21 May 2016

First they came ...& Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: States should be able to jail people for ‘homosexual sodomy’ 19MAY16

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donald drumpf's threats against the LGBT community are just not against them, they mask a authoritarian agenda against all Americans. He disparaging remarks to and about women, Muslims, Mexicans, liberals, and others are a warning that if he is elected president nobody who doesn't hold his narcissistic, xenophobic, hateful attitudes and opinions is or will be a target for him and his followers. I offer first Martin Niemoeller's poem 'First They Came' and then the article on drumpf....

First they came ...

Niemöller at The Hague'sGrote of Sint-Jacobskerk in May 1952
"First they came ..." is a famous statement and provocative poem written by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. Many variations and adaptations in the spirit of the original have been published in the English language. It deals with themes of persecution, guilt and responsibility.

The best-known versions of the speech are the poems that began circulating by the 1950s.[1] The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum quotes the following text as one of the many poetic versions of the speech:[2]
Niemöller created multiple versions of the text during his career. The earliest speeches, written in 1946, list the communists, incurable patients, Jews or Jehovah's Witnesses, and civilians in countries occupied by Nazi Germany. In all versions, the impact is carefully built up, by going from the "smallest, most distant" group to the largest, Jewish, group, .... and then finally to himself as a by then outspoken critic of Nazism. Niemöller made the cardinal "who cares about them," clear in his speech for the Confessing Church in Frankfurt on 6 January 1946, of which this is a partial translation:[1]
Engraving of the poem presented at the New England Holocaust Memorialin Boston, Massachusetts.
This speech was translated and published in English in 1947, but was later retracted when it was alleged that Niemöller was an early supporter of the Nazis.[3] The "sick, the so-called incurables" were killed in Action T4. A 1955 version of the speech, mentioned in an interview of a German professor quoting Niemöller, lists communists, socialists, schools, Jews, the press, and the Church. An American version delivered by a congressman in 1968 anachronistically includes the industrialists, who were not persecuted by the Nazis, and omits the Communists.
In 1976, Niemöller gave the following answer in response to an interview question asking about the origins of the poem.[1] The Martin-Niemöller-Foundation considers this the "classical" version of the speech:[4]

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: States should be able to jail people for ‘homosexual sodomy’

Donald Trump wants to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court who argued that states should be free to make “homosexual sodomy” an imprison-able offence.
The billionaire reality TV star-turned-Republican Presidential candidate this week suggested he would nominate Texas justice William H. Pryor Jr for the vacant spot on the US Supreme Court.
Pryor has previously attracted attention for being one of the most virulently anti-LGBT justices in America – having argued in a 2003 brief that Texas should be allowed to keep its sodomy law.
Liberal group People for the American Way notes that he argued in the 2003 brief: “[There is] no fundamental right to engage in homosexual sodomy just because it is done behind closed doors.
“Homosexual sodomy has not historically been recognized in this country as a right — to the contrary, it has historically been recognized as a wrong — it is not a fundamental right.”
He added: “Texas is hardly alone in concluding that homosexual sodomy may have severe physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual consequences, which do not necessarily attend heterosexual sodomy, and from which Texas’s citizens need to be protected.”
In their report, PFAW notes: “Pryor would deny gay men and lesbians the equal protection of the laws. He believes that it is constitutional to imprison gay men and lesbians for expressing their sexuality in the privacy of their own homes and has voluntarily filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court urging the Court to uphold a Texas law that criminalizes such private consensual activity.
“Despite Supreme Court rulings to the contrary, Pryor has expressed the view that the Constitution should not apply to certain critical issues pertaining to the rights and freedoms of individual Americans, such as reproductive choice, the civil rights of gay men and lesbians, and religious liberty issues.
“Instead, Pryor has urged that these rights be determined by majority vote within each state, with the result that these rights could be diluted or eliminated in particular states.
“The effective and devastating result of this ideology would be that the fundamental guarantees of the Constitution would not apply equally across the country.
“Pryor’s ‘majoritarian’ views would create an America in which a person’s individual rights under the Constitution as the Supreme Court has articulated them would be fewer or greater depending on where that person lives.”