Mississippi, Here’s Your Wake Up Call

 

Reveille is a traditional military drum or bugle signal used to awaken the troops and get them ready for assembly.  It’s a derivative of the French word réveiller.  Here in Canada, French is one of our two official languages.  We’re cool like that.  We even have some good chuckles about it at times.  Mississippi has only one official language – English.  But I wouldn’t know it from all of the discriminatory language I see in some of their legislative documents.  That is NOT a laughing matter.

And it looks like my fellow Canuck Bryan Adams doesn’t like their tone either.  Much like Springsteen cancelled a show in North Carolina last week over their latest anti-LGBT law, the HB2 bill aka the “bathroom bill”, Adams is doing the same in Mississippi.  His performance scheduled for April 14th in Biloxi has been scrapped because, as Adams says in his Facebook post from this past Sunday, he “cannot in good conscience perform in a State where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation.”

Mississippi’s House Bill 1523 has been named the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act.”  Essentially it allows those whose religious beliefs and moral convictions protected by this law to decline products, services, and employment to people [read: LGBT people] whose lifestyles are in opposition to those beliefs and convictions.  Senator Jennifer Branning says she doesn’t “think this bill is discriminatory.  It takes no rights away.”  Looks like Sen. Branning can join up with NC Congressman Mark Walker for a refresher on The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

As you can tell from my recent posts about The Story Of God, I am all for religious beliefs.  Believe what you want, I certainly do.  What I am not for however is allowing those beliefs to be manifested in ways that blatantly and prejudicially victimize others.

I am an alcoholic.  A 17 years sober one, but a drunk nevertheless.  I am an everyday kinda quote-un-quote normal person.  On average I am at least one, quite possibly more, out of every 20 or so people you’ll walk past on a typical day in North America.  I have accepted that I have the disease of alcoholism, or the Alcohol Use Disorder if you prefer the more formal definition as classified by the DSM-V.  I also accept that I am left-handed, have epilepsy, and don’t have a spleen.  And possess a corny sense of humour as my kids tell me.  It’s all part of my identity that makes me unique.  I like being special.  I’m cool with that.

Alcohol consumption and even more so alcoholism is prohibited by a number of religions.  So what’s next?  Will there be a body of government who enacts a bill to make it okay for a coffee shop owner to not serve me a takeout double-double because they know I’m grabbing it on my way to hangout with a bunch of folks with blue books and a very special staircase who just so happen to meet up regularly and often in church basements?  Or worse yet, will those very church basement landlords kick all of us out if alcoholism is considered by their beliefs systems as a “sin”?  If yes, I sure hope there will be international superstars like Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams around to rally against such discrimination practices.

Thank goodness they are around right now for the LGBT community.  And so are some of the largest business corporations, folks like PayPal who dropped their plans for a $3.6 million expansion in North Carolina, and also a bunch of US mayors who are uniting against discrimination towards the LGBT community including barring official travel to states with anti-LGBT laws.  The power of the voice.  The power of the purse.  The power of collectiveness.

The reveille bugle wake up call in the video above is for Mississippi.  Specifically, dedicated to that state’s politicians and other supporters of HB 1523.  The lyrics from the song below are for the LGBT people in North America, and everywhere.  May the future be so that assembly bugle calls may be played everywhere for you all in freedom and in peace.

 

Then from on high, somewhere in the distance
There’s a voice that calls, “Remember who you are”
If you lose yourself, your courage soon will follow

So be strong tonight, remember who you are
Yeah you’re a soldier now, fighting in a battle
To be free once more, yeah that’s worth fighting for

Sound The Bugle by Bryan Adams

 


Listen to music.  It could save your soul.  Be kind.  It could save someone’s world.  Wear a hat.  It could save your life.

 

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10 thoughts on “Mississippi, Here’s Your Wake Up Call

  1. I look at all this and I think ‘bizarre’. The land of the free and home of the brave, to whom we are urged to give our tired, our poor and our huddled masses yearning to breathe free, is busily inserting so many caveats and provisos into this noble declaration that it might do well to erect a flashing neon sign over the Statue of Liberty, that says ‘exceptions apply’. And perhaps in answer to Mississippi’s House Bill 1523, California could pass a law protecting those wishing to decline products, services, and employment to people whose beliefs and convictions preclude them from offering products etc to the LGBT community. The can of worms opened by the Mississippi bill has endless ramifications. As long as everyone steers clear of the Second Amendment, which is sacrosanct.

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  2. I agree with some, but not all, of your reasoning here. What I don’t understand is why a certain faction of the LGBT community needs to force themselves down other people’s throats by bringing suit against a baker that doesn’t want to back a cake for their wedding. There are plenty of other bakers. The baker in question does not believe in same sex marriage and should not be forced out of business by the government because they choose not to bake that cake. Their religious beliefs are important to them. It just drives me a little crazy that the LGBT community has to be so belligerent about not allowing other people to live their lives according to their religious beliefs.

    I know some people will get upset by my opinion, but I have a right to express it. I have plenty of wonderful friends that are in that community that feel people should be allowed to live their lives according to their beliefs, including themselves. That make more sense to me.

    I do feel it is stupid for these legislatures to try to pass laws about things that cannot be enforced. What are we going to do? Are we going to want people to bring their birth certificates to every public bathroom to prove their gender? That is crazy.

    Your thoughts are welcome.

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    • And I agree with some but not all of your reasoning. Thank you for sharing your opinions here, some good points made that are definitely food for thought.
      In my opinion, the Mississippi bill leaves the door wide open for the LGBT community to be treated as “less than” in a prejudicial way, without any avail of repercussion to the discriminator(s). Religious beliefs AND the collective of gender, gender orientation, and sexual orientation are BOTH human/civil rights. One shouldn’t be allowed to take precedence over the other to its detriment or harm.
      Again, thank you for your comment. It has added to the discussion of this topic and the more open and respectful communication there is, the better off I trust we all shall be re: our knowledge and understanding of it.
      Wishing you a kindness-filled kinda day … Marianne

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  3. It’s all so SILLY! And before anyone jumps on me for that, please let me explain what I mean.
    We cannot go on legislating for every difference in the infinite variety of beliefs and lifestyles inherent in the infinite variety of human nature. Each one is embraced with equally honest and honourable conviction, and until we learn to accept that and acknowledge that our ‘right’ is someone else’s ‘wrong’ (and vice versa) and that neither side holds precedence or has exclusive access to the high moral ground, we are doomed.
    Every piece of legislation regarding moral ‘rights’ can logically and justifiably spawn counter legislation, until we’re so hedged about by laws that thinking for ourselves becomes irrelevant. Surely it’s time we grew up, got over ourselves, stopped being so self-righteously narrow minded and perhaps turned our attention to those in other countries who are too busy trying to stay alive to worry about the sexual orientation of those buying the bread, or the religious beliefs of those selling it.
    Sorry to double dip here. Sorry to rave on. But…

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