Everyone seems to be offended by something or someone else these days, so I figured I might as well be offended, too. Here are just a few of the things that are offending me at the moment, in no particular order:
1. The reason the Atlanta Braves gave for moving to Cobb County. I know, I’ve already written about how I’ve ‘written off’ the Braves from my list of teams to cheer for, but they fit on this list, so I included them. I would have understood if the Braves had said that Cobb County made them a better offer than the City of Atlanta. I’m not thrilled that Atlanta was willing to work with the Falcons, who haven’t won anything, on a new stadium, but not willing to work with the Braves, who at least have won one championship, but so be it. But for the Braves to come out and say “We’re moving to Cobb County because that is where our fan base is;” that I find extremely offensive. I guess that means that Braves fans west, east and south of Atlanta, like us, don’t count. Chances are I’d still dislike the Braves since Lyin’ John Hart is still there, but I would dislike them a little less if they had come up with another reason why they are moving.
2. I’m offended by the national news media spending some much time and effort covering non-news crap, things like what some bimbo is wearing or not wearing, or who she is sleeping with or not sleeping with, etc. They’ll stop being ‘media personalities’ when the media stops covering their non-events.
3. I’m offended that we have reached the point where the justice system penalizes people who refuse to do something because of their religious beliefs. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law impeding the free exercise of religion. The Bible states that marriage is to be between a man and woman. Therefore, if a Christian-owned bakery refuses to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, or a Christian-owned florist refuses to do the flowers for a gay marriage, those business owners are exercising their religious freedom and should not be persecuted for it. Yet in Oregon and Washington, the courts are forcing them to either go against their beliefs or go out of business. That offends me and should offend anyone of any religion, not just Christianity.
4. I’m offended by a federal government that will twist the laws we live under just to appease a foreign nation. At this moment, four American heroes, men who worked to protect American citizens overseas, sit in jail facing 30-year sentences for an incident that their own government twisted so badly out of proportion, using outright lies and false testimony, that no one in their right mind could find fair and just. Then they use a law developed for use against criminal gangs to convict the men for using weapons to defend themselves, weapons the government gave them. France this week honored three American servicemen who intervened to stop a terrorist from killing people on a train. The United States government could learn from France. We need to honor our heroes, not put them in jail on trumped up charges to appease a foreign government.
5. Finally, I’m offended by any government which works in secrecy, but claims transparency. Transparency is not developing a plan for a project behind closed doors, then announcing it to the public after the plans have been already been made, drawings done, and costs estimates determined. Transparency is stating in an open meeting that you have a site you would like to develop, and that you have some ideas of what could be done at the site. Then it is open to the public to see and make comments on.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.