Friday, June 8, 2012

8 June 2012 Louisiana meet the 21st century

“Rep. John Fleming, a Louisiana Republican whose congressional district includes the Army post, said the military confirmed to him that the same-sex ceremony was performed by an Army chaplain in the chapel.
The incident was an inevitable consequence of the end of the don't ask, don't tell policy in September, which previously banned homosexuals from military service, Fleming said.
"The liberal social experiment with our military continues," Fleming said. "A same-sex marriage-like ceremony should not have occurred at Fort Polk, especially since the people of Louisiana have made it abundantly clear that our state does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions…."

Cassi Creek:  I had the privilege of hearing “Master” Fleming bitch about this event.  He was allowed airtime on CNN with Carol Costello questioning him.  Fleming is blessed with a Deep South accent to match his Deep South bigotry and his Deep South intellectual deficit.  Hearing him speak makes me look about to see the men in white sheets lining up to contribute to his re-election campaign. 
          At this point, it is incumbent upon me to make note of my own displayed intolerance.   I confess that that Fleming’s accent, combined with his publicly held socio-cultural stance, calls up memories of hearing various preachers rail against integration and then switch directly into hand-wringing  “come to Jesus, Jesus is love!” recruitment pitches.  While I am fully aware that our Deep South states are home to men and women of immense talent and compassion, it takes me a bit of effort sometimes to hear past the accent.  I’m not proud of this, and I’ve gotten better about it as I’ve aged. 
          However, all it takes is one teavangelist like Fleming to raise the alert level and the remaining hair on the back of my head.  I shared a perimeter bunker one night with two boys from Mississippi.  Both of them were of the “Army enlistment or jail time” class of 1968.  By full dark, they had burned through their hatred of blacks and were well into their dislike of “Commie Jews” and “queers.”  If we had been over run that night, I would have been strongly tempted to spotlight them.  They only knew me as “Doc.” 
          Mr. Fleming and his supporters take me back that far.  The good Christian Congressman would have had no problem supporting a mandatory evangelical event taking place on Fort Polk soil.  He’d have claimed it was not discriminatory under Louisiana law. 
          Mr. Fleming, here’s a flash item for you.  While Fort Polk may lie within the borders of Louisiana, the actual command and control functions lie within Washington D.C., where same sex marriage and civil unions are legal and recognized.   Your hatred has been trumped by all those Commie, Jew, Black, homos whom you must fear are waiting to corrupt your kids and grand children while engaged in social engineering.  Perhaps you should sleep with a nightlight burning.

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