Obama, EEOC, Fascism and the Failure to Protect Unbelief (Updated)
We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers.President Barack Obama, 2009 Inauguration SpeechSorry President Obama, I'm not feeling it as a non-believer! Obama's inclusion of "non-believers" in his 2009 Inauguration Speech was precedent setting, I perceived him to be sincere. It would be so easy for Obama to step forward and ensure that nonbelievers aren't denied protection of law, yet my petitions for redress of grievances haven't been acknowledged.In this post, I want to tighten the focus and address the freedom to UNBELIEF. As a secular American, we should have the liberty to openly speak and write about unbelief and NOT BE RETALIATED AGAINST for doing so.This writer has been fired several times, without reason, when his job performance was outstanding. This cruelty is due to retaliation for the unbelief expressed upon my two websites. The result has been personally devastating to my family.
I can imagine someone reading this saying, "There are laws to protect against this." Sure there are:
First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin)
Article 19 -- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN 1948).....Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Now if there are laws to protect unbelief (there are) and government refuses to enforce those laws to protect it's citizens, but rather chooses to protect the law breaking corporation -- this is fascism! Fascism is collusion between the government and business at the expense of the citizen.
The EEOC is commissioned to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. I don't want to get into the details here, but the EEOC should come down hard upon an employer that asks me the following questions upon a job interview:1) Why did a former minister leave the ministry?
2) Do I feel guilty for doing so?
3) Am I an agnostic or an atheist?
4) What does my parents think about my leaving the faith?
These questions are illegal! These questions are none of their business! These questions have no bearing upon one's ability to perform duties at work! Yet the EEOC blatantly ignored the law it is supposed to uphold. The EEOC protected a corporation engaging in discrimination against non-belief!
Laws though, are only as good as the character of those willing to enforce them. I have petitioned several entities on this matter seeking justice, one of them being President Obama. Either I'm being impatient, being ignored or the wheels of justice turn ever so slowly.
UPDATE: The White House staff forwarded my letter to them onto the EEOC and has thus far ignored taking leadership. Any leader worthy of the Presidency would look at this case and say THIS IS FASCISM and I WILL NOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN WHILE I AM PRESIDENT! I don't want to think that Obama is a fascist...Obama's staffers probably "handled this" for him and are seeking to "wash their hands" (like Pilate).
I would rush to judgment if I knew that Obama personally looked at this and chose to not take action. I just don't know this. But what I do know is that Obama and the USA are quick to use human rights issues in diplomacy and negotiation in foreign matters. I like this approach and give him credit for doing so. BUT...It WOULD BE HYPOCRITICAL to ignore the human rights of its citizens domestically and yet demand foreign leadership to uphold human rights in their countries. I'd like Obama to be consistent!
This is an easy call, the EEOC went fascist and ruled to protect the guilty. The actions of the White House were to "pass the buck" on human rights and thus have the "fox guard the hen house". Please Obama, do what leadership is supposed to do!!!!!!! Lead!!!!!PS: I have always been respectful of Obama. The presidency is a difficult position. I don't recall having ever spoken negatively on my 2 websites of Obama or Bush either for that matter. In fact, despite not having voted for him, I have praised him several times for good things he has done! This matter and issues of justice are a process...thus far Obama hasn't done the right thing!
I'm absolutely certain that any leadership is much more likely to do a better job if they don't have to deal with "negative energy" from those they are leading. Perhaps, I will write a blog post on this. Obama needs to stand on the side of the "working man" and have the gall and energy to stand up for human rights of non-believers. It is 2014, the crusades and inquisition that Christianity imposed upon non-belief and heresy are supposed to be history. Hopefully, we have learned something from history? If a man cannot get a job, or hold a job because he is an unbeliever in modern day America -- what does that say about us?
Obama needs to show LEADERSHIP!
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