Is It Time for a Cloth Badge?

Captain’s Log   6,010

Well, the way things are going in places like Indiana, I see something like this beginning.


People might have to declare their “diversion” from the Christian right by wearing cloth badges that identify them and sort them into the appropriate groups.  It makes it a lot easier to hate people and discriminate against them when they are clearly identified.

The Indiana backlash continues.  Here is the latest.

Memories Pizza — the first Indiana business to declare it would refuse LGBT business — got blasted on the Internet and by phone, but the owner says there’s been a huge misunderstanding … sorta.

Kevin O’Connor tells TMZ he’s had to temporarily close his business after he told a reporter he would refuse to cater a gay wedding under Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. O’Connor says he was immediately flooded by threatening phone calls, and social media postings.

O’Connor wants to clear up one thing: He says he would never deny service to gay people in his restaurant. However, due to his religious beliefs, he does not believe in gay marriage … and that’s why he wouldn’t service one.

Meanwhile, he says the threats have been serious enough that he’s closing his pizza joint … at least until the dust settles. 

Indiana’s controversial law has raised a lot of questions, not the least of which is … what gay wedding would hire a pizza place to cater?


The latest on the pizza place is that crowd funding has raised over $50,000 to support them.  Nice, but it’s a drop in the bucket.  People are MAD about this whole bullshit mess.  And I hope people continue to let their voices be heard.  Cry and scream until they break Mr. Pence’s machine.

I feel like I am watching James Meredith back in 1962.  It makes me sad to think we need laws to compel us to treat each other with decency and respect.  That’s the saddest part.  As a species, the evolution of our spiritual selves is sadly off-track.


But there are lots of good people in Indiana.  There are fair people in Indiana.  I refuse to call Mr. Pence “governor.”  He does not represent the people of Indiana.  Not by a long shot.  But Indiana has to do something about this.  Indiana voters put him in office, and Indiana voters can take him out.

serve everyone

I would love to get one of these for the museum to show our support of this effort.


Finishing up the exhibit today.  Photos tomorrow.   One of our older docents passed away two days ago.  The services are tomorrow morning.   I will be attending with the museum’s volunteer coordinator.

This fellow held a soft spot in my heart.  He shared an office at the Sioux City Journal with my Uncle Bob.  Years and years ago, they were both cub reporters trying to make their way in journalism.   Uncle Bob started his writing career in the army where he covered Allied news.  One of his assignments was covering the liberation of the camps.  From what my family has told me, he came home from that experience and was never the same man.  I don’t know how you could be.  His marriage failed.  He lost contact with his children.  He died a lonely and spent old man.  Our departed docent was one of his best friends.

Interesting how the world spins into smaller circles.


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12 responses to “Is It Time for a Cloth Badge?

  1. The Knitting Cinephile

    I’m sorry about your loss. I like docents in general; they’re pretty cool.

  2. poundheadhere

    I like your choice of sign: that this business serves everyone. Mind if I borrow a version for the store I’m building online?

  3. goatbarnwitch

    I am having trouble looking at the news of the Indiana foolishness…. People need to stop being sheeple and do the right thing in the voting booth and in their day to day choices.
    I love small world syndrome…. sorry to here your fellow passed

  4. joanie

    You might want to add “except unruly children” to your badge.

  5. Patty O"

    Look up King Christian of Denmark. Since there are LOTS of them find the one that reigned during WWII. He was a tall, rather severe gentleman with impeccable posture. He used to ride his horse in the park near the palace every morning. After the Nazi’s occupied Denmark there was a decree saying that all Jews would have to wear yellow Stars of David effective the next morning. The next day the King went riding as usual…wearing a yellow Star of David on an armband. By nightfall ALL Danes were wearing them. Passive Resistance, but it made its point. We ALL have to stand against what is happening in Indiana and Arkansas…and sadly other places. If they get around to Irish people do let me know…

  6. bholles

    Sorry about your friend.

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