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The Mason Missile

The E-newsletter of John Oliver Mason, July 5, 2015

Greetings! I hope everyone has had a good holiday weekend.

Recently, we have had events showing how far we have to go in this country towards truly fulfilling democracy for everyone in this country, even after nearly 240 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. One is the shooting in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June, resulting in the deaths of nine parishioners, including the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor and State Senator; also the Reverend DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, 59; Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, the Reverend Sharonda Singleton, and the Reverend Daniel Simmons Sr. May their memories be a blessing.

The shooter was Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old consumer of racist internet propaganda. I got the sense his acts were racially motivated when we saw the pictures of him in his jacket with the flags of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and of South Africa in the apartheid era. His website sowed him burning the US flag and holding the Confederate “battle flag”, which was really the flag of the Army of Northern Virginia in the Civil War, commanded by General Robert E. Lee.

As he was shooting, Roof was alleged to yell, “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country! You’ll have to go!” In his website which he called “The Last Rhodesian” a hat tip to another racist regime), Roof wrote of how we received information about racial issues from the Council of Conservative Citizens, which comes from the White Citizens Councils of the ‘sixties-the “uptown Klan,” the respectable business and professional people who used economic and political pressure to keep whites from deviating against the old “Jim Crow” segregation order.
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Missouri Pastor’s Fiery Speech Against Equal Rights For Homosexuals Has Stunning Twist Ending

Really: it’s worth sticking with this one to the end (under 3 minutes). Otherwise, why would it be posted at

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Bayard Rustin, Mr. March on Washington at 100

by Michael G. Long, Huffington Post, 8/13/12

This year marks the centennial of the birth of Bayard Rustin, one of the most significant yet ignored figures in U.S. history. Rustin was the brilliant strategist of the pinnacle event in U.S. protest politics: the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He was also an openly gay Quaker often cast into history’s shadows by his colleagues in the civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr.

The story of King and Rustin is particularly shocking.

In 1960, Rustin had arranged for King and the great labor leader A. Phillip Randolph to announce that they would lead nonviolent demonstrations at the national conventions of both parties.

But for reasons still not clear, Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., of Harlem, wanted to squash the march on the Democrats. So he enlisted an intermediary to phone King with a threat: Unless the civil rights leader called off the march, Powell would tell the media that King and Rustin were having a gay affair.

They were not; the threat was hollow.

But King was not a profile in courage when confronting potential media coverage of Rustin’s gay sexuality, and because of deep fears of being tainted, he cut Bayard out of his inner circle of advisors. …

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Chick-fil-A controversy raises free speech, gay rights issues

By Janice Rael, Delaware Valley Americans United, July 31, 2012

Over the past few weeks, a huge controversy over the Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant has erupted. Chick-fil-A, a longtime supporter of Religious Right groups, was shown to have donated over $2 million dollars to anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender) hate groups in 2010. According to GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation,

“Chick-fil-a’s anti-LGBT donations have been public knowledge for a while. In 2010, the company donated $2 million dollars to anti-LGBT organizations, including Exodus International, the National Christian Foundation, the Family Research Council, and the Marriage and Family Foundation. Chick-Fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy believes that marriage equality is “inviting God’s judgment;” and that our pro-LGBT culture has a “deprived mind.” The company also bans same-sex couples from its WinShape Retreat. In light of this statement, a number of individuals and groups have taken action against the company.”

While longtime activists may have already known about Chick-fil-A’s support for the Religious Right, the recent news surprised many Americans, and resulted in the Jim Henson Company pulling its Muppets toys promotion out of Chick-fil-A restaurants. In retaliation, Chick-fil-A accused the Jim Henson company of sending defective toys that the fast food store was pulling due to a “safety issue.” This huge lie resulted in a firestorm of criticism against Chick-fil-A, already under fire for the anti-gay statements made by the company’s president, Dan Cathy, who bragged in a Baptist Press interview that his company was “guilty as charged”in supporting the “biblical definition of the family unit.”

Gay-rights groups across the nation have organized demonstrations against Chick-fil-A, including protests and “same-sex kiss-ins,” while conservative media darlings showed off their support for the fast food chain by ignoring the public boycott, showing determination to push their anti-gay agenda and increase opposition to LGBT equality.

Mayors and elected officials from cities including San Fransisco, Chicago, Boston, and our own Philadelphia spoke out against the presence of Chick-fil-A stores in their areas, citing their non-discrimination policies and echoing the public sentiment that anti-gay bigotry is wrong. But civil libertarians cried foul, including our allies at the American Civil Liberties Union….

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