Thursday, January 26, 2017

An Open Letter To My State Representative Steven Humphrey

Dear Representative Humphrey,

I woke-up this morning to the news that your Colorado Freedom of Conscience Protection Act has died in committee. I was saddened and confused by this as the law would have only protected the religious rights of every citizen of Colorado.

As Christian I would have no longer have to do business with Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, or Transgender people since The Holy Book says that, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." Of course those words are in the Old Testament and not the New Testament which means Jesus never said them, he said things like, "Love thy neighbor" and "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” But those other words are in The Holy Book so this makes my actions righteous.

As a Jew I would have no longer have to do business with any menstruating woman as the Torah says menstruating women are unclean for seven days. Of course, as a Christian I would have been able to do the same thing as the Torah is really the Old Testament and a part of The Holy Book. In fact, since I cannot really tell whether or not a woman is menstruating, I would not have done business with any women all.

As a Hindu I would have no longer have to do business with anyone wearing leather shoes, clothing, a watch with a leather strap, or anyone carrying a leather bag, suitcase or briefcase as cows are sacred to me. I would also not have done business with anyone who walked into my business eating a McDonald's hamburger.

As a Druid I would no longer have to do business with anyone who puts up a Christmas tree as trees are sacred to me. I would have also had the right not to do business with anyone who puts up a fake Christmas tree since that person would only be mocking my beliefs.

As a worshiper of the Ngen I would no longer have to do business with anyone who defiles nature. Woe to you who treat nature with no respect and molest the animals with in it. There are not many of us Ngen worshipers but those of us will probably be working for the Parks Service. I wouldn't want to be you on the day I work the entry gate at Rocky Mountain National Park. If you try to come in the west entrance, you will be stuck in a line of vehicles that reaches back to Granby.

As for the supposed negative effects to our economy that opponents of this law presented, how many gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender or female or leather wearing or McDonald's hamburger eating or Christmas tree puter- uppers or nature defiling tourists really come to Colorado to ski, visit the parks or attend conventions? Not that many, I'll bet!

What the people who are against this law do not realize is that passing it would have helped end terrorism and improved our relationship with the Islamic States. Once the Islamic people learned that we had passed a religion based law, just like one of their Sharia Laws, they would have known that we as a people are righteous.

Allah, I mean, God be with you,

Colleen Shannon

PS Since President Trump will soon be closing down all social media to prevent people from criticizing him I will be sending you a copy of this letter by snail mail.

Link to Denver Post article, Religious freedom bill dies in Colorado House.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Women's March- Denver January 21, 2017

Be not deceived. Revolutions do not go backward.
-Abraham Lincoln

View of people streaming into Civic Center Park before the march. Photo taken from 22nd floor of the old Hilton Hotel building.

View of people on 16th St. heading toward Broadway St., then on into Civic Center Park- from the 14th floor of the old Hilton Hotel building.

Start of the march at 15th St. and Cleveland Place.

Signs, signs, everywhere signs.

More signs and people- including men, women and children.

Nasty woman marching.

Pink hats and Dr. King.

More hats and signs.

At 14th St and Temont Place with view of other marchers heading up 15th Street. You can also see Trinity Church way down on Broadway and 18th Street.

The crowd behind me toward the end of the march.

My sister Maura and me at W. Colfax and 14th St. just getting ready to turn onto Banock St. Two block away from the end of the march

Denver Post's photo of Civic Center. The post figured 100,000 people came to march. Only 40,000 people were expected.

My sister Maura and I were not the only Shannon sisters to march. Our sister Tara marched in Los Angeles and took along a photo of our mother taken back when she was protesting for Civil Rights in the 1960s.

It was exhausting. It was invigorating. It was a start. We are the future and the future is now.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I'll Be There

 Women's March on Denver website.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Six to eight inches of snow on the ground by the time we woke up today. Got it all shoveled off the driveway, backyard patio, and the sidewalks. My husband even snowblowed the sidewalks in front of the houses on either side of us. Then we took the dogs for a couple laps around the neighborhood. Had to walk in the street because everyone is just getting out to clean their walkway so we talked to neighbors we have never really met before. It was a fun morning.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year, 2017!

I'm not fooled by the innocence symbolized by the angel children. I know the bats represent what it is really going to be like in this country this year. If you look closely at the face of the angel riding the closest bat on the left, you can see that he or she knows it, too. Fasten you seat-belts, little children, it's going to be a bumpy year.