I’m sure that you have all already seen Obama’s speech at Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral, but I really just wanted to put it up on my blog, so as to have it catalogued here.  If you are not moved by it then you might just be completely jaded beyond repair.

In other news did you see Clarence Thomas’ dissension in the Equality for Gay Marriage Supreme court decision?  It’s easy to write Scalia off as a bitter old man, because we all have some old relatives like that, not so easy with Roberts and Alito.

But with Clarence Thomas, because he replaced the first black supreme court justice, the ever full of grace, compassion and brilliance, the honorable Thurgood Marshall, he will always be held to a higher standard by me.  Thomas’ bitter and compassionless term continues to be a disgrace to Marshall’s legacy.

In Thomas’ dissension he wrote that “Human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.”

Did he seriously just use the comparison of the oppression of gays and slavery in a justification for keeping equal rights from them?  Wait a second, for real?

If you have any comments on the news of the day, let me hear about it.

8 Comments

  1. Amazing grace, indeed! It is so moving… a goosebumpy, teary eyed, piece even for us non-Americans. And makes me wonder why our guys don’t have the intelligence, sensitivity and sincerity that their Prez has…

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  2. What a joy to see Obama’s eulogy for Reverend Pinckney here, again, and then to realize you read the entire decision on marriage. I will no longer use an adjective. To see grace enter the USA government again in such unexpected ways has been amazing. I hope our population will extend the grace with insight, and welcome change.

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  3. I am really glad you posted it here so we can listen to it whenever we want. I’m traveling now so heard Obama singing Amazing Grace but want to hear the whole eulogy later. The last few days have been incredible. Actually the last two weeks have been incredible, starting with the Pope’s declarations on the environment and on weapons. With yesterday’s events being added to that list it feels like we have really turned a corner. (Fits with this week’s Dungeon Prompts!)

    I didn’t know that Thomas had written those things. I am also shocked. I will read more about it in the next few days.

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  4. It’s been a great week here in the states but it has also been one of weeping–sadness and not just for the lives lost in Charleston. I have seen first hand how mean people are with words and actions and to hear that some still believe others are less human than others (them)… Some people refuse to step out of the 19th century and let go of the confederate battle flag. They say they have the freedom to hate and while true, it is very sad. These are human rights for goodness sake. And these people call themselves Christians? They don’t know the true meaning of love. They have turned against the president and anyone who dares to care for one another. Irony.

    I was ecstatic Friday! 🙂 Justice Thomas–I’m beyond words. I had hoped Justice Roberts would rule on the side of history but he is the one who I was truly disappointed in. It’s not over. States like Alabama are still trying to fight marriage equality through the likes of Roy Moore. We are celebrating the good and pushing through the bad. President Obama–so very touching. Thanks for sharing. People down here still blame him for everything that is wrong in the world.

    Keep doing what you do, Sreejit. The world needs you. Take care 🙂 .

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