Rep. Joe Sestak: The Civil Rights Test of Our Generation

In response to this, a Christian friend, and police officer, suggested privately to me that it was wrong of me to equate the fight for equality with the Civil Rights Era of the 50s and 60s,  and especially wrong to invoke the plight of Selma Alabama when examining the recent history of Porterville California and its possible future. He didn’t really offer a good reason, or in fact any reason at all why not, although the conversation is still ongoing and I am hopeful he explains his thoughts more completely.

Home | Joe Sestak for Senate_1255152666708Tonight though, I find this post from US Representative Joe Sestak, (D-Pennsyvania), former 3 Star navy Admiral and currently  US Senate Candidate:

When we think of the civil rights movement, we tend to think of grainy footage of marches and speeches, Selma, Ala., and the National Mall.

But our generation, too, is a part of that movement and has a critical role to play. It has been a long journey for our country, but we are now close to finally realizing our founders’ vision of a society where all are created equal and endowed with the same inalienable rights.

I cannot imagine denying equal rights to anyone I served with. How can anyone say, we fought and served together, we depended on one another, we risked our lives for this country, but back home you shouldn’t enjoy the rights that you defended?

He continues with fantastic news:  Rep. Joe Sestak: The Civil Rights Test of Our Generation, after the jump:

That’s why I have co-sponsored the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA and require the federal government to extend to the tens of thousands of legally married same-sex couples the more than 1,100 federal rights and benefits afforded to opposite-sex couples, including tax, pension, and benefits rights and the right to take unpaid leave to care for ill spouses. I have sent a letter urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring the bill up for a vote and I am circulating a petition to show support.

The struggle for equality has never been easy and it won’t be today. But I am confident. This is a historic and, indeed, an exciting time for America, when we declare once and for all that there is no such thing as equality that doesn’t extend to everyone, that we hold this truth to be self-evident.

Bravo, now we will hope to see everyone’s cards put on the table.

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2 Comments

  1. Perhaps your “christian” cop friend prefers this . . . http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/civilrights/al4.htm

    It is hard for me to believe that someone is a true Christian if they believe they can exclude others. Therefore I try to live with an open heart for THEY DO NOT GET IT. Have your friend ask his fellow Christians of color, if he even belongs to a church that allows people of color, if things are equal. The 1960s did not fix all issues. WE have equality issues in this “one nation under God”!

    • Thanks Pat.

      I am sure my friend has his heart in the right place, I have known him since long before he was either a cop or a Christian. He serves as a very valued sounding board on these types of issues, we can have the sort of direct conversations digging deeper than I can with my townsfolk for instance. Sort of a diplomatic back door to understand the signals I am sent by the locals but not really meant to understand.

      That being said, you are absolutely right that when people cry “Christianity is Love” in the same breath as “Except for …] than I too hear “I am not really a Christian” coming from that person’s mouth.

      So does my Christian cop friend, he has assured me this.

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