Reuters reports Gibson says he is now “intrigued” by the revolt of the Maccabees.You know that one - the story behind Hanukkah.
Well, strange things happen when you appear on Fox
News and chat with Sean Hannity.Gibson is quoted as saying to the pious and
noble Sean, "The story that's always fired my imagination ...is the Book
of Maccabees.The Maccabees family stood up, and they made war.They stuck by their guns and they came out winning.It's like
Huh?Well, maybe so.The background given is that the Maccabees led a three-year war, some two hundred years before the birth
of Jesus, against Antiochus, a king who forced the Jews to worship what the Jews considered false gods.And this war led to the liberation of Jerusalem and rededication of the Temple that is celebrated in the
I’m not sure I remember a western much like that.But you have to give Mel the benefit of the doubt.He’s a film guy.He makes lots of money.So if he thinks this is like a western, well, it must be like a western.
And the film he might make here could be epic, and bloody and gruesome.We’re talking BIG box office, baby!
Reuters reports also that the Anti-Defamation League national director
Abe Foxman is not impressed with Gibson's interest in Jewish history.His view?"My answer would be 'thanks but no thanks.’ The last thing we need
in Jewish history is to convert our history into a Western.In his
hands we may wind up losing.”
is channeling Woody Allen.But it is a good line.
So Abe doesn’t like Mel, I guess.Or at least he doesn’t
But Mel’s film is doing great business.Mel gets the last laugh.
Oh yes, do check
out the two best selling books from Sean Hannity.
from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism
Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism
A little light reading
like this will make you love Mel.
(Washington, D.C.) Gay and lesbians in the entire federal workforce have had their job protections officially removed
by the office of Special Counsel.The new Special Counsel, Scott Bloch,
says his interpretation of a 1978 law intended to protect employees and job applicants from adverse personnel actions is that
gay and lesbian workers are not covered.
Bloch said that the while
a gay employee would have no recourse for being fired or demoted for being gay, that same worker could not be fired for attending
a gay Pride event.
In his interpretation, Bloch is making a distinction
between one’s conduct as a gay or lesbian and one’s status as a gay or lesbian.
“People confuse conduct and sexual orientation as the same thing, and I don’t think they are,”
Bloch said in an interview with Federal Times, a publication for government employees.
Bloch said gays, lesbians and bisexuals cannot be covered as a protected class because they are not protected
under the nation’s civil rights laws.
interpreting a statute, you have to be very careful to interpret strictly according to how it’s written and not get
into loose interpretations,” Bloch said.
have jumped to the conclusion that conduct equals sexual orientation, but they are essentially very different.One is a class...and one is behavior.”
the first time that Bloch has explained his position on the issue of gay workers despite pressure from unions and Federal
Globe an organization that represents LGBT government workers after the OSC began removing references to sexual orientation-based
discrimination from its complaint form, the OSC basic brochure, training slides and a two-page flier entitled "Your Rights
as a Federal Employee."
Bloch's position is a marked departure from how the previous special counsel, Elaine Kaplan,
enforced the law.“The legal position that he is taking, that
there is some distinction between discrimination based on sexual orientation and discrimination based on conduct, is absurd,”
Kaplan told Federal Times.
Bloch indicated that he may amend his
position.He said he is initiating a review of the issue and plans to meet
with the Office of Personnel Management and congressional staff to hear their opinions before making a final decision on how
his office will handle complaints alleging sexual orientation discrimination.The review will not get completely under way until next month, when Bloch’s senior legal adviser begins work,
Bloch was appointed by President Bush to a five year term
beginning in January.
Because I am not gay – by nature I am actually rather morose and gloomy – I suppose
this should not bother me.But it does.
The special counsel here is reversing the position of the federal government. You can be fired for being
a homosexual – it’s quit legal. The previous special counsel had it wrong? Guess so.
sake of argument, let’s assume homosexuality is a condition one finds one simply has, like left-handedness or having
red hair. That is to assume homosexuality is not something one chooses as a “lifestyle” – it is simply
what is. Should “having that condition” be necessary and sufficient cause for dismissal from your job -
even if having “that condition” alone is the one, and only, determining cause? It would seem so.
it doesn’t seem fair. But then again, homosexual folks seem to make the majority of mainstream, born-again Christian
Americans very uncomfortable. Something must be done, they believe.
It seems to me we live in a dangerous world.
There are the terrorists out to get us. Forty-four million folks are without health insurance. Thirty-five million
folks live below the poverty line. Jobs are hard to get – the percentage of adults working is the lowest it has
been in forty or fifty years. And there’s global warming and AIDS (SIDA) and lot of things to worry about.
about gay marriages and spending time making sure we can fire folks for being born a bit different than John Ashcroft –
or so I’m assuming about him – just seems pointlessly mean.