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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

3 responses to “Chafee concerned about religious license plates”

  1. leftyrite

    A veto is what matters and what defines Chafee’s position as governor as opposed to that of, say,  Gina Raimondo.
    If he cannot put himself clearly in opposition to a religious license plate slogan, he won’t be able to separate himself from the rest in very many other ways, it’s logical to predict.
    Yes, this argument is over symbols, which is the virtue of it. No one gets hurt, really.
    The robbed and abused people of Rhode Island are missing a firm moral voice in their government. Everything is accommodation to media, polls, lobbyists, and self-interested legislators.
    Perhaps those who support Chafee should become as disciplined as those who oppose him and tell him that their loyalties also come with firmly stated conditions. If not, small loss. 

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  2. DogDiesel

    You got that right leftyrite.  Very concerned??? Gee wiz…no kidding. Well that’s par for the course. I’m no Chafee fan but this unending waffling act galls me more than if he were to take opposing stance.

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  3. Ericka

    Governor Chafee, I beg you, please veto this license plate. As our Governor you are our last defense against what at first glance seems to be nothing more than a harmless statement of free speech. But what this license plate stands for and finances harms women and their families.
    The General Assembly, instead of expanding the Medicaid family planning benefit to cover more low income women and to include those who have not had children yet, choose to go the with a license plate. This license plate is financing an evangelical christian organization that provides false medical information.
    The expanded Medicaid coverage would have received $9 federal to $1 state match and in the long run would have saved quite a bit of money for the state and for the women and families who received it as well. I was in the Senate hearing when the license plate bill passed and it was clearly already decided. I found it to be a sad and disappointing thing to witness.
    So please Governor, veto this bill.
    Ericka Forman

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