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  • Larry

    Arizona Republicans are a special breed of batsh1t crazy state legislators.

    These are the same people who wanted to enact Stalinesque measures to ensure people on the streets carried identification papers (if their skin was brown).

    These are the same people who railed against the Martin Luther King’s birthday as a holiday (so of course they have no problem harkening back to a time when racism was law!)

    The same people who require no registration whatsoever for any firearms of any type.

    Their plan to revive Jim Crow to apply to gay people was so off kilter insane that even Governor Brewer vetoed it. This is the same woman who wanted to create a Mexicanrein state.

    It would be nice if people like State Sen Allen were anomalies, but she the norm.

  • Greg1

    The article started out pretty good, then quickly went down hill, with allusions to the Jim Crow laws, etc. The idea here is to discredit Senator Sylvia Allen as a kook, rather than see any truth in what she is saying. But hey, I for one believe this country is running at warp speed towards total immorality. And I personally think it would be nice to have stores closed on Sundays. We’ve turned into a 24/7 country, leaving no time to worship God, or for that matter, get a day’s rest.

  • Billysees

    Greg,

    ” …I for one believe this country is running at warp speed towards total immorality. ”

    ‘…banish anxiety from your heart…’…..Ecclesiastes 11:10

  • MFD

    As a College student in the Southern US, these are some of my memories of the 50’s: no black students in my College until 1954 Supreme Court decision; all white (and all black) churches; no black nuns in white orders, separate orders of black nuns; no black users at public library; no black servicemen at white USO; no black people at white YMCA; black maids worked for white residents for $5.00 per day; no black people allowed on the streets in white neighborhoods after dark. People who “miss” the ambience of the 50’s weren’t living in the same US I inhabited!!

  • ben in oakland

    About thirty years ago, AZ wanted, and probably did, pass a law against a man having an erection in public. none of this surprises me in the slightest.

  • ben in oakland

    Why Sunday? Oh yes, that’s YOUR special day.

    you can believe all you wish that we’re running at warp speed towards immorality. The problem is, what you define as immorality, the rest of us muight define as liberty, freedom of religion, and mind your own business.

    Personally, I’m far more concerned about buying elections, voter suppression, grand theft Wall Street, corporate welfare, our interminable wars of choice, the murders of hundreds of thousands of muslims, the murders of not so many Christians and jews, political corruption as a way of life, the quiescence of the catholic hierarchy in the face of centuries of child molestation, growing hunger in our streets, disenfranchisement of black people and other minorities, and our obsessions with guns– for starters–

    than I am about what people do with their dangly bits.

  • Sebastian

    Well, if she wants to go back to the 1950s and the most traditional and conservative church observances, she can. Of course, she’d have to resign from political office, restrain herself from ever addressing a man about a political or religious topic, cover her head, wear only modest dresses, eschew makeup or coloring her hair, make sure her granddaughters didn’t play in team sports, never shop on Sunday, cook every meal, clean every corner of the house, do all the laundry….

    Maybe she has a worthwhile idea here. At least we’d never hear any more from her!

  • Re: “The idea here is to discredit Senator Sylvia Allen as a kook, rather than see any truth in what she is saying. But hey, I for one believe this country is running at warp speed towards total immorality.”

    Is this 20-teen world really “speeding towards immorality” compared with the supposed “golden years” of the 1950s? You know, the times when blacks had to sit at the back of the bus and were often denied the vote, when country clubs discriminated against Jews, when people questioned whether electing Kennedy president would put the Pope in the White House, and all of that other wonderfully moral thinking?

    Sorry but I have a hard time believing we’re in as steep a “moral decline” as you say.

  • Greg1

    1 Corinthians 6:18
    “Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body.”

  • Greg1

    MFD, actually there were also some good things happening back then. Yes, we’ve gained much, but lost so much more. Here is a story from that era, of a beautiful black man, a Catholic priest, and the Virgin Mary:
    http://www.mysticsofthechurch.com/2011/12/miraculous-story-of-claude-newman-his.html

  • paula

    Fair enough. We could talk about some of the good things in the 1950’s, and the fact that they were less materialistic is one of them. If your house was built in the 50’s, chances are your closets are half the size they are now. So you’re right, shopping as a “leisure activity” was less the case.

    We could also talk about Eisenhower tax rates, but I bet the Senator wouldn’t be interested in those.

  • Larry

    So much lost, if you were a white protestant male of means. Back then only their voice was heard in culture and politics. If you were anyone else, that era blew chunks for you. You were subject to some of the most visible and virulent prejudices out there.

    There is a reason we have come a long way from the 1950’s.