About Jackson Baker's Viewpoint "Restless Bedfellows" ...
Isn't there some mouth-breather in the Tennessee House who can be persuaded to introduce bills to sell off TVA, rescind all divorces, and make missionary the official state coital position. Just to move things along here.
CL, I think they would be against missionary being the official state position since it doesn't work with farm animals. Also, it would depend on the denomination of the missionary. Don't give them any ideas about TVA, though.
The Democrats should embrace an economic message, but the Tennessee Taliban will tar Democrats with being atheist Satan-worshipping, baby-murdering homosexuals no matter what. So why not embrace the social change that the rest of the country is embracing as time goes on and the obits continue to roll for the Social Security- Medicare-receiving social conservatives?
About Bianca Phillips' post, "Local Transgender Community Bands Together in Wake of Anti-LGBT Bills" ...
What a self-defeating agenda. There is no home for LGBT people in conservative churches. You need to assist LGBT people in their exodus from those brainwashing institutions rather than playing at seeking tolerance within conservative religion. It may exist among nominal members, but it cannot exist where the Bible and traditional theology are taken seriously.
Faith is not synonymous with the conservative social agenda. It is important for those who understand this — who are actually the majority — to be vocal in providing an alternative viewpoint when those with a political agenda try to conflate them and to point out that faith doesn't demand archaic views.
The current Republican transgender bathroom scare is just more of their crusade and fearmongering against gays, trying to fool an inattentive American public.
For all the anti-gay evangelicals who haven't been out of their own bathrooms in years: Get a grip! Bathrooms have been transgender all over the world for decades. We were in Europe 30 years ago, and both sexes, all sexes, were using the same toilets. Heaven forbid!
The latest farce by Republicans and religious extremists will blow over, just like their marriage-equality brouhaha. Then Republicans will put some other sexual taboo on the table to stir up their religious base.
About Memphis priorities ...
Building bike lanes, green lines, supporting sports teams, subsidizing the zoo and other attractions, revitalizing communities, and providing tax incentives to attract new business and promote population (tax base) growth without investing in education, mass transit, and police and fire services is like trying to bail out the Mississippi River with a teaspoon.
Yes, we need job growth, but you don't get that by pulling the plug on education and destroying our precious and limited urban green space. No one wants to raise their family in a city that doesn't offer adequate public educational opportunity or open green space for them to play on.
How many other companies or corporations will join ServiceMaster in the search for a new headquarters before our city leaders wake up and smell the coffee? Memphis really doesn't need to be "a great place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there" destination.
Last weekend, my family went to the Memphis Zoo. They saw many parking spaces in the zoo lot but were told by two zoo staff members that they had to "fill up the grass lot before putting people on the pavement lot." It seems like the zoo is now purposely trying to put cars onto the grass, regardless of the open spots we saw in the paved lot.