I saw the front page of the Star*Advertiser yesterday and it got me thinking. I don't usually think on political lines because I don't feel like I have a thorough grasp on the situations. However, it also brought to mind something I saw on TV the day before.
People were protesting the building of a mosque somewhere. An angry woman spit out that America was built by founding fathers who believed the country would be based on the one true God. I don't even want to go there. OK... one true God. Would that be the Catholic God? the Jewish God? the Muslim God? The Mormon God? The Protestant God? Therefore we shouldn't allow a Muslim mosque to be built?
Then I saw the article about our Governor Lingle trying to decide whether or not to veto the Civil Unions bill. It's passed the Hawaii Legislature and waiting for her signature to turn it into law.
Governor Lingle says she does not want this bill to be her legacy. To be honest, I'm thinking her legacy for me is her taking time to campaign heavily for Sarah Palin and then saying she was too busy to meet with the newly elected President Obama who was meeting with all the nation's governors. Never mind that President Obama is a local guy. OK... I'll stop that rant.
Anyway... as I said, I may not have the full grasp of the situation. However, wasn't part of the foundation of our country built with the cement of religious freedom? Separation of church and state? A civil union, whether for gays or for heterosexuals would be a state sanctioned union, wouldn't it? Couples who don't want to belong to a church or is not allowed in a church can have a state recognized civil union with rights and benefits, thereof? Shouldn't the churches, temples or mosques just stay out of this?
At first I told Art, "Shouldn't they just let the people vote?"
Art said, "If they let people in the Southern states vote on the Civil Rights Bill for their state, would it have passed?"
But then I just saw a poll that indicated the majority of the people of Hawaii are for the Civil Union bill to be passed.
So why not just pass it already?
And Governor Lingle's Legacy? It's also under her watch that 17 furlough days were taken from Hawaii's school children whose school system was already struggling to meet the nation's educational standards.