No Pleasure Ride On A Unicorn: The Case For “Uncivil” Civil Rights Activism
In the face of blood-thirsty agitation for the destruction of the wall separating church and state and the paving of the road to theocratic, fundamentalist/dominionist Christian fascism, it falls on each and every one of us to stand up and resist loudly, tenaciously, and forcefully. We need to formidably resist, not only as Americans with Constitutional protections, but also as human beings worthy of basic human rights. It is precisely this sacrosanct right – the right of human beings to live free and in a dignified manner of worth and respect – that refuses to be compromised or tempered for the mere sake of offending overly-sensitive ears.
Listen up now, my dear friends. And especially pay attention, my despised enemies. Here’s the bottom line: true, genuine, and effective civil rights activism is NOT like riding a unicorn through a cotton candy forest handing out lollipops to little animals who are singing in unison. It is blood sport, pure and simple. Thus, the kid gloves and knee pads must yield and give way to the hammer and tongs.
There is no net under the trapeze of civil rights fighting.
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Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, Esq. is founder and president of the five-time Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and an honor graduate of the Air Force Academy. He served as a White House counsel in the Reagan Administration and as the Committee Management Officer of the “Iran-Contra” Investigation. He is also the former General Counsel to H. Ross Perot and Perot Systems Corporation. Mikey is an honor graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a former J.A.G. in the U.S. Air Force. His two sons, daughter-in-law, son-in law, and brother-in-law are also graduates of USAFA. In December 2012, Mikey was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense by Defense News. He is the author of “With God On Our Side” (2006, St. Martin’s Press) and “No Snowflake in an Avalanche” (2012, Vireo).