The following is some recommended reading for information on the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” This insidious bill is making its rounds in the States. Although the state-to-state bill sweeps are notably ALEC, they claim no responsibility or involvement in the bill. Uh huh. It would appear anti-gay lobbyists and ultra conservative, base-pleasing representatives are responsible. Still, one chooses their religion. People do not choose their color, gender or sexual orientation. Church-blamed or sanctioned bigotry is still nasty ole bigotry. 

I don’t have a problem with a business not wanting to serve “the others.” I can tell you that if I were a baker, I wouldn’t want to bake a muffin for the KKK. In fact, they can kiss my big ole muffins! My problem is the whole “religious freedom” thing. Religion in the US rakes in billions of dollars through lots and lots of “freedom” (and tax-free free church lands, bibles, broadcasts, political lobbying, political bullying, etc.). Not to mention, you can CHOOSE your religion here in these States. That’s a freedom in itself. Cherry picking bible verses makes you no less free, but apparently it can mean a lot less freedom for “the others.”

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WHAT IS THE RFRA? RFRA of 1990s

WHY IS INDIANA’S (AND NOW ARKANSAS) RFRA LAW DIFFERENT? Indiana’a Law

WHO WILL THE LAW REALLY AFFECT?

WHY GAYS SHOULD FEEL LUCKY :\ WTF?!

RECENT CHANGES TO BILL: ACLU Statement

THEN THERE’S THIS BULLSHIT.

THIS CARTOON SUMS UP THE RFRA LAW IN ALL OF ITS BULLSHITTY-NESS

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Now that you’re informed, let’s play some music by musicians who would totally scare Indiana and Arkansas religious zealots.

HOUR ONE:

1. THE JUAN MACCLEAN – DEVIANT DEVICE (A HALF HISPANIC-SOUNDING BAND NAME)

2. ERASURE – BREATH OF LIFE (TOTALLY LOVED GAY BAND)

3. STROMAE – TOUS LES MEMS (A BLACK FRENCHMAN)

4. UH HUH HER – EXPLODE (LESBIANA BAND… LEISHA HALEY, A BAND LEAD, ALSO STARRED IN TELEVISION SERIES FEATURING LESBIANS TITLED, “THE ‘L’ WORD” NOOOOOO!)

5. BIG CITY HARMONICS – GENTLY (A BAND FROM INDIA)

6. LONDON ELECTRONIC ORCHESTRA – MASOMENOS (A BAND LEAD BY A WOMAN AND FEATURING AN ENTIRE ORCHESTRA OF… “UNKNOWNS.”)

7. ISAAC HAYES / TRICKY / PORTISHEAD – HELL’S GLORY RAP (A SUBCULTURE ORIGINAL MIX)

(FEATURING TWO BLACK MEN AND A WOMAN. HOLY MOTHAH!)

8. SCISSOR SISTERS (ROXY MUSIC) – DO THE STRAND (A BAND NAMED AFTER A WOMAN-TO-WOMAN SEX ACT. WOOT!)

9. LE TIGRE – FAKE FRENCH (ALL-OUT FEMINIST LESBIANS)

10. SCRITTI POLITTI – WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) (A SONG ABOUT A BLACK WOMAN)

11. GENERAL PUBLIC – ARE YOU LEADING ME ON? (A BLACK MAN AND A WHITE MAN SINGING TOGETHER)

12. CIBO MATTO – SPOON (A JAPANESE AND WOMAN-LED BAND — DOUBLE WHAMMY!)

13. PEACHES – SEARCH AND DESTROY (IGGY POP) (HER SONGS ARE FAMOUS FOR DISREGARDING TRADITIONAL GENDER NORMS AND SHE’S CANADIAN AND SHE’S A… WOMAN!)

14. CLARA ROCKMORE – LA VIE EN ROSE (A RUSSIAN-JEWISH WOMAN)

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HOUR TWO:

1. POWER STATION – BANG-A-GONG (T.REX) (ROBERT PALMER (D: 2003 OF A HEART ATTACK) + ANDY TAYLOR AND JOHN TAYLOR OF DURAN DURAN + TONY THOMPSON OF CHIC (D: 2003 OF KIDNEY CANCER)

2. DURAN DURAN – LATE BAR (1981 B-SIDE TO DURAN’S 1ST SINGLE, “PLANET EARTH”)

3. TV MANIA – USING A HIDDEN CAMERA – EYES IN THE SKY (FT. NICK RHODES OF DURAN AND WARREN CUCCURULLO OF MISSING PERSONS AND DURAN DURAN)

4. THE DEVILS – COME ALIVE (FT. NICK RHODES AND STEPHEN DUFFY – DURAN DURAN’S FIRST FRONTMAN)

5. ARCADIA – GOODBYE IS FOREVER (FT. NICK RHODES, SIMON LEBON AND ROGER TAYLOR OF DURAN)

6. ROBERT PALMER – JOHNNY AND MARY

7. JOHN TAYLOR – I DO WHAT I DO (THEME FROM 9 1/2 WEEKS MOVIE) 1999

8. SWAHILI BLONDE – TIGRESS RITUAL (JOHN TAYLOR CO-WROTE SONG AND ALSO PERFORMED ON BASS)

9. CHICANERY – CUT ME FROM THE MIRROR (FT. WARREN CUCCURULLO OF MISSING PERSONS AND DURAN) 2010

10. KRUSH BROTHERS – EDGE OF AMERICA (KRUSH BROTHERS WAS AN ALIAS BAND NAME DURAN DURAN USED IN 1988 AND 1989 DURING THEIR PROMOTION OF THE RELEASE, “BIG THING”)

11. NEUROTIC OUTSIDERS – ANGELINA (FT. JOHN TAYLOR AS WELL AS THE SEX PISTOLS’ STEVE JONES)

12. ANDY TAYLOR – WINNER WITH YOU (B-SIDE TO “STONE COLD SOBER” 1990)

13. MISSING PERSONS – DESTINATION UNKNOWN (TV MANIA — FT. WARREN CUCCURULLO OF MP AND NICK RHODES OF DURAN)

14. STEPHEN DUFFY – KISS ME

15. DURAN DURAN V. CHIC – GIRLS ON FILM FREAK OUT

16. DURAN DURAN, MARK RONSON, BRUNO MARS – NOTORIOUS FUNK

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