Well, out of the mouths of babes. this from the L.A. Times, Dec 20, 08 regarding to the CA. Attorney General, Jerry Brown, requesting the State Supreme Court dump Prop 8 as unconstitutional because it removes rights from citizens, again with no compelling state reason. The counter-brief, filed by the Protect Marriage coalition, argued that the justices ". . . should uphold the proposition . . ." because "The law 'commands judges -- as servants of the people -- to bow to the will of those whom they serve -- even if the substantitve result of what the people have wrought in constiution-amending is deemed unenlightened,' they argued."
Unenlightened. Too perfect. What this state and nation needs is more "unenlightenment." Yep, that's it, you betcha. Bring back witch burning, I say. Out with the science textbooks, dump Darwin! Let's start teaching Creationism in the schools. Can't get more unenlightened that that. And astrology, too, while we're at it. Instead of algebra, I say we need classes in determining how many angels can dance on the heads of pins. Yes, Yes, I know, that's all unenlightened, but We the People have a perfect right to our unenlightenment, and if that unenlightenment denies or removes equal civil rights from our fellow citizens, well, who cares!
Over at http://www.ochsnation.blogspot.com/, Aaron's posted a commentary, "Los Osos, Fighting Mistruths, Hate with Hate."
And, finally, Happy Yalda!
Yep, Yalda, an ancient Zoroastrian winter solstice still celebrated each year in Iran, a celebration that goes back thousands of year, before Islam, before Chrianianity, before Rom, back when Iran was Persia and ruled the world. Accaording the the AP story (in the L.A. Times) It's a celebration whose theme involves "the struggle between the good spririt Ahura Mazda (!) and the evil Ahriman Yalda, marked on the winter solstice, recognizes the symbolic victory of light over darkness as daytime starts growing longer and nights become shorter."
Which, in this hemisphere, happened yesterday, Dec 21. So, toss a Yule log on the fire, serve up dried fruits and sweets for Yalda, go cast some wildflowers out before the Christmas rains and celebrate the return of the sun. Yeee, ha! Time for a little universal unenlightenment that crosses religions, crosses empires, crosses time itself and straight into our hard-wired connection to the powerful rhythms of our earthly home planet.