The following is excerpted from a wonderful article by Richard Just titled Why Phil Ochs is the obscure ’60s folk singer America needs in 2017. Although reading the full article from the Washington Post is important, the collection of vintage videos featuring Phil Ochs is priceless.
George Takei is a major spokesperson for human rights. Having been removed to a Japanese internment camp as a child, he provides a first-hand experience of the evil concept of internment, whether for people of Japanese descent of for Muslim people. Takei’s words are required reading for all Americans at this dangerous time in the history of our country.
The complete editorial is at The Washington Post. Please go there and read it in its entirety.
The United States apologized for locking up Japanese Americans. Have we learned nothing?
By George Takei (published at The Washington Post)
Okay. Take out a sheet of paper. Number the lines from 1 to 12. Yes, it’s time for a pop quiz to judge how well you have been paying attention to the critical events going on around you. Hint: this is not the same thing as testing your knowledge of the evening news on the television (no questions about cute kittens or obese mall shoppers are included).
Now, in order of precedence, name the twelve critical problems that are likely to destroy life as we know it on this planet. To put it another way, what are the twelve greatest threats to the continuing existence of homo sapiens on planet Earth? You have ten minutes …
Okay. Pencils down. Pass your quiz sheet to the scholar on your right and let’s see how well you did on this quiz.
We’re hearing more and more incidents of businesses not wanting to support or fund any activities that might be in opposition to their own personal religious views. Whether it’s a minimum wage clerk in the glitter and glue aisle at Hobby Lobby or a cake decorator at a small bakery in Brooklyn, it seems too easy to ruffle the religious feathers of the boss and be denied healthcare or even continued employment.
My take on all these incidents is that individuals have religious rights, not businesses. What about the rights of those employees? Is it a requirement for employment that everyone conform or even accept for themselves the religious beliefs of the owners or managers of the business?