alone.

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Posted by Thinking on 10/06/2017 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Gary Weir — Arkansas's Bozo — dies at 75

Condolences to his widow and other loved ones. Gary brought smiles to many faces and joy to many hearts. Travel onward, brother! Travel onward!

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Posted by Thinking on 10/06/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Filling a gap in Democrat-Gazette coverage of Central High event

Thank you, DBI! Your commentary about the Democrat-Gazette's owner and the mindset that drives his newspaper and cronies reminded me about something Dr. Robert Terry observed almost forty years ago when he issued the following definition for racism.

"Racism exists when one race/color group intentionally or unintentionally refuses to share power, distributes resources inequitably, maintains unresponsive and inflexible institutional policies, procedures, and practices, and imposes ethnocentric culture on any other race/color group for its supposed benefit, and justifies its actions by blaming the other race/color group."

White racism carries benefits, illegitimate to be sure, but experienced nonetheless. One of those "benefits" is the power to derive and enjoy a sense of moral numbness about how racism oppresses persons who are marginalized, exploited, and otherwise disfavored due to racist practices, policies, procedures, while feigning belief in equality and justice. Dr. Terry termed it "the rightness of whiteness."

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Posted by Thinking on 09/27/2017 at 3:41 AM

Re: “Arkansas Capitol draws crowd for Charlottesville-inspired unity rally

Gopher and Razorblade illustrate the false logic of equating white supremacists with the counter protest movement that formed to denounce and condemn white supremacy.

The woman murdered and the 19 other people wounded by the driver of the car that rammed into counter protestors are victims. The driver of that car is not.

The counter protestors had every right to assemble and mount a peaceful counter protest to white supremacy, white nationalism, white supremacists, and white nationalism. The white nationalists who terrorized and assaulted counter protestors on Friday with torches and pepper spray were law breakers. The counter protestors who refrained from violence acted lawfully.

Gopher and Razorblade seem incapable of understanding this reality.

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Posted by Thinking on 08/14/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Arkansas Capitol draws crowd for Charlottesville-inspired unity rally

Thank you, Poison Apple, for making the point that a Trump rally is a white supremacist rally.

Judge Wendell Griffen made a related point, on a larger scale, in his book, The Fierce Urgency of Prophetic Hope, about the intersection of white supremacy and white evangelicalism, in these words:

"White evangelicals, who are offended by being identified as white nationalists, pretend they do not knnow that the voting history of "good" white Christian evangelicals is functionally the same as white supremacists, such as David Duke and Thom Robb, people who also claim to be followers of Jesus. Despite their shared voting history, "good" white Christian evangelicals believe themselves politically different from people like Duke, Robb, and Stephen K. Bannon, the president's Chief Strategist - whom many people consider to be clear examples of bigotry.

"However, others understand that white Christian evangelicals and white Christian supremacists traditionally vote the same way. Those self-proclaimed white evangelical Christians overwhelmingly voted for the president in 2016, knowing they were supporting the exact candidate endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan and Duke...

..."Good" white evangelicals and white supremacists like Duke, Robb, and other white nationalists who claim to be followers of Jesus have supported the same race-baiting, patriciarchal, militaristic, imperialistic, homophobic, sexist, materialistic, and xenophobic candidates for two generations -- since President Lyndon Johnson pushed through the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. President Trump's personal and commercial racism, white male supremacy and patriarchy, racist and misogynist bigotry, xenophobia, and pathological penchant for violence, oppressiveness, and fear of others will shape US policy for one reason: because "good" white evangelical Christians and white supremacists--white Christian nationalists--embraced his candidacy and elected him. Therefore, white Christian nationalists--the Christian evangelicals and Christian supremacists--will be the US voters viewed as morally and ethically accountable for what happens during Trump's presidency, including the injustices, injuries, and other wrongs that may occur during his tenure."

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Posted by Thinking on 08/14/2017 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Pay attention

Adawson's comments attribute the plight of black people in the United States to the War on Poverty programs begun during President Lyndon Johnson's presidency and the minimum wage. That perspective is historically false. Black people have been targets of systemic physical, economic, social, environmental, political, and emotional violence throughout the history of this society.

Adawson does not mention that ongoing and longstanding violence. That failure demonstrates another type of violence that Antwan Phillips poignantly addressed -- the intellectual violence of white pundits and commentators such as Rex Nelson, John Brummett, and Mayor Mark Stodola and others who think and act as if the historic violence of white supremacy has no role in our present dilemna.

The at-large director positions on the City of Little Rock Board of Directors demonstrates political violence.

Planned destruction of black business areas and deliberate efforts to create pockets of poverty and residential segregation by constructing Interstate 630 demonstrate political violence.

Blaming black parents and students for the systemic refusal by state and local politicians and business people to support inclusive quality public schools in all neighborhoods is another sign of that violence.

Antwan Phillips and Heather Wilson are correct. Adawson is wrong.

Posted by Thinking on 07/22/2017 at 3:46 PM

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