Cooking sensation and TV personality, Paula Deen is in hot water (pun intended). While being deposed in a video, she acknowledged using the “n” word (n*gger) to describe an African American robber who put a gun to her head at a bank. On the Today show, she told reporter Matt Lauer:
“It was 30 years ago. I had had a gun put to my head, a shaking gun, because the man that had the gun to my head was unbeknown to me a customer at my main office. . . That man was so frightened the day he put the gun to my head. He was a customer. I had gone out on a limb for him and gotten him a loan, and he was frightened I was going to recognize him.”
This revelation has caused an uproar against Paula Deen. The Food Network decided not to renew her contract, Walmart and a food company have dropped her as well. QVC and other companies are weighing in the matter and waiting to see how things go before making a decision. Last week, Deen was scheduled to appear in the Today Show but cancelled due to exhaustion. However, she posted a video on youtube. She rescheduled her Today Show appearance and gave an emotional explanation of what happened and asked for the forgiveness of all.
The situation is indeed grave. She used a word that has a lot of bad history. Black slaves were abused with that word. Even after the Emancipation Proclamation and civil rights achievements, African Americans were still called by that racial epithet. The word has a lot of evil behind it and I understand why some are upset and calling for her head. However, a word is a word. It is how we live our lives that define us, not what people call us.
I applaud Paula Deen for apologizing and being truthful to begin with; however, this scandal will be very hard to come back from. What is troubling is that Hip Hop artists make money by using that word and variations of it, yet their sponsors do not drop them nor is a big fuss made. I think the word’s consequences should be equally applicable to all who use it regardless of race or gender.
***UPDATE*** June 27, 2013
Target and drugmaker Novo Nordisk have just dropped Paula Deen from their business.
***UPDATE*** June 28, 2013
Sears, Ballantine Books, and JC Penney have joined other companies in dropping Paula Deen.
– Samuel Adams
Today we are getting to see clearly why courts can be dangerous to society. The Supreme court has knocked down DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and claimed that the defense team for Prop 8 was not “adequate” enough to appear before them.
As a result, so-called “gay marriages” will continue in California until “adequate” representation for those defending Prop 8 bring up the case again before the nation’s highest court. The death of DOMA means same-sex couples will get the same federal benefits as heterosexual ones.
What are DOMA and Prop 8?
The Defense of Marriage act was passed in 1996 during the Clinton administration. Clinton has since regretted its passing. DOMA defined marriage between one man and one woman and did not allow same-sex partners who are “married” to obtain federal benefits that are normally granted to heterosexual marriage couples. This act came under scrutiny by the LGBT community and action was taken against it when Edith Windsor who married her partner Thea Spyer in Canada was denied benefits after Spyer passed away. Because the federal government did not recognize their marriage, Spyer’s estate owed over $300,000 in estate taxes. Windor had to pay the tax and then sued to get the monies back. The court decided that DOMA was unconstitutional and the case was given the green light to move up the judicial ladder. President Obama and his administration refused to defend the act in the Supreme Court.
Today’s decision was solely based on the interpretation of previous courts and not the actual contemplation of the Justices of the Supreme Court. Since both DOMA and Prop 8 were not defended by governmental parties, the court did not pay much attention to the arguments prsented by the attorneys that stepped up to defend them.
Proposition 8 or “prop 8” was a ballot initiative promoted by Archbishop Cordileone which called for California’s constitution to be ammended by stating in writing that marriage is only between and man and a woman. The voters of California passed itinto law in 2008. As a result, so called “same-sex marriages” were void and stopped immediately. This caused great anger among gay activists who sued. The courts decided that Prop 8 was unlawful and Prop 8 supporters feared that the people’s voice was ignored. The case moved up to the Supreme Court but California refused to defend the law, so private attorneys had to take up the case before the justices.
Today’s decision is not a complete victory for the LGBT community. The Supreme Court did not state that “gay marriage” is constitutional, nor did it mandate it to be accepted in all 50 states. The Court basically made its decision out of judicial arrogance and a scrupulous take on procedures in regards to who can defend a particular issue before them. This is not how a court should operate. Just because a state government refuses to defend a law does not mean the court should be condescending towards those who step up to take the job of defending it. The Justices are giving themselves an air of monarchy in which they cannot be approached unless it is by the “right” people. This attitude is what great pamphleteer, Thomas Paine wrote on in his great work, Common Sense.
The fact that Popular Referendum or the people’s power to make laws and veto them was ignored, shows something scary. Our government is becoming a dictatorship. America was founded on the idea that the power comes from the people and flows into government. It is the people who rule the nation, not government. The Supreme Court has disregarded this by ignoring the vote of the people in Proposition 8. I have always held the opinion that the Supreme Court office should have term limits. Having justices serve for life is extremely dangerous and basically introduces a monarchy in the American system. The monarchy is something the American colonists disliked greatly. The kings of England and other European nations treated their people harshly. This is why America was formed without a monarchy and why the system of checks and balances was instituted with a republic. No one man, no one institution can have absolute power.
The allowance of this perversion of marriage will have dire consequences. See my previous post on this here. As John Adams said,
“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The Constitution is under attack. God and religion are being pushed aside in America and tyranny, relativism and cynicism is taking its place. As Patrick Henry said,
“It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.”
The tyrants are indeed forging their chains over our laws, minds and our society. We must fight back to save our nation. Religious and moral people must fight against this tyranny. As Thomas Jefferson said,
“Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”
We must resist this attempt of social engineers looking to destroy our laws and values. We have to be true patriots as Thomas Paine describes:
“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.”
The great American liberator, Abraham Lincoln had this to say:
“We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts–not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
We must prevent our nation from facing the same fate of past empires such as Rome and Greece who collapsed due to licentiousness and an abuse of free will. Marriage and the family are the key cells to the organism of society. If they are dissolved, the societal body will go as well.
Hopefully the next president and congress will make it a priority to defend marriage by introducing an amendment to the Constitution that will protect marriage between one man and one woman for all time. Today’s decision is not a defeat, but a wake up call to all. We cannot sit back and let judges run our nation and manipulate institutions such as marriage which are not theirs to alter. It is disappointing that justices who are Catholic betrayed their consciences and voted in favor of opinions that protect same-sex marriage. Regardless of one’s position in life, a Catholic cannot be part-time.
Let us pray for our nation and pray for the protection of marriage. Let us take to the polls and vote for politicians who will protect marriage and the Constitution. Let us push for term limits for Supreme Court Justices. If necessary, we who are the majority must raise the flag of anarchy against a governmental system that is no longer recognizable as the one that American Fathers founded.
“O! ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth!” – Thomas Paine
Full text of the decision.
Statement from defense alliance
Here is the response from the US Catholic Bishops.
Things are heating up in Texas and I don’t mean weather-wise. The Texas house passed one of the most pro-life laws ever and it is causing an uproar. Democrats and Feminists are crying out, “woman oppression!”
They feel that the GOP is governing their bodies, and to them, this is an attack against all women. The law will ban abortions past the 20th week of gestation and will add other stipulations.
Democrats have vowed to delay the law and now senator Wendy Davis has begun a filibuster for that very purpose. She has delayed the vote for over 10 hours and is imitating Paul Rand’s filibuster a few months ago. Davis has become an overnight celebrity of sorts with feminists and those who are liberal. She has been trending for quite some time on twitter.
Wendy Davis has already broken rules regarding filibustering, and her charade is quickly coming to an end. She went off topic a few times, and even stopped to put on a back brace.
What’s disturbing is that a large number of feminists crowded the chambers and began to cheer. This push for the murder of unborn children is just sickening. Who can cheer in support of this?
Do these people know anything about embryology or biology? The unborn offspring of a human female IS A HUMAN BEING!
UPDATE *** June 26, 2012
Wendy Davis as well as the roaring of a crowd of feminists delayed the vote. As a result, the bill could not be passed. However, Governor Perry has stated that he will call a special session so that the bill can pass. It is not over yet.