Wake up. You should learn from yesterday’s elections that there’s no wave pushing your agenda along — you have to work every day to drag our country out of the ugly theocratic trends that run counter to rationality and justice.
In Kentucky, Matt Bevin became governor. Bevin jumped on the Kim Davis bandwagon and exploited the homophobia of the Kentucky electorate to win a strong majority.
Houston had an equal rights amendment on the ballot that would have…
The ordinance bans discrimination based not just on gender identity and sexual orientation, but also 13 classes already protected under federal law: sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy and genetic information, as well as family, marital or military status.
It failed hard. Why? Because opponents effectively squealed about a single detail that freaked out the electorate: it would allow men in women’s bathrooms. No, it would allow transgender women to use women’s bathrooms. They used an unlikely and rare possibility, that sexual predators would invade the women’s restroom (you know, that is already possible, and we have laws to prevent it) in order to deny rights to a larger number of people.
Here’s the deal: when our side, the side of goodness and light, wins a major victory, as we did with the supreme court decision on gay marriage, the other side, the side of darkness and ignorance, is motivated and driven to fight back. While we’re sitting back and smugly patting each other on the back, they’re holding rallies to get out the vote.
I’ve been saying this for years in the context of the court battles against creationism. We win them all, but court decisions settle nothing — it’s the people working on the ground, in the frontlines, setting examples and educating that make a long term difference. Nine people in black robes don’t define the social attitudes of the country, over 300 million people do.
There are a few hopeful signs, at least. Denver did the right thing.
In a striking upset, voters in suburban Denver on Tuesday recalled three conservative members of a school board who had worked to weaken the local teachers union while boosting funding for charter schools and pushing through other market-driven policy changes for public schools.
School boards can be more important than governors. That’s where we need to keep up the work.